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| p.1 #18 · Canon Wide Angle to match with 24-70 II and 70-200 II |
Ben -- I previously owned the 17-35L f/2.8, the 17-40L f/4, and now the 16-35L II f/2.8. Probably 2/3 of all photos I've taken with these lenses have been handheld, and many at f/2.8, which absolutely makes a huge difference at low ISO and low shutter speeds compared to f/4 minimum -- may as well get the tripod for everything at that point! The 16-35L II is better optically than the other two (less vignetting than the 17-40).
Yes, if tripod mounted, and shooting at f/8 to f/11, no reason not to get a slower lens. But I always buy in case of eventualities, and then the eventualities seem to turn into routine!
Joshua -- I totally agree! I've gotten a good sense of being able to rotate around the "nodal point" handheld, by envisioning my rotation, and doing one or two practice scans, watching through the viewfinder as I turn. It's pretty amazing what you can accomplish in brightly lit outdoor scenes without prominent foreground objects (and no moving subjects). Saves a ton of gear and weight, and even time changing lenses (which I abhor in outdoor conditions -- most debris gets on my sensor at such times). Tripod works great when exposures lengthen, but otherwise, that's part of my on-location "gonzo" photo technique.
And. . . those multi-shot panos have such amazing resolution, for just a few extra seconds of work! A five to eight shot pano is like looking at a large format scan. Some people sneer at "pixel peepers" that look at 18MP images at 100% -- well this sort of image quality must seem absolutely insanely unnecessary to them!
This is a great use for the "ultimate 35mm lens" (used in vertical format) we've both been thinking about. Canon's new IS leads the pack for me in this sort of use, followed by the gorgeous new Sigma. But I'm sure the Canon will win out for me (when the price comes down a bit), as the IS adds a whole new dimension to the IQ race for holding ultra-sharp and steady panos at maybe 1/30 sec. That's hard to argue with and takes the outer edge rez advantage away from the Sigma.