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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L lens

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L lens

 

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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L Lens

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L lens

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L lens

Sample Images

A selection of photos taken with my Canon 17-40 f/4.0 L lens in Thailand and Singapore.

Clicking on the thumbnail images will open a larger image in a pop-up window.

Herbie (fully loaded) rides again in Singapore - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/80
Focal length: 27mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Esplanade, Singapore
File Size: 183 KB
Canvas chairs, Singapore - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/100
Focal length: 33mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Emerald Hill, Singapore
File Size: 183 KB
Buddhist monks, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 30mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Thailand
File Size: 107 KB
Young girl in the fishing community of Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter speed: 1/100
Focal length: 39mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Thale Noi, Thailand
File Size: 113 KB
Thai Cowboy, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 40mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Onboard
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 110 KB
Hello Kitty, Songkhla, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/60
Focal length: 40mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 143 KB
Chinese antiques, Kampong Glam, Singapore - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/40
Focal length: 25mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Kampong Glam, Singapore
File Size: 254 KB
Traditional dancers in southern Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/125
Focal length: 24mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Canon 550EX
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 236 KB
Flower seller, Singapore - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/100
Focal length: 40mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: Canon 1.4x II
Location: Bugis, Singapore
File Size: 245 KB
Memorial to King Rama V of Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 17mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 279 KB
Hill tribe children, Chiang Rai, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/125
Focal length: 40mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
File Size: 184 KB
The fisherman's daughter, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/9.0
Shutter speed: 1/125
Focal length: 27mm
EC +/-: -0.33
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Thale Noi, Thailand
File Size: 150 KB
Old lady, Songkhla, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/30
Focal length: 40mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 125 KB
Old lady, Songkhla, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/30
Focal length: 40mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 133 KB
Young Thai punks, Hat Yai, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 40mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Canon 550EX
Extender: No
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
File Size: 274 KB
Rice fields, Chiang Rai, Thailand - Click for larger image
Camera: 10D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 27mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
File Size: 309 KB
 

Chiang Rai rice fields and mountains

 

 

Thailand, my adopted home, is a great vacation destination for many activities, particularly photography. It's easy to get around and hotels are cheap. Using Agoda to book a hotel on-line will give you a great selection of hotels and the best deals. I always use Agoda to book my own hotels.

 

User Impressions

This is the lens I bought at the same time as my first digital SLR (10D) and it is the one that lived on my camera most of the time for many years as my 'walkaround' lens. At the time it was the widest lens I had ever owned, but on a 1.6x crop body it becomes basically a 28mm lens in 35mm (full frame) terms.

It is wide enough for my needs most of the time but a little extra zoom in each direction would be welcomed occasionally. The Canon 17-55mm EF-S IS sounds like a very interesting lens and it gets great reviews. Of course, it will only fit on crop bodies from the 20D onwards but the extra focal length and Image Stabilisation would be useful to have, even if IS isn't that essential on a lens of this focal length.

The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS also has Image Stabilisation and an even greater zoom range. When I bought my 17-40mm there weren't many other Canon options but now there is quite a choice.

Image Stabilisation is valuable on long lenses - it was the thing I missed most when I sold my EF 300mm f/4L IS and bought an EF 400mm f/5.6L - but is of lesser value on shorter lenses.

The 17-40mm never seems to excite people very much and generally reviews are luke warm but it has served me very well as a general walkaround lens, and I've taken some pleasing (to me) shots with it.

It has been good for landscapes, indoor shots and portraits. Perspective distortion with wide-angle lenses doesn't always make for very flattering portraits but that hasn't been the case with this lens.

Focusing is fast and accurate, and consistency and reliability have been excellent. Being an 'L' lens the build quality is tough and it will ride out lots of knocks and bumps while travelling.

Since I first wrote this I upgraded to a 40D body, and I will probably upgrade to a 7D soon. The 17-40mm lens continues to give great results and it is certainly a lens I have no thoughts about selling. It has served me very well up to now and I believe it offers great value for the money.

Since obtaining an Ultra Wide Angle EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 I have been using my 17-40mm f/4L less. They are very different lenses but the extreme wide angle of the EF-S 10-22mm allows you to get some very interesting shots that are just impossible with longer focal lengths.

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Post-Processing

Most original images were shot in the RAW format and converted with Adobe Camera Raw. Noise was reduced using Imagenomic Noiseware Professional. Small amounts of image enhancement were applied using Adobe Photoshop CS2 (curves, levels, saturation) before sharpening using the Smart Sharpen filter (Amount: 30% - 120%, Radius: 0.2px - 0.3px, Remove: Lens Blur).

The large JPG images that open if you click on a thumbnail were saved with a 'High' quality setting of '8' on a scale of 0-12.

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Lens Details

Weight: 17oz; 475g
Filter Diameter: 77mm
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.92ft; 0.28m
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Serial Number: 184361
Lens Code: US0400
Date Manufactured: April 2004
Date Purchased: July 2004
Supplier: Fotofile, Bangkok, Thailand
Price: 31,000 Thai baht
Lens Hood: EW-83E (included)
Soft Case: LP1319 (included)

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Visit Thailand

Thailand is an incredibly photogenic country, both for its landscapes and its people. Regardless of whether you enjoy large Asian cities, beaches and islands, or rice fields and mountains, Thailand has something for you and it is a dream destination for photographers.

One of the great things about visiting Thailand is that hotels are plentiful and a lot cheaper than in most other countries. I always use Agoda to book hotels in Thailand. The company was established in Thailand and has great local knowledge, as well as a huge inventory of hotels.

If you click on one of the destinations opposite you will get a list of hotel deals from Agoda. It's generally a good idea to book on-line because you will get a good room rate and you won't suffer the disappointment of arriving at a hotel to find that it is full.

I book hotels regularly in Thailand and I have always found Agoda to be the best on-line travel agent. At times I have spent a lot of time researching hotel prices and although other deals sometimes look better at first I always end up returning to Agoda.

If you don't wish to pay for your hotel at the time of booking, Booking.com normally allows you to pay when you check in at the hotel. Some people prefer this method, but I have always found Booking.com to be more expensive than Agoda.

If you want to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined. However, you will normally find that Agoda is the cheapest and therefore you can save yourself time and money by just booking through Agoda in the first place.

Images of Thailand

Images of Thailand

 

 

Cities

Beaches

Mountains & Hilltribes

Islands

Interesting

 

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