Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM review

The first thing you pay attention to is that the lens is not at all as heavy as it seems for its size. Canon calls this lens Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USMWhere

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

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

Main technical specifications of Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 17-55mm 1: 2.8 IS USM:

Review Instance Name Near the front lens 'Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 17-55mm 1: 2.8 IS USM Canon Lens Made in Japan Ø77mm', on the lens barrel Image Sabilizer EFS 17-55mm Ulstrasonic
Basic properties
  • Ef-s (Electro-Focus Small image circle) - lens designed for Canon EOS cameras with APS-C sensor and bayonet mount Ef-s.
  • USM (UltraSonic Motor) - ultrasonic focusing motor.
  • IS (Istomach Stabilizer) - built-in image stabilizer, compensates for 3 stops of shutter speed
  • Zoom lens - a lens with a variable focal length (zoom)
  • AF-MF (Auto Focus-Manual Focus) - the lens is equipped with a focus mode switch
  • Stabilizer ON OFF - the lens is equipped with a stabilizer mode switch
  • FTM (Full Time Manual Focusing) - continuous manual focus control
  • IF (Internal Focus) - internal focus
  • Aspherical - aspherical elements are used in the optical design
  • UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) - special low-dispersion elements are used in the optical scheme
  • 1:2.8 - constant maximum relative aperture over the entire range of focal lengths
Front Filter Diameter 77 mm
Focal length 17-55mm, EGF for Canon cameras with APS-C sensor is 27.2-88 mm
Zoom ratio 3.23 X (usually rounded to 3x)
Designed by for digital slr cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount Ef-s
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels bayonet mount and hood mounts, a window with a focus distance scale, marks for focal lengths of 17, 20, 28, 35, 50 mm
Diaphragm F / 2.8 to F / 22 over the entire range of focal lengths
MDF 0.35 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 5.9.
The weight 645 g
Optical design 19 elements in 12 groups, including:

  • 1 molded glass aspherical element (GMo Aspherical Lens)
  • 2 Hybrid Aspherical Elements (Replica Aspherical Lens)
  • 2 low dispersion elements (UD lens)

Optical design of Canon 17-55

Lens hood Hood Canon EW-83J
Manufacturer country Made In Japan (Made in Japan)
Period Since May 2006
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Bokeh on Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM

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

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

  1. Very convenient focal length range of 17-55mmthat in terms of a 35mm film or Full Frame camera will give an equivalent viewing angle of 27-88mm. Equivalent focal lengths are very similar to everyone’s favorite range for a full frame of 24-70mm or 28-70mm. With these focal points you can shoot almost everything. In fact, the 18-55mm whale lens provides almost the same range, so it’s very easy to figure out if you need a more expensive high-speed analog.
  2. Constant big aperture F / 2.8 over the entire range of focal lengths. Basically big aperture it differs from the whale 18-55. Moreover, the aperture 2.8 is already fully working, which surprised me very pleasantly.
  3. Image stabilizer. The stabilizer really works out its function, at the wide end of 17mm you can shoot without any difficulties with shutter speeds of the order of 1/10 second, and on the long one 1/20 second. Warning: the stabilizer is not a panacea, it will not be able to replace you with a tripod, it only helps to shoot at slower shutter speeds. Given the large aperture, the lens can also be used in low light conditions.
  4. Very fast auto focus with USM. Focusing just struck me, autofocus is very, very fast, you can safely set 5 out of 5 points for this parameter. Manual focusing is also very convenient, with the ability to adjust focus without putting the lens in manual mode (called FTM - full-time manual focusing). This means that after autofocusing, you can safely tighten the focus ring to the desired state with the focuser ring. Also, the focuser ring has an unlimited smooth movement after reaching the limit values. The only drawback of manual focusing is the small travel of the ring, somewhere around 45 degrees.
  5. When focusing, the front element does not rotate or protrude. You can safely wear any kind of filters.
Photo on Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM

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

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

  1. Price. Although for such a lens give 1000 cu quite normal. For example, a similar lens in Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G IF-ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor It costs one and a half times more expensive and it does not have a stabilizer. Therefore, choosing a system with a bias for using a cropped camera with a fast aperture zoom of medium focal lengths - Canon wins for the price.
  2. Large diameter front filter. The 77mm filter is more expensive and can be found a little less often than 52 or 67mm.
  3. The lens is dust and moisture not protected. No hoods included.
  4. suitable only for Canon EOS crop cameras. It's a shame to give that kind of money, and then go to the full frame and take 24-70 2.8
  5. When zooming, the back group of lenses goes, but the stroke is not at all big. True, dust is enough for suction.
Photo on Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM

