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Canon EF 17-35 mm f/2.8L USM

Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 17-35 mm f/2.8L USM
Lens style Wide angle zoom
Focal length 17 - 35 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 103.6 - 63.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.35 m
Maximum magnification 1:9.09
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF USM
Lens Construction 19 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 83.5 x 95.7 mm
Weight 545 g
Additional information Marketed April 1996
Average rating (2 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (2)
  1. TomH
    TomH 12 February 2020, 11:53
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    IP 47.32.x.x
    Owner since:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: At 2.8 the lens has a bit of softness near the edges

    Pros: Fast lens f2.8 Excellent build quality Weather sealed, no dust accumulation internally Fast smooth focusing

    Summary: This Canon L 17-35mm f2.8 lens has been highly reliable and takes pictures with an excellent look. Though the newer versions apparently test sharper, this lens produces excellent wide angle photos on my Canon R and focuses very accurately. Used they are an excellent value.

  2. Ilya Snopchenko
    Ilya Snopchenko 21 October 2009, 08:37
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    IP 95.55.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: ~ $ 600
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - Not really usable below f/4.0, really good quality starts at about f/5.6

    Pros: - Very tough; mine was made in 1996 and I'm like a fourth owner, yet it's beautifully preserved. No dust like, oh say, EF-S 17-55/2.8. - Focus is fast and precise. - Great sharpness stopped down a bit. - CA/Distortions are negligible. - For the money, it's excellent. Don't know if 17-40/4 is likely to match it, and 16-35/2.8 is much more expensive.

    Summary: This lens was certainly made before the wideangle zooms started being really sharp, and it shows. Still from about f/5.6 onward it provides stellar results across the frame. I have not tried it with a full frame/1.3x camera yet though.

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