Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM


Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM
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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 2006.
The lens belongs to the category  normal zoom lenses, a normal lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
This lens is designed and meant for Canon cameras with a smaller sensor (often referred to as 'APS-C') which means that the lens does not fit all camera models. By clicking on the link below you can make sure that the lens works with your camera model and you should do an additional check with your local dealer as well, before you buy the lens just to be sure.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 17-55 mm. Since the lens is designed to be used on a camera with smaller sensor ('APS-C') the focal length will be equivalent to 27-88 mm on your Canon camera.
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Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8.
This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues.
A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 17 mm or at 55 mm the aperture value can be f/2,8.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
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Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 77 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
There is a lens hood that fits the lens (model name "EW-83J") but unfortunately this is something that is not included when purchasing the lens and must be ordered and bought separately, as an accessory.
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Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
The lens brightness, f/2,8
Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
Has a built-in image stabilizer
Works only on cameras with APS-C sensor
No lens hood is included
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
Heavy (645 gr)
Specification
Product Name:Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2006
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Normal Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/2,8
Focal Range: 17-55 mm
This is a "EF-Slens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to: 27-88 mm
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 19 elements / 12 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, IS
Closest Focusing Distance:35 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 77 mm
Lens Hood:
EW-83J(not included)
Tripod mount:
No (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):83 x 110 mm
Vikt:645 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)1179 USD
 
 
Product Page (Canon):
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Text from Canon:"In response to strong user demand, Canon developed the high-resolution, large-aperture EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM as the ideal standard zoom lens companion for the company´s EOS DIGITAL series of SLR cameras equipped with an APS-C-size image sensor*. Incorporating a focal range equivalent to 27-88 mm in the 35 mm format and a combination of advanced optical technologies, including three aspherical lens elements (one glass mold, two replica) and UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens element, to effectively correct a variety of aberrations, the new EF-S zoom lens offers a large maximum aperture of f/2.8 while maintaining outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range. Moreover, equipped with such features as the company´s high-performance Image Stabilizer (IS), which provides the equivalent effect of a shutter speed three stops faster**, and full-time manual focus, Canon´s EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens dramatically expands photography opportunities for professional and advanced amateur users.

To meet user demands for a fast EF-S zoom lens, Canon has specially designed a new lens with a large aperture of f/2.8 for select Canon Digital SLR cameras.* The large circular aperture produces a shallow depth-of-field, creating background blur that draws attention to the photographic subject. The lens construction includes UD and aspherical elements, which deliver impressive image quality throughout the entire zoom range. Image Stabilizer lens groups shift to compensate for camera movement so that the image appears steady on the image plane, ensuring clear, crisp images, even in dim light. With a Ring-type USM, inner focusing and new AF algorithms, this lens achieves autofocus quickly and quietly, and with full-time mechanical manual focusing, manually adjusting the focus is possible even in AF mode."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
bobatkins.com
http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/reviews/ef-s_17-55.html
 
ephotozine.com
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Canon-EF-S-17-55mm-f28-IS-USM
 
fredmiranda.com
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=303&sort=7&cat=27&page=3
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/canon-slr-lenses-39/standard-zoom-slr-lenses-59/29-canon-ef-s-17-55mm-f28-is-usm-lens-review.html
 
the-digital-picture.com
http://the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-17-55mm-f-2.8-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
 
 
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pbase.com
http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef_s_17_55_28_is_usm
the-digital-picture.com
http://the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sample-Pictures.aspx?Equipment=398&desc=Canon-EF-S-17-55mm-f/2.8-IS-USM-Lens-Sample-Pictures
 
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