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CanonEF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 943 reviews)

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    (677)

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    (245)

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    (12)

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    (6)

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    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (796)
  • Strong construction (597)
  • Durable (547)
  • Consistent output (537)
  • Easily interchangeable (453)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (136)
  • Heavy (68)
  • Blurry focus (17)
  • Slow focus (15)
  • Difficult to clean (12)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (620)
  • Weddings (244)
  • General purpose (174)
  • Night photography (149)
  • Landscape photography (108)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (253), Semi-pro photographer (228), Enthusiast (115), Pro photographer (115), Semi-professional (63)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (521), Yes (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A valuable lens to own

I use this lens with the canon 5D MK III. It replaces the 16-35mm f2.8L. I like the 17-40 because it's small, light, and less expensive compared to the...Read complete review

I use this lens with the canon 5D MK III. It replaces the 16-35mm f2.8L. I like the 17-40 because it's small, light, and less expensive compared to the 16-35. It uses a 77mm filter like my other Canon zooms. The f4 is relatively fast, and meets my needs for an ultra wide angle on a full frame sensor. There are compromises with the lens, compred to the 16-35, but I have not found any faults with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice and wide on full frame

I've just gotten started with it, but I'm using this lens on a 5DmkII. It's easily my widest lens, and is quite wide on the 5D. I've never used the 16-35 or...Read complete review

I've just gotten started with it, but I'm using this lens on a 5DmkII. It's easily my widest lens, and is quite wide on the 5D. I've never used the 16-35 or the 14mm. While it's not exactly what I would call a cheap lens, it is cheap for an L lens, and so I would expect some compromises to have been made. While I've not done any sort of side by side comparison, I would say it's not the sharpest lens, particularly at the edges, and it does have some vignetting. This seems to be the case even when stopped down and zoomed, although these issues are probably worst at 17mm at f4.On the upside, I do like the metal construction and weather sealing of an L lens. It opens up to f4 regardless of focal length, which is fast enough to use the precision focusing screen on the 5DmkII (it's visibly darker than the normal screen, but usable). I'm not unhappy with the distortion it produces. Most importantly, it's a seriously wide, Canon L lens for only [$] The 16-35 and the 14 are both twice as expensive.

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5.0

Best wide-angle lens for the price!

By Zach

from Wisconsin

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

    I purchased the 17-40mm f/4L lens for real estate photography. So far it has exceeded all of my expectations. It's perfect for anything you plan to shoot wide, may that be real estate or landscapes. I have nothing bad to say about this lens, it performs very well for the price!

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    4.0

    Architectural Photographer Love it.

    By Josh Pabst

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

    I felt the need to leave a review, which I don't do that often. This lens, a couple stops closed, is fantastic. I started shooting architecture/commercial real estate using a 24mm-105mm and this lens was a huge upgrade and much wider. Even though 24 to 17 only seems like a 7mm jump, it's not the same as going from 193 to 200, 7mm at the wide end makes a big difference. You can see my architecutral photography folow here http://www.joshpabstphoto.com/ and most of the shots were taken on this lens. I'm now looking into getting the 17 TSE (tilt shift), but this is a great lens to get started in street, real estate, ect.. I love. I don't do a lot of landscape, but I have no doubt that on a tripod and closed down a little, this lens would be great. It does have significant barrel distortion but it's fixed with the click of a button in lightroom.

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    5.0

    Outstanding Value

    By Chris

    from Fishersville, VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

      I take mainly landscape photos and coming from my kit EF-S 18-135 and EF 50 1.8 this lens is incredible. This is possibly the best bang for the buck Canon offers. It is an L series lens that is good quality glass for under $. The only drawback is its easy to bump the zoom adjustment if you aren't careful.

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      5.0

      Very versatile

      By Naty

      from Irvine, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

        I have a Canon 6D and a 50mm f/1.4. Both are a great combo. However I felt some limitation with my 50mm, especially when travelling or being indoors: I had a hard time to get buildings into the frame or to get everyone on a picture at a dining table. Therefore I wanted a wide-angle. I first thought about a prime lens again, but then I figured that a zoom lens would give me more options. Being used to my super wide aperture of 1.4, I was worried about the f/4. During the weekend I finally had the chance to try out the lens and I don't regret a thing: I was able to take nice picture from a sports event and last night I took my first cooking photos in our tiny kitchen. The rather small aperture hasn't been a problem so far.
        At 17mm the picture is of course distorted as many may have mentioned, but this is fine for me since it is super wide-angle.
        This lens is a good counterpart to my 50mm.

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        5.0

        Consistent and durable

        By Ethan the Adventurer

        from Bellingham, WA

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

        I got this lens to do landscape and night photography. I am very impressed on how it preforms in all conditions and the quality of the image it produces. I have been taking it some serious adventures and it has been holding up very well.

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        5.0

        Amazing! Stunning photographs!

        By celainej

        from Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Don't Like Hood

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

        I use this to take pictures in the Florida Everglades. I love the sharp images and the fact that the zoom is internal and doesn't extend the actual lens when zooming in/out. I don't like the hood too much, but aside from that, this is one fantastic lens. Love it! I'm very happy I bought it!