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

Concerning the picture Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM:

The picture on the lens is very nice, as it is believed by a fast lens. 55mm bokeh with his 7 aperture blades it turns out pretty nice. You can observe the examples yourself. Wide-angle distortion is barrel-shaped, if zoomed, it does not turn into pillow-shaped. Do not expect a strong elimination of distortion from 17mm. Excellent sharpness over the entire field of the frame, on all apertures, including 2.8 - which is actually a very strong side of this lens. Chromatic aberrations quite expected for a high-aperture zoom, although they seemed to me quite insignificant - either the camera was in their suppression mode, or really, the lens turned out to be very successful. And as you would expect, the lens has absolutely light vignette with open diaphragms. At 55mm you can get quite normal portrait shots. It keeps the side and back, a picture with good color reproduction and excellent contrast.

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

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

Personal impressions:

When working, the lens causes only positive reviews. The lens is very conveniently controlled, has a solid appearance and is very good to the touch. Autofocus speed was simply surprising. It is strange that class L was not assigned to this lens. In fact, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM is the best lens for Canon cropped cameras.

From third-party manufacturers, there are two similar lenses: Tamron Di II SP 17-50mm F / 2.8 VC B005 и Sigma DC 17-50mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX OS HSM, which in general are inferior to the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM, but can serve as a good alternative.

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

Sample Photos on Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM: (on-camera JPEG Canon 60D, without processing, resize + watermark)

Alternatives

Below is a list of all such aperture-type universal zoom autofocus lenses for SLR and mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor or less.

Tokina (DX, various mounts)

  1. Tokina AT-X PRO SD 16-50 F2.8 DX Internal Focus, model AT-X 165 PRO DX, for Canon (C / EF version) and Nikon (N / AIS version), since July 2006. The optical design is similar to the lens Pentax SMC DA * 16-50mm f / 2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM

Tamron (DI II, various mounts)

  1. Tamron Aspherical LD ​​XR DI II SP AF 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 [IF], model A16 N / E / P / S (under Nikon [N], Canon [E], Pentax [P], Sony / Minolta [S]), since February 2006. Produced in Japan, China and Vietnam
  2. promaster DIGITAL XR EDO AF Ashperical LD ​​[IF] 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 MACROprevious lens under the brand Promaster
  3. Tamron Aspherical LD ​​XR DI II SP AF 17-50 mm 1: 2.8 [IF], model A16 NII (only for Nikon cameras), since March 2008
  4. Tamron Di II SP 17-50 mm F / 2.8 VC B005, model B005 E / NII (for Canon [E] or Nikon [NII]), from September 2009, Japan or China)
  5. Tamron 17-70 mm F / 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Model B070, Model B070, Sony E only, from December 2020

Sigma (DC, different mounts)

With constant maximum aperture (DC EX and DC ART series):

  1. Sigma DC ZOOM 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX (+ -D), since July 2004, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K. The version for the '4/3' system has been available since February 2006 (not mass-produced). The version for Nikon in its name includes the prefix 'D'.
  2. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX MACRO, from September 2006, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K
  3. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1: 2.8 EX MACRO HSM, since June 2007, for Nikon DX cameras only (Nikon F mount)
  4. Sigma dc 17-50mm 1: 2.8 ZOOM EX OS HSM, from February 2010, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  5. Sigma dc 18-35mm F1.8 A [ART, HSM], from April 2013, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A

With variable maximum aperture (DC and DC Contemporary series):

  1. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5, February 2006, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  2. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5 MACRO HSM, from July 2007, for Nikon DX cameras only (Nikon F mount)
  3. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 MACRO HSM OS, from December 2009, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  4. Sigma dc 17-70mm 1:2.8-4 C, [MACRO, OS, HSM, Contemporary], from September 2012, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A
  5. Sigma dc 18-50mm 1:2.8-4.5 HSM OS ZOOM, from March 2009, for Sigma SA, Nikon F, Canon EFS, Pentax K, Sony / Minotla A

Nikon (DX, F mount)

  1. Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm 1:2.8-4E ED N, Nikon F mount, from July 2015
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED IF SWM, Nikon F mount, from July 2003

Pentax (DA, Q, K and Q mounts)

  1. Pentax SMC DA * 16-50mm f / 2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM, Pentax KAF2 bayonet mount, since February 2007. Optical design similar to lens Tokina AT-X PRO SD 16-50 F2.8 DX Internal Focus (joint development of Tokina and Pentax)
  2. HD Pentax-DA 1: 2.8-4 20-40 mm ED Limited DC WR, Pentax KAF3 bayonet mount, black or silver, from November 2013
  3. SMC Pentax 1: 2.8-4.5 5-15 mm ED AL [IF] [LENS 02], Pentax Q mount (with crop factor Kf = 5.53X or Kf = 4.65X)

