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Selling 17-40 f4L to fund 35mm f1.4L?

 
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Apr 16, 2011 03:42 |  #1

Hey all.
I have recently purchased the 50mm 1.2 and I'm really enjoying having a prime on my camera again as my main 'walk around' lens. So much so I was thinking of selling my 17-40L to fund the purchase of a 35mm f1.4L
Eventually I want to get a 5D MkII as I only have the 7D at present, I enjoy landscape as well as a bit of portrait work, my question is.........would you guys sell the zoom for this prime? I'm aware of its really great sharpness and contrast, etc but really not sure wether to take the plunge and lose the versitility of the zoom for landscape work.
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Apr 16, 2011 04:02 |  #2

On a 7d I would sell the 17-40, but on 5d I'd consider keeping it. But either body I'd want the 35 : )


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Apr 16, 2011 04:22 |  #3

I would keep it if you enjoy landscape work. I love mine. Its so sharp.


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Apr 16, 2011 04:35 |  #4

17-40 is very different than a 35mm. Since you already have a 50L, I say keep the 17-40 and maybe pick up a 5d instead.


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Apr 16, 2011 05:30 |  #5

I use my 35mm f/1.4L on a 7D as a 56mm equivalent lens. This is very similar to having used the 50mm f/1.2L on a 1Ds Mark II.

The 35mm f/1.4L is an excellent low-light performer, sharp, bokeh is just incredible, beautiful lens. Use it all the time on the 7D to photograph belly dancers at medium working distance of 2-3m, in available crappy restaurant or club lighting.

I did a lot of research on the 17-40mm, and decided against it. I was looking to re-invest in the FoVCF = 1.6 system, with the 7D. I ended up favoring (for mainly studio work) the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. This lens I mainly use at f/16 in the studio, and the zoom covers everything from wide-angle to portrait range, on a 7D. Not L build quality, but optically very close.

I can definitely recommend the 35mm f/1.4L, but I would say it's purpose would be very different than a zoom lens covering the same focal length.


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Apr 17, 2011 18:41 as a reply to  @ raksphoto's post |  #6

Excellent food for thought all. cheers.


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Apr 18, 2011 08:14 as a reply to  @ Arzuhl's post |  #7

The 35L is a great lens but I would look through your shots and see how many you have that were shot wider than 35mm. If you give up the 17-40 then your widest lens will be 35mm. Depending on what you shoot that may not be a big deal, just something to consider though. I thought about selling my 24-105 after I got the 35L but there are just sometimes I need wider than that. Even though 24mm isn't that wide on a crop it works for what I need.


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Apr 18, 2011 08:22 |  #8

I can't imagine selling my 17-40L. If you only have crop I would consider it a must to get some buildings and landscapes.


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Apr 18, 2011 11:36 |  #9

Shooting with primes in low light gets to be addictive and very educational. I had a 35L and sold it to get something else, I wish I wouldn't have. Do you really love wide angle photography, I found that it seldom excites me anymore. Very wide lenses are popular for landscapes but that's really nice for big scenic images, I've seen amazingly wonderful landscape work done with the equivalent focal lenght on different format cameras by a lot of really good photographers.

When I was young, I would hike back into the mountains with a camera and my favorite was a stripped down Hassablad with an 80mm lens (about equivalent to what your looking at) and it never occurred to me that I was missing anything. I had a wider lens but it weighed a lot more so I didn't take it.

But if you look back over your images and see a lot of your favorites were shot wider then keep what you have.

As I've gotten older I've realized that there are lots of opportunities for photographs everywhere and I've lost that anxiety that I might miss something if I don't have a backpack filled with lenses.

I seldom carry more than one lens with me as I'm very unlikely to switch, opting to find whats best for what I have with me. I've done that for the last couple of years when I walk about the city, opting to only carry one extension tube in case I want to get closeups. I used to carry a pola too but seldom used it.


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Apr 18, 2011 15:04 |  #10

Arzuhl wrote in post #12232513 (external link)
I enjoy landscape as well as a bit of portrait work, my question is.........would you guys sell the zoom for this prime?

For portrait work in that range the 35L is going to be far superior to the 17-40. For (stopped down) landscape work, I'm not sure the move makes sense. You are pretty much completely giving up your ability to go wide. If you eventually get a 5d2, the 35L would certainly gain new life, but if you are going to be on crop for now I personally I would be hesitant to give up the 17-40 for landscape work.

That said, if you like using fast primes, maybe the 24L is worth a look. It would complement your 50L nicely.




  
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Mar 07, 2012 14:12 |  #11

I just did the same thing on a 7D. Sold a 17-40mm as well as a few other things, and ordered a 35mm f/1.4L. The 17-40 was a great lens, when I used it. I just didn't use it enough. I would typically use the Canon 10-22 if I needed to go wider. Yes you get distortion, but at 22mm distortion is pretty tame and you are still only at f/4.5, with the ability to zoom out to superwide. Now I have a 35mm on the way for a "standard" lens and a 50mm f/1.4 prime before getting to my 70-200mm f/2.8.




  
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Mar 07, 2012 16:36 |  #12

CopperpotPhoto wrote in post #14044186 (external link)
I just did the same thing on a 7D. Sold a 17-40mm as well as a few other things, and ordered a 35mm f/1.4L. The 17-40 was a great lens, when I used it. I just didn't use it enough. I would typically use the Canon 10-22 if I needed to go wider. Yes you get distortion, but at 22mm distortion is pretty tame and you are still only at f/4.5, with the ability to zoom out to superwide. Now I have a 35mm on the way for a "standard" lens and a 50mm f/1.4 prime before getting to my 70-200mm f/2.8.

I have the 35L, 10-22, and I'm thinking of adding the Sigma 50 1.4 for a little more reach. But I don't know if they might be too close in FL meaning the 35+50. Was thinking about the 85 1.8 but it might be too long for indoor low light pictures of my grandchildren. Any thoughts on the 35 and 50?




  
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Mar 07, 2012 21:48 |  #13

I like 17_40 on crop and ff. On 5d it is better landscape lens compare to my 35f2, range wise.
I'm using 35mm prime if I want shallow DOF and focus on particular part of the picture.
I'm using 17_40 if I want wide landscape with less blur. It also good portrait lens on both formats.


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Mar 08, 2012 20:39 |  #14

If you shoot landscape, then you want to keep 17-40. 35mm is not wide enough.


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Mar 09, 2012 01:42 |  #15

If you do shoot landscape often, I will keep the 17-40mm. Put you 17-40mm in 35mm, then go out there and shoot, see whether you like the focal length.


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