Summary

Canon's EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 is the general-purpose zoom for anyone who loves to shoot portraits or work in low light; note as an EF-S model, it's not compatible with full-frame cameras. The constant f2.8 aperture doesn't come cheap, but it allows the lens to gather plenty of light and deliver nice blurred backgrounds. There's also quick and quiet USM focusing, along with Image Stabilisation. An ideal wedding and portrait lens for cropped bodies. It's also interesting to note the equivalent lens for full-framers, the 24-70mm f2.8, remains an unstabilised model, so this is one range where cropped-frame owners enjoy an advantage.

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

Canon EF-S 17-55mm video tour

We’re pleased to present a short video tour of the Canon EF-S 17-55mm, demonstrating its build quality, coverage and features. There’s no need to download any new software – just press the play button in the middle of the screen below and wait for the video to start; you may need to press the button twice. The quality and any delay before playing may vary depending on your internet connection.

Good points

Bright f2.8 aperture throughout zoom range
Effective anti-shake IS capability
Fast and quiet USM focusing motor
Superb low-light performance

Bad points
Relatively expensive
Construction not Canon L standard yet
Range shorter than cheaper EF-S 17-85mm
Lens hood and pouch are not included

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