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Title: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: verysimplejason on October 07, 2012, 10:54:37 PM
Just recently, I'm thinking of buying a 17-40mm L lens.  I intend to upgrade to either 5D2 or 6D after sometime.  My question is, is it really better than just having an APS-C + 10-22mm lens?  This will be used for landscape photography.  I'm also into macro photography but perfectly happy with a 500D + 100mm F2.8 USM lens.  Should I just forget going FF and go for APS-C?  I'm confused because I really love both macro and landscape photography.  I'm planning to complete the set by next year March since summer starts in my place during that month.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: jabbott on October 07, 2012, 11:31:34 PM
I just moved up to the 5D3 with a 17-40 after using a T2i/550D with a 10-22.  They are very similar but there are some differences...  the 10-22 has a variable aperture from f/3.5 to f/4.5 whereas the 17-40 has a constant f/4 aperture.  The 17-40 has better control of chromatic aberration in the corners, better build quality and weather sealing around the rear element.  At 10mm on APS-C the angle of view of 107.5˚ which is roughly equivalent to 16mm on full frame (108.2˚).  The 17-40 is not quite as wide as either when at 17mm (the angle of view is 104˚) but it's still quite wide.  Personally I decided to get the 17-40 over the 16-35 II because it's lighter, smaller, cheaper and it takes 77mm filters like nearly every other lens I have.  I'm still comparing the photo quality to the 10-22 but haven't done side-by-side comparisons to look for significant differences.  I'm happy with both.  I would say don't upgrade to FF solely for the 17-40, but consider moving to FF for other reasons.  The Samyang 14mm is another option which provides an amazing 114˚ angle of view on FF...
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: Dylan777 on October 07, 2012, 11:33:35 PM

5D II or 6D.....FF is the way to go period.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: Policar on October 07, 2012, 11:51:38 PM
I sort of preferred my t2i and 11-16mm Tokina cominbation to my 5D3 17-40mm combination, but like...not by a lot. IQ was similar and the t2i was smaller with a little less distortion.

The 17-40mm doesn't make that much sense on APS-C since the 17-55mm f2.8 IS is just better. But on FF it's fine. I think it's too wide for most landscapes, but that's a matter of taste, and I can't stand the lack of shift, tbh, so I'd far prefer the 24mm tse, but the price....
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: sweetcancer on October 08, 2012, 12:27:43 AM
If I did mostly landscapes and macros, i wouldn't go with FF. Also, I think the 10-22 is sharper than 17-40, although not sure. But with smaller sensors you can use bigger apertures and still get a lot of depth of field, which is what matters in landscape. Slow shutter speed, using tripod and low isos, there isn't a dramatic difference in picture. I'd buy full frame for shallow dof images and better high iso performance.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: sagittariansrock on October 08, 2012, 01:29:12 AM
I'd think macro and landscape would be the very reason to go FF. Think, if you are shooting 1:1 macro, you can capture something as big as 35mm x 24mm (ok, almost). With an APS-C, you fill up your sensor with smaller magnifications.
On the landscape front- resolution, DoF (a lot of people think everything should always be in focus for landscapes), image quality, superior performance at low ISOs are compelling reasons to go FF.
The 5DII is a fantastic camera (and that's still an understatement), and since going from T2i to 5DII you won't feel any of the latter's shortcomings (with respect to fps, AF, metering, build quality as in case of 7D-->5DII), an upgrade is a no-brainer.
On the other hand, I've had mixed feelings about the 17-40. It didn't strike me as a sharp, contrasty lens. I like the 10-22 on my 7D much better than the 17-40 on an otherwise excellent 5DII but your mileage may vary. The 17-40 on the T2i would be very mediocre, no doubt about that bit in any case- so I hope you upgrade soon if you end up buying the 17-40.

I would say don't upgrade to FF solely for the 17-40, but consider moving to FF for other reasons.  The Samyang 14mm is another option which provides an amazing 114˚ angle of view on FF...

