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Aug 04, 2011 22:01 |  #1

I am looking for a new lens for landscaping for my 60D and just thought i would fish around for some ideas so i make the right decision. My budget is around $800. I was thinking maybe a canon 10-22mm but still not sure...Any help would be great




  
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Aug 04, 2011 22:03 |  #2

I had the original Tokina 12-24 f/4, and loved it.. Nice, wide and sharp.


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Aug 04, 2011 22:11 |  #3

The Canon 10-22 is a great lens and would be a worthy addition to your line up. If you don't want to go as wide the 15-85 is also good.

I have both and out of all my lenses they spend the most time on my camera. I mainly use the 10-22 in closer environments (like urban etc) and the 15-85 in open landscape environments. Both are nice and sharp, have good colour rendition and have great fast focus.

If I had to give up one or the other, or my left nut, it'd be a toss-up, because at my age I probably wouldn't miss my left nut, but geez I'd sure miss one of the lenses :lol:


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Aug 04, 2011 22:26 as a reply to  @ L.J.G.'s post |  #4

OP, it would help to know what you already have for glass.


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Aug 04, 2011 22:35 as a reply to  @ ct1co2's post |  #5

My vote is for Tokina 11-16. My favorite lens when I had crop camera. Used for 600.


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Aug 04, 2011 22:41 |  #6

Tokina 11-16 and Canon 10-22 are best for your buck. The Sigma 8-16 is very nice, but doesn't take filters.


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Aug 05, 2011 17:59 |  #7

thanks for the advice after doing some research im leaning towards the tokina its a little bit cheaper and is f2.8 opposed to the canons 3.5-4.5 but then the canon has a little bit more of a range so its a hard choice




  
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Aug 05, 2011 18:56 |  #8

2.8 does you no good for landscapes. I persomally went with the Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6 and could not be happier. It also will save you some money that you can put to something else.


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Aug 05, 2011 19:13 |  #9

What lenses do you currently have? BTW, I've taken some nice landscapes with my 70-200 and 100-400.




  
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Aug 05, 2011 19:27 |  #10

The best UWA for APS-C IMO is the Tokina 11-16, I´ve also tried the Canon 10-22 and the Sigma 10-20. The Canon is very good, the Sigma is quite behind the Toki and the Canon.


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Aug 05, 2011 19:30 |  #11

Mikespence76 wrote in post #12879791 (external link)
I am looking for a new lens for landscaping for my 60D and just thought i would fish around for some ideas so i make the right decision. My budget is around $800. I was thinking maybe a canon 10-22mm but still not sure...Any help would be great

Don't be led to believe that you need an ultra-wide lens for landscape photography. As a couple of others have suggested above, any focal length that you have available could be used for landscape photography. Don't limit yourself based on the stupid rumor here on the forum that landscape photography requires an ultra-wide lens.


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Aug 05, 2011 19:44 |  #12

Mikespence76 wrote in post #12879791 (external link)
I am looking for a new lens for landscaping for my 60D and just thought i would fish around for some ideas so i make the right decision. My budget is around $800. I was thinking maybe a canon 10-22mm but still not sure...Any help would be great

tamron 17-50 2.8
canon 17-55 IS
perhaps sigma 17-50 OS
Canon 15-85

I'd go for one of those four, myself. But it all depends, some people like UW landscapes and then the 10-22 may be it.

On FF my two main landscape lenses are 24mm 1.4 II and 70-200 f/4 IS.

On APS-C I used Tamron 17-50 2.8 and various 70/100-200/300 zoom lenses over the years (15-85 IS and sigma 17-50 OS were not out back then).




  
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Aug 05, 2011 22:12 as a reply to  @ wombatHorror's post |  #13

if i got $800 i will go for 10-22


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Aug 06, 2011 01:01 |  #14

SkipD wrote in post #12884733 (external link)
Don't be led to believe that you need an ultra-wide lens for landscape photography. As a couple of others have suggested above, any focal length that you have available could be used for landscape photography. Don't limit yourself based on the stupid rumor here on the forum that landscape photography requires an ultra-wide lens.

<disclaimer>I agree, to a point - one should not discount the telephoto range for landscapes because some amazing images can be made using these focal lengths. I've made some of my favorite landscape images using my 70-200, on FF and crop. </disclaimer>

But, it also seems like its a trend on this forum to give new landscape shooters a hard time for looking at wider lenses to start off with. To me, this sounds like telling a new macro shooter "well, don't forget you can take macro images using a 35mm lens, too" or a telling a new portrait shooter "you don't need an 85mm lens to shoot a portrait, a great portrait can be made at 17mm". Sure, these things can be done, but IMO a new shooter of any type of photography would be better to start off with the most "generally accepted" focal length for that type of photography until they figure out their own style.

Lets be honest - if someone is looking for a lens to use for taking landscape pictures, in general they are probably much more likely to have more opportunities to shoot in the 17-50mm range (on FF) than they will in the 70-200mm range. Of course, your individual style and terrain around you will play a big part in what is useful and what is not.

To the OP's question, the Canon 15-85 is a great starting point because it allows you to shoot relatively wide to relatively telephoto with the same lens. If you find yourself wanting to go wider or longer, add a lens later or swap it out - but the 15-85 has great IQ and a ton of flexibility.

If you know you like to go wide the 10-22 is great due to its great IQ, lack of flaring, and ability to accept filters. This lens beats the 11-16 for landscapes for the last two reasons IMO.

If you know you like to shoot longer, you cant go wrong with any flavor of the 70-200.


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Aug 06, 2011 01:40 |  #15

SkipD wrote in post #12884733 (external link)
Don't be led to believe that you need an ultra-wide lens for landscape photography. As a couple of others have suggested above, any focal length that you have available could be used for landscape photography. Don't limit yourself based on the stupid rumor here on the forum that landscape photography requires an ultra-wide lens.

Exactly. I just got back from Yellowstone and the Tetons, and the 70-200 (on FF) was the star of the show.


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