Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens with Case and Lens Hood - USA

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About Canon 17-40mm

This Canon 17-40mm Bundle comes with $68.38 worth of free accessories including a , Tiffen 77mm UV Wide Angle Thin Filter and a Adorama Cleaning Kit . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

An affordable L-series ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that's ideal for both film and digital SLRs. Superior optics are assured by the use of three aspherical lens elements, in addition to a Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass element. Optical coatings are optimized for use with digital cameras. This lens focuses as close as 11 inches (0.28m), and offers both Canon's full-time manual focus and a powerful ring-type USM for fast and silent AF. It has a constant f/4 maximum aperture, and offers the choice of screw-in 77mm filters or a holder in the rear of the lens for up to three gel filters. Finally, it offers weather-resistant construction similar to other high-end L-series lenses

The Canon 17-40mm is commonly used for Art, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Special effects, Sports/action, Travel, Upgrade, Video, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 17-40mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 17-40mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 17-40mm: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Easy to clean, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Simple controls, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (139),Strong construction (104),Consistent output (86),Durable (86),Lightweight (78),Easily interchangeable (73),Rugged (60),Superior build quality (39),Fast auto-focus (35),Super-sharp images (33),Nice bokeh (15),Easily mounted (13) Clear glass (12),Simple controls (10),Easy to clean (4),Sharp (4) View All
Cons:
Poor in low light (18),Heavy (8),Blurry focus (3),Semi-sharp images (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (85),Weddings (38),General purpose (32),Landscape photography (25),Night photography (20),Travel (18),Wildlife photos (14),Low light (13),Special effects (12),Fun (10),Photojournalism (8),Portraits (7) Sports/action (7),Wildlife (6),Art (5),Upgrade (4),Video (4),Landscapes (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (40),Semi-pro photographer (31),Enthusiast (29),Semi-professional (19),Pro photographer (11),Professional (10),Casual photographer (4),Photography student (3)

Canon 17-40mm Features

  • Optimized for Digital Imaging
  • High Speed Rear Focusing
  • Close Focusing to 11 inches
  • Non Rotating Front Element
  • Rear Gel Filter Holder
  • Shorter and about 35% lighter than 16-35 f/2.8 L-Series Lens

Canon 17-40mm Specifications

Construction
9 groups /12 elements
Angle of view
104° - 57°
F stop range
4-22
Closest Focusing Distance
0.28m / 0.9 ft.
Maximum Magnification
0.24 (at 40mm)
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.3" x 3.8" / 83.5mm x 96.8mm,
Weight
500g , 17.6 oz.

Canon 17-40mm Reviews

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4.6

(based on 205 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (141)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best L Value

I use the 17-40 f/4L on a 7D body for landscapes and perspective shots. The 17-40 is lightweight, fast-focusing, sharp, and has great color and contrast. The only area where the 16-35 f/2.8L wins is aperature. Bokeh isn't that much of an issue in this focal length, but you can get some decent results wide open and close up at 40mm. At half the price of a 16-35, it's hard to beat this lens. Bring a tripod along for Blue Hour, and add a slim polarizer to really knock some socks off. If you're h...

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I use the 17-40 f/4L on a 7D body for landscapes and perspective shots. The 17-40 is lightweight, fast-focusing, sharp, and has great color and contrast. The only area where the 16-35 f/2.8L wins is aperature. Bokeh isn't that much of an issue in this focal length, but you can get some decent results wide open and close up at 40mm. At half the price of a 16-35, it's hard to beat this lens. Bring a tripod along for Blue Hour, and add a slim polarizer to really knock some socks off. If you're having that 16/17 debate in your head, put your savings towards more L glass. The 17-40 can't shoot handheld in really low light, but it's lighter and artistically identical in every other way. If budget or weight aren't even a slight consideration, or if you "live" in low light, get the 16 of course.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Value for money; but know its limitations

I've had this lens in my gear bag and used it extensively in the past two years. I'm generally happy with its performance vis-a-vis price paid, but buyers should be aware of what this lens is and isn't. This lens does offer solid, L-caliber optical quality. Like most "red-ring" lenses this is built like a tank and performed in snow and desert alike. On the minus side, the aperture is a bit slow and so is the AF compared to other benchmark L lenses such as the 24-70 or the 70-200/2.8. The bigg...

