I knew I needed a wide angle lens, wider than my 35mm. Did I need to purchase my own opposed to renting? I consider my time valuable and convenience is worth the cost, and with the nearest rental place quite far, I made the jump. (I would recommend if you can’t pay cash for a lens to continue renting until you can, don’t go into debt for equipment).

I decided on the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L ultra wide angle zoom lens.


I know, some of you might find this shocking.

It’s not a fixed lens, and it only opens to f/4. I swore I wouldn’t buy a lens that didn’t have a minimum of f/2.8.

So I thought I’d talk about why I decided to go with this lens:

  • For an ultra wide angle, I don’t think a fixed lens would be enough, I like that I can still adjust how much I want in my frame for my creative needs. The benefit with fixed lenses is the wide aperture, and with this lens I am getting f/4. Now about that – 
  • I’m shooting landscapes outdoors so there’s plenty of light and I want more depth when it comes to landscape so I’m shooting above f/4 anyway. Now about indoor shots –
  • I need this for indoors often, to showcase rooms, small spaces. When I shoot indoors, I always shoot on a tripod and I’m shooting around f/8 or f/11 to see all details so I’m not concerned about light, I’m triggering my slow shutter with a remote.
  • It’s still an L series – great glass, premium, I totally have the L-Disease.
  • The price point was amazing – $600-800. Other lenses that open to f/2.8 are around $1500 and I don’t think I will be reaching for this lens that often and realistically thinking about how I’ll be using this lens. I do think if I needed it indoors for weddings I would consider but so far the 35mm f/1.4L has been sufficient for indoor circumstances. I have no problem spending that money on a lens if it’s going to be a heavy used lens like the 50mm f/1.2L and 35mm f/1.4L.
  • I am also shooting with the 5D Mark III so my ISO capabilities are out of this world if necessary.

There you have it! After all the research I finally nailed it down and am thrilled that I can show you more of my spaces using this lens. If I find I am having some obstacles with this I’ll consider other options but an L series lens for this price point? Perfect!

I just wanted to share that so as you build your collection you think about your needs and budget, it helps with choosing the right equipment.

What wide angle lens do you use? Do you own the 17-40mm f/4L?