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

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Review Date: Jul 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 2.8, IS, USM, Sharp!
Cons:
Some Flare problems, Not perhaps as hard built as a L series are..

I have had this lence for about a month now. I bought it because I wanted something else to use than my crappy KIT lence (18-55).. For a long time I were thinking about the 17-40L and it were so cloose to buying it if I havent read the pressrelease on Canon..

And now I am werry glad that I waited for it, the 2.8 combined with IS is realy helpfull when the sun starts go fade away.. (at least here in sweden :P)

I read that many people are having problems with the flare effect, and I must say I donīt have had mutch problems with it at all, have been out in bright daylight whit the sun up and have not got any problems, and Iīm not using the Hood but will get that soon. So the flare issue have been no problem for me so far.

Also the build quality of the lence are realy good, mutch better than I were expekting it to be. Not as good compared to an real L lence, but itīs not far away!
Also I could live with a little plastic instead of spending another 1,200 dollar to get it to feel more solid.

I would realy reccomend this lence to any one thining about throwing out their old 18-55 lence and get a better, its sharp, fast as hell, and best of it all IS!

And a sample picture, a Volvo C70 just after my brother bought it:

http://www.qps.se/temp/c70.jpg