Lens of a Lifetime Winner • Jacob Klassen

Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, Canada • Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm f/4L, f/7.1, 2sec, ISO 100
My name is Jacob Klassen and I am a landscape photographer who was born and raised on Vancouver Island in Canada.

Which lens has changed your life and why?
The Canon 17-40mm f/4L has changed the way I shoot forever. Before that lens I had never photographed wide scenes and was only thinking about how I see with my eye, which is the equivalent to around 50mm. The ultra wide angle invites you to look outside that realm and to imagine the landscape in a different way. I now shoot a lot closer to foreground subjects which this lens does a great job of enhancing.

How long have you been shooting with it?
I have had this lens since I bought my first full frame camera 3 years ago.


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What drew you to that lens initially?
I knew after going full frame that I would want to take advantage of the bigger, full frame sensor, so along with my full frame Canon 6D I bought the 17-40mm f/4L. I shoot landscapes primarily so I wasn't worried about the extra stop of light of a f/2.8 lens.

Has this lens lived up to or exceeded your expectations?
Yes, above and beyond. It is a great bang for your buck.

What advice would you give to other photographers considering this lens?
Buy it. Unless you have the money for the f/2.8 version, then buy that.

What is your future lens purchase?
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 III.

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