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Dono T wrote:
Get the sigma 12-24 mark 1. I haven't tested one out myself but currently working on this dilemma. Its rectilinear corrections are supposed to blow these other two out of the water and you save a ton of money. The downfall is softer corners, variable aperture and not weather proof. Apparently the mark ii went downhill on it's rectilinear abilities.


No really don't get the mark 1. The mark 2 is much better from the samples that I've seen - but having actually owned the 12-24 mark 1 (on full frame), I can only advise you to run. Very low contrast and sharpness, and the distortion is pretty crazy. It was questionable when it came out in 2003, it's quite awful today.

I'd get 17-40 for normal stuff if f2.8 isn't an issue. If you need f2.8 then you don't have a choice.



Jan 19, 2013 at 05:59 PM
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p.2 #2 · 17-40 or 16-35


If you want something that will work on FF, I suggest you also take a look at Tokina 16-28. It's heavy, bulky and makes filter usage complicated. Everything else is great. Great value for money.


Jan 19, 2013 at 06:47 PM
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Im in the same boat and have decided on the 17-40. I do not need the 2.8 and the 82mm filter threads on the 16-35 are a PITA.


Jan 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
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p.2 #4 · 17-40 or 16-35


eskimochaos wrote:
Im in the same boat and have decided on the 17-40. I do not need the 2.8 and the 82mm filter threads on the 16-35 are a PITA.


Unless you also get the 24TSE and the 24-70 mk2



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p.2 #5 · 17-40 or 16-35


I swapped out my 17-40L a few years ago for a 16-38/2.8L (Mk I). It's mostly used for events and so the f/2.8 is a bonus in poor light. I prefer to use primes and an old Zeiss 35-70 for landscapes and the like, but either the 17-40L or 16-35L will certainly do a decent job.


Jan 19, 2013 at 08:26 PM
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p.2 #6 · 17-40 or 16-35


robbymack wrote:
I know you said Efs isn't an option because you will "eventually go ff" but thats sort of like not buying the merc Amg s class because it doesn't have a towing package and you may one day buy a boat. 17 or 16 really isn't "wide" on crop anyway. Honestly buy the 10-22 yes it's Efs, and yes it's variable aperture but both of the other options aren't wide and honestly aren't any better, in fact both could be argued are decidedly worse. Buy used and you won't lose a dime of value when and if you ever make
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100% agree. Crop bodies are better with the 17-55 2.8 IS and the Tokina 11-16 2.8. If you buy used you won't lose much when you sell later and you will get better functionality NOW!



Jan 19, 2013 at 08:29 PM
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p.2 #7 · 17-40 or 16-35


Dan,

Thanks for the very detailed response.

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gdanmitchell wrote:
You bring up several considerations here: the question of the 17-40 versus the 16-35, the night photography question, and the issue of shooting cropped sensor with a plan to eventually move to full frame.

Regarding the two lenses you mention...

Both the 17-40 and the 16-35 are very fine lenses that are used to produce a lot of excellent photography. Either could be the better choice depending upon your needs. (Some make the false assumption that the 16-35 must be able to serve them better simply because it carries a higher price and has a larger maximum aperture. Maybe and maybe not.)

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