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

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

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens was introduced back in May 2006. It is the best EF-S lens that Canon makes so far. And it is the most expensive EF-S lens too. It is sharp, fast, fixed f/2.8 aperture and come with 3-stop Image Stabilizer (IS). It is the best general/multi purpose lens. It mounts at my Canon EOS 400D Digital body most of the time. :)

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

Specifications
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture – 17-55mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction – 19 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View – 78°30′ – 27°50′
Focus Adjustment – AF with full-time manual
Closest Focusing Distance – 1.15 ft. / 0.35m
Zoom System – 5-group helical zoom (front group moves: 27mm)
Filter Size – 77mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight – 3.3 in. x 4.4 in., 22.8 oz. / 83.5mm x 110.6mm, 645g (lens only)

It does not come along with hood and case like other L lens for this expensive lens. Therefore, I bought a cheap hood from eBay to attach to it.

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Zoom out with hood attached.

I love the Image Stabilizer very much. It helps a lot in low light environment. I can take shot at even as slow as 1/8 s. A great help on places that flash is not allowed like museum. Besides IS, the sharpness of the lens also makes me love it so much. With fixed f/2.8 aperture, you can take a nice portrait too when zoom to 55mm. Its focus speed is fast due to ring type USM. It is a great lens to own but you have to pay for its price. :P

Below are some photo samples taken with Canon EOS 400D Digital.

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f/3.5 1/60 ISO 100

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f/2.8 1/20 ISO 800

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f/2.8 1/30 ISO 400

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f/2.8 1/30 ISO 400

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f/2.8 1/30 ISO 400

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f/4 1/1600 ISO 100

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f/2.8 1/60 ISO 100

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f/2.8 1/20 ISO 400

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f/2.8 1/8 ISO 1600

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f/2.8 1/30 ISO 400

Conclusion
You will love Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens. It is fast and suitable to use in almost any environment. The best general/multi purpose lens for me.

Buy Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens at B&H Photo Video

Related topics:
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Review

  • http://www.bernie.net.my Bernie

    Bro, putting up ads for B&H too? ;)

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    I joined B&H affiliate long time ago. Only got 1 transaction done so far. Got US$ 5.80 from there. Got lot of clicks but no deal. :P

  • RR

    Jayce,
    Wow cost about 6K++.
    Did u use tripod /stand when taking photo especially those taken at night?

  • http://www.cavinwong.com ah-vin

    very good lens indeed.

    ru feeling the power of f/2.8 now ? lol

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    It is a nice lens indeed. I prefer f/1.4 with IS. :P

  • RR

    f/2.8 already cost 6k++ how bout f/1.4.
    Btw, did u use tripod/stand to take those photos?

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    Oh… This lens only cost around RM3700. Not yet reach RM6000. :P
    I have the normal 50mm f/1.4 which cost RM1300 only.
    And none of the photo above are taken by tripod, all hand-held. This is the power of IS. :D

  • http://www.cavinwong.com ah-vin

    dude…cant compare a zoom with a prime u know.

    prime is well-known to be sharper, and better for bokeh.

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    Ya… Ya… I know that.
    I wish that I can have those good good prime lens like 85mm f/1.2 L, 200mm f/2 IS L. Wow… They are great. :)

  • http://www.cavinwong.com ah-vin

    no need to wish..just buy…lol

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    I go to buy and you pay for me, ok? :P

  • http://nickchan.net Nicholas

    Oh my god!!!!!!!!!! You own this lens!!!! f2.8 + IS powderful! I am now targeting for Tamron f2.8 17-50. T

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    Tamron f2.8 17-50 is OK too ma. Just lack of IS lo. :P

  • KK

    i m very interested in DSLR also…always see ppl take out a bulky camera like very pro like that ^^

    but i have no idea where to start…any good website to recommend about DSLR for first timer?

    i just need a camera that take sharp pic all the time..no fancy add on except maybe the zoom lens…my digicam cannot take good photo at night…sad..

    any particular brand of DSLR is better than others?…i only know nikon and canon is good…coz most of the paparazzi use them….haha

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    World top camera review site – http://www.dpreview.com
    I almost go there everyday. :P It have a lot of information there in the forum where all the experts of the world are gather around.
    You can’t go wrong with Canon, Nikon and Sony digital SLR. But reminder… SLR is way too expensive investment. You will always thinking of buying new lens to play with. :D

  • http://idahodailyphoto.blogspot.com/ Roger

    I need one of those! Can I borrow yours?

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    He… He… I am afraid that we stay too far away. You are in US while I am in Malaysia. :)

  • http://cryogenesis.multiply.com cryo

    saw your comment on Fred Miranda :)

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    Hehe… Thanks for dropping by, cryo. :D

  • http://no ayob karim

    hello jayce, can you please tell me where to buy that lens and hood
    please? iam using same like u so i am very interested from what you have written and the photo i have seen (D400 canon)
    around selangor or KL
    thank you.

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    I got my lens from B&H Photo Video and hood from eBay.

    Sorry, I am from Kedah. Don’t know which shop in Selangor or KL. :P

  • http://na ayob

    thank you
    can you tell me how to shoot at night when i use automatic part but the picture not clear and how you use the 1/30 ISO 400/1/8 ISO 1600 and other use which part i cannot get that? like all you picture above,
    tq

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    Switch to Av or M mode. You can select ISO then. :)

  • http://na ayob

    thank you……

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    No problem. ;)

  • http://NA AYOB

    HOW CAN I GET ANY DISCOUNT BUYING THE LENS AND HOOD SAME THAT YOU USE ? I AM VERY INTERESTED TO BUY THAT
    THANK YOU….

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    Use this link – B&H Photo Video to buy it. There is USD 70 discount now. :D

  • http://NA AYOB

    jayce
    can you please tell me how much did you bought the lens and hood?
    is it reach about 6000 over?
    thank you

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    No. It just around RM3700 with B+W filter.

  • http://NA AYOB

    thank you!

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    No problem. :D

  • http://NA AYOB

    hello jayce
    do you use any flash? which type do you use can you tell me because i want to buy one
    thank you.

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    I am using Canon SpeedLite 580EX II. :D

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  • cherry

    Why you never buy Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens?

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    3 reasons.
    – I don’t have full frame body.
    – It is expensive than 17-55 2.8 IS.
    – No IS.

  • http://kaeframes.wordpress.com jakob aebischer

    Hey there! Nice Post! Got the same lens and still love it!
    Question: Does anybody know, does the IS anything in term of imagequality, if I use it on a tripod, is it better to switch it off then?

    Thanks for reply!
    jakob

    p.s love that lens too

    EOS50D/EF-S17-55/EF L 2.8 24-70 USM/

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @jakob aebischer: I don’t see much different with it on and off. You can try to take several shots to double confirm on it. :)

  • Tanne

    Jayce can I use your image of the lens and box on my blogger site? My site isnt google cralwed – only friends and family view it and I would leave your name on the picture …. feel free to delete this comment wasnt sure how else to ask you!

  • http://www.jayceooi.com Jayce

    @Tanne: Feel free to use it. As long as keep JayceOoi.com intact. :)

  • Tanne

    Thank you!

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