17-40mm f/4L vs 16-35mm f/2.8L

Started Dec 26, 2012 | Questions thread
psychoticpanda
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Re: 17-40mm f/4L vs 16-35mm f/2.8L
In reply to qianp2k, Dec 27, 2012

http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/sigma-17-50mm-f2-8-vs-canon-17-55mm-f2-8-and-tamron-17-50mm-f2-8/

http://photo.net/equipment/canon/efs17-55/

I personally picked up Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS as a walk-around lens for my 60D after carefully read several reviews (such as two above) and after read many owners' experiences. I used it to cover my entire trip of Disney parks last year together with 70-200L/4.0 IS with pretty good result for example. I appreciate constant f/2.8 in low light that I shoot virtually exclusively hand-held in evening.

http://qianp2k.zenfolio.com/f975306243

You choose EF-S 17-55/2.8 IS - It's Canon first and keep value better down to the road. But it's overpriced on my opinion. It's slightly better than Sigma version in edges/corners at f/2.8 (but I don't bother by dim corners/edges in low light when I only need to shoot F2.8 in my usage). It has FTM (full-time manual overrun that is not really a big deal on my experience with Sigma copy). It has extra 5mm at tele-side.

You choose Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS - $400-450 cheaper with lens' hood included, a huge deal to me. It has very similar IQ as Canon copy if not slightly sharper in center at f/2.8 and beyond f/8. Arguably it also has better build.

You choose EF-S 15-85 because it's 15mm at wide side (that equivalent to 24mm on FF that is noticeable wider than 17mm) and 85mm at tele-side but it's slow in low light. It has latest 4-stop 'IS'.

To OP: you choose based on your priority - range vs low light with other factors - price and weight and if you will upgrade to FF in near future.

Reading the reviews of these lenses on this site might help with your decision:

Wow so I am between about 5-10 different lenses now. Someone please help me narrow these down!

The possible candidates are...

  1. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
  2. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  3. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  4. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  5. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD
  6. Any of the other mentioned lenses

By the way my budget is "about" 1000$ so please don't offer top shelf lenses unless there is a great reason to invest in it... Thank you to everyone who has assisted me, I was very lost before finding this forum! You are all a huge help in the buying process of a new lens. Thanks

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