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Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM Lens

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65 customer reviews
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RRP: £939.99
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  • Maximum Aperture: F/4.0
  • Minimum Focus Range: 28 cm
  • Focus Adjustment: Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Automatic, Manual
  • Filter Size: 77 mm
  • 12-month Manufacturer's Warranty
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.4 x 8.4 cm ; 798 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 839 g
  • Item model number: 8806A007AA
  • ASIN: B0000C4GAM
  • Date first available at 1 Jan. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Canon 8806A007 - LENS 17-40/4 L USM - F/ CANON CAMERA

Box Contains

  • 1 x Canon EF17-40mm f/4.0L USM Zoom Lens

  • From the Manufacturer

    Ultra wide-angle lenses are the ideal tools for landscapes and their use is not limited to getting more in the frame. Used well, an ultra wide-angle lens can add drama and manipulate perspective, creating a photo that is dynamic and mesmerising. A good wide-angle shot should make you feel like you are being drawn into the photograph.

    A High-Quality, Wide-Angle Zoom for a Variety of Subjects

    This ultra wide-angle zoom lens offers better image quality and a constant maximum aperture. Its compact, lightweight body makes it an ideal travelling companion.

    Better Optical Performance

    The lens super spectra coating ensures better colour balance and minimises ghosting and flare. Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass prevents chromatic aberrations.

    Smooth Background Blur

    A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against a smooth blurred background. Minimum focusing distance is just 28 cm throughout the entire zoom range.

    EF 17-40mm f/4L USM EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
    Image Stabiliser No Yes No No No
    Focusing motor USM USM USM USM USM
    Weight 500 g 615 g 640 g 645 g 650 g
    Size (width x height) 83.5 x 96.8 mm 82.6 x 112.8 mm 88.5 x 111.6 mm 80 x 94 mm 93.5 x 86.9 mm
    Aperture f/4 f/4 f/2.8 f/2.8 f/1.4
    APS-C camera bodies only No No No No No
    L-series Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Step-up Image Stabiliser for steadier shots Wider f/2.8 aperture - more control over depth of field and higher performance in low light Huge 114˚ field of view Extremely wide f/1.4 aperture for extreme low light conditions and narrow depth of field control


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    Customer Reviews

    4.6 out of 5 stars

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    85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Darren Simons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2010
    I cannot recommend this lens enough... for wide angle landscape and travel photography this lens is superb. I have used this lens for several years on a Canon 5D and previously a Canon 300D and Canon 300 film and have always found the results to be superb. For cropped sensor cameras this is going to be circa 28-70mm so pretty good as a general purpose lens and perhaps good for portrait photography.

    It sits within Canon's f4 series of L series lens (and is thus half the price of its big brother 16-35 L lens)... for me given that it is most likely you will be using this lens for landscapes and thus want lots of depth of field I'm not sure the f2.8 premium is justified (even for portraits unless you are a serious professional f4 should be fine). The colour saturation seems that much deeper with this lens than the equivalent consumer lens (eg. 28-135), the build is solid (as would be expected of an L series lens) yet being wide angle and containing less glass this is not that much more expensive than Canon's prosumer range of lenses (eg. the 28-135).

    For wildlife photography I find this to be a particularly complimentary lens to the big zoom lens (eg. a Sigma 50-500) so you only need to travel with two lenses. The weight is not too bad (it's the lightest L series lens) and the focussing is fast. There is no image stabiliser but at this focal length that's not an issue. Only thing to be wary of is putting filter systems on the front of the lens... it's 77mm at the front so be careful with eg. Cokin P filter systems as you may get vignetting on a full size sensor camera (not an issue for the cropped sensors as far as I know).
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    86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Mott on 7 July 2009
    If you need a wide angle lens with superb build quality, weather resistance, great optics, superb colour and little distortion then buy this one.

    I shoot a lot of landscapes, sometimes in harsh conditions like the English Lake district or French Alps, and need kit which will stand up to the abuse I give it. If I'm shooting landscapes then 99% of the time I reach for this lens, and if I'm climbing this is the only one I take. What more do I need to say?

    I have also used this for group shots at weddings with great results (just ask the Bride!)

    It's not light (but not really heavy as it's pretty simple with no IS), and not cheap by general standards (but cheap for an L series), but it does the job and does it very, very well.

    I have noticed a little distortion at the very edges when close to the subject, but this is only to be expected at 17mm and for anyone with a crop sensor it probably won't be seen (I use a full-frame 5D). Other than that I have nothing but praise for this lens, and will get another (or it's direct replacement) if I ever kill or lose this one.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 18 Sept. 2014
    This is one of the two most popular lenses for Canon users the other being the 24-105mm f4L, frequently users of that lens also buy this as it gives you a genuine ultra wide angle view on a full frame body.

    Being an "L" lens features the robust build and weather sealing that comes with Canon's professional range it's a solid very well made lens. A constant f4 aperture makes this significantly cheaper than the 16-35mm offerings and a also of some use if you run full frame bodies and APS-C ones (17mm is around 27mm on a crop body not ultra wide but still wide) Like all L lenses you do get an included lens hood

    A quick hit summary of the stronger and weaker points of the lens

    + Excellent build in line with the L badge top quality construction and sealing the lens is robust and built to last
    + Pretty good sharpness esp in the central area, but really needs stopping down full at the 17mm mark (about f11) to tighten the corners up at f8 the extreme corners will have some softening (APS-C users won't see this at all as it's cropped out) very good at f4 at 40mm
    + It's not hugely heavy thanks to the f4 aperture about 480g which is good for a pro grade lens
    + Chromatic aberrations are relatively well controlled they are more pronounced at the widest end and away from the central region but nothing a bit of processing cannot tame by no means a serious issue
    + USM ultra sonic motor is fast and quiet with full time manual focus, the zoom ring is extremely smooth to operate

    - Some fairly hefty barrel distortion at the 17mm end this drops over the range to very little to none at the 40mm mark, somewhat expected for any ultra wide angle lens and can be corrected via software if required.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marko Darko on 24 Jun. 2013
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    I pretty much exclusively shoot landscape shots on a Canon 5D Mk II and had previously used a 24-105mm L f/4. Now, the 24-105 is an excellent all-round lens, but at 24mm it has massive barrel distortion - this is well known - so I usually have to correct this distortion if there's any kind of straight-line horizon in shot, which obviously affect the quality of the pixels even with the most sophisticated lens correction software. This hasn't really bothered me that much except on a few shots which I'd really have liked the crispness to have been retained at source instead of using faux sharpness with the sharpness filter.

    So, when I got this lens I did so specifically to use it at the 20-24mm range, not the 17mm side of things (as zoom lenses often perform at their best when in the middle of their range). I did some extensive tests when I got it and can categorically state that at around 21mm there is practically ZERO distortion. In fact between 20-24mm distortion is negligible, and certainly not anything I'd have to correct (Yey!), but at 21mm it's just sublime as far as distortion goes.

    The 2nd surprise was how much sharper this lens is than the 24-105. I did side-by-side comparisons of some complex textures and this lens simply blows the 24-105 out of the water at around 24mm, especially at the sweet-spot of f/11, although it's still very usable at f/16, and certainly better than the 24-105 at the same apertures.

    Now, for my needs (which is quite specific in that I will only use this lens at around 24mm) it is a superb lens which I would find difficult to match even in a prime, and as I always use apertures of f/11 or smaller for my landscape work, the fact that it's an f/4 lens is of no odds to me.
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