Canon EF 17–40mm lens

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EF 17–40mm f/4L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM front angled.jpg
Maker Canon
Technical data
Type Zoom
Focus drive Ultrasonic motor
Focal length 17–40mm
Crop factor 1.0
Aperture (max/min) f/4–f/22
Close focus distance 280mm / 11in
Max. magnification 0.24 (at 40mm)
Diaphragm blades 7
Construction 12 elements in 9 groups
Short back focus No No
Lens-based stabilization No No
Macro capable No No
Application Ultra-Wide Zoom
Max. length 96.8mm / 3.8in
Diameter 83.5mm / 3.3in
Weight 475g / 1.1lbs
Filter diameter 77mm
Lens hood EW-83E
Case LP1319
Angle of view
Horizontal 93°–49°20'
Vertical 70°30'–34°
Diagonal 104°–57°30'
Introduction 2003
Retail info

The EF 17–40mm f/4L USM lens is a wide-angle lens made by Canon Inc. The lens has an EF mount to work with the EOS line of cameras. Other than the front element, it is sealed against dust and water, and features a diaphragm which remains nearly circular from f/4 to f/8. It is one of the few Canon photo lenses that are parfocal.[1]


The 17–40mm is the least expensive of Canon's current wide-angle zooms for full-frame bodies,[2] with the EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM and EF 11–24mm f/4L USM being more expensive, and the EF 16–35mm f/2.8L USM being both faster and more expensive. Weighing 475 g and measuring 83.5 mm x 96.8 mm, it is a popular choice with many photographers because of its light and compact size.[3] A member of the L-series, the 17–40mm is a good substitute for the 16–35mm f/2.8 lens, which is heavier and costs approximately twice as much. Canon now sells an image-stabilized 16–35mm f/4 lens for about $300 more than the 17–40.

This lens is also a popular step up from the stock kit lens on many of Canon's EOS Digital family of cameras, the EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6, for those still wanting a wide angle lens. On a cropped sensor, it has 35 mm equivalent focal length of 27–64mm. In this role, it is compared with the EF-S 17–55mm lens.

Companion lenses[edit]

This lens is often paired with an L series telephoto lens, such as the EF 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6 L USM or any of the EF 70–200mm family (f/4L USM, f/4L IS USM, f/2.8L USM, f/2.8L IS USM, f/2.8L IS II USM).



  1. ^ "Photo Lenses for Video". Lens Rentals. 
  2. ^ Canon offers three less expensive wide-angle zooms, but none of these three will mount on full-frame bodies. Two are EF-S lenses for Canon's APS-C DSLRs, and the other is an EF-M lens for the company's EOS M series of mirrorless cameras.
  3. ^ "10 Popular points of the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM lens". Retrieved 11 December 2016. 

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