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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: May 2, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Build quality, good contrast and colors
Very soft, especially in the edges and at wide angles. Kit lense (18-55) has much better sharpness at wide angels.

Well, the first copy of the lense I received had very poor performance I figured it must have been dropped or something during transportation. The replacement copy I got from the store wasn't any better. So that lense has been returned too.

The problem with the 17-40 is that one does not find many reviews considering the fact that this lense is very very soft at wide angels and especially in the corners. Taking its price into consideration it's unacceptable!

My Canon 350D has been tested at a Canon certified repair facility and no errors were found.

I know of other photographers that have had the same experiences with the lense.

The increased contrast and color on this lense makes people think that its sharper than the kitlense but it isn't.

Take a look at my website with a comparison of the two lenses:

Well the pictures speak for themselves....

In other forums I have been told that lots of people are having troubles with the 17-40 and that they have to try several copies before obtaining a good one.