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Landscape only lens ? (wide)

 
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May 06, 2012 17:32 |  #1

At this moment i take my landscape shots with my Tamron 17-50 (vc) , and while it has been good for me , i feel like upgrading to something better that is dedicated to landscape photography. > Little zoom is no issue and weather proof is big + in case of rain .. and believe me it's raining much here (Netherlands) :cool:

1.Got a Canon 600D. (so crop)
2. I like doing wide landscapes , but still want to be able to "lead" the viewer of my photos to a certain area of interest. (so basically i m saying > not too wide ;))

At the moment i am thinking of:
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

The 24 mm L lens also looks good , but because of crop factor might not be it for me (but perhaps i am wrong)

My question:
What type of lens would be really good for doing landscape only ? (any) (And would be big step up compared to my Tamron) > Also going to rent first before making decision.


Thankyou (from the "again" rainy Netherlands )




  
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May 06, 2012 17:41 |  #2

The 14L makes you work pretty hard for a shot, at least for me. It is VERY wide on FF, but may fare better on a crop body.

Id say get a Sigma or Canon 10-22-ish range, except I don't know how well they're waterproofed.


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May 06, 2012 19:05 |  #3

If you are happy with the coverage you are getting with the current 17-50 then I would think that the Canon 17-40 would be a good choice for you.

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May 06, 2012 19:15 |  #4
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14L is waaaaay too expensive FWIW. It doesn't accept filters either- and that's a no go for landscapes. 17-40L is probably the best cheapest choice for landscapes. I have a 16-35L II because I need speed for weddings.


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May 06, 2012 19:17 |  #5
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I agree with the Canon 17-40 L. It's weathersealed, although the 600D isn't as far as I know. I doubt you'd need the 16-35 L for the extra stop (plus it's much more expensive). I've thought about it and if I had to choose one I'd get the 17-40 f/4.


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May 06, 2012 19:37 |  #6

17-40L


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May 06, 2012 19:48 |  #7

IMO the 17-40L wont be any better than the 17-50 you have and will be a stop slower and have less reach.

Better add a 10-22 to the 17-50.


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May 06, 2012 20:24 |  #8

i've got a 17-40 here and the 10-22, these are very different lenses. if you're sticking with your crop body, the 10-22 is a good choice.




  
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May 06, 2012 22:48 |  #9

I'd not be too interested in the 14L for landscapes because it has pronounced field curvature... and being so bizarrely wide you get quite a lot of stretch at the edge of the frame. Maybe it's ok on a crop camera but I'd walk past that one. Rather quickly.

Apart from the 10-22 and 10-20, you might also consider the 8-16 fisheye. I've found that images from this sort of lens can be pretty interesting. I _think_ it meets your weather sealing requirement. As has been pointed out, your camera body is not sealed.

Which brings me to rain. A polythene bag over your camera will be more reliable than the camera's seals... well, it won't hurt anyway. You can cut a hole in the bag and secure it over the lens hood. There are better solutions offered but a plastic bag is a plastic bag. It's a good idea to keep a dry towel in your camera bag to dry the camera if it gets caught in the rain.


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May 06, 2012 22:49 |  #10

8-16 has serious filter issues though. When I shoot wide I am more often than not using filters, that would discount it for me.


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May 07, 2012 02:12 |  #11

personally id go for a 10-22, which is what i use with my 7d. however, since you said you wanted weather sealing then the 17-40mm would be the one you want.

regarding the 24-70, i have a 24-105 and i dont think it is wide enough. YMMV


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May 07, 2012 02:36 |  #12

Tokina 11-16. Couldnt get my hands off that with my T2i. Well for videos mostly.


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May 07, 2012 03:20 |  #13

Why ant weatherproof when your body isn't ? This will not help you much. Maybe buy a raincoat for your camera and lens. I think Cameratools.nl sells it.

I used the Canon 10-22 and 17-55 a lot for landscape photos. Sold the 17-40 and bought the 17-55. Create lens for a crop body.
L is not always the best option/buy. For me the 17-55 optics where better then the 17-40 on crop.

These days I use the 16-35 II on FF for landscapes.


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May 07, 2012 03:27 |  #14

First of all , wanna "thank you" everybody for all the reply's .. so quick :-)

From what i read here the 10-22 seems to be a good choise , and i could always use a underwater body for weather sealing of my camera itself (lol)

In terms of optical lens quality / sharpness and so on .. would it be a big difference compared to my Tamron and would pola filters be a problem (because we are talking "wide" then even on crop body)

Again thank you!




  
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May 07, 2012 03:31 |  #15

Pola works fine on the Canon 10-22. I used it with a B+W CPL MRC slim filter.


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