pitabread wrote in post #13082800
The one reason I could see is that if a person was using it in a harsh environment. Since the 17-40mm has weather sealing (w/ filter) and a metal body.
But that's about it.
I use it on a crop because it's reliable. My 17-40 has been dropped in mountain creeks, hit by sand storms, submerged in snow, used in hail, etc. It's a fantastic wilderness lens and the results are consistent. I've had other lenses just plan crumble in those situations. If Canon made a 17-50 2.8 EFS with its build quality, micro-contrast, and color rendition, I'd buy it. But they dont.
The only issue I had was that it came new out of the box with a front focus problem and it went to Canon twice, and they did nothing to improve it. Moving to a MF adjust body solved the problem. I'm guessing a lot of 17-40's had that issue. Canon's lens QC seems to be lacking, to say the least.