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Canon EF 17 - 40 mm F4.0 L lens

By dpreview staff on Feb 27, 2003 at 14:04 GMT
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Pre-PMA 2003, 14:00 GMT: Canon has today announced a new 'L series' EF lens. The 17 - 40 mm F4.0 L is designed to be a high quality, lightweight lens for both film and D-SLR cameras. On the new EOS-10D this lens would produce a field of view range equivelant to a 27 - 64 mm zoom lens. For film SLR or EOS-1Ds users this lens provides ultra wide-angle zoom. Other features include a constant F4.0 aperture and minimum focus distance of 28 cm across the entire zoom range.

Canon EF 17 - 40 mm F4.0 L lens

Canon EF 17 - 40 mm F4.0 L

Focal length range 17 - 40 mm
D30/D60/10D equiv. 27 - 64 mm
Max aperture F4.0 across zoom range
Minimum focus distance 28 cm across zoom range
Filter diameter 77 mm
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By keekimaru (Sep 11, 2012)

The walkaround lens. This very topic leads to a heated discussion among DSLR photographers.

First, determine your budget, focal length, and aperture needs.

If you frequently find yourself zooming out to get everything in a frame, you will want a wide angle lens such as this. If you frequently find yourself zooming in, this is not the lens for you. On a full frame body such as Canon EOS 5D, this lens becomes ULTRA wide angle. On an APS-C crop body such as Digital Rebel XTi (which I used for this review), it becomes MEDIUM wide angle. But thanks to 1.6x crop factor, this lens expands to more usable 35mm equivalent focal length of 27 to 64mm.

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