+1. Or, I'd save for the 16-35mm...
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: PackLight on October 08, 2012, 02:25:31 AM
For landscape FF is the way to go. More control of your DOF than you have with a crop body. The sensor of the 5D II will give you better results on similar framed subjects. If you are real serious, the 17-40 will be your starting place, primes and the Tilt Shifts later on.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: verysimplejason on October 08, 2012, 02:56:54 AM
Thanks for all the replies.  Now, another question, is it 17-40 or 16-35?  I'm taking mostly landscape photos using a tripod and long shutter speed.  Is the 16-35 a lot better than 17-40 @ F/8 and above for example?  I don't worry about low-light.  I've got primes to take care of that.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: wayno on October 08, 2012, 04:01:37 AM
I have used both: 550d + 10-22 and now a 5d2 + 17-40L. I can unreservedly say the 17-40 handles flare much better and I prefer the IQ/detail of the latter. I have pixel peeped heavily and it is unmistakable. As for comparison with 16-35, for landscapes 17-40 would be a better option - lighter and just as good at f8. Both are softish at the edges anyway - there's no getting around that. I find my 17-40 images are incredibly sharp across most of the frame and would highly recommend it. It's a bargain for what it is.

The 10-22 is excellent but I think the 17-40 marginally outclasses it, IQ-wise. The camera could have something to do with that as well but that's inevitably part of the comparison.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: gmrza on October 08, 2012, 05:36:24 AM
If I did mostly landscapes and macros, i wouldn't go with FF. Also, I think the 10-22 is sharper than 17-40, although not sure. But with smaller sensors you can use bigger apertures and still get a lot of depth of field, which is what matters in landscape. Slow shutter speed, using tripod and low isos, there isn't a dramatic difference in picture. I'd buy full frame for shallow dof images and better high iso performance.

Unless you shoot at f/8 to f/11 at 17mm, with the 17-40mm on the 5DII, the corners turn to mush.  I guess you could say that lens is not the sharpest tool in the shed....
You don't have as much of a problem with that lens with the 7D, as it only uses the centre sweet spot.
While the 17-40mm is a reasonable walkabout lens on the 7D (or other crop frame), with the 5DII, it is only really good for landscapes shot from a tripod (unless you have enough light to achieve f/8 hand-held).
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: ciao_chao on October 08, 2012, 07:25:31 AM
Think about it this way, if you have APS-C your only real UW options are the 10-22, and various other UWZ from third parties, and the Canon 14mm f2.8 or 15-85 (if you can even count them as UW).

If you go to FF, suddenly a whole lot more lenses become wide enough. You can go with 20 and 24mm primes. As well as non-Canon 17mm and 18mm primes. When you think about the UW lens, it's primarily for landscapes, so lightness will be a big advantage, now a 5/6 with prime will probably end up lighter than a APS-C + UWZ.

So overall while FF closes the EF-S door, it opens a whole lot more.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: robbinzo on October 08, 2012, 08:18:05 AM
Crop sensors do what the name suggests. They effectively chop off more of the outer image because the sensor is smaller. This means that soft corners and vignetting are less of a problem on a crop sensor camera.
For example, you have to remember that a 30mm lens on a crop is NOT the same as a 50mm on a full frame - even though you get a similar field of view. You will have a 30mm field of view chopped down. This means that on a crop sensor at 10mm, you will get slightly more distortion of verticals than with 16mm on a FF camera. But then again with a FF camera you get more light on to the sensor and better bokeh, more vignetting, possibly softer corners and so on.
I own the 10-22mm and like it a lot. I don't like the variable aperture though.
So effectively the 10-22mm isn't necessarily "better" even though you may get better corners. Depends what you overall needs are.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: wayno on October 08, 2012, 08:31:27 AM
I mostly do F8 night photography and landscapes with my 17-40 on tripod or sometimes hand held. I print them and sell them at quite large sizes in exhibits etc. Whilst the difference between both lenses is not huge I can say corner softness is overrated as an issue IMHO. I went through a Zeiss 21 phase and then came to enjoy the versatility of the zoom (for guerilla style night work). On FF, corners can be soft but it's not really that much of an issue for me nor I suspect 99.5% of the people who view/buy my work. Note: I can report equally soft edges on the 10-22 for some images, despite the crop factor.

