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Old 22-01-2008, 08:46   #1 (permalink)
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Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

I'm looking for a wide angle lens to be used on a full-frame. Both of these lenses are excellent in all respects but does anyone think that the 16-35, with a constant f2.8, is worth nearly twice the price of a 17-40?

I did look at the Sigma 12-24 but it does seem a bit eccentric - popeye, no front filters, and the IQ won't compare. Thanks in anticipation
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Old 22-01-2008, 09:55   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

The question is, with the good high-ISO performance of modern DLSRs, so you really need something twice the price/weight for one extra stop?

The 17-40L is a great lens, and not too big.

BTW, fully understand your comments about the Sigma 12-24. However, the FoV at 12mm on full frame is awesome, and that helps to mitigate some of its eccentricities!
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Old 22-01-2008, 11:00   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

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However, the FoV at 12mm on full frame is awesome, and that helps to mitigate some of its eccentricities!
I'd only just discounted that one and now you bring it back into the frame
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Have to ask yourself how useful f2.8 is on a wide angle lens. If you're shooting interiors, perhaps it is. If you're shooting landscapes, it is totally irrelevant.
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Sensible point MB
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

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I'd only just discounted that one and now you bring it back into the frame
The best thing is to call round sometime and borrow mine for a week or two - no obligation at all, and since I don't use it at the moment it may as well go out to play with someone else!
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Old 22-01-2008, 14:29   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Thankee kind sir, I'll take you up on that
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

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anyone think that the 16-35, with a constant f2.8, is worth nearly twice the price of a 17-40?
Good question I used to have the 17-40 f4 which receives some excellent reviews but soon sold it as it wasn't for me. Bought the 16-35 2.8 and just last year the MKII and I'm really happy with it and often use 2.8 for interior shots.
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Old 24-01-2008, 07:15   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Thanks for your opinion P-E
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Crickey, someone else with the same dilemna!

I want one of these two to replace my Sigma 15-30 as my wide-angle of choice on my 30D. I will need to use it both for landscapes and indoor work (I do some dance stuff in Theatres etc.).

If it was only the landscape work, then I think the 17-40 would be a better choice as I tend to try and shoot at nearer f22 for D0F reasons, so the extra saving of around 100g when walking and the quids in the pocket are appealing. However, for the indoor work the f2.8 would be useful.


Let me know how you get on with your decision!
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Old 03-02-2008, 18:08   #11 (permalink)
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If it was only the landscape work, then I think the 17-40 would be a better choice as I tend to try and shoot at nearer f22 for D0F reasons, so the extra saving of around 100g when walking and the quids in the pocket are appealing. However, for the indoor work the f2.8 would be useful.
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

You made your mind up Stepheno
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Nope....but I'm not far off
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

If money isn't too much of an issue then I'd spring the extra for the 16-35 f/2.8 mk.II... either would be great for landscapes but if you foresee yourself using it for anything else then the f/2.8 will be handy to have.
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

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You made your mind up Stepheno
I have now....I've just bought a 17-40. The price on a mint, used, was too good to pass up. Thanks for everyone's help in this thread
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Congrats on the new lens

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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Thanks....it's the sort of thing I don't think about
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Would still like to see what the Sigma 12-24 achieves on a 5D ..... now that's what I call wide angle
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Re: Canon - 16-35 f2.8 MkII or 17-40 f4?

Happy to oblige - I didn't take the shot. As you can see there's some extreme vignetting and this is at 12mm.

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