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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Review

Looking to find more information regarding the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM? Read our latest review to learn more about the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, its specifications, and if it’s a good camera lens for you. 

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Overview

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is a part of the Canon L Series, and was released in 2006. It offers a focal length range from 27 to 82.5 mm when fully extended, which will be perfect for shooting indoors or outdoors. This lens is also equipped with an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), which compensates for camera shake and therefore delivers sharper images in low light situations as well as improving the quality of videos taken with this lens.

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Specifications

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM was first announced on 05/01/2006 with a Canon EF-S mount type. Below is a summary of this len’s specifications: 

Indicative Price: $1046

Focal Range: 17-55mm

Aperture: F/ 2.8

Filter Diameter (millimeters): 77

Maximum Diameter (millimeters): 83.5

Number Of Lenses: 19

Length (millimeters): 110.6

AF Motor: USM

Stabilization: Yes

Zoom Type: Ring

Tripod Mount: None

Colors Available: Black

Full-Time Manual Focus: Yes

Weight (grams): 645

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Performance

In terms of performance,  the Canon EF-S 17-55mm IS USM is equipped with a UD and Super Extra Low Dispersion (Super ED) elements, which will reduce chromatic aberration. It also has full time manual focus override, allowing you to quickly switch from autofocus to manual without having to adjust any settings on the lens or  camera itself. This lens also has an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), allowing you to reduce camera shake for more stable photos and video recordings, even under low light conditions!

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/0.28 IS USM is a great all around lens that can be used indoors or outdoors with good results. However, some may find the price of this lens prohibitive for its use as a general purpose lens.

Build and Handling Quality

The build and handling quality  of the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/0.28 IS USM lens is very good, with a quality plastic design and metal mount. It has an intuitive zoom ring which allows for smooth zooming when in use, even though it doesn’t have any manual focus or aperture rings.

Autofocus Performance

Autofocus is  fast and quiet, thanks to the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) technology built into this lens. It also has full time manual focus override which allows you to quickly switch from autofocus to manual without having to adjust any settings on the camera or lens itself.

Sharpness

Sharpness   is good throughout the range, and will not disappoint most photographers. Although this lens does suffer from chromatic aberration (purple fringing) in high contrast situations such as shooting against the light or at wide apertures like f/0.89-f/22, stopping down to around f/16 can remove these effects.

Distortions / Aberrations 

There are some slight barrel distortions which can be found when shooting at 17mm. Vignetting and chromatic aberration (purple fringing) is also present in high contrast situations such as shooting against the light or at wide apertures like f/0.89-f/22, but stopping down to around f/16 will remove these effects.

Ghosting and Flare Effects

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm IS USM lens has good resistance to ghosting and flare effects, thanks to its Super UD and Super Extra Low Dispersion elements built into this camera lens design. You should have no issues photographing backlit objects with this lens!

Image Quality

Image quality is superb , with high sharpness and good contrast throughout the range.

Bokeh

The bokeh is creamy  and smooth, thanks to the circular aperture design.

Color Rendition

The color rendition is neutral when compared with other camera lens types in this category. This means that you will not see any unwanted or artificial tints when photographing objects under different lighting conditions (e.g., indoor light vs outdoor light). 

How Does The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Score? 

Below are the lens metric scores we’ve measured for this specific lens: 

  • Performance and Image Quality: 7/10
  • Features: 7/10
  • Bokeh: 6/10
  • Build Quality: 6.5/10
  • AutoFocus Quality: 7/10
  • Handling: 8/10
  • Value: 6.5/10

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Pros and Cons

Below are some of the pros and cons regarding this lens. 

Pros: 

  • Sharp images
  • 2.8 fixed aperture (prime lens)
  • Wide angle shots
  • Good bokeh

Cons: 

  • Expensive price point compared to other lenses
  • Plastic build
  • Focus can “jerk” at times
  • Lens creep
  • Not weather sealed
  • Crop only lens

Conclusion

Overall, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is  a great camera lens that can be used indoors or outdoors with good results. However, some may find the price of this lens prohibitive for its use as a general purpose lens. 

The price point also isn’t reflective of the cheaper build quality of the lens, especially when taking into account that it isn’t weather sealed.

Otherwise, this lens has good bokeh, is versatile for a number of situations in your daily kit, and produces fairly sharp images.

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