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Old 30-07-2013, 11:11 AM
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Canon 17-40mm for nightscapes

anyone using the canon 17-40 for nightscapes on FF, i cant aford the 16-35 & i dont always like the superwide view that the samyang 14mm would show
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Old 30-07-2013, 11:21 AM
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Yep.

Look at my Alone Under the Stars image in the nightscapes forum.

I also shot some two nights ago which I will post tonight.

It's not ideal being a stop slower, but, it's no slouch.

The 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is next on my list before I head for the land of ice and fire.

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Old 30-07-2013, 11:42 AM
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I've used it for a few shots. It can certainly be used, but you'll find f/4 too slow after a while.

On a 6D it might still be ok cause you can push the ISO.

Here's some of mine where I used it with a 40D:
http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...d.php?t=108322
http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...ad.php?t=93507
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Yep.

Look at my Alone Under the Stars image in the nightscapes forum.

I also shot some two nights ago which I will post tonight.

It's not ideal being a stop slower, but, it's no slouch.

The 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is next on my list before I head for the land of ice and fire.

H
H, are you getting it primarily for nightscapes? If yes, then it's not that great a lens at the wide extremes - fl and aperture. Stars are soft in corners. You'd be better off getting the Nikon 14-24. Not a whole lot more dollarwise, but a big jump in quality.
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Old 30-07-2013, 02:10 PM
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Hi Colin,

Not just for nightscapes. For landscape work in general. I just love the diffraction spikes it produces compared to the mess the 17-40mm f/4L USM creates.

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I bought my 17-40 F/4 L years ago, probably 2003 or such at a guess, and have used it for lots and lots and lots of nightscapes etc over the years. I must have tens of thousands of photos taken using it, film and digital.

It's a good performer, can't complain As mike says f/4 might be a disadvantage, but it's super light and compact as a result, and I lived just fine without f/2.8.

Still going strong, never had a problem, enjoy its robust weather sealing - its been through many a wet stormy sandy beach shoot landscape etc.

I'm not technical with my reviews but would say it's got very little barrel distortion, its vignetting is corrected perfectly by canon in-built software so no problem there, its corner distortion on full frame is noticeable when pixel peeping in a starfield with elongated stars at the extremities, but is better than any other non-fisheye wide I have tried and nothing that would ruin the sale-ability of an otherwise good shot.
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