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SirThomas
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The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:37 am

Lo chaps,

I am hoping to be taking up some proper aviation photography in the coming months and was hoping I could pester you all for suggestions..  

Basically, I want a good wide angle (not anything massively wide angle though) as I dont want any barrel distortion.
Looking at the range of Canon's own lenses, the pickings are rather slim (especially in the full frame area of speaking).

Price isn't a huge factor so indulge me :P
All I want is a nice (full frame) crisp wide angle lens...

Thanks for the help,
Tom
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots.

Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:04 am

Well, on Canon your options are the 16-35 and some primes. If you don't want an ultrawide would a 24-70 fill your needs?

You could always look at the Sigma 12-24.

[Edited 2010-02-07 18:06:02]
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:19 am

Ultra Wide Angle to Wide Angle :
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM

Wide Angle to Mid-range :
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM

I've used the 16-35, its image quality is just fantastic.

[Edited 2010-02-07 18:27:30]
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:04 am

Quoting vishaljo (Reply 2):
I've used the 16-35, its image quality is just fantastic.

  

Can't say enough good things about the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM on a full frame camera so I highly recommend it.
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:40 am

If only you were a Nikon shooter, the 14-24 is peerless.
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:57 pm

Hmm, I had looked at the 16-35 before but there seemed to be contrasting conclusions as to it's performance.
However, after realising there are two of the same lens it looks more promising with the version 'II' seeming to attain better results.. so I may just invest in one of them!  

Thanks for the help chaps, much appreciated...
Tom
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:04 pm

I'm not an expert on wide-angle since I rarely shoot as such but I believe some of the Sigma EX lenses (Canon L equivalents) are very good and cheaper than the Canon counterparts.

Karl
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:09 pm

I own the Canon 17-40F4L and have used the original 16-35F2.8L and unless you need the F2.8 i didn't find my results to differ with them, they both produce fantastic results on full frame and crop frame. At F4 and above thought i can't really tell the difference from the images.

If you need the extra 1mm or the F2.8L then go for the 16-35, if not save yourself some cash and get the 17-40!
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:15 am

Tokina has an 11-24 and is an excellent lens...for Nikon and Canon...

Quoting Viv (Reply 4):

  
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:33 am

Are you reffering to the 11-16 f2.8 or 12-24 f4 ?
There's no 11-24 Tokina.

Btw, i think 11-16 f2.8 is a cropped sensor lens

http://www.tokinalens.com/products/tokina/index.html
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:28 pm

Quoting vishaljo (Reply 9):

Yes, your are correct, no 24, I did mean 11-16...either way, I have had three Tokina lenses in the past and all three were excellent...might even dump my fisheye and go for this lens , 11-16...Thnx for the correction...j
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:48 am

Quoting soon7x7 (Reply 8):
Tokina has an 11-24 and is an excellent lens...for Nikon and Canon...

It is also a DX (crop factor only) lens, which won't be much help on a full frame camera...
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:29 am

Strangely enough even the 16-50 f2.8 is a cropped body lens.
Some forums quote the 11-16 f2.8 being usable at 16mm on a FF Body. But, no point buying it then.......

You may want to look into this Full-Frame Prime, many people on FM were/are discussing it, not sure where you can buy it from for now even though its released & is in the $350-400 range.
Samyang 14mm f2.8


Here's more on it - http://www.dpreview.com/news/0909/09091801samyung14mm.asp
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:54 am

Quoting dvincent (Reply 11):

Would work fine on my D2X and D300...I just picked up nikon 10.5 but don't like the full fisheye effect (needed for a job)...the 11-16 works better for me...am going to look at it tomorrow...j
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:02 am

Quoting vishaljo (Reply 12):
Some forums quote the 11-16 f2.8 being usable at 16mm on a FF Body.

It does, I am using it on both a 1Dmk3 and 5D without any problem.
On the 1D you will have full frame from 13mm onwards and on the 5D just at 16mm but then again there are enough pixels available to make a nice crop out of it.
Unlike Canon's own EF/s lenses all other brands(to my knowledge) work fine on full frame.

I am looking for a full frame wide angle though and at this point narrowed my choice down to the Sigma 12-24 or Canon 17-40.
I've worked with the Sigma which is a nice piece of glass, found nothing to fault it really.
Not sure whether I really need this enormous wide angle for the 5D though as I'll keep the Tokina for the 1D anyway.
So probably it will be the 17-40.
The 16-35 is a no go, way to expensive and like several other Canon lenses it just doesn't justify the extra money with performance other then being 1 stop faster.
In fact it is out performed in many area's by the 17-40....... for half the money.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/canon-17-40.shtml
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:13 pm

I use the Canon 14mm f2.8L fixed focal length and sometimes the 16-35 mm f2.8L II
The fixed one gives a better result in terms of sharpness and deformation.

Cheers
Patrick
 
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RE: The Perfect Lens For Perfect Wide Angle Shots...

Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:52 pm

If anyone interested, just posted my virtually new Nikon 10.5 fisheye on ebay...shot 6 images w/it on an assignment...not a fisheye guy...it is immaculate...G   

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