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Which is the better zoom lens?

So recently upgraded to a full frame camera, now I’m looking to add some glassware. I’ve been looking at the 17-40mm as well as the 16-35mm. My main question is what’s the major difference(if any)? As well which would you recommend for all around shooting?

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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?

Which 16-35?

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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?

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What lenses do you have now? Both the 17-40 and 16-35  are not really considered all around, general use, lenses. They are ultra wide angle lenses

 

For general use, most people go with a 24-70 or 24-105 zoom lens. 

Mike Sowsun
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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?

I call that a toss up. Nearly the same, you can get f2.8 with the 16-35mil. I have not checked recently but the 17-40mm is probably cheaper. It may not even be produced any more. There are guys here that check that stuff daily so somebody will know.
EB
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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?

Personally I wish I had my 17-40mil back. My 16-35mm f2.8L is the only Canon lens I have that was a disappointment.
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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?


@MikeSowsun wrote:

What lenses do you have now? Both the 17-40 and 16-35  are not really considered all around, general use, lenses. They are ultra wide angle lenses

 

For general use, most people go with a 24-70 or 24-105 zoom lens. 


Mike is correct.

 

If you are coming from a crop sensor camera it probably came with an 18-55 kit lens.

 

Remember that the crop sensor alters the field of view; an 18mm lens on a crop sensor camera ias equivalent to an almost 30mm lens on a full frame camera. Thus the 24-70/105 lens recommendation.

 

If you really want the 16/17mm coverage on the full frame body the 16-35mm f/4 is an outstanding lens.

John Hoffman
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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?

I have been really happy with my 17-40 F4 that I have owned for almost 15 years now.  It is a solid performer and I have never felt the need to switch to a faster zoom in that range.  It provides good sharpness and contrast and just does what it should.

 

I have thought about a 16-35 f2.8 a few times but never switched and based upon Ernie's comment I don't think I ever will Smiley Happy

 

I have taken a lot of photos of my daughter over the years but this photo from Halloween 2005, it was taken with the 17-40L and 1D Mark II @ 1/40, f4.5.

 

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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?

I have the 16-35 F4 L and have no complaints. I use it for landscape and Milky Way photos. The photos are clean & sharp with vibrant colours. I can't speak on the F2.8 as I have never used it.

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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?

"I have the 16-35 F4 L and have no complaints."

 

I have the f2.8L not the f4 which I have never used. I admit I have just a single copy of the lens.  I have a couple friends that are not happy with theirs so I believe it is not a single case. I do have one friend that is totally happy with hers.  However, I sell photos and can not sell what my 16-35mil produces.

Canon makes the best lenses in the world. I only go for off brand for two reasons.  One Canon doesn't see fit to make the lens I want. Example the 150-600mm super zoom. And, two, the 16-35mm.  Some could throw the nominally high cost of most of Canon products as a good reason, too.

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Re: Which is the better zoom lens?

There are three versions of the 16-35mm f/2.8.

 

The "III" version is reported to be significantly better than the previous two.

John Hoffman
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