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Canon 17-40L v Canon 16-35 L f4 IS

Discussion in 'Canon Conflab' started by Bazarchie, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I am about to trade in my 17-40 for a 16-35.

    I have had the 17-40 for several years, initially on APS-C cameras, more recently on FF. For me it has been fine although I tend to use it at optimal apertures.

    Good move or expensive upgrade for little benefit?

    (somewhat loaded question, I have done a lot of research, but until I actually try it for a while myself, I don’t know)
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Good move. Edge definition is better with the 16-35 and the 1 mm is noticeable. I traded my 17-40 for the 16-35 which mitigated the price.
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  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    It's a huge improvement. Much sharper, especially at the edges and in the corners, and at wide apertures. I never really liked the 17-40 - I LOVE the 16-35,
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  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I don’t think I’ve the same scene taken with both but I’ll have a look.
  5. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I never had the 17-40, and I've not used the 16-35 f4 enough, but when I have used it, it's lovely (paired with the 6D) and it's got a nice walkabout range when on the 7D2.
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  6. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I have no experience of the17-40 but the 16-35 does give an indefinable sparkle to it's images that I do get with any of my other lenses
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  7. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    Or don't get maybe?
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  8. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Oops sorry. I blame the spell checker
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  9. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    I bought the 17-40 a few years ago
    Never really used it, so sold it
    Then picked up another (mint boxed) not used it once! Also bought the ef-s 10-18 IS STM (mint boxed) again maybe used once.
    I find them both extremely difficult to use, as in previsualise a scene as they both bring a very dramatic view at the wide end that I find never really looks natural.
    Certainly for me they are not a walkabout lens as they tend to distort distances to such a degree that I have to keep my eye glued to the viewfinder until the composition balances...i.e. Works.

    This is clearly my own issue with ultra wides. Yep, I’m odd :eek::confused:
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2020
  10. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I went for a trade -in, the replacement arrived today I will try it this weekend.
  11. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    Good luck with it, absolutely love mine.
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  12. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Initial impressions very good. I will give it a further go in the Peak District in the next few weeks, assuming it ever stops raining.
  13. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member


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