Truland Photography

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Filling Out the Landscape Kit

It's been a while since I had ultra wide focal length capabilities. I most recently had a 17-40mm lens with a full frame body in November of 2013 and a 10-22mm lens with a crop sensor body in August of 2015.

I had been thinking that Canon's 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens would be a perfect fit, and it probably would be. Two factors, however, led me back to the 17-40mm f/4L USM instead. The first was cost. The 16-35mm IS lens is $880 and out of stock on the Canon Online Refurbished Store. The 17-40mm lens was available for $500 after special discounts for a brief time. It's now back up to $640 and out of stock.

The other factor was the extra reach between 35mm and 40mm. I've used the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM and 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses enough to know that the 17-40mm lens would be much more useful as a general purpose lens.

So now I have a dedicated landscape kit in an economically sized backpack consisting of the 5D Mark III, 17-40mm and 24-105mm zoom lenses, the 40mm pancake lens and filters which fit both of the zoom lenses.

Here is how it's all packed. There's even room for a second, back up full frame body down the road.

Here are some shots from this morning's walk on Peebles Island with the 17-40mm lens.





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