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      05-29-2009, 07:20 PM   #1
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Picked up a new lens - EF 17-40L

Just picked this up this afternoon, loving it so far. It's much crisper than my 24-70L.

Anyone else using this lens? What are your experiences with it?

Took this shot on the way home:

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Ha! That's funny, I just got mine yesterday. Been playing around with it and a circular polarizer. Despite what most people say about using the two together, the darkening of the sky could be an interesting effect.

EDIT: How much did you pay for yours and where did you get it?
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      05-29-2009, 07:28 PM   #3
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Wow, it must be the software you used to reduce the image size, but frankly, that picture looks like hell! All the lines look jagged and "digitized" to me.
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All the lines look jagged and "digitized" to me.
Yeah how do you do that anyways?
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Ha! That's funny, I just got mine yesterday. Been playing around with it and a circular polarizer. Despite what most people say about using the two together, the darkening of the sky could be an interesting effect.

EDIT: How much did you pay for yours and where did you get it?
I paid 780 for mine total at a retail store...it's more than online obviously but I like that I can return it if there is a defect.

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Wow, it must be the software you used to reduce the image size, but frankly, that picture looks like hell! All the lines look jagged and "digitized" to me.
I actually like the jagged look, it gives the picture more depth. In CS4 you can choose from a number or resizing options and this is one of them I use sometimes. It shows off the crispness of the image. To each their own I suppose.

I look at is an an effect, it reminds me of video games that aren't anti-aliased...I find it cool. :]
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over sharpen or add noise?
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I actually like the jagged look, it gives the picture more depth. In CS4 you can choose from a number or resizing options and this is one of them I use sometimes. It shows off the crispness of the image. To each their own I suppose.

I look at is an an effect, it reminds me of video games that aren't anti-aliased...I find it cool. :]
It can be a cool effect, but I guess I'm confused as to why you would use that particular adjustment in CS to show off the "crispness" of the lens?

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over sharpen or add noise?
I never liked how PS sharpened images. I'm guessing the options for resizing actually change the way the pixels are arranged...this is the natural way images are minimized. Normally PS smooths them out to get rid of this effect, and you loose some detail in return...remove that feature and you get a photo like this.

Here is an image taken with my 100-400L and the same effect, in this image it really gives a sense of depth...like you can reach out and touch the tiger...

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Here is a 100% crop of the Porsche image, no PP:

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I never liked how PS sharpened images. I'm guessing the options for resizing actually change the way the pixels are arranged...this is the natural way images are minimized. Normally PS smooths them out to get rid of this effect, and you loose some detail in return...remove that feature and you get a photo like this.

Here is an image taken with my 100-400L and the same effect, in this image it really gives a sense of depth...like you can reach out and touch the tiger...

Wow, great shot!
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I pulled up this thread on my laptop and yeah the first pic does look like hell...it looks good on my desktop but on my laptop it really looks crappy. Weird. Oh well :[
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I love this lens, its by far my favorite walkaround. I've yet to get a circular polarizer but I plan to in the near future
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nice, i just ordered this lens. will be here tuesday.

wut body are u using with it btw
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His EXIF info says 5D.

I just used the 17-40mm f/4 for the first time on a "serious" assignment at a weekly exotic round-up. The Lamborghini dealership here brought over 3 new models to show to us, and this was one of them!



I honestly don't think this lens is very sharp, specifically near/at the corners, but then again most UWA lenses are not.
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