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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM vs Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6

Looking to find more information regarding these two camera lenses? Check out our side by side comparison of the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM vs Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6to review specs, pros and cons, and which is right for you.

Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM Top Features

  • 17-55mm Focal Range
  • F2.8 Max Aperture
  • Image Stabilization
  • Filter Thread: 77mm
  • Max Format: APS-C / DX
  • Canon EF-S Mount
  • Weight: 645g.
  • Diameter: 84mm
  • Length: 111mm
  • Min Focus Distance:0.35m
  • Max Magnification:0.17x

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM

Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Top Features

  • 18-55mm Focal Range
  • F3.5 – F5.6 Max Aperture
  • Filter Thread: 58mm
  • Max Format:
  • Canon EF-S Mount
  • Weight: 190g.
  • Diameter: 69mm
  • Length: 80mm
  • Min Focus Distance:0.28m
  • Max Magnification:0.1x

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6

Our Winner: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM over Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6

Focal Length – Wide 17mm vs 18mm
Image Stabilization Yes vs No
Optical Zoom 3.20x vs 3.10x
Max Aperture – Wide 2.8 vs 3.5
Max Aperture – Tele 2.8 vs 5.6
Diaphgragm Blades 7 vs 6
Focus Type Internal Focusing vs Extending front
Distance Scale Yes vs No
Max Magnification 0.17x vs 0.1x

Pros Of Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 over Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM
Weight 190g vs 645g
Diameter 69mm vs 84mm
Length 80mm vs 111mm
Filter Thread 58mm vs 77mm
Minimum Focus Distance 0.28m vs 0.35m

Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM vs Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Specs Table

General Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6
Brand Canon Canon
Lens Type Zoom Zoom
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Lens Type Standard Zoom Standard Zoom
Lens Mount Canon EF-S Canon EF-S
Max Format APS-C / DX APS-C / DX
Focal Range 17-55mm 18-55mm
Image Stabilization Yes No
Colour Black Black
Zoom Method Rotary (extending) Rotary (extending)
Power Zoom No No
Zoom Lock No No
Zoom Ratio 3.2X 3.1X
Aperture
Max Aperture F2.8 F3.5 – F5.6
Min Aperture F22.0 F22.0 – F38.0
Aperture Ring No No
Diaphragm Blades 7 6
Optics
Optical Elements 19 11
Optical Groups 12 9
Special Elements Super Spectra coatings Optimised lens coatings to minimise ghosting and flare
Focusing
Min Focus Distance 0.35m 0.28m
Max Magnification 0.17X 0.1X
Autofocus Yes Yes
AF Motor Type Ring-type ultrasonic Micromotor
Full Time Manual Yes No
Focus Method Internal Extending front
Distance Scale Yes No
DoF Scale Unknown No
Distance Scale Yes No
Focus Distance Limiter Unknown Unknown
Physical Specs
Weight 645g 190g
Diameter 84mm 69mm
Length 111mm 80mm
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount Plastic barrel, plastic mount
Weather Sealing No No
Filter Thread 77mm 58mm
Filter Notes
Hood Supplied No Unknown
Hood Code EW-83J EW-60C
Tripod Collar No No
Optional Accessories Soft Case LP1219 Soft Case LP814
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