I think it's easy to get worked up about this but in reality it's just an extension of obsessive pixel peeping. You can't have everything with UWA zooms. Corners are just the drawback if one cares to view it that way.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: neuroanatomist on October 08, 2012, 08:47:34 AM
This means that on a crop sensor at 10mm, you will get slightly more distortion of verticals than with 16mm on a FF camera.
That's ony true if you're talking about the exact same lens, i.e. a 10mm lens with a FF-sized image circle.  When you compare different lenses...

EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm on APS-C
(http://www.photozone.de/images/8Reviews/lenses/canon_1022_3545/10mm_distortion.png)

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II @ 16mm on FF
(http://www.photozone.de/images/8Reviews/lenses/canon_1635_28_5d/16mm_distortion.png)

1.25% distortion on APS-C vs. 3.26% distortion on FF.  Note that that's with the 16-35 II - the distortion on the 17-40L @ 17mm is even worse.

Now, another question, is it 17-40 or 16-35?  I'm taking mostly landscape photos using a tripod and long shutter speed.  Is the 16-35 a lot better than 17-40 @ F/8 and above for example?  I don't worry about low-light.  I've got primes to take care of that.

In that case, no - the 17-40mm would be the way to go.  I got the 16-35L II because I did want to use it in low light, e.g.:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5243/5248980404_38c547b51c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_brain/5248980404/in/set-72157627187589316/lightbox/)
EOS 5D Mark II, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 27mm, 1/25 s, f/2.8, ISO 3200
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: Dylan777 on October 08, 2012, 09:15:59 AM
Thanks for all the replies.  Now, another question, is it 17-40 or 16-35?  I'm taking mostly landscape photos using a tripod and long shutter speed.  Is the 16-35 a lot better than 17-40 @ F/8 and above for example?  I don't worry about low-light.  I've got primes to take care of that.

If you shoot from f8-11, I would go for 17-40, why waste money on f2.8 if you don't need it. I went for 16-35 II, better in low light and a bit wider ;D.....still waiting for Canon to release 14-24 at least as good as Nikon or better.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: jabbott on October 08, 2012, 11:12:38 AM
Neuro brings up a good point...  the 17-40 is indeed quite a bit worse in terms of distortion than the 10-22.  If you are using Lightroom you can apply a lens correction profile which does a good job of cleaning it up.  I first noticed the distortion when taking a photo of a door near the edge of the frame, and noticing that the door was noticeably bowed.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: neuroanatomist on October 08, 2012, 11:23:49 AM
Neuro brings up a good point...  the 17-40 is indeed quite a bit worse in terms of distortion than the 10-22.  If you are using Lightroom you can apply a lens correction profile which does a good job of cleaning it up.  I first noticed the distortion when taking a photo of a door near the edge of the frame, and noticing that the door was noticeably bowed.

Yep - and of course, while that distortion can be corrected, that correction further reduces corner sharpness (in this case, maybe 'further increases corner softness' is the better phrasing).
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: sagittariansrock on October 08, 2012, 12:59:02 PM

Now, another question, is it 17-40 or 16-35?  I'm taking mostly landscape photos using a tripod and long shutter speed.  Is the 16-35 a lot better than 17-40 @ F/8 and above for example?  I don't worry about low-light.  I've got primes to take care of that.

In that case, no - the 17-40mm would be the way to go.  I got the 16-35L II because I did want to use it in low light


While I agree that the 16-35mm may not be $800 worth of IQ compared to the 17-40, there are non-Canon UWA zooms that I like far more than the underwhelming 17-40. I would particularly look at the excellent Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. The fast aperture will give you additional flexibility for DoF and low lights if you need it some day.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: wayno on October 08, 2012, 03:43:37 PM
Gosh. Am I the only champion for this "underwhelming" lens? Where I am it's an $800 L lens. It's not the sexiest beast by any stretch but as I said I have found it slightly better than the 10-22. I agree it has more distortion than the former- marginally - but anyone who is concerned about correction of this affecting corner performance should take a reality check. I'm all for pixel peeping - believe me I'm obsessed - but I know enough to know that correcting in LR makes no discernable difference at all in reality. We can choose to ignore that fact for the same of spending $$$$ more for no 'real' difference or we can just roll with it. I spend a lot of time mulling over the former but generally settle on the latter: reality.

