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      04-23-2009, 10:43 PM   #1
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Canon 17-40mm f/4 L or 10-22mm

I'm about to jump on the wide angle band wagon am in a dilemma between the 17-40mm f/4 L and the 10-22mm.... I have a 40D so the 17-40mm won't be a true UWL but I love the way the lens feels and the weather proof is a plus. The only other lens I have is the 50mm 1.8, so the part where it gets hard is that I want a wide angle lens + a good walk around lens.. I don't want to be having to swap lenses every other shot. Help me decide guys, any suggestions/ comments? I've read almost every forum discussion out there but every discussion usually ends up praising both lenses....
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      04-23-2009, 11:37 PM   #2
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I've heard not so good things about the build quality of the 10-22. Also, if you're looking for a walk around lens, the added range of the 17-40 will be more beneficial. 10-12mm is pretty much unusable unless you're going for an abstract shot (even with the 1.6x crop sensor).

My vote is for the 17-40L, it will have better resale value as well (marginally better, but still better none the less)
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I went with the 10-22. I do wish I had a longer reach and sharper from the 17-40 a lot of times. However, other times if I couldn't go lower then 17mm I wouldn't have the shot.
Are you using a crop body or ff?
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17-40 is a way better walk around lens, and i think you know that. i just bought a 12-24mm f/4 over a tamron 17-50mm on a 1.5 crop body. i think i'm going to enjoy the 12-24 for a while, but i bet i'll be annoyed later which is why i'm going to get a 50mm 1.8. Then.... well i think i should be okay. This is purely theoretical though.
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17-40 for a walk-around.
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Are you using a crop body or ff?
Has to be a crop body, the 10-22 won't mount on FF Canons.
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Has to be a crop body, the 10-22 won't mount on FF Canons.
...and, he said 40D, a crop.
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Has to be a crop body, the 10-22 won't mount on FF Canons.
doh! lol... this is what happens when I dont get enough sleep... hahahah
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Definitely go for the 17-40L, no question. The 10-22 is cool, but it's build quality and performance aren't near the 17-40L's. Also, if you ever plan on upgrading to a full frame camera, you will have no use for the EF-S mount 10-22mm.

17mm on a 40D is still rather wide at ~22mm...not the best but like I said, your next upgrade after the 17-40L could be a 5D, and then you would end up with a "wider" lens and a better camera with just one buy.
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I was asking myself the same question a while back. And went with the 17-40mm.
No regrets. Although sometimes I feel I need to shoot wider. So I now might get the 10-22mm as well.

Or you could go with the 10-22mm, but get a 24-70mm for a walk-around.
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I've decided to get the 17-40 f4 L and since its technically a 20-60 on my 40D, I might get the Sigma 10-20mm later if I really need a UWL.. I'm excited to get my first L lens
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I've decided to get the 17-40 f4 L and since its technically a 20-60 on my 40D, I might get the Sigma 10-20mm later if I really need a UWL.. I'm excited to get my first L lens
Excellent choice!! Congrats!
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and since its technically a 20-60 on my 40D
27-64mm you mean?

good choice on the mid-range.
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Very different lenses and I've owned both. The 17-40 is a good all-around performer, but on a crop body the 17-55/2.8 IS is faster, sharper, has a broader zoom range and IS all for about $250 more. If looking for that range I'd much sooner recommend stretching to the 17-55.

The 10-22 is an entirely different type of lens, for big sweeping landscapes and extreme perspectives. I sold both my 17-40 and 17-55, but have kept my 10-22 for 4 years and well over 10K shots. I am getting ready to sell it now only because I've gone FF. I still think it's a must have on a crop body Canon.
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Very different lenses and I've owned both. The 17-40 is a good all-around performer, but on a crop body the 17-55/2.8 IS is faster, sharper, has a broader zoom range and IS all for about $250 more. If looking for that range I'd much sooner recommend stretching to the 17-55.

The 10-22 is an entirely different type of lens, for big sweeping landscapes and extreme perspectives. I sold both my 17-40 and 17-55, but have kept my 10-22 for 4 years and well over 10K shots. I am getting ready to sell it now only because I've gone FF. I still think it's a must have on a crop body Canon.
Totally agree on that!

I had 17-55 but sold it for 17-40 when I went FF almost 2 years ago. If you plan to keep 40D and upgrade to 50D, 60D, 70D in the future, get 10-22mm. However, if FF is in your near future, 17-40L is a better investment.

Good luck..
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