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Old Apr 10, 2004, 12:18 PM   #1
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I realize this question has been posted in various forms, but don't recall if anybody stated how much better the "L" lens was in comparison. I'm fairly happy with the kit lens, but imagine the better glass is noticably improved. Still, $700 plus for basically a repear lens gives me pause. Does anybody have both?
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Old Apr 12, 2004, 6:25 AM   #2
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Having worked at a camera store, I've shot with both a lot. While the kit lens is good, you're comparing apples to oranges. The 17-40 flat out rocks.
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Old Apr 12, 2004, 8:16 AM   #3
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Thanks for the come-back Polaris20....that was my guess (that the "L" lens was worlds ahead), but it was nice to see it confirmed.
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I have not used the kit lens (I have a 10D) but I have the 17-40 and it is a very nice lens. I really don't use it enough to truly justify the cost, but when I do I've always been very happy with it.

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i have the 17-40 and use it on a 1Ds full frame. so i actually use most of the optics in the lens rather then a portion of it as a cropped image camera does. there are more then suble differences in the optics and glass quality between the two. as i have said before to others you must decide your commitment to using equipment like this. $689 is not bad for a piece nice optics. what will happen is you grow weary of the limits of the camera body/imager.

http://www.pbase.com/image/27855679 at 40mm wide open
http://www.pbase.com/image/27874865 at 17mm wide open
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Old Apr 24, 2004, 12:41 AM   #6
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I love the 17-40! I have nothing bad to say about it. It simply rocks. Well built, takes great pictures, not too heavy. Constant F4, which is fine for a wide-angle which I mostly use outdoors. I don't miss F2.8.

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Old Apr 24, 2004, 1:18 AM   #7
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My only complaint about it is the focusing ring is too close to the body. On the 10D, I find it a little awkward to get to it... I bump the built in flash on occasion.

But optically it's all I could ask for and more.

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