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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Nov 19, 2013 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 1 

Pros: Angle of view; Fairly wide aperture
Fuzzy round the edges; Expensive

I was looking forward to getting this lens, a bit wider than my 17-40mm f4 and a bit faster. I was off to Disneyland Paris and the lens arrived a few hours before I left. The wide angle of view and lack of distortion were great. When I looked at the files though, the edges of the frames were out of focus and showed severe chromatic aberration. This was worse in the top right and lower left of the frame and whilst bad at large apertures was still apparent to an annoying degree at f11 / f16. I assumed that the lens was faulty and returned it to the retailer in Hong Kong who sent it to Canon for calibration. Canon's view was that the lens was perfect. Luckily I had returned it to the retailer within their 14 day no quibble money back period. If that is as good as it gets then I don't want it. My Sigma 15mm takes a similar angle of view and is pin sharp. Ok it is fisheye.

The 14mm is only the second Canon lens that has disappointed (the other being a 70-300 f4.5/5.6 lll). I have about 8 other Canons and they are very good. It was a huge amount of money to fork out for such a poor piece of kit. The only lens I have that cost more is the 70-200 f2.8 ll and that is a brilliant bit of glassware....

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: May 7, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: It's an L. Build quality. Super sharp optics.
It's only f4

This is my first L lens. I was dubious about buying the 17-40mm L as there seems to be variable reviews of this lens. I had sold my old 300d with the 18-55mm kit lens and needed something with a similar range. After using the new 17-40mm with my 550d body for two weeks, I can say that the images taken so far are outstandingly sharp. Makes my other non-L lenses seem a bit dull! Perhaps I was lucky and bought a good copy.

Obviously the max aperture of F4 is a bit limiting but I have other faster lenses of different focal lengths if I am working in poor light.