Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
1 June 2009
Summary: Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM is a superb lens, with fantastic image quality and overall characteristics. Build quality can be improved and the lens does not come with a lens hood or a soft case, which comes as a disappointment considering its high retail price. Nevertheless, the lens is probably the best EF-S lens currently manufactured and is going to be a worthy addition to anyone's collection. Anyone with an APS-C camera that is...
Excerpt: This digital-only, 27-88mm equivalent ($1,000, street) is a pro-caliber upgrade of Canon's popular 17-85mm amateur Image Stabilizer lens ($515, street). It has the hallmarks of Canon's professional, full-frame L-series (solid construction, aspheric elements, UD glass). But it couldn't be labeled "L" because it won't work on all EOS bodies.
Excerpt: The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens, with a fast, fixed f/2.8 aperture, very high image quality , 3-stop Image Stabilization and a very popular focal length range, is one of the best general purpose lenses available .
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lenses
Images by William Castleman
28 May 2007
Conclusion: CanonEF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Strengths: You get what you pay for with respect to image quality with this lens. The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS had 50% MTF and resolution scores closest to L-lenses or primes across the focal lengths tested. There was significantly less distortion at wide angles with the EF-S 17-55 than with all of the other lenses tested. Edge and corner sharpness delivered by this lens in large prints was noticeably the best of the lenses tested.
Summary: It’s a valid point, but there’s still benefits to having a brighter lens with a digital SLR. First, the smaller focal ratio and circular aperture of the 17-55mm allows it to deliver shorter depths of fields with more pleasing bokehs than other EF-S lenses, making it ideal for portrait or dramatic macro work – see our
Pros: Bright f2.8 aperture throughout zoom range, Effective anti-shake IS capability, Fast and quiet USM focusing motor, Superb low-light performance
Cons: Relatively expensive, Construction not Canon L standard yet, Range shorter than cheaper EF-S 17-85mm, Lens hood and pouch are not included
Excerpt: The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens has a fairly narrow focusing ring with no hard stops at either ends of the range, making it more difficult to set focus at infinity. Manual override of the autofocusing system is available at any time. Polariser users should be pleased that the 77mm filter thread doesn't rotate on focus.
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS - Review / Test Report
24 April 2008
Conclusion: The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS is not a perfect lens but it lives quite well up to the very high expectations of the user base. The resolution figures are among the very best seen so far for an APS-C standard zoom lens. The center resolution is nothing short of outstanding and the even borders can keep a very good to even excellent quality level.
Conclusion: The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS is not a perfect lens but it lives quite well up to the very high expectations of the user base. The resolution figures are among the very best for an APS-C standard zoom lens. The center resolution is generally excellent even on the EOS 50D and the borders can keep a very good quality level.