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May 05, 2010 23:10 |  #1

I am in the market for a new lens for Architectural photography. I have a Tamron 10-24mm that I use for the majority of my interior shot now, and I use my 18-55mm and 50mm /1.8 now. I find that the majority of my pictures are the most crisp from my 50mm by far and I am going to delve further into prime lenses. Keep in mind my shots are almost always going to be composed and on a tripod, so a super low aperture doesn't matter as much as image quality. Manual focus is also ok.

Don't bring up a tilt/shift lens. I know that's the direction I need to head, but I cannot swing one right now. I'd like to spend $300-750 or so on this lens.

I'm inclined towards the Canon 24mm f/2.8, Sigma f/1.4, Canon 20mm f/2.8. Any other suggestions for sharp, fairly wide lenses? Samples are appreciated as well. I am now shooting with a 50D, but will probably go FF in a year or so.

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May 05, 2010 23:27 |  #2

You don't care about wide aperture that could come on a prime and don't want tilt-shift.

So why are you focusing only on prime? A lens like the Tokina 11-16 can just as sharp as some of the primes you mentioned. If there is no specific reason to go prime.......


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May 05, 2010 23:29 as a reply to  @ jeremytf's post |  #3

...and a lens like the Tokina 11-16 can be used on FF as a 16mm prime, in case you wonder if I missed that part. :)


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May 05, 2010 23:33 as a reply to  @ jeremytf's post |  #4

You can find a used 24mm Canon TSE for $750 if you shop some. Nothing matches it, not by a long shot.....

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May 05, 2010 23:56 as a reply to  @ P51Mstg's post |  #5

Let's just focus on primes for now. If I come across a 17 or 24mm TS-E in my price range, I'll jump on it, but a few different primes would be more useful for what I intend to use them for now. I plan on using this lens to shoot exteriors and larger spaces. Soon after I will probably get a different focal length prime. I guess I am hung up on primes for their image quality, and the fact that I have to use my legs to zoom seems to net me better pictures. Also the fact that they're semi-reasonable helps too.

The Tokina 11-16 would be good, but it's inside the focal range of my Tamron 10-24, so it is not as useful as I'd like. I have thought about selling my tammy in favor of that lens though.




  
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May 06, 2010 03:48 |  #6

Since you're on a 50D, get the widest lens for now, which would be a Sigma or Canon 20mm. Worry about what you'll use later when you actually get a new camera. There might be better options if you're open to manual focus alternatives...think Zenitar or something makes a decent 20mm.

There are also Olympus and Nikkor shift lenses that you can get in your price range (I think) - Olympus and Nikkor 35/2.8, and a Nikkor 28/3.5. You might have to switch formats first, though, since those won't be wide on a 50D.




  
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May 06, 2010 07:09 |  #7

I did a comparison between the 17-40, Oly 24/2.8, CZ 28/2.8

and also a comparison between the CZ 28/2.8 and a Tamron 28-75

You might wonder what all the hoopla is over primes for the type of shooting you plan on doing.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=850697

There are links to full sized JPG's so you can compare for yourself and come to your own conclusions.


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May 06, 2010 08:40 |  #8

Find yourself a used copy of the 24 TSE. If it's outside of your price range, save up. It's worth it.


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May 06, 2010 22:59 as a reply to  @ plasticmotif's post |  #9

Is there a big difference between the Mk1 and Mk2 24mm TS-E?




  
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Jul 22, 2012 02:50 as a reply to  @ Architective's post |  #10

well this is an old thread but just for future reference Arax makes a 35mm and a 90mm tiltshift within your budget.


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Jul 22, 2012 03:15 |  #11

P51Mstg wrote in post #10130203 (external link)
You can find a used 24mm Canon TSE for $750 if you shop some. Nothing matches it, not by a long shot.....

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Shhhh!!! He said explicitly not to bring up TS-E!!! ;)


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