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Advice 5d3, wide angle

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I have the 17-40L and I rate it highly at F8 despite what a lot of others seem to think. As I understand it, the 16-35 isn't much better overall IQ-wise (if at all) but obviously has the advantage of being a stop faster.

I also recently bought the 24 1.4 which is fantastic but for my purposes, I tend to find it's best strength as a wide portrait lens (for that it's excellent). The type of wide angle work I do is mostly night photography and usually demands some FL flexibility given tricky spots and opportune moments etc.

Thus, my vote would go to the 17-40L for the best value/overall solution.

Dream lens still? The Zeiss 21 but at $2K-ish, I have other goals such as one of the Canon TS's (17 or 24)


--- Quote from: wayno on November 13, 2012, 07:36:42 PM ---Dream lens still? The Zeiss 21 but at $2K-ish,

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I got the voigtlander 20mm f3.5 color skopar
I got it for its pancakeness as well as great optics
I like the lens alot for shooting landscapes very nice build and electronic aperture control is really nice
now if Zeiss made a tilt shift version of that 21mm I would be all over that


--- Quote from: CharlieB on November 13, 2012, 06:56:53 PM ---The 20mm prime is smaller, lighter... and just as good (if not slightly better optically) as the 16-35/2.8L(ii)

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At least my copy of the EF 20mm f2.8 was sh*t.  Poor resolution and vignetting.  A bought the 20-35mm 3.5-4.5 and at 20mm it was dramatically better than the 20mm.  FWIW DXOMark rated this lens. 

I also have the 24-105 and so sold the 20-35 and bought a Samyang 14mm which is great.

I do own a few lense, and actually when I bought my 16-35 II (for an old 30D), it was doing ok. I found on my new 5D3 that it is too wide. I use it most of the time in the 24mm-35mm range. I am not sure if I would echange it for a 24L or a 35L, just because the zoom is convenient sometime. In all cases, the good/cheap 50f1.8 is really lovely on it, dont spend too much for the 50/1.2! Just FYI. :D

17mm Tilt Shift is worth considering. Awesome lens, nothing out there to match it.


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