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Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:21 am

I' m looking for a wide angle lens to fit my 10D, I need excellent quality.
I know both Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L and 17-40mm f/4. The first one is a more expansive than the second , but is there a great loss of quality between the two?
Do others brands also have similar products (Sigma, Tamron,etc...)?
What do you use and why?

The use for me of this lens will be aviation but also professional as for weddings, parties, cocktails, shows and other events.

Many thanx for the precious advice

Fabrice
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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon D

Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:26 am

Ah, you beat me to the question!  Smile
I've also been looking at getting a wide-angle lens for my D30, but I have after reading some of ckw's posts looked at primes, the 14mm Sigma to be precise, which goes for around 870 euros at http://www.ac-foto.com. I'm mainly after a wide-angle one for flight deck shots and such...

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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Tue Sep 30, 2003 4:37 am

The price difference comes from the aperture: 2.8 is more expensive than 4. The extra mm may not seem significant, but it is important to pro's, therefore the 16-35 is more expensive.

You wont really see the difference in quality, the 16-35 is supposed to be slightly sharper, but the 17-40 is an excellent lens.

So the question is: Do you think you need 2.8 instead of 4?

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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Tue Sep 30, 2003 5:08 am

I still have no regrets trading my 17-35mm L for the Sigma 14mm, however, it is only fair to point out I also have a Canon 24-85mm, though I believe the total cost is still less than either of the Canon wide L zooms.

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:40 am

You should check out http://www.photographyreview.com where consumers rate products they've bought. Although some reviews should be taken with a grain of salt and the BS sifted out there is usually a read thread running through the reviews telling you the pros and cons of a certain product.

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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Tue Sep 30, 2003 11:21 am

I use the Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8 with my D30.....love it!! I only paid around $300 for it on ebay.


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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:49 pm

Colin you mean the 17-40mm f/4L from Canon?
Well because this one sounds good why did you swaped for the Sigma prime?

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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:53 pm

He meant the 17-35 2.8L (I think).

This is the predecessor for the 16-35 2.8L

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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Wed Oct 01, 2003 7:02 am

Fabrice - mine was the 17-35L - bought it before the 16-35 and 17-40 were released. But I found I was using it 90% of the time at 17mm and wishing it was wider. The Sigma gave me a little extra, the bonus was it was also a lot sharper than the 17-35. And, after all, at that focal length zoom only replaces a few steps  Smile

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Thu Oct 02, 2003 12:02 am

Thanx for the advice Colin and everybody  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
But Colin are you happy of the sharpness and color contrast of your Canon 24-85mm?
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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Thu Oct 02, 2003 12:13 am

Fabrice - I bought the 24-85 as a general purpose "walk around" lens for shooting the family etc. - wasn't expecting miracles from it, but am pleasently surprised with how good it is. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for critical work when its the right focal length, and to be honest, apart from the lack of the 2.8 aperture, I'm not sure the fabled 24-70L is much better ( though it is twice the size and 3 times the price).

Having said that, I am of course looking at a cropped version of the image on my DSLR - I believe edge performance falls off somewhat on a full frame camera.

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Thu Oct 02, 2003 4:15 am

Colin, do you know if the Sigma 15mm 2.8 makes good quality images as the 14mm you have?

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RE: Advice Needed On Wide Angle Lenses For Canon Dslr

Thu Oct 02, 2003 6:04 am

Luis - truth is I didn't look at the 15mm as it is a fish eye lens, and I've never much liked these. However, amongst those who like the fish eye effect, the Sigma is rated as good value for money. And I think there are Photoshop plugins for "de-fishing" the resulting images (ie. straightening out the curved lines).

Cheers,

Colin
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