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Thread started 27 Feb 2012 (Monday) 16:07
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3 Primes vs. a Zoom

 
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Feb 27, 2012 16:07 |  #1

I shoot mainly Landscapes, Architecture, and family photo's. I was planning on buying the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM to complement the lenses I have now (see sig) and probably use it as a "walk-around". The I did some research and it seems to be the consensus that Primes of a given focal length generally take better pictures and are usually faster than zoom lenses at the same FL.

I was wondering would it be better overall to have the three Primes listed under Option A below instead of the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. I can get good deals on the primes used so the overall price will be $200 or so more for the three Primes but they're faster and the IQ is probably <shrug> better... I know that swapping lenses can be a pain but I'd probaly have the 20mm or 17-50mm Sigma on as a walk-around if I didn't have the Canon 10-22mm. When I look back at my "walk-around" shots it seems that I take a lot of pictures in the low 20mm range and the f/3.5 on the Canon vs the f/1.8 on the Sigma may be a limitting factor in uncontrolled lighting environments. Also, I'm thinking the 20mm f/1.8 may just work fine as a walk-around and not get swapped out too much unplanned.

So, I just thought I'd ask around here and see what you folks think -- Option A or Option B and "why" would you choose one over the other:

Option A:
Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8
Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG RF

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Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM




  
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Feb 27, 2012 16:19 |  #2

option a doesnt even make sense to me. The 10-22 is hands down a superb piece of glass and would be perfect for what ur needs are. You'd be stopping down anyways for landscapes, so Theres no discussion here, imo


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Feb 27, 2012 16:23 |  #3

^ Agreed, the 10-22 is fantastic. If you really are interested in something a little faster check out the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. How often would you think you'd be needing to use those primes wide open anyways?


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Feb 27, 2012 16:24 |  #4

I just went from 3 Primes and 2 Zooms to 3 better zooms. Couldn't be happier. I switch glass less often and I KNOW what to take with me.

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Feb 27, 2012 16:27 as a reply to  @ crasher7's post |  #5

I think that the expression is " No brainer" - It has to be Option B.


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Feb 27, 2012 16:41 as a reply to  @ Plumtreelad's post |  #6

10-22 if you have 17-50 will be half overlap.
Why not single 10mm or 14 mm if you need it wide?
And you don't need to cover 10-20 with 5mm increment for sure.


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Feb 27, 2012 16:47 |  #7

I would go for the option B. Aside from Canon EF 14mm, I don't know any UWA primes worth bying over 16-35 or in your case 10-22 (it is superb lens for a crop).


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Feb 27, 2012 16:58 |  #8

Wow... ok, I'm sensing a trend... :)




  
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Feb 27, 2012 18:29 |  #9

Option B all the way.

I noticed you listed a fisheye. IMO, you don't need autofocus and should consider the Rokinon/Samyang 8mm. It is plenty sharp from F8 forward.
I wouldn't consider the Rokinon 14mm for architecture because of their "wavy" distortion characteristics.




  
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Feb 27, 2012 18:32 |  #10

the 10-22mm!


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Feb 28, 2012 06:40 |  #11

Option B. And I say this as a prime lens lover - you don't need crazy fast glass for architecture or landscape, and none of those focal lengths are particularly useful for people pics.

The only wide-angle primes I'm really interested in/think are really worth considering are the mk II tilt shifts and/or the Zeiss 21mm. Completely different category.


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Feb 28, 2012 06:46 as a reply to  @ mattia's post |  #12

One third of option A - Sigma 10mm. That should be enough. I did not find myself in the position to use the full range of a sigma 10-20 , mostly was 10 or 20mm.




  
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Feb 28, 2012 08:02 |  #13

Option B all the way!!


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Feb 28, 2012 08:11 |  #14

The only way option A makes sense is if you need f/2.8 or less. Even then I would not get all three lenses. The 10 and 20 is enough.

So, I vote option B.


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