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Wide prime - What to choose?

 
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Nov 11, 2010 13:27 |  #16

I think that the Canon 28 1.8 would be a good option. If you wanted to go a little wider, a Friend swears by his Sigma 24 1.8. . .

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Nov 11, 2010 14:03 |  #17

bishoy wrote in post #11264098 (external link)
Thanks for the valuable information, I think it is a +1 for the 18mm - and there is no 18mm primes :)

Zeiss makes an 18mm prime lens, so one is available. Having Blue letters, it's neither fast nor is it cheap but it is sharp. Even further up the pyramid, Canon has a 14/2.8 that's sharp but because it's rectilinear, distorts people like crazy.

On the inexpensive side, I've used my 30-year old Vivitar 17/3.6 (OM mount) on my 1D quite successfully. You could pick one of these up for maybe $30 - $40. Again, it's not fast optics and wide open it's a bit hit or miss - but it works.

You should be aware that the huge depth of field makes autofocus largely irrelevant on such a wide angle lens.


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Nov 26, 2010 14:52 |  #18

... a Friend swears by his Sigma 24 1.8 ...

There's something a bit wider that is just as fast - Sigma 20mm f/1.8, for about $500. It's not even exclusive to the crop bodies... I wonder if they are going to make one some day: a wide and fast prime for APS-C.

Still, I'd be interested in shaving a bit off that price by finding an old but similar manual focus lens (if any exists), that could be used with an adapter. Personally, I don't necessarily need the autofocus feature.


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Nov 26, 2010 19:42 |  #19

Hey OP what did you decide or still thinking? I'm in a similar situation except I was about to get the nifty fifty, if its not gona be wide enough for birthdays/parties and some portrait stuff then maybe some saving and a faster than stock zoom is in order


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Nov 26, 2010 19:45 |  #20

C2S wrote in post #11349729 (external link)
There's something a bit wider that is just as fast - Sigma 20mm f/1.8, for about $500. It's not even exclusive to the crop bodies... I wonder if they are going to make one some day: a wide and fast prime for APS-C.

The Sigma 10mm f/2.8 is about as fast and wide as you can get at this point.


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Nov 27, 2010 00:02 |  #21

Zeiss 21mm or Canon 24mm f/1.4L

Oh wait, was it supposed to be cheap? Good luck :)


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Nov 27, 2010 00:12 |  #22

One more vote for the Tokina 11-16


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Nov 27, 2010 02:46 |  #23

The Sigma 30 1.4 is such a fantastic lens. No it's not wide, but you can certainly take group shots with it. You just have to stand back a little further, which is beneficial, because the further away you get, the wider the aperture you can use and still have adequate depth of field.

This group of 10 (external link) was shot with 5D and 50mm at 2.5 (so same focal length as 30mm on a crop). Photo is obviously Bobby Earle's.


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Nov 27, 2010 06:29 |  #24

funkyfones wrote in post #11350989 (external link)
Hey OP what did you decide or still thinking? I'm in a similar situation except I was about to get the nifty fifty, if its not gona be wide enough for birthdays/parties and some portrait stuff then maybe some saving and a faster than stock zoom is in order

Hey,
I've delayed the purchase a little due to financial issues :)
50mm on crop is good for birthdays but only for headshots, maximum three heads/half bodies in a photo. Assuming a 3m x 3m to 4m x 4m room. I already own a 50mm and am seeking a wider one. I got Sigma 18-200 f3.5-6.3 but 3.5 is not enough for me and it soon turns 4 at about 24mm or so.

Anyway, I'd prefer a tokina 11-16 but am not sure where to get it in Australia and am not sure of the price.
If not the tokina, I think I'd go for the Sigma 24mm, as it is slightly cheaper than the 20mm. In fact I am not quite sure which Sigma wide I will choose yet. I am gonna set my Sigma 18-200 on 20/24/30 and try to shoot around the room for a while to see which FOV is OK for me then I will get one of the three.

Why not just choose the widest? Because each has pros/cons
20 -> widest
24 -> cheaper than the 20 but still wide
28 -> Cannot really find a big pro for this one except that it is cheapest
30 -> HSM and faster f stops but only for crop bodies and also as expensive as the 20

Hope that helps you a bit for your decision, please share what's in your mind too :)


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Nov 27, 2010 06:33 |  #25

snakeman55 wrote in post #11352283 (external link)
The Sigma 30 1.4 is such a fantastic lens. No it's not wide, but you can certainly take group shots with it. You just have to stand back a little further, which is beneficial, because the further away you get, the wider the aperture you can use and still have adequate depth of field.

This group of 10 (external link) was shot with 5D and 50mm at 2.5 (so same focal length as 30mm on a crop). Photo is obviously Bobby Earle's.

It's really a great shot man.
Do you remember roughly how far you were from the group?


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Nov 27, 2010 06:42 |  #26

spend some money, get the 14mm f/2.8L and die happy. or get something fun and get a ts-e 17mm f/4L. Its an investment for your long term photographic happiness.




  
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Nov 27, 2010 07:18 |  #27

Well I'v ordered a new nifty fifty, £70 so no huge loss, something to play with, bidding on a few 2nd hand 75-300's, after that its the 24mm, the 1.4 is way out there but the 2.0 or 2.8 are the ones to aim for.
It's all about compromises huh, now the only thing to decide if i should buy the mrs a pair of shoes, handbag or clothes and then break the news to her.


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Nov 27, 2010 07:49 |  #28

funkyfones wrote in post #11352761 (external link)
Well I'v ordered a new nifty fifty, £70 so no huge loss, something to play with

Agree, everyone should have one.

funkyfones wrote in post #11352761 (external link)
It's all about compromises huh, now the only thing to decide if i should buy the mrs a pair of shoes, handbag or clothes and then break the news to her.

I think I will do the same when it is time for my buy ;)


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Nov 27, 2010 08:00 |  #29

The Sigma 10mm f/2.8 is about as fast and wide as you can get at this point.

Well, that's a fisheye lens. :)


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Nov 27, 2010 08:01 |  #30

C2S wrote in post #11352823 (external link)
Well, that's a fisheye lens. :)

Imagine my kid birthday photo with a fisheye.
I should try it some time :)


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