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I've had this lens in my gear bag and used it extensively in the past two years. I'm generally happy with its performance vis-a-vis price paid, but buyers should be aware of what this lens is and isn't. This lens does offer solid, L-caliber optical quality. Like most "red-ring" lenses this is built like a tank and performed in snow and desert alike. On the minus side, the aperture is a bit slow and so is the AF compared to other benchmark L lenses such as the 24-70 or the 70-200/2.8. The biggest problem for me is the serious vignetting towards the 17mm range on full-frame cameras (with or without the supplied hood). Which kind of defeats the purpose of having a wide-angle lens. I'm ditching this for the 16-35. Net-net, this is a good piece of glass for the price paid but I wouldn't get this if you're serious about image quality and plan to use the short end of the zoom range a lot.

Reviewed by 205 customers

 
4.0

Nice lens!

By

from Williamsport, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used this lens to take a shot of the vendors (100+) from the balcony of a show. The picture was featured in the club's magazine, and people were able to pick themselves out quite easily. Does need a tripod.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very pleased

By

from Williamsport, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Quick delivery, easy to use, great angle, crisp

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Little Lens

By

from Des Moines, IA

Love this lens. I needed a higher quality wide angle lens that the kit EF-S lens that came with my Crop camera as I knew I was going to go FF eventually. The kit was slow to focus and the images were just not that sharp. Once I put the 17-40 L on my cam body I knew I had the right lens. It has great image quality and focuses extremely quickly. The L build quality has stood up to one accidental drop with absolutely no issues aftwards. My only issue is the not great aperture of F4. I knew that going in and expected it, but one more stop would have made this the perfect lens. For the price, you just can not beat it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great landscape lens if you have the $$$

By

from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This was my first venture into Canon's "L" lenses. It's fantastic. There's a noticeable jump in quality (feel and image) from the other models. Weight is reasonable too. Didn't come with a hood or bag though :-/

 
5.0

Affordable high quality landscape lens

By

from Cincinnati, OH

I have owned this for 2 years now and I have loved every second of it. It was my first L series lens and was my only lens for a while. You just can't beat the quality at the price point. Focusing is silent and fast, build quality is great. It is a little soft wide open in the corners, but that is expected with an ultra wide lens. It can easily still be used wide open without loss of image quality. The distortion is well controlled and what remains can be corrected easily in LR. I think it has the perfect amount of distortion that can either be used as an advantage or corrected. One of the things that attracted me to the lens was the weight or how light it is. When you hike in the woods every ounce counts. Comparing it to the 16-35 it is significantly lighter. The close focusing distance has made the f/4 max aperture a non issues outdoors with depth of field. The extra stop could be helpful for wedding or indoor shooting. If you are doing outdoor shooting and want ultra wide angle this is a great lens.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this lens.

By

from Spring House, PA  -  Pro Photographer

I am a Realtor and am using this lens for HDR interior photos. It has far exceeded my expectation.

 
4.0

Good lens

By

from Fresno, ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

Landscape photography Family photos

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent lens, best value!

By

from Cleveland, OH  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The 17-40L is often noted for having soft edges/corners at wider apertures, and this is true. However, stop the lens down and performance is stellar. Color and contrast are incredible. I have used the 16-35 II, 14L II and third part options as well... The 17-40L remains my favorite. The 16-35 II offers nothing except for the f/2.8 over the 17-40 at double the cost. Having used multiple copies of each, I find the sharpness better on the 17-40 (and Canon's MTF charts agree), except for maybe extreme corners. The 14L II is a great lens, but 3x the cost and limited in use due to the fixed focal length. The 17-40L is still the best option for Canon users at this time.

 
5.0

Nice color and focus

By

from Illinois  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this lens for shooting abandoned buildings, so I can more get the scope of the place I'm shooting. THe only thing to keep in mind is that this lens is an f4, so there are some speed and low light issues, but if you're using strobes then it's not a problem. Just be mindful of what you are going to use it for.

 
4.0

Great alternative to the 16-35mm

By

from Asheville, NC  -  Pro Photographer

This lens is a great budget alternative to Canon's 16-35mm, basically half the price. I'm not much of a wide-angle shooter, but when I need it, I'm glad to have this in my bag. I mainly use it for shooting architectural, so the relatively slow f/4 doesn't bother me.

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EVAN S  Very nice lens but traded for the 17-55 2.8 for added fledibility range and low light
ken G  IMshooting with a 7D I'm currently using a 50mm .I'm looking to upgrade is the the right lens to use on my 7d?
JAMES C  I have two canon 7d cameras. The Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens with Case and Lens Hood is my walk around lens. The 1.6 crop factor makes this lens an approx. 27-64. This lens has been outstanding for me.
Susan V  I have the 5D,Mark 3, and want a nice clear wide angle lens. I'm trying to decide on the 17-40MM or the 17-55MM. Has anyone used both, and have a preference ?
ROBERT S  Go for the 17-40mm its fantastic.
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