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

Review Date: Mar 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, IS usefull for any focal length, USM (fast focus on my 30D), good contrast and colour, f/2.8.
None really. Little dust. The hood could be included. Sometimes flare issues. I would like internal zooming. But hey, you can't have it all.

I bought this lens from the start for my 30D. I skipped the kit lens. I'm using it mostly in low light and this lens never fails me! It stays on the camera 90% of the time and it delivers.

It is sharp wide open and I really thought I would miss the tele end, but the range is so useful! I will get a 70-200 2.8L IS or 4.0L IS soon, but i doubt it will be much more used then the 17-55/2.8.

The size of the lens is perfect on the 30D. it balances perfect and I find it not heavy at all. I got the 100/2.0 later and it's way too small for my liking (great lens too though) but I wish it was the size of the 17-55.

The IS is so useful. Shooting at 1/10 or lower is possible with a few missers. 1/15 gives sharp pictures.

I used it for a wedding and it was great. using it for portraits as well. Actually I use it for everything!

The build quality is by all means fine! Ofcourse it's no L lens etc. but saying the build is bad is simply not true.

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