Still don't understand why Photozone gives thsi lens a low(er) rating....
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I am an amateur hobbyist and love landscape photography. I love really wide angle shots and I liked Sigma 10-20 on my 7D. Now I am getting a 5DMIII and was looking for an ultra wide angle for full frame. The way I see my choices:
1. Canon 17-40 or 16-35 (17-40 is pretty wide but not "super wide"; 16-35 is somewhat expensive)
2. Nikon 14-24 with adapter --> expensive + no auto focus
3. Sigma 12-24 mark II (about $1000)--> Interesting - don't seem to have too much of information about it. Saw a couple of reviews but not that many people seem to have it.
So, my questions:
1. Am I missing any other option
2. What would the recommendation be
I would like to buy a nifty-fifty (most likely the 50mm 1.4). I'd like it for portraits but want it for music/concert photography (right between the stage and the crowd, where the security personnel stand...if I can figure out a way to get a media pass without paying extra to the tour organisers ).
But while some people say everyone should have a 50mm in their lens collections, one of my teachers (I'm a photography student) have said that some people find 50mm lenses boring, etc. So what's the next best kind of lens? I guess my (stretched) budget wpuld be up to $1500 including the B+W filter I would buy. What does everyone think of these 'kits' and which one is better? http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Filter-Accessory-Digital-Cameras/dp/B002PX21JS/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1331887805&sr=1-7 or http://www.adorama.com/CA5014AFUA.html
I don't need this lens (canon branded or otherwise) but I would like it. I guess the alternatives would be a prime such as the 24mm/35mm or the 17-40mmL. Any suggestions/advice is appreciated.
I have to (hate to) sell my 10-22 since I'm graduating from a Rebel XT to the 5D3. It's practically untouched since I did more closeup/candid work, so if anyone wants it, just let me know.
Canon lens range is covered from 8mm onHi Phil, thanks for your thoughts.
8-15mm ; 16-35,...
but I agreee and wish too for an overlap fixed focal lens - like a 14-21 or so, or even a prime in the mid of that range with AF and at least 2.8
Agree that the 8-15mm may be an option if I was after a fisheye. Unfortunately, I'm chasing something rectilinear, but forgot to mention that in the post. Isn't the 8-15mm also bulbous?
Many owners have mentioned that the 16-35 suffers badly from hotspot in near-IR, which is why I did not look at it.
You're familiar with the shortcomings of the 17-40mm f/4 L, so I won't go into those here. Suffice it say when I compare sharpness and clarity to that of my 50mm f/1.4 and 70-200mm f/4 L, it comes up a little short.
Here's my question to you: If I were to replace it, what's your recommendation, keeping in mind a similar focal range to complement the two other lenses I mentioned? I'd like something under $1,000 USD, without regards to what I could get for my 17-40. I'm willing to consider an off-brand lens, if it meets all of those guidelines and still outperforms the Canon I already have. Oh, and I shoot with a 5DmkII, so I'll need to stay away from anything EF-S.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
I'm already thinking about the 5DV. There are two fives in it, so it has to be waaaaaaay better. By the current pricing hikes it might retail for $55,555.55 though. So I think I will wait for the 5DV to come out and get the 5DIV on sale.