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Old 10-11-2009, 12:10   #1 (permalink)
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Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

When I bought my 5D2, I was aware that I could no longer use my Canon 10-22mm EF-S lens and will sell it in due course. I have L Glass to cover 24mm up to 200mm but now need something wider. My initial thought was to stick to Canon L lenses as I am very pleased with the performance but there seems to have been little development for full frame zooms and the obvious choice would be the Canon 17-40mm L F4. Looking around an alternative, the Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG Lens is certainly a possiblity. various reviews suggested that this lens was not quite a good as the canon 10-22mm EF-S but I now have no choice but to move on with a FF camera. The other attraction is that 12mm on a FF will be incredibly wide.

Anyone out there with a Sigma 12-24mm on a Full frame Canon care to comment on the performance or should I stick with a genuine Canon L lens.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:45   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

The 17-40L is a very good choice, and should be plenty wide enough on the 5DII - I'm using it on one of those. I've also owned the Sigma 12-24. It's certainly an interesting lens, but the image quality falls off at the edges, you can't put filters on the front, and the perspective distortion at 12mm is really quite something unless you have the camera perfectly level.

I'd say definitely get the 17-40L, and consider the Sigma 12-24 only if you really must have something wider.
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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

17-40L Great lens. And don't think you'll need any wider than that for a full frame camera. Using on my EOS3 film camera it's so wide that cokin P filters even with the single filter holder cause vignetting...
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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

Agree with Silkstone about the 12-24. It's a bit mental. I've also had the 17-40 and found it to be good but not great and anyway I already had 24 upwards covered. So I bought the 16-35 Mk 2 and do not regret it especially as it goes to f2.8. See some sample shots here and give it some consideration although I appreciate it does cost more mullah.
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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

Good comparisons on Ken Rockwell...definitely don't get a 16-35 mk1, though.

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Nothing really between them in terms of sharpness and IQ. Both v nice lens. I'd only spend that much extra if I needed the extra stops, which on my landscapes / closeups I don't.

Can't comment on the sigma, never used them.
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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

Thanks for the comments so far. Filters are not really an issue for me as I do not normally use them. I also have it covered from 24mm upwards. I did look at the 16mm-35mm but did not think I could justify the additional cost.

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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

Well I loved my Sigma on the 5D MK1 - Example shot :- Porsche 911 » Gloucestershire Portrait Photographer

I did take some internal shots of car, where at 100% pixel peeping I was very impressed with level of detail. Can't find the shots now though
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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

When I upgraded my Sigma SD14 to a 5D2 (I got fed up waiting for the SD15) I was lucky enough to be able to convert my Sigma full frame lenses to Canon fit, including the 12-24. I was quite disappointed with the 12-24 because I'd got some great shots with it on the SD14.
The equivalent of that lens on the 5D is the Sigma 20-40mm which is discontinued now, but it's the exact equivalent and gives me the UWA that I liked about the 12-24. It can also be fitted with filters, unlike the 12-24.
I've used my partner's 17-40L, but I find that is too wide on the 5D and prefer the 20-40 despite it's quirky dual focus system. You can pick them up really cheaply on ebay. It does great landscapes, but you can get in really close with it too. MFD is less than 12 inches.
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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

Nikon 14-24??

Though you would need an adaptor
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Re: Wide Angle Zoom for 5D Mk II

I use the Canon 17-40L with my 5D. No complaints for the money
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Nikon 14-24??

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The Nikon is certainly an excellent lens and Canon do not have anything to match it right now. I am not tempted to buy one with an adaptor but there are a lot of rumours that Canon are producing a 14-24mm Zoom so I may wait and see for a few months.

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The Nikon is certainly an excellent lens and Canon do not have anything to match it right now. I am not tempted to buy one with an adaptor but there are a lot of rumours that Canon are producing a 14-24mm Zoom so I may wait and see for a few months.

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Canon certainly need to do something similar but judging from the pricing of the latest TSE lenses, I reckon said zoom is going to be the other side of £1500
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