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

Review Date: Nov 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $965.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, 2.8 + USM hard combo to beat
It should come with a hood. We'll see about the dust

Outstanding sharpness and color, as good as my old 80-200L. I think the build quality is fine. This is the perfect lens for a 1.6 crop camera. 2.8 + IS + fast USM is about as good as it gets. There are times when longer reach would be nice (thats why they make 70-200s). I like the EF-S, yes that's what I said, An EF 2.8 would have been much too large and $$. If Canon had just found a way to better seal these zooms everyone would score it a 10. Bone head move by Canon.