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Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2011, 11:49:23 AM »
Got this lens to replace my sigma 18-50 2.8. Have been using it for two months now, at parties, no sign of dust so far. Let's keep it this way  :)

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Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2011, 11:49:23 AM »

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Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2011, 03:46:50 AM »
A couple of weeks ago I sold my 17-85 and today I bought a used 17-55 at a bargain price. Optics, usm, is are in perfect shape (I tested it) and the lens is in mint condition (not even one tiny scratch) EXCEPT FOR some dust particles trapped inside the lens (I counted ~10). I didnt't care for them as long as they have no visible effect on image quality!
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Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2011, 06:19:39 AM »
Okay so here is an extreme example of how something on your lens can affect image quality.

http://www.petapixel.com/2011/06/16/how-dust-and-damage-on-lenses-affect-image-quality/

You won't notice any drop in image quality - so I really wouldn't worry about it.


EDIT - Just noticed neuro had posted something very similar - but more the merrier!

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Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2011, 08:53:27 AM »
... however unless you'r taking the lens to the sahara's or shooting in the middle of a dust storm, I dont see many situations in which this lens would be rendered useless.

Just bought my 16-35 2.8 L a couple of weeks ago.  I spent a considerable amount of time deciding between this lens and the 17-55.  My question was even posted here on another thread.  (BTW, those who posted comments about the dust and such I appreciated  your comments and expertise very much!)   I was going to rent the 17-55 but ended up not doing so, so I have no hands on experience with this lens.  That being said, these are the reasons I went with the 16-35:


  • I do live in the southwest where we have a very high level of particulates pretty much year around and I do a lot of outdoor shooting and in those dusty conditions.  This lens would be exposed to much harsher conditions than many so this was a concern.  (US residents might recall the news coverage this last summer with our spectacular dust storms.)
  • I also like to shoot in wet weather such as our summer monsoon season.  So weather sealing is very important.
  • I agree with others that this lens is quite pricey for not being weather sealed.  For another $600 I felt the 16-35 was a better value.  Besides I'd have to buy a hood an case if I went with the 17-55. (Of course I spent $105 on a filter for the 16-35 to complete the weather sealing so I guess that is almost a wash.)
  • Much better build quality.
  • And last and least, it will be compatible with my 5D3 when I get one.

I'm happy with my purchase and if I was to do it again I'd still go with the 16-35.  Of course if funds was not an issue, I 'd order the 17-55 today and enjoy a very sharp lens on my 7D.

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Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2011, 12:06:20 PM »
I'm stunned with this lens. It's very sharp from f/2.8, the contrast is fine and it renders colors nicely.
And keep in mind that this is said by someone who has some experience in walkaround zoom lenses. In the past I have used 24-70, 24-105, 17-40 and 17-85* on both ff(5d mkii) and aps-c(400d).

*well this one only in crop :P
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Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2011, 02:51:39 PM »
My 17-55 acts more like a dust hotel, the dust checks in and later checks itself out, I have stopped worrying about it.
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Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
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