So our Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8 just died. That leaves us with the 24mm on our 24-105 L as the widest we currently have and that's just not going to cut it, so I'm looking for suggestions. We currently have only APS-C bodies, but in general are trying to stay away from EF-S lenses becuase good glass is expensive and I don't want to see that $ left behind when we add a FF body.
Things I'm looking for:
- Fast (nothing slower than 2.8 )
- Prefer zoom over prime, but that's not an absolute
- Not EF-S
- Relatively inexpensive (good glass is never cheap, but some is more affordable than others)
- 17mm minimum, wider probably even better
I have a 550d and use the Tammy 17-50 NON VC lens. In my opinion a better option then the canon 17-55 (which I tried and returned) The Tammy is smaller, lighter, and IMO just as sharp if not sharper.
I found the canon build quite mediocre. I also found the AF somewhat inconsistent - this really surprising taking into account the price of the lens.
I would just get another Tammy.
Additionally - I use the samyang 14mm (just got one a few weeks ago). Its manual focus, but for such a wide lens, you can just use the hyper focal point of focus. The samyang is very sharp and gives great colors.
Its also quite affordable.