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

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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 Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.4 x 8.4 cm ; 798 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 8806A007AA
  • ASIN: B0000C4GAM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Canon EF 1740mm 40 L USM Lens filter size 77mm 8806A007AA Cameras Camera Accessories

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

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    81 of 83 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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    85 of 88 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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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David on 12 May 2013
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    Having sold my Much loved Canon 10-22mm EFS lens a good few years ago when I moved up to a full frame 5D, I've been missing the ultra wide angle lens from my collection, my widest being the 24mm end of a 20-70 zoom. As it always the case in the bottomless pit that is photography, I finally took the plunge and chose this lens to reclaim that focal length!

    It's very light for 'L' glass, but it delivers the goods as you would expect. It's now paired with a 5DMKIII and works very well, and has opened up the UWA world for me again! It's too short to be a walkabout lens for my tastes, but given it's weight and size, it's easy enough to carry around in the bag 'just in case' (although I do tend to leave the hood at home as it is very very wide and takes up a lot of space!).

    Obviously as a f/4 lens, it's not the fastest, but it's good enough, and when paired with the low level light performance on the 5DIII, it's not an issue at all. Sharpness is as expected for 'L' glass zooms - great.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liam on 17 Sep 2013
    I already own the Canon 10-22mm for my crop sensor bodies but decided my Canon 6d deserved the L series touch. I got the Canon 17-40mm L and it's as wide as the 10-22mm and as sharp. This lens is a wonderful addition to my kit. I already own the 24-105, 70-200 F2.8 is and the 100-400mm L. This lens looks solid. The lens hood is the same as the 10-22mm however there are marked differences. The L series 17-40mm is sharp as a razor and not heavy at all. I can't see any bad points at all with this lens. It isn't a fast lens at F4 maximum however for landscapes and interiors such as churches I prefer to stop down to F8 or so. No image stabiliser but with a sturdy tripod who needs it on this lens.
    The canon 17-40mm is a well constructed lens and sealed against the elements. With this and the 24-105mm added with my Canon 6d its all I need for a holiday jaunt.

    If you own a full frame Canon then this is THE wide angle zoom for you. It's a gem.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jim Orr on 5 May 2009
    I use this lens with an EOS 40D. It feels well made and its as sharp as a tack. I'd been thinking of buying it for some time and after using it I'm glad I did.
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    62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By jamsari on 25 Jan 2010
    If you are reading this then you know that this is one of the most useful zoom L lens and probably one of the cheapest L quality lens out there. If you have a crop body (which I did start with) it is a truly remarkable walk-around lens which would occupy serious time on my 450D. Its that good!

    It has plenty of uses. Landscape and street photography is where this baby truly shines (on a fullframe 5d mk ii) I would normally stop this down to f8-f11 (sweet spot) and just shoot away. It is sharp! You'd be surprised in terms of sharpness even comparing with few of my primes (85mm 1.2L mkii and 100mm 2.8L IS)

    There are times I wished that this is slightly faster for indoor photography (a bit slow at f4 aperture) but then again it can do preety much everything else. Grab the flash and problems solved.

    The focusing speed is blindingly fast. Accurate without need for micro adjustment. Built like a tank and can take few serious knocks. Mine has! Phew! It is something I can't say about the 85mm 1.2L ii which would give me palpitations everytime it gets some time on the 5D (amazing lens though).

    Its a great beginner lens too especially if you are like me, start small and then get sucked in into the world of photography. In no time at all you'll have a FF (full frame) with few quality L lenses. Not to mention down by few thousands euros! Ouch!

    Enjoy snapping and don't tell me I didn't warn you.
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