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Lens decision for Japan Trip. 14mm Rokinon or Rent 17-40L

 
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Dec 21, 2012 14:25 |  #1

I am headed to Japan in about a week with my 5DmkII. I'm debating on weather or not to rent a 17-40 f/4L or take the 14mm Rokinon f/2.8. I'm looking do some landscape/cityscape shots both during the day and night.

The other gear I am taking is a 24-105 f/4L and a 50mm f/1.4. I have a 70-200 f/2.8L IS that I've decided not to take due to weight and lack of usage.


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Dec 21, 2012 14:49 |  #2

Go for the 17-40l, better allrounder.




  
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Dec 21, 2012 15:36 |  #3

I freakin' love my rokinon 14. I would definitely take it.


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Dec 21, 2012 15:48 |  #4

Rokinon gives better sharpness in the corners and one more stop of aperture, but you give up AF, auto aperture, zoom range, weather sealing and the ability to use filters. Personally I'd go with the 17-40L.




  
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Dec 21, 2012 15:49 |  #5

Hmmm tough call. Since you already have 24-105 you can use that as a 24mm for wide shots. Then I would take the 14mm rokinon for ultra wide shots. The 14mm is sharper and has f/2.8. You don't need AF on this focal length really. On a 5D2 the 14mm will be extremely wide so it's really a specialty lens. I wouldn't take the 17-40 since it overlaps quite a bit with the 24-105. And the rokinon is lighter, which is a total plus when traveling.


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Dec 21, 2012 15:51 |  #6

SiaoP wrote in post #15394499 (external link)
And the rokinon is lighter, which is a total plus when traveling.

The 17-40L is actually lighter. It's lighter than it looks, which was surprising the first time I picked it up.




  
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Dec 21, 2012 16:02 |  #7

Since you have 24-105 and 14 already I see little reason to rent the 17-40. Take what you have, 24 is wide enough for most and you will have the 14 for the really UW angle shots.

-Edit - If you really like the idea of a 17-40 maybe try picking one up used. they are usually pretty cheap and it is a nice lens to own.


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Dec 21, 2012 16:05 |  #8

riotshield wrote in post #15394507 (external link)
The 17-40L is actually lighter. It's lighter than it looks, which was surprising the first time I picked it up.

Interesting. The 17-40 is 50 grams lighter... Never thought of it being that small :rolleyes:


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Dec 21, 2012 16:10 |  #9

I was in Tokyo recently and had the 17-40L, 35L and 70-200L II. The 17-40L was really good and my most used lens in this trip, so that's my recommendation. Also consider taking a tripod.


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