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lmitch6
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Sep 29, 2006 23:56 |  #1

Hey all,

In case anyone is looking at this lens, here are a couple images from mine (picked it up today):

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Sep 30, 2006 00:12 |  #2

I used to have this lens for a short period and sold it as I already have the Tokina 12-24. A few people knocked this lens for its IQ but I found it to be pretty good and 20mm is plenty wide.

Here's a almost portrair shot :)

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Sep 30, 2006 00:19 |  #3

4x4rock wrote in post #2055970 (external link)
I used to have this lens for a short period and sold it as I already have the Tokina 12-24. A few people knocked this lens for its IQ but I found it to be pretty good and 20mm is plenty wide.

Here's a almost portrair shot :)

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:shock: haha


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Sep 30, 2006 00:48 |  #4

Dang, wish I could have found a test subject like that! :-) So far, I think it'll fall under the category of underrated lenses. I find my copy to be plenty sharp and a good performer!


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Sep 30, 2006 04:03 as a reply to lmitch6's post |  #5

do you find the f/2.8 limiting?
or do you use it only in good lighting?


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Sep 30, 2006 09:52 |  #6

I don't do a lot of low light shooting, but I was tinkering around with it last night in my living room, which is lit by one lamp. At f/2.8, a bump in ISO seemed prudent to get a good shutter speed. So, depending on the light levels on is shooting under, it isnt' that limiting.


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Sep 30, 2006 13:37 |  #7

Jaetie wrote in post #2056421external link
do you find the f/2.8 limiting?
or do you use it only in good lighting?

personally i'd have a hard time buying an f2.8 prime unless it was an unusual length like, say, 15mm.

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Sep 30, 2006 13:38 |  #8

ed rader wrote in post #2057900external link
personally i'd have a hard time buying an f2.8 prime unless it was an unusual length like, say, 15mm.

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My thoughts as well. For me, the point of a prime is that extra speed.


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Sep 30, 2006 13:56 |  #9

cdi-ink.com wrote in post #2057906external link
My thoughts as well. For me, the point of a prime is that extra speed.

an exception is if you shoot mostly or only with primes, which i believe the OP does.

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Sep 30, 2006 14:27 |  #10

ed rader wrote in post #2057971external link
an exception is if you shoot mostly or only with primes, which i believe the OP does.

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That's me. I only shoot primes. I started with them 20-odd years ago, and do my best work with them. Now, I'm not anti-zoom, but I do prefer the smaller size and lighter weight of a prime to a zoom of comparable image quality. Another thing is that my shooting doesn't necessitate having every focal length, 20mm to 85mm is my 'zone' so to say.


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Sep 30, 2006 15:22 |  #11

I wonder how the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 compares. It's more than stop faster... I'd really appreciate the speed.

I love the 20mm focal length... it'd be useful both on a 1.6x and 1.3x crop body for me =)


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Sep 30, 2006 18:31 |  #12

I dunno about the Sigma. I looked at some reviews on Fred Miranda and it seems kind of hit or miss. I don't trust reviews much though, I like to try things out for myself before making a judgement. One recurring thing I see on that one is the 82mm filter diameter, those filters are kinda pricey!


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Sep 30, 2006 22:30 |  #13

lmitch6 wrote in post #2058891external link
I dunno about the Sigma. I looked at some reviews on Fred Miranda and it seems kind of hit or miss. I don't trust reviews much though, I like to try things out for myself before making a judgement. One recurring thing I see on that one is the 82mm filter diameter, those filters are kinda pricey!


But then what filters do you need. UV for protection for those who crawl through rose bushes. A polarizer will work in far too funky a manner to be much more than a special effects filter. What other filters do people use anymore?

I would like to try the Sigmas myself from everything I have read wide open it is a soft focus lens and so wide open helps with focus then you stop down to 2.8 or so for a sharp pic. I agree that reviews are to be held with caution. The 20 Canon seems to get slagged a lot as well. The photos above and by the OP look fine over the web at least.




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Sep 30, 2006 23:01 |  #14

Well, I'm 'old school' I guess, in that I still use filters quite a bit. A polarizer of course, and I keep a set of ND filters. The only filters I've dropped since my film days are colored filters for Black & White photography. I know a lot of people use photoshop for filter effects these days, but I shot film for much longer than digital, so 'old habits die hard', so to speak.


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Oct 01, 2006 00:45 |  #15

Jaetie wrote in post #2056000external link
:shock: haha

Damn, that 20mm makes her breasts look HUGE!


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