Canon (EFS, EF-S mount)

  1. Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 17-55mm 1: 2.8 IS USM (Image Sabilizer, Ulstrasonic, EFS), Canon EF-S mount, since May 2006

Sony (DT, A and E mounts)

  1. Sony DT 2.8 / 16-50 SSM, Sony A mount (Minolta A), August 2011
  2. Sony E 2.8 / 16-55G, Sony E bayonet mount, from August 2019

Fujifilm (X)

  1. Fujinon Ashperical Lens Nano-GI XF 16-55mm 1: 2.8 R LM WR, Fujifilm X mount, since January 2015
  2. Fujinon Ashperical Lens Super EBC XF 18-55mm 1:2.8-4 R LM OIS, Fujifilm X mount, September 2012

Samsung (NX)

  1. Samsung Lens 1: 2-2.8 S 16-50 mm ED OIS i-Function, Samsung NX mount, since January 2014

Olympus / Panasonic / Leica (4/3, Micro 4/3, Kf = 2X)

Mirrored 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 11-22 mm 1: 2.8-3.5since February 2004
  2. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1: 2.8-3.5since June 2003
  3. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1: 2.8-3.5 IIsince November 2008
  4. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 14-35 mm 1: 2 ED SWDsince January 2008
  5. Panasonic Lumix LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-3.5 /14-50 ASPH. MEGA OISsince July 2006

Mirrorless Micro 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40 mm 1: 2.8 PROsince October 2013
  2. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm f / 1.7 ASPH.since May 2019
  3. LUMIX G VARIO 1: 2.8 /12-35 ASPH. POWER OIS, from June 2012, in March 2017 an improved version is released (outwardly no different)
  4. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-4.0 /12-60 ASPH.since March 2017

An accurate and complete list of all original Canon EF-S lenses is available see here.

Example photo on a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM

Example photo on a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM

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conclusions:

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM is an excellent fast lens with very fast focusing and a good picture. This is Canon's best all-rounder for cropped digital SLR cameras.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 103, on the topic: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM review

  • Paul

    Arkady, just do not be offended. You make a lot of mistakes. It would be necessary to check the spelling and punctuation of articles before publication.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In this case, I lack the skills, we found a mistake - do not hesitate to unsubscribe.

  • Dimon

    Arkady, good articles! Tell me, I broke a fifty fifty 1,8 immediately bought 17-55. Question: Does it still make sense to buy a fifty dollars for the arsenal, because it is inexpensive. I rent children, full-length portraits, portraits, etc. I almost never take landscapes.
    Thank you!

  • Victor

    Could Sigma 18-35 f1.8 be an alternative to this lens?
    I shoot more video reporting and focal sigma confuses me, and the diaphragm attracts ... it also confuses me that there is no stabilizer in it, because sometimes you need to shoot handheld.
    What do you think?
    Thank you!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Sigma is good, but not as versatile as this old man. 17-55 at crop - ideal reportage focal length.

      • Svetlana

        Arkady, I decided to take such a 17-55mm lens. Please tell me which carcass to choose for him.

        • Svetlana

          Budget 30.t.r. The purpose of the shooting is waist and height photos.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Canon 7D mark II

          • Alkrio

            Why not 80d?
            The 7dII only has better autofocus, while the 80d has a dynamic range at the base ISO, resolution, and a rotary touchscreen. And autofocus isn't bad at all.

            • Arkady Shapoval

              and the price is not bad :)

              • Alkrio

                hard when you can’t edit your comment :)
                7d mark 2 is even more expensive, isn't it?
                Or do you mean second-hand 7d m2, but there is still no second-hand 80d?

          • Alkrio

            And neither 7d mark 2 nor 80d fit into the voiced budget.

  • Alexander

    If you decide to give reviews, take the trouble to learn how to write correctly first.

    • Yarkiy

      You would at least hinted at someone swearing.

  • Karen

    The picture on the lens is very nice,
    then it turns into a pillow.
    ))))) and a couple of other typos

  • Jane

    Thank you for the article! And comments on her! I rack my brains with the choice of a lens that is almost universal for my purposes (so I’m not looking at a fix). Some here asked similar questions, but still ask for advice. The lens is needed for shooting reports (kindergarten) and family photography (portraits and full-length photos). I'm a fan of good bokeh. But at the same time I want a wide-angle (more pictures in the frame). Arkady, if you have taken a little bit to the point of my question, please advise something!

