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| p.2 #8 · Best wide angle lens for 5D MKII Zeiss, Canon, Contax ect.. |
Bob, for what you are describing, the correct lens simply is the 24 tse II. Not only is it the best lens at 24mm, the tilt and shift is extremely useful for architecture, and its about 350 more than the zeiss right now.
Many people swear by the zeiss. it has the microcontrast. is has the mustache distortion. focused to infinite and stopped down to f8-f11, it is supposed to be sharp corner to corner. its wide open performance in the corners however is not quite as good as the canon tse lenses or the 24 1.4 II @ 2.8.
I own the 16-35II, and having owned many ultrawides (17-40, 16-35, 16-35II, Nikon 14-24, samyang 14, sigma 12-24, canon tse 24 II, canon 15 fe) I still find the 16-35 II, on balance to be the best option for me for ultrawide landscape, b/c of zoom versatility, very good image quality at f11 (which is where I shoot my landscape), good flare resistance, good distortion numbers over all, very good color and contrast.