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 (Eelectro-Focus Small image circle) - lens designed for Canon EOS cameras with APS-C sensor and bayonet mount Ef-s.
  • USM (UltraSabout nothing 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 (Iinternal 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
Tags 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.

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

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)

All fast universal zoom lenses

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), from July 2006. Optical design is the same as Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM

Tamron (DI II, DI III-A, 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 EXOS 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
  6. SIGMA DC 18-50 mm 1: 2.8 DN C [Contemporary], since Oct 2021, for Sony E, Leica L

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 * 16-50 mm 1:2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM, Pentax KAF2 mount, since February 2007. Optical design is similar to the 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 16-50 mm ED PLMAW, from July 2021, Pentax KAF4 mount
  3. HD Pentax-DA 1: 2.8-4 20-40 mm ED Limited DC WR, Pentax KAF3 mount, black or silver body, from November 2013
  4. SMC Pentax 1: 2.8-4.5 5-15 mm ED AL [IF] [LENS 02], Pentax Q mount (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), since August 2011
  2. Sony E 2.8/16-55G, Sony E bayonet mount, from August 2019


  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 RLM 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/Yongnuo (4/3, Micro 4/3, Kf=2X)

Mirrored 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 11-22 mm 1:2.8-3.5, from February 2004
  2. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1:2.8-3.5, from June 2003
  3. OLYMPUS Digital 14-54 mm 1:2.8-3.5 II, from November 2008
  4. OLYMPUS ZUIKO Digital 14-35 mm 1: 2 ED SWDsince January 2005
  5. Panasonic Lumix LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-3.5 /14-50 ASPH. MEGA OIS, from July 2006

Mirrorless Micro 4/3:

  1. OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40 mm 1:2.8 PRO, since 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, since June 2012, in March 2017 an improved sub-version is released (outwardly they do not differ in any way)
  4. Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-ELMARIT 1: 2.8-4.0 /12-60 ASPH., since March 2017
  5. Yongnuo 12-35 F2.8-4 STM ASPH, since April 2023

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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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.

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Comments: 107, on the topic: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM review

  • rum

    F / 2.8 - indicates that the maximum aperture does not change when zooming and remains at a high aperture level of F / 2,8. (chiila) typo

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Corrected. Thank you for your attention.

    • Artem

      Aperture 2.8 is of course a test, but is such a lens really necessary for an amateur? I doubt something. then it's better to look at Sigma 18-35 1.8, the first place still took -
      even steeper, even more aperture, and when it is not enough? =) focal, of course, a little smaller, but damn bokeh like on FF and blur - at least shoot portraits.

      • anonym

        Sigma 18-35 - sucks, it's better to take a proprietary fix

      • Novel

        I always carry 10-18 (for architecture and landscapes) and 55-250 (for details) in my bag - they are small and light and cover almost all needs. 18-55 (slow and unsharp, still DC-series, without stabilizer) I practically can't get it. However, sometimes it is also needed as the only travel lens. Therefore, when I decided to take something to replace him for a long time, I chose between sigma and canon.

        Which tilted me towards the canon. I could not find a use for sigma. Same dimensions and more weight with a much smaller focal range. 17-55 / 2.8 is a moderate shirik-staff-moderate tele with good aperture. And what is 18-35 / 1.8? Architecture and landscapes at 18 1.8 apertures are not needed. For good bokeh, you need to play more with the movement of the object relative to the background, so the aperture is needed more for shooting in dark rooms - and here 3-4 stops of aperture from the stabilizer will benefit. The 35 / 1.8 is a full frame camera, but here I have a faster 35 / 1.4 sigma, which I can play with portraits and is much smaller and lighter.

        But I’ll take 50-100 / 1.8 as a portrait one, there’s no competition for him.

  • Misha

    Thanks for your review. Here I sit and think: to take or not? After all, a thousand dollars is a significant amount and buying it will definitely tie me to cropped cameras, but, on the other hand, I already have my second DSLR in 5 years, and again cropped ...

    a good comparison of this canon with sigma and tamron

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I for Nikon face a similar problem. The solution came in the form of Tamron 17-50 2.8 for 3000 UAH.

      • Misha

        Yes, the choice seems to be correct. At, say, about $ 650, it would be a definite bestseller and killer of sigmo-tokino-tampons, but a thousand is clearly too much.

        I will most likely take the Tamron 28-75 / 2.8 - in terms of focus it is more interesting to me as a portrait lens.

        • Paul

          I sold tamron 28-75 and ordered 17-55 kenon, the difference simply cannot be described….

  • anonym

    What budget lens can I choose for the Canon 60D, for photos of various events ???

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Any budget.