I too will be keen to look at the new alleged UWA zoom in the pipeline but for now the 17-40 is doing a perfectly good job for me. I also appreciate the extra length relative to the 10-22 (or by comparison the 16-35).

Interestingly I used my 24-70l quite a bit on a recent trip and I found I was getting just as much distortion and in some instances more out of it than my 17-40 for certain shots. Which surprised me.

Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: robbinzo on October 08, 2012, 04:21:29 PM
This means that on a crop sensor at 10mm, you will get slightly more distortion of verticals than with 16mm on a FF camera.
That's ony true if you're talking about the exact same lens, i.e. a 10mm lens with a FF-sized image circle.  When you compare different lenses...

EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm on APS-C
(http://www.photozone.de/images/8Reviews/lenses/canon_1022_3545/10mm_distortion.png)

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II @ 16mm on FF
(http://www.photozone.de/images/8Reviews/lenses/canon_1635_28_5d/16mm_distortion.png)

1.25% distortion on APS-C vs. 3.26% distortion on FF.  Note that that's with the 16-35 II - the distortion on the 17-40L @ 17mm is even worse.

Now, another question, is it 17-40 or 16-35?  I'm taking mostly landscape photos using a tripod and long shutter speed.  Is the 16-35 a lot better than 17-40 @ F/8 and above for example?  I don't worry about low-light.  I've got primes to take care of that.

In that case, no - the 17-40mm would be the way to go.  I got the 16-35L II because I did want to use it in low light, e.g.:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5243/5248980404_38c547b51c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_brain/5248980404/in/set-72157627187589316/lightbox/)
EOS 5D Mark II, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 27mm, 1/25 s, f/2.8, ISO 3200

Good info. Thanks!
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on October 08, 2012, 04:54:58 PM
Just recently, I'm thinking of buying a 17-40mm L lens.  I intend to upgrade to either 5D2 or 6D after sometime.  My question is, is it really better than just having an APS-C + 10-22mm lens?  This will be used for landscape photography.  I'm also into macro photography but perfectly happy with a 500D + 100mm F2.8 USM lens.  Should I just forget going FF and go for APS-C?  I'm confused because I really love both macro and landscape photography.  I'm planning to complete the set by next year March since summer starts in my place during that month.
Just hold off.  The 17-40mm L is no better than your 10-22.  Bank the money and wait to see what is announnced in January next year.  There is no use buying lenses for a FF body, particularly since prices are dropping due to the world economy.
I did not fall in love with a 17-40mmL on my 5D MK II, it was good but did not really inspire me.  I recently bought a 16-35mmL and it is sharper, but that could be a sample variation thing. 
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: verysimplejason on October 08, 2012, 07:20:40 PM
Neuro brings up a good point...  the 17-40 is indeed quite a bit worse in terms of distortion than the 10-22.  If you are using Lightroom you can apply a lens correction profile which does a good job of cleaning it up.  I first noticed the distortion when taking a photo of a door near the edge of the frame, and noticing that the door was noticeably bowed.

Yep - and of course, while that distortion can be corrected, that correction further reduces corner sharpness (in this case, maybe 'further increases corner softness' is the better phrasing).

Will the DLO in DPP help?  I still have not used that feature.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: neuroanatomist on October 08, 2012, 07:23:53 PM
Neuro brings up a good point...  the 17-40 is indeed quite a bit worse in terms of distortion than the 10-22.  If you are using Lightroom you can apply a lens correction profile which does a good job of cleaning it up.  I first noticed the distortion when taking a photo of a door near the edge of the frame, and noticing that the door was noticeably bowed.

Yep - and of course, while that distortion can be corrected, that correction further reduces corner sharpness (in this case, maybe 'further increases corner softness' is the better phrasing).

Will the DLO in DPP help?  I still have not used that feature.

It will correct the distortion, yes.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: sagittariansrock on October 09, 2012, 12:28:55 AM
Gosh. Am I the only champion for this "underwhelming" lens? Where I am it's an $800 L lens. It's not the sexiest beast by any stretch but as I said I have found it slightly better than the 10-22. I agree it has more distortion than the former- marginally - but anyone who is concerned about correction of this affecting corner performance should take a reality check. I'm all for pixel peeping - believe me I'm obsessed - but I know enough to know that correcting in LR makes no discernable difference at all in reality. We can choose to ignore that fact for the same of spending $$$$ more for no 'real' difference or we can just roll with it. I spend a lot of time mulling over the former but generally settle on the latter: reality.

