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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Zoom Lens

Abel Code: CN-1242B002
Mfr. Code: 1242B002
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Canon 17-55mm zoom lens is ideal for low lighting. This maximum aperture lens delivers fast shutter speeds and shallow depth of field control.
Key Highlights
  • f/2.8 aperture = soft bokeh in dim light
  • 19 elements in 12 groups
  • Balances movement with Image Stabilizer


Canon designed this fast EF-S 17-55mm Zoom Lens with a large f/2.8 aperture. Lenses with large circular apertures deliver background blurring or bokeh due to the shallow depth-of-field. This can target or draw attention to a subject in the foreground with a pleasing soft background. View the sample portrait image from Canon in the photos to see how this lens captures bokeh. The qualities of this Canon 17-55mm zoom lens make it ideal for low lighting, as well.

This 17-55mm lens is constructed of 19 elements in 12 groups with a 5-group helical zoom. It includes both UD and aspherical elements to delivery high quality images throughout the zoom range along with reduced aberrations.

The Image Stabilizer lens group will shift to compensate for camera movement. This delivers a steady image on the plane with crisp qualities, even under dim lighting. The optical Image Stabilizer also enables up to 3 shutter stops of blur compensation during handheld or low light situations. That way your subject will remain crisp and in focus in combination with the bokeh background characteristics professional cinematographers demand.

Autofocus (AF) is achieved in a quick and quiet manner on the Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens due to the Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor. The ring-type USM provides predictive tracking. Other features include inner focusing, plus new AF algorithms. Full-time mechanical manual focusing is possible while in AF mode should you wish to employ that in your arsenal.

EF-S mount lenses function solely on Canon APS-C DSLR cameras. They feature a small image circle to cover the smaller sensors found on APS-C DSLR cameras. EF-S mount lenses don't suit full-frame DSLRs due to the black corners created- otherwise known as heavy vignetting-since the lens would not cover a larger sized sensor.

Canon's optimized lens coating enhances the abilities of this zoom lens. It minimizes both flare and ghosting.

This lens fits filter size 77mm. The Canon EW-83J Lens Hood (bayonet, petal form, two-claw removable hood; attachable in reverse) mounts on this lens and can be purchased separately.

What's in the Box

  • Rear Lens Dust Cap E
  • E-77 II 77mm Lens Cap
  • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens


Key Highlights

  • f/2.8 aperture = soft bokeh in dim light
  • 19 elements in 12 groups
  • Balances movement with Image Stabilizer
  • New AF algorithms
  • Filter size 77mm

Lens Accessories

Lens Hood Type:
Petal Form
Hood Features:
Two-Claw Removable
Attachable in Reverse

Lens Characteristics

Prime or Zoom:
Lens Mount:
Max Aperture F-stop:
Filter Thread Size:
Zoom Range:
Diagonal Angle of View:
78°30' - 27°50'
Max Dimensions (Diameter x Length):
3.3"x4.4" (lens only)
Magnification Ratio:
Minimum Focus Distance:


Autofocus Notes:
AF with full-time manual


4.75 in
4.5 in
7 in
2 lb
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