  • Marina

    Canon EOS 60D Camera
    Budget up to 10 000 UAH. Need wide angle.
    Canon EF 17-40mm f / 4 L USM
    Canon EF-S 17-55 f / 2.8 IS USM
    Canon EF 24-105 f / 4L IS USM
    Which to choose? Can watch from cheaper and not overpay? (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina)
    The goal is to get more or less sharp photographs for repotages (gardens, various events, possibly weddings, often indoors)
    24 - tangible difference in wide angle after 18-55 whales?
    I would be grateful for the answer. Thanks!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, 24 is not wide enough for a number of cases. I would take 17-40, it will work at full frame. From shirikov you can look at Tokin 16-28 2.8 and Tokin 12-24 and Tokin 11-16.

  • Marina

    Arkady, 16-28, 12-24, 11-16 - too wide for me, probably more versatile nada (although Tokina 16-28 like it)
    17 - 40 - f / 4 is sharp enough? It will noticeably improve after the whale values ​​3.5-5.6 ??? Especially on the crop ???
    I choose a lens I think not for a year or two .. in the near future I will not switch to a full-frame camera, so I want to see good sharpness and enjoy the pictures.
    I saw above. You mentioned Tamron 17-50 2.8. Can he see it, as an option?
    Canon EF 17-40 f / 4 and Tamron 17-50 2.8. ??? The first is better because the native lens and L class, the second - with a value of 2.8 .. or maybe a stable f / 4 will be enough ??
    And another question - Tokina, Sigma and Tamron? Which manufacturers have proven themselves better?
    For me, this lens will be like a regular one and it’s important for me to make a good choice (native Kenon or other products.)
    Sorry if I tortured you with my questions!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Best of all native lenses. 17-40 is enough, an excellent lens according to rumors. From third-party manufacturers, I would put Sigma in first place, and Tokina and Tamron in second - but this is my purely personal experience, which may differ from the truth, since all three companies have considerable experience in creating technology.

    • Sergei

      Marina! Take Sigma AF 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM. Magnificent zoom, stab, aperture though not 2,8, but still need a flash (say Metz). Get a cool, wide-to-tele lens.

    • Yuriy75

      sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 is an interesting option, both in aperture ratio and focal for all occasions

    • Egor

      Sigma, Tokina, Tamron - I would call it all in one word - GEMOR!
      Lucky not lucky, especially if there is no choice of multiple copies. A lot (very, very !!!) marriage. And, then, most of the third-party glasses are not identified by the proprietary software of the devices. And the service! He simply does not exist ...
      I can’t say that the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM is ideal, but after the KIT, even after the 50 / 1.4 fix, it leaves a very pleasant feeling. Yes vacuum, BUT! Even some instances of Elek are vacuumed. Believe me!
      And, when switching to FF, it will not be difficult to sell it profitably. What can not be said about "S", "T", "T" ... Which on Fula also vignet.
      In fact, a miser pays twice - an unshakable truth!
      I have been using the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM for a little over a year on the cropped C-n 650d, no complaints!
      Analogs used: Cn EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L USM, Cn EF 24 mm f / 1.4L USM, Cn EF 70-300 mm f / 4,5-5,6 DO IS USM for Cn 5d m II, Cn EF-S 18-135mm 3,5-5,6 Is STM, Cn EF 40mm 2,8 STM, Cn EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM for Cn 650D.

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  • Bogdan

    Please tell me Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM suitable for subject shooting? and from what distance you’ll have to take a book, for example, practical advice will help

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The distance depends on the focal length of the lens. This lens is suitable.

  • Bogdan

    I just have a little work space, 1-1,5 meters is enough to take a book with this miracle unit? And there is still the question which carcass is better to take (600d, 650d 60d, your option :)) I will be very grateful for the answer

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Enough. 60d higher for 650 and 600d

  • Bogdan

    focal length write 17 mm

  • Bogdan

    thanks for the answers, it helped a lot to determine, this lens is probably not the best solution for the subject, but the cool thing is that it’s universal

  • Natalia

    Good day! Arkady, please tell me, I can’t decide which camera to take the canon 60d new or used Canon 5d Mark II?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I would take full-frame 5d2

  • Natalia

    Thanks Arkady!

  • Lena

    Good day to New Rock! I adore the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM lens (Hoya HMC UV (0) 77mm filter) on the Canon 1100 photo camera. I was confronted with the problems of some problems on the Canon EF-S 18-55mm, 50 mm 1 lens: 1.8 for example: to restore the automatic balance of the white with a piece of light (a photo is already live), to bring an exponometer strongly to a photo, especially when gray, it is important to focus when there is a lack of light, photographs (to show) a lot of time, also strongly curved exposing a wide path (up to 30mm FR). Having bought a new one. Pidskazhіt, whether caress, all optics defective chi photo camera potriben potuzhny (60 d abo 7d). Crazy.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The camera is responsible for the correct exposure, for the BB too. Try different methods of metering and different BB settings.

  • Lena

    Crazy for the joy. With manual settings, the result is sprinkling.

  • Sergei

    I first became the owner of the EOS 650D camera and this lens. Because I'm a newbie, tell me when I am zooming, for example, when you zoom in, the image in the viewfinder becomes blurry, and autofocus only works when you press the shutter button halfway. Is this the way it should be?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It should be so.