I too will be keen to look at the new alleged UWA zoom in the pipeline but for now the 17-40 is doing a perfectly good job for me. I also appreciate the extra length relative to the 10-22 (or by comparison the 16-35).

Interestingly I used my 24-70l quite a bit on a recent trip and I found I was getting just as much distortion and in some instances more out of it than my 17-40 for certain shots. Which surprised me.

When I say underwhelming I compare it to the EF-S 17-85mm (yes, the $ 350 lens) and 10-22 I had at the time on 7D as well as the 24-105mm on the 5DII.
I am not talking about pixel peeping- but the colors and the sharpness were just not great. This is, of course, subjective. YMMV, so I am sure there are hundreds of people who are perfectly happy with their 17-40.
Additionally, on a crop sensor Rebel with limited ISO capabilities, IS is often necessary for the 17-40mm focal length with f/4 or smaller.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: Zv on October 09, 2012, 03:39:27 AM
I found the 10-22 to be a bit too soft all round, especially compared to my 17-55 f2.8. Also @ 10mm it wasn't that great. Plus CA and flaring were issues. However, it's like the only UWA option from Canon for crop sensors. Now the 17-40 might not improve spectacularly on this because it is just the beginner level of UWA on FF. Fine for most peope (who are content with an L lens under $1000! ).  For those who need the larger aperture and better performance they will go for the 16-35 II. If all you ever do is landscape then primes would be the way to go. Get a TS if your really serious. But at the end of the day it's really FF where all the landscape action is. 

I swapped my 10-22 for 17-40 cos I bought a 5D mkII and needed wide coverage for cheap. Have only had it for a few weeks but so far it's doin well.  Quite impressed with the IQ.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: verysimplejason on October 09, 2012, 05:40:14 AM

Now, another question, is it 17-40 or 16-35?  I'm taking mostly landscape photos using a tripod and long shutter speed.  Is the 16-35 a lot better than 17-40 @ F/8 and above for example?  I don't worry about low-light.  I've got primes to take care of that.

In that case, no - the 17-40mm would be the way to go.  I got the 16-35L II because I did want to use it in low light


While I agree that the 16-35mm may not be $800 worth of IQ compared to the 17-40, there are non-Canon UWA zooms that I like far more than the underwhelming 17-40. I would particularly look at the excellent Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. The fast aperture will give you additional flexibility for DoF and low lights if you need it some day.

There's only one thing I don't like with Tokina 16-28mm is that it can't take any filters.  I think for landscape photographers especially those with Canon (DR) requires filters.  Are there any UWA that takes filters but as cheap as this Tokina and with the same IQ?  That's the reason why I'm looking hard at 17-40mm...
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: verysimplejason on October 09, 2012, 05:43:57 AM
I found the 10-22 to be a bit too soft all round, especially compared to my 17-55 f2.8. Also @ 10mm it wasn't that great. Plus CA and flaring were issues. However, it's like the only UWA option from Canon for crop sensors. Now the 17-40 might not improve spectacularly on this because it is just the beginner level of UWA on FF. Fine for most peope (who are content with an L lens under $1000! ).  For those who need the larger aperture and better performance they will go for the 16-35 II. If all you ever do is landscape then primes would be the way to go. Get a TS if your really serious. But at the end of the day it's really FF where all the landscape action is. 

I swapped my 10-22 for 17-40 cos I bought a 5D mkII and needed wide coverage for cheap. Have only had it for a few weeks but so far it's doin well.  Quite impressed with the IQ.

