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CanonEF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 990 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (716)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (251)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (824)
  • Strong construction (616)
  • Durable (567)
  • Consistent output (562)
  • Easily interchangeable (469)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (140)
  • Heavy (69)
  • Blurry focus (17)
  • Slow focus (15)
  • Difficult to clean (13)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (652)
  • Weddings (255)
  • General purpose (174)
  • Night photography (155)
  • Low light (115)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (263), Semi-pro photographer (238), Pro photographer (124), Enthusiast (115), Semi-professional (63)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (554), Yes (25)

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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4.0

I'm a fan of this lens!

By Steve M

from Washington, DC

Verified Buyer

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

Although not perfect, the Canon 17-40mm f4L is a great lens to pair with your full frame sensor if you're looking for that really wide angle shot. Build quality is second to one (a common theme among L lenses) and focus is quiet and smooth. The lens itself is also fairly light when compared to other L lenses which makes if backpack or camera bag friendly.

The only major issue with this lens is the distortion seen at the outer edges when shooting at 17mm. There is significant distortion and some vignetting, but fortunately it's nothing a little Lightroom can't solve. I now have two of these lenses in my household and we both love using them regularly.

Buying from B&H was nothing short of easy, fast and convenient. They were priced competitively and I had the lens in hand less than three business days after submitting my order. I'll definitely be a repeat customer at B&H!

 
5.0

Perfect for Architectural and Interior Photographers

By Greg

from Undisclosed

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

I use this lens on a daily basis when I am out shooting photos of houses and commercial spaces for real estate agents. If I had to choose one single lens for my work, this would be the one. This is also my favorite lens for landscape shots. 

At 17mm, this lens has very minor barrell distortion, which is completely expected for lenses of this width. The distortion can easily be corrected with the lens correction tools in programs like Photoshop and Lightroom.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Rodrigo

from Undisclosed

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

Excelent wide angle lens. Use it on a 5d III and get excelent results.

 
5.0

Great for real estate photography

By Johnny

from Dubuque, IA

Verified Buyer

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

I have been shooting homes for realtors for a few years now, and am kicking myself for not getting this lens a long time ago! I had been using my 24-105mm on my Canon 6D, and it has done a fantastic job for me, but nothing like the 17-40mm.

The lens is the perfect size, and not too heave. I really like how all the physical zomming is within the lens, so the actual outside of the lens doesn't move at all! Clarity is amazing. So far, my low-light high-ISO shots still look great, and the outdoor scenic wide shots I've tried look great too!

Price was right on this lens! A great buy!

 
5.0

nice lens

By Bing

from Chicago

Verified Buyer

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

Very nice lens. Takes clear pictures.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Lens Ever!

By Tiffany

from Undisclosed

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

As an independent filmmaker, my camera equipment is not only by baby and best friend, but my life support. Saving up for my Canon 7D and then purchasing lenses has been, by far, one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences of my life. Talking to the experts behind the desks and then talking to the pros behind the cameras, this experience was as thrilling as interviewing movie stars in an epic film or tour guides for a grand adventure I was about to embark on.

After buying multiple lenses, from primes to telephoto; the Canon EF 17-40 mm lens was the best purchase I’d ever made. Instead of needing a very large and safely padded camera bag for multiple prime lenses, the 17-40 mm is lighter and far more easily stored despite the gentle circumference difference from the base to the top in physical appearance. The lens is very clear and useful due to its wide range of focus, for photos and videos. I can just as easily shoot a close-up and a medium frame based on the feeling I am going for with a simple rack focus.

Good care of the lens is simple, too. With a wide face of glass, lens caps are to be kept on during storage and travel. The glass responds best to anti-static cloth, and each knob adds to the delicate but simple infrastructure of the lens. Not much can stain the body and anything on there can be easily removed by being picked off or rubbed off with a dry towel. Air cans are best for reach the nook and crannies, also to minimize the possibility of damage to the lens, itself. Like most lenses, liquids are best kept away from it, along with sand and other dusty material.

The last time I traveled to China, I contemplated bringing several lenses, but in the end, I packed my 17-40 mm and a telephoto lens. As it turned out, I used my 17-40 mm the most. From beautiful landscape to detailed ornaments, this lens kept my creative eye busy and captured every angle my heart desired. Perhaps it’s the confidence of the red band or knowing that Canon was in my hands, whatever the case, this lens renewed my love and need to shoot, as I hope it would change your life, too. If you don’t have this lens, you’re missing out. I know filmmakers often prefer prime lenses, but for travel, convenience, and quality, I highly recommend the Canon 17-40 mm lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Lens Ever!

By Tiffany

from Undisclosed

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

As an independent filmmaker, my camera equipment is not only by baby and best friend, but my life support. Saving up for my Canon 7D and then purchasing lenses has been, by far, one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences of my life. Talking to the experts behind the desks and then talking to the pros behind the cameras, this experience was as thrilling as interviewing movie stars in an epic film or tour guides for a grand adventure I was about to embark on.
 
