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Canon Lens compatability

Carabosse 17 41.5k 270 England
2 Dec 2005 7:38AM
As I understand it the 16-35 is in a different league to the 17-40... including price-wise!!! I suspect even Keith would agree with that.........?
deviant 16 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 7:44AM
I felt with 16-35mm it had better colour and contrast than the 17-40mm It was (obviously) faster but I don't know if it's twice as good? The price difference is after all huge! Still I'll probably get one at Focus 2006 for the speed difference and the creamy Bukakke.
deviant 16 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 7:46AM
However a 17-85mm I wouldn't even entertain as the 24-70mm f/2.8 L is in a totally different league and I would never swap for all the EF-S lenses in China.
strawman 16 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 7:47AM
Classic, obviously a lens for glamour use.
deviant 16 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 7:48AM
Well certainly not for animals lol!
deviant 16 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 7:48AM
Even stuffed ones...
strawman 16 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 7:49AM
What not even beavers?
Carabosse 17 41.5k 270 England
2 Dec 2005 7:51AM

Quote:the 24-70mm f/2.8 L is in a totally different league

Even the 24-70 L gets some stick in certain quarters (e.g. the Rob Galbraith pro forum).

OK it's 'Let's Get Real' time: Unless your photography involves, for example, regular printing beyond about A3 size you are unlikely to see much if any difference with any of these lenses.
Little Jo Plus
19 2.3k United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 7:55AM
The EFS 17-85 lens wasn't designed to compete with the EF17-40 f/4L, it was designed to give a similar field of view on the consumer digitals with the 1.6x crop as the very popular EF28-135 IS, and the new lens also incorporated the image stabilisation. For many photographers this was their main lens and was what they used as a walkaround lens. It made for a less painful switch to digital for many film users.

EFS is fine if you're never going to progress beyond the 20D and have no full-frame film cameras that get used regularly. Once there's a full-frame camera be it film or digital, the EF17-40L offers a high quality and convenient solution. It behaves like a standard zoom on the digital and is a superb wide angle on the full-frame/film cameras.

The f/4 L series lenses are aimed at serious amateurs and professionals. They offer high image quality, dust and moisture resistance and come complete with lens hood and pouch. The 17-40 offers a lesser weight (some 300g less) than the 16-35L and a more affordable price tag too, it isn't worth paying the extra for that additional stop unless you really need it. There's the 24-105 f/4 LIS and the 70-200 f/4 to complete the series.

Each lens has been designed for a particular target audience, it's a personal choice. The key thing is to get the best you can afford as good glass will do more for your photgraphy than a higher spec camera.

The 17-40 f/4L is excellent.

randomrubble 16 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 8:03AM
Keithh's point about the colour rendition is well made, and very important.

I went from a FD 20-35L to a EF 16-35L and the superior colour rendition is what really hit home, it's visible through the lens and very apparent when you get transparancies back. Personally I was stunned by how much better the new lens was compared to the 1980's design. Less corner darkening too.
MarkyMarc 15 498 Canada
2 Dec 2005 8:14AM

Quote:They also cannot be used on earlier 1.6 crop models as the back lens projects into the camera somewhat and the mirror will smash into it if you tried to use it on a 30, 60 or 10D.

Pretty much the only thing preventing an EF-S lens from working on one of those cams is the extra plastic ring on the mount that they added to prevent the EF-S lenses from physically mounting in an EF mount. The 10D has the same size mirror as a 300D. If you shave that ring off an EF-S lens it will fit on and work on a 1.6 crop camera.

Of course spending $1000 on a lens and then taking a hacksaw to it is probably not the best idea out there.

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