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opinions please - trading my 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM for 17-40L f4

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Ghost in the Shell, 21 Jan 2006.

  1. Ghost in the Shell

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,571

    hi as above i have the very good general purpose canon 28-135 IS USM and have decided to trade it for a better wide angle lens (this is for my 10D)

    id just like to know what people who use th 17-40L regularly think of it and what it will give the opportunity of shooting better over the 28-135

    i obviously know ill have a wider angle but lose some telephoto but what im trying to ask is what kind of pictures should i try to take with the 17-40L to show of its true potential. dont get me wrong i love my 28-135 dearly a very nice middle shoot most things lens but i love scenery shots and im hoping the 17-40L will offer me some superb landscape shots, if i could afford it id keep both but thats not possible due to finances :(

    i will look into getting a sigma 75-300 or something in the L series sometime to get the telephoto capability back so i dont miss out so id like to have opinions on the benefits of holding a decent wide angle and saving for a decent telephoto as opposed to hanging onto my multipurpose 28-135

    thanks for reading and replying all :)

    peace
     
  2. Ghost in the Shell

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,571

    also just like to add id like to hear where this lens will have its weaknesses and any sample pictures would be appreciated!

    thanks
     
  3. SDK^

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,681

    Hi

    I used to have a 28-135 IS and I also have a 17-40L. The 28-135IS is a pretty average lens, it's very soft on the wide focal length (28-45mm) so you will defiantly notice a difference in your pictures.

    The 17-40L doesn't have weaknesses; even at F4 it's very sharp. From my test it's get a tiny bit softer at 40mm but it's still very sharp.
     
  4. fearby

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Carlisle

  5. stu.artd

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

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    I used my 28-135IS as my main lens until we went to New York last year where I bought a 17-40L. As soon as I got the 17-40 it went straight onto my 300D, and pretty much stayed there for the rest of the week only being swapped where IS or a longer zoom like my 75-300 was needed. For taking photo's in New York the extra width was really useful (I had been tempted by the 10-22 but passed on it for reasons not worth going into here) and the quality of the 17-40L was clear in use.

    Saying that, there were occassions where the IS allowed me to take photo's I'd have needed a tripod for otherwise, but if I'd only been able to have one lens with me I'd have chosen the 17-40L.

    There are some samples on my site.

    New York - Mainly 17-40L, some 28-135IS & Canon 75-300
    http://stuartd.smugmug.com/gallery/846908

    Barcelona - Mainly 28-135IS, some 18-55 EF-S & Canon 75-300
    http://stuartd.smugmug.com/gallery/465780

    Rome - Mainly 28-135IS, some 18-55 EF-S & Canon 75-300
    http://stuartd.smugmug.com/gallery/467628
     
  6. Ghost in the Shell

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,571

  7. Ghost in the Shell

    Wise Guy

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    thanks stu very helpful. ihave a slik af2100 tripod head on the way and will get a tripod base soon so im happy to take pics with that - i am assuming its more for use when light becomes and issue more than anything else but say if you think the 17-40 has issues when not used with a tripod all the time as id like to hear it even if my decision is made
     
    Last edited: 23 Jan 2006
  8. stu.artd

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 1,832

    I didn't use a tripod with my 17-40L once, and would day it's only a requirement in low light.
     
  9. Beansprout

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 31 Jan 2004

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    Location: Plymouth

    28 - 135 is gonna be very handy for me as an every day lens, leaving my 50mm f/1.8 for nice portrait / low DOF shots :)