I'm thinking about purchasing a 17-40 f/4L USM. Anyone out there with one of these have any reasons why I should or should not go through with it. It will be my first L glass. After this I plan on a 70-200 f/2.8.
I'm mostly a landscape/nature shooter so I don't really need it any faster (usually shoot f/8-f11 on a tripod). And I was looking at my last 6 months of shots and most of my keepers are under 50mm focal length anyway. Every review said this lens gives the best IQ for the money (and sometimes better than more expensive lenses).
If there is something else I should get in the sub $1k range, I'm open to suggestions. I'm looking for any real world experiences from this lens. I'm just hoping to buy before the $100 rebate ends.
I was originally going to be saving for the 16-35mm L lens....and while searching Craigslist, I found a young man selling the 17-40mmL for about $500 or a touch less.
I'd asked folks here on the forum about it (you can search for that thread)....and they all indicated it was a good deal.
I promptly met the guy at a coffee shop...and bought it.
This was my first used lens purchase.
I've had a lot of fun with this lens, both for stills and video. Sure, I'd love to have had the f/2.8 on the 16-35, but this lens has been fun.
I used it to get some very cool time lapse sequences from a camping trip I was on, was nice and wide to get the full camp of all of us moving about...and with the 5D3, even as it went into night, shots were nice.
I'm a noob...and not sure what's going on with this lens...but I find that shooting it as opposed to the kit 24-105mmL lens which is also f/4...that somehow the 17-40 seems to have better low light performance. Do wide angle lenses gather in more light than non wide angle lenses or something?
I thought f/4 meant f/4 and pretty much same performance at same light levels....?
Anyway, I'm rambling, but if you have the cash, and want a nice lens for a reasonable price, I can tell you I like mine.
In the future, I'll likely upgrade to the 16-35 f/2.8 to get a bit faster lens, but I've got others on the list before that (70-200mm L mk II IS USM, and the 50mm f/1.2).....so this will suffice for my wide angle needs for now.
I'd suggest you keep an eye out on craigslist....see what comes up. The Canon sales on lenses lasts, I believe...through end of Dec....so, search around a bit and see what kind of deal you can find out there.