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

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Review Date: Jun 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,179.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The size is appropriate for the range and feels balanced on a 20D. Very sharp and fast focusing.
Cons:
The lens hood should be included at this price!

I've shot about 1000 shots through this lens and I am very pleased with it. It lives up to the hype about being sharp across the zoom range at all apetures. I have only had a slight problem with CA and that was shooting almost straight into the sun (and of course, there is no lens hood available yet). While the zoom range is fairly normal, it would be nice to have a little more room on the long end. There is gap between this lens and my 70-200 2.8 L IS.

I love the IS in low light situations. It has allowed my take shots previously reserved for my primes but with the luxury of framing with the zoom. I would have liked the IS mode 2 for panning but you can't have everything.

There has been a lot of talk about the build. I'll say it is adequate and will likely not affect the performance during its lifetime. It feels tight and the zoom is precise. On the other hand, it is not nearly as nice as the metal construction of an "L" lens.

Highly recommended for those with a 1.6X body who need sharp images in this range or those looking a fast zoom with IS as a bonus.