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

Review Date: May 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $942.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: sharpness, fast focus, silent, 2.8 over whole range, compact
large filter size ($$), limited range (would like 17-70 2.8 IS), compared to sigma 18-125 4.5-5.6 not big difference in daylight conditions (!!)

Recently purchased a canon 17-55 2.8IS to replace my sigma 18-125 4.5-5.6 zoomlens on my EOS30D.

Frankly speaking I am a bit disappointed when comparing the 17-55 2.8 to my older sigma lens. Aside from low light IS advantage I really do not see much improvement in sharpness and richer contrast/colors as you would expect from the canon 'close to L-glass' EF-S lense. Also I would expect the canon lens with limited zoom range to the sigma 18-125 to easy outcompete the sigma in every optical area due to the much bigger zoom of the sigma (always a compromise you would say) . ...

I released several comparison photographs on my website:

I will post some more low light conditions soon to compare.

Consider to keep my sigma as walkaround for convienient zoom range and get rid of new canon lense. Would expect more from this lense regarding price tag.