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Old 06-01-2010, 23:29   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 17-40mm EF lens

Hi, new to the site. This has probably been asked before, but to save me time navigating around the pages, could anyone give advice on the Canon 17-40mm EF f4L lens. I have the opportunity to buy one second hand. Any pros or cons would be appreciated. Would be using it with a 40D. Thank you all in advance for your contributions.

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Old 07-01-2010, 09:19   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

Welcome to the site. I am also looking for a wide angle zoom as my 10-22mm EF-S lens cannot be used on my recent full frame camera. I have searched the internet for reviews and asked various other club members. So far I have concluded that the 17-40mm is a good lens but fairly old design and has been surpassed by the more recent Nikon 14-24mm. I have also considered the Sigma 12-24mm which is generally praised though criticised for quality in a few reviews. However, the Nikon 14-24mm has received enormous praise. There is a strong rumour that Canon will be launching a 14-24mm soon as they applied for a related patent late 2008. So I am hanging on to see if the 14-24mm is launched soon though it may be beyond my budget anyway. The alternative will be to buy the Canon 17-40 or the Sigma 12-24mm.

If you are being offered the 17-40mm at a good price, it may well be worth going for it. However, 17mm would not be wide enough for me on a half frame camera like the 40D having got used to a 10-22mm. You should at least consider the Sigma 12-24mm. It rather depends on what you photograph but I do a fair amount of landscape and architecture where a wide lens is invaluable. If you only take occassional very wide shots, you could stitch together 2 or 3 shots to create a similar effect.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:30   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

Thanks for the input Dave. I already have a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle for landscape shooting, which is a great piece of kit. As the opportunity to pick up this Canon 17-40mm has arisen, I just wondered what members thought of this lens from personal use. It's on offer for 320, which in my opinion isn't a bad price, what do you think? All input gratefully accepted.
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

Welcome to Pixalo Jokinarnya

Good advice there from Dave. The 17-40 has rightly got a very good reputation. The focal length is pretty much the same as a 18-55 kit lens, so if you have used one of these - or are still using one - you know roughly what the 17-40 will do in respect of the focal lengths. The quality of the 17-40 will be much higher than the kit 18-55.

The key is the wide angle capability. If you have used/are using an 18-55 (or any lens that goes down to 18mm) and it is wide enough for you the 17-40 is probably worth going for. If you have found yourself wishing for a wider lens to do your photography, as well as the lenses mentioned by Dave Canon already do a 10-22, and Sigma a 10-20.

It would help us if you listed your current lenses and told us what you like to photograph most.

Edit: Just seen your reply above that you posted as I was writing this. The 17-40 is a quality lens and could be useful as a general purpose lens if your present line up is lacking in this range.
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

Thanks for the welcome and advice Graham. I already have a few lenses, but am trying to build a collection to cover every eventuality over the range. I plan to retire early and persue this interesting hobby in more depth. I started to become interested in photography about three years ago when visiting Whitby on the Goth weeks. I tend to do more street and portrait photograghy because of this encounter, but like all forms of photography. Haven't quite found my niche
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

I'd suggest that the 17-40 will not do either street or portraits particularly well, so you might want to go for a 12-24 as suggested by Dave, or stick with the 10-20 + any other lenses you have at the wider end for your street work and look at an 85 or 105mm prime or a 70-200 for the portraits.
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

The lens I've used most of the time is a Sigma 18-200 OS version, which gives very good results across a wide range. After reading different reviews and articles on Canon L series lenses I have decided, rightly or wrongly, to purchase various lenses in the L range. I already have the 24-105 IS f4L and the 70-200 f4L. I just thought the 17-40mm f4L would complete the collection.
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The lens I've used most of the time is a Sigma 18-200 OS version, which gives very good results across a wide range. After reading different reviews and articles on Canon L series lenses I have decided, rightly or wrongly, to purchase various lenses in the L range. I already have the 24-105 IS f4L and the 70-200 f4L. I just thought the 17-40mm f4L would complete the collection.
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

The 17-40 is a great lens but, as already mentioned, falls a bit twixt and between on a crop-factor camera. It comes into its own with full-frame, and you may want to consider heading in that direction later!
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

On the look out for a reasonably priced 5d or mkII already . Any views on the merits of either would also be appreciated.
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

They're both good but the 5D is now rather old technology. Resolution and high-ISO performance are better on the MkII, and overall it's difficult to fault unless you're a Nikon fan!
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

I haven't tried Nikon gear, but, never say never. Started with Fuji S5000, then S9600 and finally moved on to the Canon range. So I don't have first hand knowledge to compare. As I have started to invest in the Canon range I think I will continue down this route, as, so far so good, I have not been dissapointed.
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Re: Canon 17-40mm EF lens

Thank you all for the info just needed it in a hurry as the offer was for the next day. However I would never 'assume' as it only makes an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me'
Once again cheers for the input and advice.
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