Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM

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  1. Viperjet

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    Hey Everyone,

    I am trying to decide between these two lenses.

    Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM ~$450
    Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM ~$700

    I have a Canon Rebel XTi at the moment, which I mainly use for outdoor landscape photography. In the future, I plan on getting a 5D Mark II (although that's a couple of years down the road).

    Is the 17-85 comparable to the 17-40 in image quality? I've seen some comparison images, and it seems to be somewhat close, but is the extra money to get the 17-40 worth the jump in image quality? I'm not so concerned about the extra 45mm in zoom that the 17-85 gives.

    I've looked into the issue of whether the 17-85 would work on the 5D Mark II, and I have found both yes and no as answers. Which one is true?

    I am a student, so I don't have too much money, and while I would rather go with the 17-85 just for the cost issue...the 17-40 is also an excellent landscape photography lens.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Any Canon lens with a -S at the end will NOT work on the 5D Mk2 or any full frame camera.

    I'd go with the 17-40 or as suggested, like at third party f/2.8 lenses if budget is an issue
     

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