Canon 40D Landscape Photography

I love the image quality I get with my Canon 40D and 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM glass. This combination really allows me to capture the beauty of a Texas sunset.

The Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens is one of the most versatile ultra wide angle zoom lenses ever made, even when used with a 1.6 FOVCF (Field of View Crop Factor) body like my 40D which gives this lens gives an equivalent focal length of 27-64mm. The sharpness of this lens is nothing less than spectacular, especially given it’s very reasonable street price of $700.

Any professional landscape photographer will tell you that the third most important piece of equipment (body, lens) you can buy to improve the quality of your images is a good tripod. I use a Gitzo Traveller for stability and always set the 40D’s mirror lockup function (C.Fn III -7) to eliminate even the smallest vibration.

Sunset at the Old Sugar Mill

Sunset at the Old Sugar Mill
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D , 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM at 32mm, f/8, 1/8th sec at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. Click on the image above for a larger version.

2 thoughts on “Canon 40D Landscape Photography

  1. @kalem – If you’re in a situation where a tripod or monopod wouldn’t be appropriate, then I suggest using an “image stabilized” lens like a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM. With a good handheld technique you can get very sharp results using one of Canon’s “IS” lenses.


  2. I fully agree with you, using a tripod makes dramatic differences in photos. Unfortunately, in many situations where a tripod (or unipod) would be helpful, it is not practical. Especially in crowded spaces.

    Who knows, maybe technology will develop a ‘solution’ for that.

    Very nice shot, by the way.

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