Just placed a pre-order for the 'shorty forty' (love that name). Thanks for the donation!
Assuming this rumor is true, I'd think Canon would still wait a couple of years before releasing it. Everyone that would buy a camera like this just bought a D800/e or Canon 5D III; and if you're a professional you purchased two or three of them. It will be at least three years before I consider purchasing another camera.
Everyone?? I see a lot of 5D II owners like myself that are not pushed to go to a 5DIII at all. And put off by the pain of starting a Nikon lenses collection. 5K for a camera along these lines would cost the same as a D800 and a 14-24mm lens and I'd be back to using my Canon 14mm L, 17mm TSE L, 24mm TSE L, and 24mm 1.4 L for architecture and landscape. Sign me up!
- Lens ideali around the size of the 50/1.4
- Ideally wide, at least 24mm
Maybe the new 24IS? Dunno ...
The 35mm f/2 is a contender. Pros: good optics, very small. Con: old design, 5 blade aperture, noisy AF. Wide on full frame, normal length on crop (maybe you want wider).
I tried both this and the 28mm f/1.8. Didn't care much for the latter, was pretty bad wide open though got much better stopped down a bit.
You mentioned that you got some sand in your 50/1.4. Had you tried to open it up and clean it out? I did the same thing to mine a few years ago, about 2 weeks after I bought it. I dropped it on the beach, and had that sickening feeling of picking it up out of the sand. There's a tutorial around somewhere that shows you how to do that when that exact lens. I just used a small screwdriver and my trusty Giotti blower. It worked great, and I haven't had any problems with it since then. Well, just problems related to operator error, but that's a different story...
EDIT: Or the zeiss 18mm! It's not too big, and close to my ideal focal length, thoughts on these two lenses?Well, the weight there might be getting away from your "light" classification, but, if you're at the 18mm Zeiss, consider the 21mm as well (even heavier though). Every review I've read says its the best lens in that focal length range.
Voigtlander weighs about a 1/3rd of the Zeiss lenses...
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