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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2014, 09:57:07 PM »
The EF-S 15-85 gets my vote. Excellent zoom range, sharp with very good color rendition.
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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2014, 09:57:07 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2014, 08:20:25 AM »
Would it be wrong to replace my 35 2.0 IS with a 24 2.8 IS and 50 1.4? 
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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2014, 08:29:21 AM »
Would it be wrong to replace my 35 2.0 IS with a 24 2.8 IS and 50 1.4?

No, it wouldn't be wrong.  But you might just end up with the 24 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS AND 50 f/1.4 anyway.   ::)

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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2014, 09:22:33 AM »
Would it be wrong to replace my 35 2.0 IS with a 24 2.8 IS and 50 1.4?

No, it wouldn't be wrong.  But you might just end up with the 24 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS AND 50 f/1.4 anyway.   ::)
So you're saying 24 for landscapes (I never really used the wide end of my 17-55), 35 for street, etc. and 50 for portraits?  The 15-85 is a nice thought, but I do have a weakness for primes.  They make me feel alive.
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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2014, 11:15:58 AM »
There is no such thing as the ultimate landscape lens. 

I have never really liked the distortion on the Ef-s 15-85 mm from 15-20mm.  And generally changed to my Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 when going that wide.  That said I prefer 15-55 for pure landscape.  Unless there is something in the foreground to act as the subject of the seen I  rarely go wider.    I have used a 70-200mm for landscape when there was something at a distance that was interesting.  For the most point I consider landscapes with an ultra wide and no subject "Ultra-wide abuse".  In general the landscape is so small that the hole thing becomes boring. Especially with a large empty foreground.   

That said some of my favorite landscape pictures have been taken with an Ultra-wide with a subject in the foreground.  Such as a tree growing on the side of the Grand Canon, wave crashing into a huge rock with the sun setting in the background.  I think that the best Ultra-wide IQ wise on a crop is the Tokina 11-16 f2.8.  The canon 11-22 is more versatile and holds its value better.  The Tokina is really a specialty lens with a limited focus range.

I bought the Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 after extensive review on a site that compared the canon, Tamron, and both sigma 10-20mm's.   The site had full  size images at a variety of focal lenght and through the entire f stop range of the lens.  To me visual the canon was a little better IQ that the Sigma f4-5.6.  The Sigma f4-5.6 was better stopped down than the Sigma f3.5.  All of them were better than the Tamron. They were all extremely close.  So it is hard to go wrong with any of them.  The Tokina however stands out for the f2.8 but was not in the review.  I could not justify the priced difference between the Canon and the Sigma to buy the Canon.  Also 10mm vs 11mm is a big difference.  I was vary happy with the sigma until it went for a swim with my old 60D. 

The biggest  thing with the Sigma is that it focus different than all of my other lens.  It works best if you turn on all focus points.  If you use the center focus or an outside edge focus point then it will stop trying to focus the second it a achieves lock on the center point.  The dept of field is such that it may be at the edge of the dept of field.  This means that using center only could lead to soft out of focus corners.  Using a edge focus point could lead to a soft out of focus center.  I do not think Af micro adjustments could fix something like this.  It is more of a function of the focal range/dept of field and sight lens distortion.  But once you figure this out it can easily be accounted for.

But if I had not gone full frame and had not bought the Nex6 and a 10-18 F4 I would be buying a Tokina to replace my Sigma that is beyond reasonable repair.
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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2014, 12:31:22 PM »
Would it be wrong to replace my 35 2.0 IS with a 24 2.8 IS and 50 1.4?

On an APS-C system, I'd add the 24mm, along with the 35mm you already have. Forget about the 50mm on crop, but if you want a short'ish portrait lens get the 85mm. But this is just personal preference ...
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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2014, 11:18:24 AM »
I bought a 10-22 this holiday season and have really enjoyed shooting on it. Can't say I've shot on the 15-85 though, however, personally, landscape = UWA

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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2014, 11:18:24 AM »

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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2014, 11:31:52 AM »
There are a dozen questions to answer first...

What kinds of landscapes interest you? Do you see things wide or tight, or both? Do you like to travel light or have everything with you? What's your budget? Do you prefer the prime experience or the flexibility of a zoom? What's your favourite cartoon character? Do you have a family and are you busy and distracted? Do you have lots of time? Do you like tripods or hand-held? Do you use filters? Do you go out in all kinds of weather? How many medals with the Russians win? And so on.

My best landscape shots were taken at 28mm. No, it was 15mm. Hmm, it was 325mm. Actually it might have been 70mm. What lens did I have with me? What options did I see in the scene? I took the picture.

It really doesn't matter, especially if you shoot at f8. The best lens is the 18-55. It saves you lots of money, weight and trouble. But if you want to shoot at 10mm, it's not so good. Or 400mm. But you should answer all those questions.
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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2014, 05:59:38 PM »
I sometimes get to use my wifes Sigma 18-35 F1.8 and it is an absolute pleasure andI am saving to replace the Sigma 10-20 f3.5 that was stolen.
Otherwise I am happy with the 40mm pancake STM and have good results with the 70-200 f4IS for selecting interesting landscapes at a distance

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Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2014, 05:59:38 PM »