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Wide angle choice?

 
white_isle
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Feb 26, 2017 07:26 |  #1

Looking at getting a wider lens (current widest is a 50 1.8). I'm considering a 24mm, a 28mm, or a 35mm. I was wondering what your personal preference is and which you might recommend. My last choice would be to get the Sigma 18-35 1.8, but I do tend to prefer primes. However, I do see the value of the Sigma.

The lens would be for pet photography for times when I want a more environmental shot or just being able to get in a bit closer to work with the animal.

Thank you for any advice.




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Feb 26, 2017 07:42 |  #2

Any helpful suggestions will depend on what camera you are mounting the new lens on.


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Feb 26, 2017 08:55 |  #3

I have read good things about the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 and wish I had one myself. That being said, some people have reported compatibility issues with some cameras. Not sure if it's a matter of copy variation or if all of them have an issue with specific cameras, but if you can afford it that would give you a very useful range in a fast, albeit heavy, lens. I have the 50-100mm Art and it's a great lens, but it's too heavy to carry all the time. Also, like the 18-35 there's no IS on that lens, so if you shoot handheld you'll need to keep your shutter speed up.

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Feb 26, 2017 16:15 |  #4

I would be using a full frame.

Thank you for the information about the Sigma. Good to take into consideration. :)




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Feb 26, 2017 17:02 |  #5

white_isle wrote in post #18285926 (external link)
I would be using a full frame.

Thank you for the information about the Sigma. Good to take into consideration. :)

Then forget about the Sigma 18-35. It is a "DC" lens, which is designed for aps-c bodies. It will vignette like crazy on full frame. You'll get a round photo in a completely black frame at any focal length, I would suppose.

Consider any of the 16-35 Canon offerings, the Canon 17-40, or the Tokina 16-28. All good choices.


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Feb 26, 2017 18:56 as a reply to Bassat's post |  #6

Oh, my goodness! Duh! I can't believe I didn't remember that the Sigma was for crop sensors! What a goof I am! Well, that solves that question, yes? LOL




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Feb 27, 2017 10:27 |  #7

24mm on FF to "get bit closer to the animal" means taking it right to the animal nose.
Get classic 24-105L. At 105mm you'll get close without sticking it to the animal nose and no distortions. IS will help to get it sharp hand held. And at 28, 35 it will give you more space if more needed to be in the frame.


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Feb 27, 2017 12:28 |  #8

I recently bought 35mm f1.4L II USM for my 6D. I found it to take outstanding captures. I am not sure of the gene your shooting, I have used it on the street and in some landscape stuff with great results.


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Mar 02, 2017 03:28 |  #9

I'm really not sure as to what the "best advice here would e!

A key issue is that you are shooting full frame. To me, the choices were pretty cut-and dried. canon provides the 16-35 and also the 24-105, both of which to me have been great lenses. I've also had a 24-70, which delivered good quality performance, and so the 24 is a bit wide for full frame.

However, for me the "champ" for an all-purpose walk-around lens has been the 24-105, it's a very nice veratile lens!

As to shooting wildlife, well, I'd tend to take another route, a longer lens. Early on I used the Canon 70-200 lend, a good performer which gave a bit on the length end, although for wildlife type of stuff I stuck 6to longer telephoto lenses. My "workhorse in that regard has been the Canon 100-400 VI although I've heard great things about VII.

As to the Siigma, gosh, I'd say if you are hearing mixed reports about that lens, well if were me I'd stay away.

As to your wish to have something "wider", well, like I said the 24-105 has been for me a very good walk-around lens. When I wanted wide the 16-35 certainly delivered, but still the 24-105 is my go-to lens for the full frame camera!

Anyway, good "luck on your choices! Sure, all these things are "spendy", especially since we are talking about Canon "L" lenses. To me, though, I just defaulted for L as the "best" from what I could see. Well, you makes your choices!


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