My first L lens!!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Zoreke, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Zoreke macrumors member

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    Hi, I'm happy and wanted to share my joy! :D

    I have a 40D and instead of buying a 7D I decided to put some $$ on a nice 17-40 F4 L, and I'm impressed!!! the image quality is awesome the pixels are sharp and the noise is low!!

    Wow, I guess I'll keep this body for a while and get another L lens! these things are expensive but I fell like a better photographer now! :p

    Cheers

    Z
     
  2. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Congrats!

    It's been three years since I bought my DSLR and I still haven't replaced the kit lens. I'd like to get an L-class zoom as a replacement, probably a used one. Photography is a real money hole...

    Some non-L lenses are probably in my future though, like the Canon EF-S 10-20mm zoom.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Congrats.... had this lens when I was a Canon shooter and loved it!
     
  4. miket019 macrumors member

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    The f/4 17-40mm is the second lens that I bought and I love it. Great lens for landscape too.
     
  5. SayCheese macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats, the 17-40 f4 L is a superb lens.
    Enjoy it and lets see some of the images produced with it.
     
  6. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    Smart move. Your 40D just received one stellar upgrade, and the lens will last a lot longer than any state-of-the-art new body that is outdated in two or three years..
     
  7. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Congrats OP! Now you'll never go back to any other type of lens :p

    My personal favs are:

    16-35 mark2 2.8
    24 - 70 2.8
    35 1.4
    70 - 200 f4 (I like the 4 better than the 2.8)
    85 1.2
     
  8. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

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    photography - a money pit - if you let it

    enjoy your new L lens, I just got my 1st L 1 week ago and hopefully this weekend can take lots of shots with it
     
  9. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    Congratulations!

    The 17-40 ƒ/4L was my first L lens, and was a terrific walkaround zoom on my 10D.
     
  10. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    What he* said! Well minus 5 off the camera for my model.





    *assumed it's a he
     
  11. Zoreke, Dec 6, 2010
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    Thanks

    Thank You everyone for your good energy!

    I think the lens is sweet, great built quality, silent, fast and the image quality is fantastic!

    I strongly recommend it to everyone, that is if you can pass the wife's check list:
    1. what's wrong with your current lens?
    2. are you going to pay how much for that?
    3. The images look the same to me!
    4. If you are a good photographer you can do it with any camera!
    5. I hope you are happy now and don't buy any more lenses soon (yeah right)

    Cheers

    :D
     
  12. fongyuen macrumors 6502

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    haha, amen brother.
     
  13. jaybeemac macrumors newbie

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    unless you NEED a zoom (ie weddings, corporate functions etc) buy primes and zoom with your feet

    you'll be surprised at how well you can do without going L in canon primes ( esp 85mm f1.8, 100 f2, and less so 50 f1.4 - a bit soft)

    and equally how much better they are for corner to corner sharpness than zooms.... ( L primes... closest thing to Leica think 50 f1.2 85 f1.2 and much cheaper 135 f2)

    jb
     
  14. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    Good advice. I keep a 24-70/2.8 around just for general use and for some event work, but other than that I'm 100% primes.

    Just remember that "zooming with your feet" is not the same as using a zoom lens. Changing the subject-to-lens distance alters perspective; zooming with your lens does not. So the alternative to a zoom lens isn't necessarily zooming with the feet; it's having the correct prime on hand to achieve the desired perspective.
     
  15. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    Will be buying the 70-200 f/4L this week from Amazon, because the free shipping. I usually order from B&H, but they charge for shipping to Alaska. A superb L lens is the following: EF 200mm f/2.8L USM II (black color with a red ring up in front). It's fast-focusing, sharp as a tack, and a big 77mm cap threads.
     
  16. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

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    Not to put you on the spot Zoreke, but w/o pictures this thread.....is just text!!

    Post some picts in this thread you've taken with your new lens!!!
     
  17. TheSVD macrumors 6502a

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    Good Choice! :)

    My friends dad is a pro photographer, and he has a 17-40f4L.

    This is one of the first pics I took with it, with my 550d, no PP whatsoever..

    Such a nice lens!

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    epic by TheSVD, on Flickr
     
  18. littleman23408 macrumors 6502

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    Congrats on the lens! I have one and it is on my 40D also, and it is on there all the time. This lens is stunning.

    What were your settings for the picture? I suggest getting in tighter and getting lower to the ground to make him look like he is higher in the air.
     
  19. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I have a 50mm f/1.8 prime, a 17-40L and a 70-200 f4 and that covers just about all that I shoot. I occasionally wish the 2 zooms were a little faster, but for the money, those 3 lenses are hard to beat.
     
  20. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    70-200 f/4

    70-200 f/4L IS is probably the best bang-for-your-buck you can possibly get today.

    Never used the 17-40, but from what I have seen and read it seems to be up there too. Better image quality in many areas compared to the 16-35 f/2.8 even.

    post more pics!
     
  21. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    How does the 17-40 L IQ compare to the 17-55 EFS?

    (I know the EFS has f2.8 and IS, but I'm interested in how the optical qualities compare)
     
  22. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    I have both of those lenses, and they are very comparable on an APS-C body. Both very sharp and contrasty with great color rendition, and CA is easily corrected with either lens. The similarities kind of stop there, though. The 17-55 is a much more versatile lens, and the 17-40 is better built and is weather sealed.

    I generally use the 17-55 on my 7D, but if I'm shooting in inclement weather, I'll opt for the 17-40 instead. Otherwise, the 17-40 gets most of its use on my 5D Mark II, where it's a whole other kind of lens. Besides being an UWA lens on the full-frame camera, it gets its weak spots exposed: corners are absolute junk (though, to be fair, that's typical of UWA lenses).
     
  23. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    Any experience comparing the 17-40 vs the 16-35 on a FF? Does the 16-35 exhibit better corner quality?
     
  24. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    No personal experience, but I did a lot of research before choosing between the two. The 16-35 is apparently no better in the corners. :(
     
  25. Cavepainter macrumors regular

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    I disagree with what a previous poster said about photography being a money pit... sure, like anything, it can be, but if you choose your purchases wisely, you can enjoy a good quality L series lens for a few years and sell it for almost the same as what you paid. My three used lenses that I purchased on ebay are worth exactly what I paid for them a couple years ago. Just choose carefully and you'll do well.

    The 17-40 is a favorite and tends to be the one left on our T1i Canon most of the time. Also have a 70-200 f4 L and a 50mm 1.4. All are excellent choices.

    Have fun!
     

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