    • anonym

      Will you shoot large groups of people in an open hole?

  • Paul

    Good day, I’m faced with a choice, 15-85 or 17-55 f2.8, the price + for the optics is the same, the question is which is better to take (video is a priority), because one has better focal lengths and the other has aperture, what to choose , carcass 70d

    • Maugli

      17-55. If shooting a video with autofocus, then I would consider 18-135 STM

  • Tatyana

    Please advise which lens is more suitable for the Canon 7D crop for shooting concerts in clubs near the stage and from near rows, without using a flash:
    Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM
    or Canon EF 35mm f / 2 IS USM?
    I'm afraid that the first one will be too dark, although the zoom is attractive.
    I also considered the Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4 USM, but decided that it would be too narrow for the crop, in the conditions that moving away would most likely be problematic. I tend to universal 35, but I need advice.

    • Michael

      Try it yourself with some whale and answer your question whether 35 mm is enough for you to shoot. f / 2.8 in clubs is not enough, there f / 2 will be missed

      • Tatyana

        Thank you, Mikhail! I will continue to think ... Yes, you should try renting.

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      Sigma 18-35 1.8 art for crop in the club you will not find anything better. Gorgeous glass but whimsical to adjust the focus. And for the focal points in the club, less and more is not particularly necessary, but I simply did not see another station wagon with such aperture. But the price is really not cheap.

      • Igor

        It is excellent except for some leisurely creative filming. Because of his problems with focus for reporting photography, he is absolutely unsuitable when it comes to SLRs. And on the 7D there is no Dual Pixel to get by in Live View. Let 17-55 one or more feet darker, but at least it will fall into focus.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    I would not consider Sigma, Tamron and other third party lenses as an alternative to Canon. Rather a compromise solution. At first I bought a Sigma 17-50mm f / 2.8 myself, I was worn out with the autofocus. There are a lot of misses, and at 17mm there was a fatal back focus. As a result, I passed it under the guarantee for adjustment in the SC, they returned the money. Tamron did not even consider buying - the reviews about him are even worse than about Sigma. I didn’t compromise and bought a native Canon EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM lens. He fully met my expectations! I use it as a standard lens. For bokeh photos there is a Canon 50mm f / 1.4, and for a complete immersion in the work of Helios 44M-4 f / 2.0.

  • Ed

    Worth changing the EF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS STM * to the EF-S 17-55mm f / 2.8 IS USM?
    And will it be much better than 17-55mm f / 2.8?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It depends on what you are shooting. If from 18-135 trips and 90% in the open air with good lighting, then you can not change.
      In general, 17-55 is a cut above, in particular, on the same diaphragms 17-55 will be better. And it’s obvious that 17-55 at the long end is 2 stops lighter.

  • Natalia

    Good day!
    I have a bunch of canon 7d + 17-55 2.8. I am very satisfied with the lens, it covers a good focal point, autofocus is excellent enough. But there is no such thing as directly ringing sharpness in the frames ... But I want to)).
    Tell me, please, is this my problem with the lens, or is it like that?

    • Michael

      Rather, with a camera - that's what it is ... Maybe you just programmatically add sharpness?

      • Natalia

        Thank you Michael!
        Changing camera settings helped! And forced to read the next section of the instructions 😘

    • Sergei

      I have a +3 correction in this bunch.

  • Gennady

    I categorically disagree with the conversion of the focal length of the lens at 27-88mm to the cropped camera. It is made for the cropped camera and will work as 17-55 mm. If it could be put on a full-frame camera, then he would not completely capture the matrix !! Because he has a smaller angle !!!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is one of the most frequent mistakes of beginners.
      The rule is simple: on a cropped camera, EGF is always recounted with any lens.
      At full frame, it really will be honest 17-55, albeit with black corners. On the crop EFR 27,2-88. That is, it is an analogue of the classic 24-70 (28-80) / 2.8

      • Igor

        Arkady, to be honest, I don't really understand why and for whom it is necessary to recalculate focal lengths for APS-C in equivalent to a full frame? For wedding sheep with Pyataks? Those who shoot with APS-C already know very well what angle of view is 17mm and what is 50mm, and they don't care what focal lengths are needed on a full frame for the same angle of view, because they do not shoot with it. It's as if APS-C is a very specific and not very common sensor that no one knows which focal points are wide angle and which are not. This is not a compact with a non-standard matrix, this is not Nikon 1 or any specific Pentax Q and others like them, this is the most common frame format today.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Because it is convenient and practical

  • anonym

    This lens has one big drawback - on a good half of the lenses, the stabilizer stops working after 2-3 years. And in the optical part, only he and a similar one from Nikon are the real prof. lenses, in terms of optics, and constructive, Nikon is a little even better. So I recently advised a man to buy this lens for his Kenon, he has an old 40D, so he devoted it to me the very next day and said that it turns out he had an excellent camera all this time, and only now he began to look at really live photos ...