  • Danila

    Good afternoon. Tell me which lens is better, a Canon D650 camera, we want to get from the lens: -good picture in artificial light (indoors), - also, for example, when swimming in water, splashes were visible, every drop, - and the foreground / background ( blur). Thanks in advance!!!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This lens (from this) review will be just right for such tasks.

      • Danila

        Canon EF-S 17-55 f / 2.8 IS USM do you mean this one?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Yes this.

  • Ruslan

    For those who bute read this review and comments to it:
    If you are thinking about buying glass instead of whale glass, while having a budget for 17-55 f2.8 IS USM - then just forget to think about anything else!
    -I tried Canon 60D and Tamrons and 17-40 f4 L and nevertheless decided to buy 17-55 Fir-trees open only on full-frame matrices - this is a fact. For a crop - just this one!

    • Dmitriy

      “If you are thinking about buying glass instead of whale glass, while having a budget for 17-55 f2.8 IS USM - then just forget about anything else!”
      Not entirely correct, and therefore controversial statement, because the goals of replacement are not reflected at all. For example, for non-professional photography on tour trips (and this is not the only plot group ...), for which in many cases a cropped DSLR is bought, this glass can be called the best (of course, we are talking about zooms ...) only with a number (besides the budget) of reservations that will not let the thinker “forget to think” ...

  • Sergey (Kiev)

    Canon 7D.
    Which lens is better quality for architecture:
    Canon EF-S 17-55 mm f / 2.8 IS USM
    Canon EF-S 15-85mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS USM
    Canon EF 17-40mm f / 4L USM
    Canon EF 16-35 f / 2.8L II USM

  • Maksim

    Personal impressions of this lens. It was used on a 550D camera. I switched to canon after Olympus and Sony, so I will compare it with the lenses of these systems. Namely, zuyki 14-54 2.8-3.5; 12-60 2.8-4.0 and Zeiss 16-80.
    The lens is very good. AF is fast, for example, shooting a fast-running small dog is not a problem.
    Sharpness from 2.8 is excellent in the center and gradually decreases towards the edges. The edges and angles on the SHU are noticeably worse than the Olympus and much better than the Zeiss. That is something in between. In general, on the whole, the lens left a very sharp impression on all focal lenses starting with the open aperture.
    The stabilizer works well.
    Drawing on the fan. It is at the level of Zeiss 16-80 and Zuika 12-60. 14-54 drawing is much better.
    Now that did not like.
    There is no hood in the kit, but oh, how it is needed! Zaitsev catches very willingly. Much more willing than Zeiss and zoo. Chromatitis is also a lot, at the level of Zeiss and noticeably more zookeys.
    And most importantly, constructive ... I understand that with careful handling, everything will be fine. But situations are different. After the armor-piercing waterproof plots 17-55 leaves the impression of a very fragile thing. The lens is quite heavy, a large amount of high-quality glass and electronics are stuffed into fragile plastic, not of the best quality. I do not understand…
    Now about dust ... Dust sucks like a vacuum cleaner, it's a fact. But first, the constant wearing of the filter solves the problem. And if you do not want to add another glass to the system, then the dust that has appeared is quite easy to remove. That's exactly what I did.
    To be honest, I was struck by the ease of incomplete disassembly of the lens :)

    Summary: a very sharp and fast lens with good stabilization.

    PS If you need full-size photos, write here.

  • nikita

    hello, I really like your site, your articles are all very interesting and understandable, but the only thing that saddens me is that there is very little information about Canon products, especially little information about lenses compared to Nikon, but thanks a lot, I learned a lot of useful information from your articles.

  • Alexey

    Good day to all. Who can reliably say whether autofocus will work when shooting video on a Canon 650d with a 17-55f2,8 IS USM lens? Thank you

  • Julia

    I have 60d, I want to switch to a full-frame matrix!
    Which of the cameras occupy the top of this line?

  • Olga

    Hello. Please tell me which lens to take for the kenon 450D, so that it is universal and budgetary. I want to shoot everything: nature, architecture, people…. So that there is good color rendition and sharpness of the pictures and does not wash out the background. Within 15 thousand

    • Igor

      Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM

  • new artist

    Hello, Arkady! Just getting acquainted with this lens Canon EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM and there is a question about the sharpness throughout the frame ... The blur is heard, but the whole picture is not ??? Tell me ...

    • Oleg

      Is it worth replacing the Canon EF-S 18-135mm with the Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8

  • Dmitriy

    Good afternoon, I plan to buy a Canon d70 to it a more or less universal lens mainly for travel (landscapes, people, architecture). I would like to get high-quality, especially sharp pictures. I am faced with a choice whether it is a lens (confuses the release date, maybe there are newer models) or a fix (if so which one). Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Alexey

      Whale 18-135STM is quite good

      • Ed

        Whale 18-135STM is quite good

        That where he is not bad. Below average.
        Or do you want to say that the EF-S 17-55mm f 2.8 IS USM will not be much better.
        Just do not have a hackneyed phrase about FOR MY MONEY HE'S GOOD.

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