I love TS especially the 24mm but it's way too pricey for me.  Maybe if I'll be able to earn something from photography then I'll buy the 24mm or 17mm TS.
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: wayno on October 09, 2012, 06:15:26 AM
Gosh. Am I the only champion for this "underwhelming" lens? Where I am it's an $800 L lens. It's not the sexiest beast by any stretch but as I said I have found it slightly better than the 10-22. I agree it has more distortion than the former- marginally - but anyone who is concerned about correction of this affecting corner performance should take a reality check. I'm all for pixel peeping - believe me I'm obsessed - but I know enough to know that correcting in LR makes no discernable difference at all in reality. We can choose to ignore that fact for the same of spending $$$$ more for no 'real' difference or we can just roll with it. I spend a lot of time mulling over the former but generally settle on the latter: reality.

I too will be keen to look at the new alleged UWA zoom in the pipeline but for now the 17-40 is doing a perfectly good job for me. I also appreciate the extra length relative to the 10-22 (or by comparison the 16-35).

Interestingly I used my 24-70l quite a bit on a recent trip and I found I was getting just as much distortion and in some instances more out of it than my 17-40 for certain shots. Which surprised me.

When I say underwhelming I compare it to the EF-S 17-85mm (yes, the $ 350 lens) and 10-22 I had at the time on 7D as well as the 24-105mm on the 5DII.
I am not talking about pixel peeping- but the colors and the sharpness were just not great. This is, of course, subjective. YMMV, so I am sure there are hundreds of people who are perfectly happy with their 17-40.
Additionally, on a crop sensor Rebel with limited ISO capabilities, IS is often necessary for the 17-40mm focal length with f/4 or smaller.

Yeah, fair enough, it's a personal view and there's no way I can argue with that.

My experience is certainly quite different. I must have a good copy because I can't be more impressed with mine to be honest. It was probably the most unexcited I've been in buying a lens (at the time) as I was effectively replacing my old 10-22 but I was quite surprised at a number of things with regards to how it improved the IQ of my night photography: much cleaner and punchier starbursts, better and less lens flare (but slightly odd flare from time to time), and stronger and more impressive colours. I do believe the 5D2 sensor has a bit to play with the difference but it cuts to the nub of the original poster's comparison query.

I agree the 17-40L has a fair whack of distortion but I don't see it as anything terribly unusual.

For me (personally), I enjoy the zoom aspect at night as it means I can get a shot quickly without pacing around. I did consider using the Zeiss 21 for awhile but decided that the 17-40 was better suited to the more quickfire guerilla style photography of night stuff. So it really suits me.

As for comparisons with the 16-35L, several other posters have nailed it appropriately. As I understand it (and I cannot speak from personal experience, granted), the IQ comparison between both is not significant and most crucially, the 16-35 is advantageous in a more photo-journalistic sense as opposed to the more traditional tripod landscape usage given the 1 stop faster aperture. I have READ that the 16-35 exhibits equivalent (if not worse) corner sharpness. Again, I stress I haven't tested it for myself. I think both would fit well into a cash-flushed (or pro) camera bag. The 17-40 is also far handier to lug around at night (or up hills) than the 16-35 on account of it's comparative weight. But it would be a dog in a late afternoon or evening.

The final advantage of the 17-40 is the slightly improved reach. Might not seem like much but I'm happy to have that extra zoom when compared to the 16-35ish equivalent focal length of the 10-22.

There's no doubt to me that at a pixel level, both lenses are not stellar. The alleged new Canon UWA zoom, the Nikon equivalent and the Zeiss ZE 21 have the advantage but for the relative cost of the 17-40 I reckon it's a good alrounder that I'm happy to settle on for the moment and it hasn't harmed my IQ/photography in the slightest (and for whatever it's worth, I pack a bit of L glass so I know what good glass is).

For reference, mostly everything on the page below has been taken using the 5D2 and the 17-40L. Processing has just been colours/contrast etc and the usual RAW fix-ups. No HDR silliness. The lens is a little champion, in my opinion.

www.facebook.com/waynegrivellartandphotography (http://www.facebook.com/waynegrivellartandphotography)
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: sagittariansrock on October 09, 2012, 09:46:27 PM

Now, another question, is it 17-40 or 16-35?  I'm taking mostly landscape photos using a tripod and long shutter speed.  Is the 16-35 a lot better than 17-40 @ F/8 and above for example?  I don't worry about low-light.  I've got primes to take care of that.

