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Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by seany, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. seany

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    The first link isn't working Sean.
     
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    Out of those three, I'd get the 17-40. Supposedly, it's as good as, if not better than, the 16-35

    The 24-70 is a great lens, but I think the 17-40 has a more useful range when used on a 20D.

    As you know, it's also the cheapest, by far ;)
     
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    Hello Seany,

    ( working link to 24-70 here : http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24-70mm-f-2.8-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx )

    I would go for the 17-40 f4 L, because it is amazingly sharp for the price and also small and light compared to the 24-70 f2.8L , unless of course you need f2.8 and a longer lens, and have lots of spare cash. the 24-70 f2.8 is a big heavy lens, you need to use one really to decide,

    You dont apreciate how good the 17-40 is until you print a photo at poster size. On screen samples dont do justice to L lenses in my experience.

    print something big and look at the detail :)

    Buy both lenses if a bargain and sell the other one here ;)

    good luck.

    Mark.
     
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    Cheers mark,

    Your right i do need to try the lens out. I think the 24-70 range might suit me more then the 17-40, but i'll have to have a try of both lenses out before i decide.

    Nice one;)
     
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    I was also thinking of asking a friend to buy some equipment on a trip to the US, but was worried about having a huge bill to pay at customs when she gets back to the UK.
    Any thoughts on this?
     
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    Check your prices mate, I was gonna wait and get my 100-400 L in Los Angeles this coming May, but that guy I got it from was cheaper than getting it there myself......but only just.. :D
     
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    Well john that is the thing i have to think about. My pal knows nothing of lenes ect and when he's over there he'n not going to spend his holiday looking for the best price ect (nor would i expect him to) i'm betting it'll be just like over here...cheaper to buy of the net. He's doing a fly drive hitting florida. so i'll track down a store near to where he's going to be if i can.

    He's been to the states many times and brought things back, just never needed anything before and he has no worries about it. He's not going until april and if he changes his mind, i'll be seeing your pal john (not even checked all the prices out yet)
     
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    Possible option, if mate is staying at one address for period of time, is to buy on NET & use the US address for delivery. Then he can sneak :eek: , sorry bring the item back into the UK for ya.
     
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    I am looking for a 100-400 L now. Did you buy online? If so can you let me know where and for how much?

    Thanks
    David
     
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    :smashin: beats my best price by £50

    Cheers
     
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    So do I get £25 towards my EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM.. :D :D :D :D :D
     
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    Only thing that bothers me about buying it from ebay (the 17-40 is that) if you look on dpreview ect there's been a lot of talk about bad copies/front focusing ect. Lenes going back for calibration. It's just easier with a shop front as i learnt with my S1. But you pay for that
     
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    Ahhh, but Canon lens warrentys are 'international' while bodies are region specific.
    Thats why I got my 300D from Jessops last year.. :hiya:
     
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    I know they are john lad, i just found it so much eaiser when i could take my S1 back to jessops who delt with canon for me. I got a credit note to put to my 20D in the end (could have left me at the mercy of canon). Now if i have a problem with my 17-40 who's going to give me a credit note? Off it would go to canon for calibration, no refund or exchange just a fix... It's something i need to think about before i fork out.

    Only thing that's really making me think is all the reasearch i've done on the 17-40 and the 24-70. There's seems to be a lot of people that've sent them back for calibration or exchanged them if brought from a store before they found one they were happy with.

    Of course may saving a packet is something i'm after like anybody would be its just the tales of woe that's making me think twice. I was thinking of going to jessops, getting the best pricematch i can, taking two lenes (same model) home and tesing them out.


    But then i might just say scratch that and get one off ebay or let my pal get one. Can't make up my mind
     
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    Yeah mate....bit of a dilemma ain't it. Depends on how much your gonna save vs peace of mind etc. I saw a £400 saving on my 100-400, just HAD to go for it, even though it was effing scary waiting for it to actually arrive....much bottom twitching I can assure you.. :eek:

    I'm in California in May.....wanna do a road trip LOL.. :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
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    Get yourself to Yosemite if you can - absolutely stunning scenery. Might still be snow on the ground that time of year too.
    I was there last year - got married in Vegas then drove through Death Valley, into California, though Yosemite, then to the coast and up through Santa Cruz into San Francisco. Its a fantastic part of the world.
     
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    Well mate, I consider myself to be a very lucky boy,as this will be California Pt 5.....oh yes...so its my 5th trip to Yosemite, G Canyon et all including........

    LA
    Palm Springs
    Phoenix/Tucson
    Monument Valley
    Flagstaff
    Meteor Crater
    Grand Canyon
    Hoover Dam
    Las Vegas
    Death Valley
    Yosemitie via Senora or Tioga pass
    Sacramento
    Lassen volcanic park
    Eureka
    San Francisco
    San Simeon
    Santa Barbera
    LA

    Similar route to last year, just adding Phoenix/Tucson.
    Covered 3200 miles last year, should be about 3600 this time, but hey..in a Caddy its like a trip across town.. :D :D

    Bet your gonna go back again eh?
     

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