  • Paul

    Please explain: will there be any difference in the quality of photographs when shooting with this lens and the Canon 18-55mm f3,5-5,6 lens in sunny weather?
    Will there be a difference in the quality of the photo, for example, when shooting with these lenses in sunny weather with the same aperture? Say, if both have the same focal lengths and apertures on a normal clear day, will there be a difference in the photographs?

    • anonym

      The difference between a whale and 17-55 / 2.8?
      Easily.
      The difference in exposure accuracy, the difference in focusing accuracy, the difference in sharpness by 5-5.6 in the entire range, the difference in color accuracy and color reproduction.

      • anonym

        In the end, the difference is in the boke. Especially on 2.8-4.0.

      • Igor

        Exact exposure? And how does it depend on optics?

        • anonym

          More light hits the sensor, more light higher sensitivity

      • Michael

        You are writing complete nonsense. If you do not understand the issue, then it is better to shut up. What's the difference in exposure accuracy? What's the difference in focusing accuracy? What is the difference in color accuracy and shading? The difference is in the luminosity, and of course, in the depth of sharpness associated with it - depth of field, or, as it is fashionable to say - bokeh. Another difference in resolution is possible - whale 18-55 is more “soapy”, but at certain aperture values, not everyone will notice even this “soap” And as Pavel asked, on a clear sunny day - I doubt that you will see the difference at all. Canon's whale lenses progressed seriously, and Arkady noted this in his reviews.

        • Denis

          If you talk like that, then you won’t even notice the difference between the new and old whale

        • Michael

          The difference in focusing accuracy will definitely be - this is at least. The difference in the resolution at the same apertures will also definitely be. You, too, does not bother to learn the materiel

    • Igor

      17-55 will be sharper, and will have less optical distortion, depending on the parameters of course. But you will not see something radically different.

  • Anna

    Thank you so much for the article. I acquired this lens, I have not yet understood my attitude, but I am mastering it. Question: I have an 80D camera, the lens you described, and 50mm 1.8 STM (a camping pancake of another 24mm). Direction: portrait including jumping children and pets. From everywhere I hear enthusiastic about 85mm 1.8. Does it need me with my set of lenses ??? 50mm is not always happy with focusing and bokeh is not at all beautiful, hard, because it acquired 17-55, but of course for its versatility. Well, portrait photo is now a priority, so I’m thinking about 85mm, although the budget doesn’t pull right now. I would be grateful for the advice

  • Novel

    How good will it be for indoor product photography? You have to shoot in small rooms and from fairly close distances. There is a Canon 18-135, but it does a good job in low light, and the quality of the glass is no longer satisfying. Are there any decent alternatives to the review lens? Carcass 600D. Thank you

    • Novel

      For product photography, perhaps, 60 / 2.8 is better suited if with a tripod or 100 / 2.8L IS if without a tripod and with a stub. The 17-55 is a very good lens, but it's more of a versatile studio lens. Landscape, full-length portrait, with a stretch of the interior, with a stretch of the front portrait, the subject is not a priority at all.

      • Novel

        The problem is that the objects are quite large and must also be shot from above. Plus sometimes a composition of several items. Maybe this is not really a subject shooting, I don't know what to call it, but with a lens larger than 30 mm it will be torment. For the sake of experiment, I took out Zenitar 50 1.7 - the aperture of course made itself felt, and the picture as a whole was arranged, but the field is very small. I do not do this professionally, I need to take pictures from time to time, sorry for the terminology

        • Novel

          Then there is the 35 / 2.8 - also with a stub and a very good lens with macro shooting capability.

          A macro lens has two main points.
          1. Ability to shoot with high magnification at close range. In principle, it can be solved by using macro rings.
          2. Sharpness across the entire field and fairly weak vignetting.

          Basically, if your objects are large enough, and the size of the room is small, then 17-55 is fine, in a pinch you can get by with macro rings. This is not to go into specialized wide-angle macro lenses like Laowa 15/4 or some 24 / 3,5 with tilt-shift, when even the aperture which is pressed down to 8-11 is not enough. It won't be the best solution for your particular subject, but you get a very decent all-round lens as a bonus. One of the best for crop.

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