After buying multiple lenses, from primes to telephoto; the Canon EF 17-40 mm lens was the best purchase I’d ever made. Instead of needing a very large and safely padded camera bag for multiple prime lenses, the 17-40 mm is lighter and far more easily stored despite the gentle circumference difference from the base to the top in physical appearance. The lens is very clear and useful due to its wide range of focus, for photos and videos. I can just as easily shoot a close-up and a medium frame based on the feeling I am going for with a simple rack focus.
 
Good care of the lens is simple, too. With a wide face of glass, lens caps are to be kept on during storage and travel. The glass responds best to anti-static cloth, and each knob adds to the delicate but simple infrastructure of the lens. Not much can stain the body and anything on there can be easily removed by being picked off or rubbed off with a dry towel. Air cans are best for reach the nook and crannies, also to minimize the possibility of damage to the lens, itself. Like most lenses, liquids are best kept away from it, along with sand and other dusty material.
 
The last time I travelled to China, I contemplated bringing several lenses, but in the end, I packed my 17-40 mm and a telephoto lens. As it turned out, I used my 17-40 mm the most. From beautiful landscape to detailed ornaments, this lens kept my creative eye busy and captured every angle my heart desired. Perhaps it’s the confidence of the red band or knowing that Canon was in my hands, whatever the case, this lens renewed my love and need to shoot, as I hope it would change your life, too. If you don’t have this lens, you’re missing out. I know filmmakers often prefer prime lenses, but for travel, convenience, and quality, I highly recommend the Canon 17-40 mm lens.

 
5.0

Perfect for the price!

By Kim

from North Dighton

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens for the money! Of course there's always higher end products with everything but this is a great lens for the money!!

 
5.0

Great Lens for Landscapes and Architecture

By TJ

from Statesboro, GA

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is of great construction, just like all the Canon products. Good for general shooting but great for capturing large expansive views, such as landscapes and the architecture of buildings. Heavy on the price but hey, you can't beat quality glass.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this lens!! Great for my Real Estate Photography!

By Rick

from New Jersey

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Real Estate Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I use this lens for Real Estate Photography and it never disappoints!! Light and fast and Durable ! Sharp as a Tack!!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very happy with this lens.

    By KathyS

    from Hillsborough, NC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      I am very happy with this lens. I have been wanting a wide angle zoom for my Canon 5D MkIII and this one fit my budget. I'm pleased with the photos - very clean and crisp. Lens is a good size and not heavy, yet feels substantial.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Impressive

      By hitydes

      from Cherryfield, Maine

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Impressive performance throughout the range,at F4 through F11...excellent competition against, 16-35mm f4, 24-70mm f4...lightweight, weather sealed,GREAT BANG for the buck! Very happy with this purchase.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good economical alternative to the 16-35

      By Canoneer

      from Sprinfield, Il

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Great lens for landscape and architectural photography. A little soft at edges if you are a pixel peeper.
        Has a nice internal focus mechanism, appears weather resistant (I have not taken mine out in the rain)
        I did not notice any barrel distortion, I had rented a 16-35 f2.8 and it had noticeable distortion at 16 mm.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Take me to the woods

        By West Virginia Max

        from Morgantown, WV

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          Having shoot with EF 17-40mm f/4L for several months, I can say that this zoom works well as a walkabout landscape lens on a 6D, if I am not planning on swapping lenses. On this body, it can see really wide, although I rarely keep anything taken beyond 24mm, because of the optical distortions. At the 40mm end, this lens take great group portraits. The IQ is excellent. A range provided by zoom is perfect for an APS-C body, which was a decisive factor for me.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Excellant wide angle lens

          By JPF

          from San Jose, Ca.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            If you shoot landscapes and need a wide angle lens you really can't go wrong with this lens. It provides wonderful optics, it has 77mm front threads for filters. I am extremely happy with this lens.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great lens so far!

            By Kiks

            from Miami, FL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Real Estate

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

            I bought the lens for real estate photography and it has been great...

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Best lens with Full Frame

            By Beto

            from Rolla, MO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Video

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

              Ultra-wide capability at 17mm with Full-Frame. The distortion when panning in video or moving forward is amazing!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (9 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic general wide angle, slightly soft outside

              By Ted S

              from Portland, Oregon

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Difficult to Clean

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

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

              Purchased this lens to use with my Canon 6D and while it may not have that last 1mm of focal width or the step up quality of the f/2.8, for the relative price, it's pretty spectacular.

              I mostly shoot still landscape for fun and my shots with this lens have been some of my best ever especially around low light / night and long exposures.

              The range is notably wider than your typical kit lens, stabilization works well, the detail solid though a little soft outside (or maybe it's just my shooting), and it's easy to adjust. Much of my use is on long hikes and in very cold places and everything has held up beautifully for that though there is enough of a lip on the front of the lens for small particles to catch under and it does fog up quickly.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great lens!

              By Jass

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video

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

                Having 17mm and 35mm together was exciting to me. And mostly it will be used for wide shots so f4 was more than enough for me.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very nice for the price!

                By Magic Marker

                from Hobe Sound, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  I saw this lens on the B&H website and ordered it not realizing it was not stabilized. At 74 years old, I am not as steady as I used to be so returned it. Those images (see attached) I took with the camera braced were very nice. It's a winner for the not so shaky or tripod crowd!!!!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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