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Adorama via Amazon offers Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Zoom Lens [amazon.com] for $499. Not much stock, order soon

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seems it's available for the same price at B&H https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...2l1pj02fa9
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Very old lens. Canon often has refurbs for 400.
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I bought this lens in, I don't know, 2004 maybe. I was not impressed with the image quality even then and returned it. I don't really think it can compete with what is available these days. It's also heavy, not the fastest when it comes to focusing and f4 isn't that great either. Just because it's an "L" lens doesn't mean you're getting "L" in this case. Just my opinion of course.
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The price of the lens is currently on sale from other retailers for the same price. There are better lenses available, particularly the Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8, but it comes at a premium.

In general, if you want something better than the standard kit lens included with most entry level cameras, its good lens. On a full frame camera, be sure you have something like lightroom to fix the barrel distortion at the wider angles. On an APS-C camera, it goes from being a wide-angle lens to a standard zoom lens, but I wouldn't buy it new @ $500. Try to find it in mint/excellent condition for under $400.
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I owned this lens many years ago, and I sold it. It's heavy, not very fast, and only f4, which makes for modest performance in all but bright light/sunlight. Plus it's fairly heavy. I am able to carry my behemoth Sigma 150-600 birding lens and feel as if the weight is not that much heavier than this lens!
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Probably the worst red ring in the collection...not worth it.
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Good review and image test results https://www.the-digital-picture.c...eview.aspx
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I bought one of these last summer, used it on a trip and didn't like how the photos turned out, especially when I printed them out, I would advise skipping this lens.
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Same price on Ebay but you get a nice accessory kit and there is 5% ebay bucks.

Canon EF 17-40mm F/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens with Essential Bundle [ebay.com]
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This is a great lens for landscape and real estate photography. That's what it is intended for.

It's is as sharp as any lens in my bag. I'm not sure why all of the hate on this thread. If anyone is on the fence and wants to see real life examples DM me and I'll be glad to share.
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I bought this lens in, I don't know, 2004 maybe. I was not impressed with the image quality even then and returned it. I don't really think it can compete with what is available these days. It's also heavy, not the fastest when it comes to focusing and f4 isn't that great either. Just because it's an "L" lens doesn't mean you're getting "L" in this case. Just my opinion of course.
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The price of the lens is currently on sale from other retailers for the same price. There are better lenses available, particularly the Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8, but it comes at a premium.

In general, if you want something better than the standard kit lens included with most entry level cameras, its good lens. On a full frame camera, be sure you have something like lightroom to fix the barrel distortion at the wider angles. On an APS-C camera, it goes from being a wide-angle lens to a standard zoom lens, but I wouldn't buy it new @ $500. Try to find it in mint/excellent condition for under $400.
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I owned this lens many years ago, and I sold it. It's heavy, not very fast, and only f4, which makes for modest performance in all but bright light/sunlight. Plus it's fairly heavy. I am able to carry my behemoth Sigma 150-600 birding lens and feel as if the weight is not that much heavier than this lens!
I currently have a canon rebel with just the standard lens that came with it. I've just started with photography and and teaching myself. The standard lens is pretty limited and I'm wanting to get another lens but am completely clueless about what is the best one to get. I definitely want something that can zoom in better but beyond that my knowledge is pretty limited. Do you have any suggestions?
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I currently have a canon rebel with just the standard lens that came with it. I've just started with photography and and teaching myself. The standard lens is pretty limited and I'm wanting to get another lens but am completely clueless about what is the best one to get. I definitely want something that can zoom in better but beyond that my knowledge is pretty limited. Do you have any suggestions?
Before one could answer your question, we need to know a little more. First, what is your budget for a new lens. Second, do you think you will stay with the Rebel (APS-C) line or will you want to upgrade to full frame or mirrorless some day? And third, are you looking more at a telephoto zoom or wide angle or do you want something that covers both? I'm guessing when you say "zoom in better", you're looking more at a telephoto zoom lens?
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thank you couldn't resist
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This is a great lens for landscape and real estate photography. That's what it is intended for.

It's is as sharp as any lens in my bag. I'm not sure why all of the hate on this thread. If anyone is on the fence and wants to see real life examples DM me and I'll be glad to share.
For the price I think it is great. Most of the time you are shooting landscapes. Sometimes f/8 or f/11. You don't need 2.8 on this lens. I did upgrade to 16-35 f/4L IS, however I still think 17-40 was good enough. (I did won couple of competitions using this lens.) At the end it is your eye/skill that counts.
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