In that case, no - the 17-40mm would be the way to go.  I got the 16-35L II because I did want to use it in low light


While I agree that the 16-35mm may not be $800 worth of IQ compared to the 17-40, there are non-Canon UWA zooms that I like far more than the underwhelming 17-40. I would particularly look at the excellent Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. The fast aperture will give you additional flexibility for DoF and low lights if you need it some day.

There's only one thing I don't like with Tokina 16-28mm is that it can't take any filters.  I think for landscape photographers especially those with Canon (DR) requires filters.  Are there any UWA that takes filters but as cheap as this Tokina and with the same IQ?  That's the reason why I'm looking hard at 17-40mm...

Exactly the reason I didn't buy it though I was getting a really good deal. I really hope someone can respond to this question knowledgeably.
By the way, I think the general consensus is that getting a FF like the 5DII will far outweigh any shortcomings from having the 17-40 and I can't agree more.

Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: extremeinstability on October 09, 2012, 11:59:41 PM
I'm not sure you can find a better flare resistant lens than the 10-22.  It's hard to get it to flare even pointed at the sun.  The 17-40 isn't the same story at all. 

I prefered my 10-22 on a T2i than I did when I had a 5D II and a 17-40L.  I had actually sold the T2i and 10-22 to buy the 5D II back then and already had the 17-40, which was fine on a crop.  It wasn't up to snuff enough full frame and I didn't have enough extra money for a full frame worthy lens, so I sold the 5D II and 17-40L and went back to T2i 10-22.  Unless you have some magical 17-40 copy I'd count on bad enough corners that make having the full frame out there useless/pointless.  And toss in big vignetting too. 

But I finally recently went 5D II again and have been trying to get worthy lenses for it.  14mm Samyang is a great cheap choice, with higher resolution than the Canon 14mm F2.8.  Sharp corners.  Only $400.  The vignetting is bad though(big whoop though really) and I'd see the lens as more of a F5.6 lens full frame for vignetting on any higher dynamic range scene that one's shadows don't need any vignetting "help" on.  I'd rather have that on there with F2.8 if I ever needed it, than a 17-40L again. 

But for crop the 10-22 is a great lens.  Thing is it isn't parafocal, so if you live view set the focus while at 10mm, if you zoom in it's going to be off again by enough to matter.  I could see that alone being a reason some think it's soft.  It's not.  THe other thing is using autofocus on such wide lenses is often an utter joke.  Simply get a nicely lit subject with contrast, then repeatedly autofocus on one spot, watching where the lens indicator winds up.  I was amazed how much it varied.  3 feet to past infinity marker was pretty much the norm.  Just useless to autofocus. 

Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: drjlo on October 10, 2012, 12:31:02 AM
BTW, whatever happened to the new Tokina 11-16mm MkII which was supposed to launch March, 2012 for Nikon and July, 2012 for Canon?   ::)

At any rate, I plan to just hold on to my Tokina 11-16 MkI on crop body for my wide angle needs for now while waiting for something better for my full frame in the future.  None of the current Canon UWA options are compelling IME, thus all the wide angle hope riding on the vaporware Canon 14-24 mm.  Then again, even if released, Canon is likely to price it at least $2500-3000 if not more, so.. :'(
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: wayno on October 10, 2012, 01:08:17 AM
Lens flare from street lights at night has consistently been better for me on the 17-40l.
For the best landscape IQ I can't understand how the 10-22 and a Rebel would be better than a 5d2 and the 17-40l. I will agree there's more distortion marginally and maybe a touch more corner softness with the latter. That said, I have very large 10-22 prints that look pretty bad (soft) at the edges too.

Still, everyone's experience is valid and maybe tells me there's more to this lens variation caper than I thought.

Just get a 5d3 and a Zeiss 21 and move on :)
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: skozachuk on October 10, 2012, 01:44:26 AM
If you are shooting landscapes why not to consider Samyang 14 2.8? sharpness and CA control is awesome even wide open!
Title: Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
Post by: verysimplejason on October 10, 2012, 02:59:50 AM
If you are shooting landscapes why not to consider Samyang 14 2.8? sharpness and CA control is awesome even wide open!
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It has the same problem as Tokina 16-28.  You can't put any filter.  I consider it a must to be able to use filters when doing landscape photos most of the time.