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There's No Need To Focus Anywhere Than The Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens

If you are a burgeoning photographer or even a seasoned one (if only from 100s of baby and family reunion pictures), you should consider the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens to improve upon your work. It's a moderately priced lens with great reviews and one of the best-selling lenses produced by Canon.

This lens is convenient to transport. With a compact size of just 3.3” x 3.8” and just over one pound in weight, you won't feel bogged down having it in your bag, but you'll appreciate its quality when you use it and see the results.

If you've been shooting shots for a while, you'll find its features easy to use and more than satisfactory in function. If you are still quite the novice, learning to use each of its attributes will be exciting to learn and then master, and you should be shooting postcard quality photos in no time whether you're using film or digital cameras.

Features of this lens include the following:

Three aspherical lens elements with super UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass element help you produce ultimate optics no matter the circumstances.
Fast focusing as the ultrasonic monitor (USM) is very powerful and quiet. In fact, it focuses when it's a close as 11” and will it's a good foundation for filters up to 77mm or up to three gel filters - giving you plenty of options.
Climate conditions won't affect its construction as its built to resist typical elements, plus there is a one year warranty just in case something would fail.

Searching for others' experiences on the lens turned out to be highly positive. Highlights include that it's lightweight as mentioned above and the compact size so there's less risk of damaged equipment because of oversized measurements. Also, the price is quite often noted as being very affordable (we'll review price later). A few other positive comments includes its versatility and great performance both with color, and saturation and contrast. As one user commented, “Its images are simply stunning.”

Of the few negatives mentioned, there is a question of sharpness. Some heavy-duty photographers see it as lacking somewhat, especially for distant shots where you want the sharpness to be supreme. The only other mention of possible negatives is the lens' lack of quickness with using indoors. Most consider it perfect for outside shots and where light is not a problem, but there were a few comments as to indoor shots. However, a flash can solve the problem if you don't mind them.

Now, back to price. Most reviews rate this very high for value. Although the list price seems to be around $1200 (or more) on many internet sites, it seems to be found more in the $700 to $800 range, making it an apparent good deal for such a high-quality piece. Most L lenses are always over a $1,000 so it is a purchase you can “focus on”...a smart one for the features and functions from which you'll benefit.

Sun, 26 Apr 2009 15:58:22 +0000

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