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

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Review Date: Jun 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,179.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Likely the best walkaround EFS lens Canon makes...Super sharp, great IQ, nice and wide, IS is a shot saver, 2.8f is great for sooo many reasons!!
Cons:
Cost...but you get what you pay for...and this case its a bargin. Build quality could be slightly better if I was being picky...

I was nearly ready to make a move on several other 'L' lens, when this one was introduced..glad I decided to wait..in a word Awesome! I can't say enough about this little lens...it just stays on my camera all the time. My image quality has gone up considerably..be it the IS or the 'L' optics or 2.8f...its all good.
I have since sold my efs 10-22(which in spite of the hype, I wasn't impressed by it much) as I find the 17-55 is wide enough and more importantly the image quality is much much better. I also sold a Tamron 28-75 2.8f macro, as the AF was too slow for my needs and the 17-55is easily replaced it in both image quality, AF speed and the added feature of IS...if I were to ask of anything a bit more lenght would be grand..
This lens has made me reconsider getting a 5d..simply cause I could not use this lens.
I have also gone to a 2 lens system which works great...this one 17-55is and the 70-200 2.8f IS.
If your on the fence about a lens in this range...Do this one! you won't be sorry you did!