Canon 16-35 vs 17-40.

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Canon 16-35 vs 17-40.
Aug 2, 2012


I'm debating going full frame in the very near future. Most for the IQ and AF of the 5D3 (god am I glad Canon fixed the latter).

Where I'm torn is on the ultra-wide for the body. Right now on the APS platform I'm using the 10-22 which I really like. Clearly the 16-35 is an almost 1:1 match on focal length, but that 1mm won't really bother me for what I shoot, plus the extra 5mm on the long end of the 17-40 will come in handier (I think).

Usually when I'm that wide it's landscapes so stopping down to f8/11/16, etc. is the norm. The reason for my post is this:

Can anyone give me a compelling reason to spend the extra on the 16-35. Yes it's faster but I can't think of any time I'm going to need (or even care about) the 1 stop difference (even at 35mm... now the 35 1.4 is a different matter..). Is the IQ between the two roughly the same (from what I've seen the 17-40 is a more consistent lens)? What about build quality? The price difference where I am is 2x, so I need a good reason and I can't find any personally (but I figured I would ask here).


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