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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

ef17-40_4l_1_
Review Date: Dec 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Weight, build, sharpness, colour - love everything about this lens. And it's weather sealed with a filter.
Cons:
None

I got this lens for the wider end plus the convenience of a zoom through to "standard" lens size.

It has wonderful dynamic range as well as being very sharp. The colour is rich and true. Of course at the 17mm end there is distortion but it's even and easily corrected in PS if one wants to (much of the time it adds to the pic). On a crop body there is absolutely no vignetting (don't know about full frame). Have not found flare to be a problem at all either. You can use manual focus without having to turn off AF (if you need it, the AF is great.)

(I can only assume that those who made severely negative posts got a bad copy as my copy is excellent.)

Thoroughly recommend this lens for landscape, cityscapes, buildings as well as an all purpose lens for street shots, people, family gatherings etc.