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I'm looking to add a lens to my bag on the wider end of the spectrum. I'm shooting a 1D MkIII. I shoot a variety of genres including portraits, landscapes and sports, though this lens would probably not be used for sports or in a very limited capacity. I've been looking at the 16-35 vII or the 17-40.

What are your thoughts? Is there another lens I should be considering? I'd like to keep cost down under $1500.



Jan 20, 2013 at 08:26 PM
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Do you need/want to use filters?

1DmkIII is a 1.3 crop (as I'm sure you know) so 17/16mm isnt super wide.

If you wanted a real UWA your probably looking at a sigma 12-24mkII or even using one of the crop lenses like tokina 11-16f2.8



Jan 20, 2013 at 08:30 PM
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Have you read this recent thread?

Also, and in line with RobD.'s comments, what lenses are you currently using?

P.S. posting your budget is brilliant, thanks - too many don't



Jan 20, 2013 at 08:33 PM
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From what I've seen, the Tokina 16-28 looks better than either Canon lens. With your 1.3X crop you could also consider the Sigma 12-24 which would give you a true ultra wide. I had the 17-40 and it was a good lens for landscapes -- okay for general purpose since the center of the frame was generally sharp wide open. I think the 16-35 II is probably better, but it depends on what its used for.
Paul



Jan 20, 2013 at 08:35 PM
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Note the 17-40's only real downside is soft extreme corners, which wont exist on a 1.3 crop.


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jcolwell wrote:
Have you read this recent thread?

Also, and in line with RobD.'s comments, what lenses are you currently using?

P.S. posting your budget is brilliant, thanks - too many don't


I have the 50 f/2.5, 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2.8 macro, and 70-200 f/2.8 vII. I also have the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 but it will only work on my 40D.

I guess I'm wanting something that can be used somewhat for portraits and landscapes both.

BTW, what thread are you talking about. I did a search earlier but didn't find much. Thanks for your help.



Jan 20, 2013 at 08:47 PM
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My guess would be that this is the thread jcolwell is referring to.


http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1183210



Jan 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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HawksFan66 wrote:
I'm looking to add a lens to my bag on the wider end of the spectrum. I'm shooting a 1D MkIII. I shoot a variety of genres including portraits, landscapes and sports, though this lens would probably not be used for sports or in a very limited capacity. I've been looking at the 16-35 vII or the 17-40.

What are your thoughts? Is there another lens I should be considering? I'd like to keep cost down under $1500.


The 17-40 is not that great, except for "L build" and price.

I don't see how you could fit the 16-35 Mark II in your budget.

I faced a similar dilemma and after research I got a lens that is almost as sharp as the 16-35 and Nikon 14-24, a lot sharper than the 17-40 (faster too), and has less barrel distortion than all three. The price, around $1k, fits your budget too. I'm thrilled with mine. Oh, by the way, it's the Tokina 16-28 f/2.8.

HawksFan66 wrote:
I have the 50 f/2.5, 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2.8 macro, and 70-200 f/2.8 vII.


I have a similar set including a 50, the 85, the 100 macro, and an L tele-zoom (100-400). The Tokina plays with the set nicely and it all fits in the bag.



Jan 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your input. I've got a lot of studying to do.


Jan 21, 2013 at 01:56 AM
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Monito wrote:
The 17-40 is not that great, except for "L build" and price.



This is nonsense. The 17-40 is a fantastic lens to have - my copy is very sharp also at the corners. I see no need to go for the 16-35 instead only if you really need the one stop faster. But I never wished I had a faster stop than f/4 with this kind of lens. Also consider that the 16-35 has drawbacks compared to the 17-40 - for example I couldn't make any use of the 16-35 since it is known to give hot spots in the infrared photography while the 17-40 doesn't. The other disadvantage of the 16-35 for many is the larger filter size thread of 82 mm.



Jan 21, 2013 at 02:15 AM





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