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Old 27-12-2009, 16:39   #1 (permalink)
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Which lens?

I have the opportunity to get some better quality glass for my Canon 350D (which I eventually plan to upgrade), and am torn between two lenses that are in my budget:

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

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Canon 16-40 F/4L

I am mostly in to landscape and urban photography, so the wide angle option is useful especially with the smaller sensor.

I would appreciate help making the decision. Suggestions of other lenses in this sort of price range (or lower) are also appreciated. Photography is simply a hobby and I have not printed anything larger than A4, so I do not need perfection. I do use my camera in pretty rough conditions, so a better build would be appreciated.
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Old 27-12-2009, 22:30   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Which lens?

Personally, I take quite a few landscapes and urban pics but find wide angle essential. For my APS-C EOS 20D I used a Canon 10-22mm which I found ideal. However, I have now got a full frame camera and my widest focal length is 24mm which is not enough; I will also be buying a wide zoom shortly but may wait for the expected Canon 14-24mm. If it was me I would not want less than 16mm for a full frame camera and not less than say 12mm for an APS-C. You do need to think about whether you might upgrade to a full frame in the foreseeable future as, if you might, then avoid choosing an EF-S lens.
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Re: Which lens?

Hi Fred, If you stay with your rebel format I would suggest the EFs18-200mm. It is performing extremely well on our new 500D or XT1 . If I had to choose between the two your looking at, I would go with the 16-40L. I use my 17-40L for any wide angle pictures I want performance from. Also for a side tidbit, I believe as of now that crop and full frame sensors are considered formats and not upgrades. Don't be confused by the marketing.
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Old 28-12-2009, 06:52   #4 (permalink)
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I am not a Canon user so its hard to recommend a lens to suit you.....if it were me though I would save up for a Canon lens and the wider it is the better, but successfull landscapes can be taken on long lenses as well but as I said it may be wise for you to get a wide angle, perhaps a 16mmm - to something onwards!
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Old 28-12-2009, 08:15   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Which lens?

Thank you all for the advice, the message seems to be that I should be going for as wide as possible.

Boofers, I was not only thinking about changing format when I said "upgrading". I have noticed that the newer sensors are performing much better at high ISO ratings. This is important when you live in the dark north .
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Re: Which lens?

99.9% of my photography is landscapes/views.I once owned an 18-35mm Vivitar for my Nikon F90 film camera.After the initial 'WIDE' novelty wore off I hardly ever used it.My most used lens then was a Tamron 24-70mm [which I still own] and my most used lens now is a Nikon 16-85mm [24-125mm on full frame/film].I personally find 24mm is wide enough,even 'ideal',for my 'style' of picture taking [Or maybe I tailor my 'style' to the lens I possess at the time!!].
You need to figure out where your 'ideal' focal length range lies and buy accordingly.If it were me I would go for the 16-40mm out of the two you mention but I would find the 40mm end a bit short and I like to carry just the one lens when out walking/cycling.In fact when I owned a Canon 20D my one and only lens was a Sigma 18-125mm and I was delighted with its range and quality and price.
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Re: Which lens?

Thanks Water. Currently i use my kit lens (18-55 mm) It is not quite wide enough for narrow streets, but I tend to use it at around 30-50 mm for landscapes. Anyway, based on the comments here I decided to order the Canon lens. It should take about 2 weeks to arrive at the shop... so I am waiting expectantly

One decision that I made early on was not to go for a lens that could not be used on a full frame sensor. I still have my film camera and I hope to move back to this format after I have some decent glass and a more stable job
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Its doesn't matter how wide the lens is Fred you will always have a situation when "your " lens is not quite wide enough,even below 16mm at its widest setting.
Similarly at the other end ,even when I have borrowed my daughters telephoto zoom lens (Canon 70 -300)
and this equates to 450mm at the longest end! I have been in a situation when I have been trying to screww the lens off its mount just to get that little bit extra thats not available

At present my favourite Canon lens is my 17-85mm . For wide angle shots Iv'e seen results with the Sigma 10-20mm that are stunning. I think go into your local camera shop and try several lenses out before you spend any money.
Make sure that you are happy with the inherent distortion that many ultra wide angle lens can contribute.
Although any distortion can be readily fixed by speciast software packages. DXO & Adobe etc.
I hope this helps.
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Thanks Brian. I am waiting for the new lens to arrive...
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