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        5.0

        Great Wide Angle Zoom For EOS Shooters!

        By iGhengis

        from Hawaii

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

            Bought with an EOS 6D at B&H's superstore. Wanted a quality wide angle zoom and liked the 17 to 40mm range. Had to be an L Series lens - I like the quality. Also needed an EF lens to cover the 6D's full-frame sensor. Salesman at B&H showed me a variety of lens and body combinations. After choosing the 6D and trying the 17-40 f/4.0 in-store, I was sold. I used it that night to shoot the Manhattan Skyline and night shots of and on the Brooklyn Bridge. From the Brooklyn waterfront, at 17mm I was able to capture the full Manhattan Skyline from the Statute of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge, then zoomed in on just Manhattan. Highly useful range. Zoom action was smooth and clean as I expected from an L series lens. It is surprisingly lightweight yet feels solid. I shot on a tripod and got great images. Only negative was not having the money to buy the faster 16-35mm f/2.8L, but I very happy with this lens and the price.

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            4.0

            Great Lens!

            By JRMaddox

            from Simi Valley Ca.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

              All my glass is L series because I want super sharp images. I bought this one for interior shots for real estate agents. It works as it should...

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              5.0

              This is a great lens

              By grubbs

              from Dallas, Tx

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                Wide and very sharp on my 6d. I use this lens everyday. I shoot a lot of real estate photography and it works great with minimal distortion. This is my second one, I broke my other one and didnt last long without it. Also great for shooting landscape. Love it.

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                5.0

                Very versatile lens

                By Hongtao

                from Kirkland, WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                I use this lens for both portrait and landscape outdoor. Very usable and versatile.

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                5.0

                Great lens for Santa Fe,Nm

                By Forcerecon

                from NM.

                Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                Used greatly while outdoors in the mountains,prefect.

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                5.0

                Good lens

                By Dan

                from San Diego

                Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                Good lens and a good value, lightweight and portable. If you can afford the upgrade, definitely worth the price to get the 16-35mm f/4 IS. If I had known it was coming out less than a year after I bought the 17-40 I would have waited. It is definitely much sharper. The 17-40 served me very well though over the past year. It's a good lens and I love how it is nice and light and small. Great for backpacking.

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                4.0

                Very sharp and good price

                By Sodrul

                from New York

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                This is a great L series lens. The images are very sharp even with wide open aperture. Lack of IS is noticeable when shooting indoor handheld at low light. But I got this lens for my landscape photography and IS is not required as I'm shooting with Tripod. Barrel distortion is quite big at the widest focal length but can be corrected somewhat in Photoshop/Light Room, just need to avoid putting people at the edge while shooting 17mm. Overall this is a great lens to have for the landscape photography compared to the pricier brother 16-35mm f/2.8.

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                4.0

                great

                By vi the flower

                from montana

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                I am exploring with this lens, so far I love it. Landscapes, group shots, and portrait. It is clear, fast and great all around for the price. I love the versatility of this lens. Happy I bought it.

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                4.0

                great lens

                By Dan the Man

                from New York

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                  quality is great, easy to use

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                  4.0

                  Superb

                  By jpaulcertain

                  from Barranquilla, Colombia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                      Superb Lens for a Fair Price. More than glad to recommend it to a friend.

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                      5.0

                      Wish i bought long ago

                      By Sergei K

                      from Brooklyn NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                        Use it with C-100, 7D and 5D, along with 24-105 L and 70-200 L. Love it. Biting my elbows for not buying it long time ago. Gives me perfect range to do wide that covers almost any room, and go in for a waist up shot if needed, as well as just sufficient for establishing shots / exterior shots. Almost a default lens. Great L quality, that's a given.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens for capturing everything!

                        By Capital A Dubs

                        from Columbus, OH

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Good in low light

                        Cons

                        • No Stabilization

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                        I use this lens for weddings and production shoots on a 5D mark iii. The resolution is outstanding. It's just wide enough to make walking motions very smooth, but not as wide to make everything look "bent." You don't necessarily get the manipulation as you would with an 8mm or so, which I prefer.

                        This lens is also easy to focus with manual focus, which I also like using since I'm moving around a lot, or at least my subjects are.

                        The only thing that I would change about this lens is that it doesn't have a stabilizer. But, like I said, even without that feature you can make video look very smooth, even if you're just doing a crab walk.

                        I have shot a bit of still work with this lens as well, and I have loved the way pictures turn out. Everything is crisp and in focus.

                        Also, I've noticed that this lens has been great in low light situations. A lot of reception halls that I've been in are dim to set the mood, but the lens has always been able to handle it.

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                        5.0

                        WOW!

                        By Jess

                        from Auburn,WA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                          the clarity and details with this lens is insane! i love the variety i have with it and the tack sharp photos it produces!

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens!

                          By Steve Parr

                          from St. Augustine, Florida

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens:

                            This is a lens I've wanted for some time.

                            This will be used for a wide variety of things. I'm beginning to get into high-end real estate photography, and this lens is perfect. It's also great for landscapes (I think that's a given) and, as I've come to discover, maritime photography. Just like real estate, the wide angle lends itself well to shooting boat interiors.

                            I can't imagine being happier with a lens than I am with this one...

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