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Best value wide angle lens for full frame?

 
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Dec 25, 2012 14:12 |  #16

Cesium wrote in post #15406119 (external link)
I like the EF 20mm f/2.8 USM and the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX. Both can be found used for about $300-$350. I can't think of any better options in that price range.

I can second the recommendation the EF 20/2.8. It's a very nice lens, if you prefer primes. Well corrected and sharp.

I've been tempted to get Samyang 14mm, mentioned above... (I woudn't want to spend what a 14/2.8L II costs for a lens that I'd likely only occasionally use). The Samyang sells under a bunch of different brand names: Bower, Rokinon, ProOptic (Adorama's house brand). The Vivitar 13/2.8 is the same lens, too... even though they call it a 13mm.

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Dec 25, 2012 14:15 |  #17

The best value lens is the one that you use and can get the desired results you need from no matter what the cost. What good is an inexpensive lens or an expensive if it doesn't allow you to get what you need from it and its never used?




  
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Dec 25, 2012 14:24 |  #18

For zooms, the best performance to cost lens for me is the 17-40L, but I think the best budget zoom is the Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4. Primes are pretty particular to the user, so I'd say if you're looking at primes to figure out your focal length preferences.

edit: meant Tamron, not Sigma


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Dec 25, 2012 16:05 as a reply to  @ Nightdiver13's post |  #19

I forgot to mention : if you prefer best price/quality f2.8 zooms :
Tokina 16-28 2.8, Canon 16-35 2.8L MKI, Canon 20-35 2.8L
All older refurbished discontinued lenses, but the Tokina is the best, I did research on this a long time!


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Dec 25, 2012 16:35 |  #20

Thanks for all the input guys. The Tokina 16-28 does look good but still fairly pricey. The 17-40L seems like a good option as the lens goes for around 580-600 used. Im not sure if I'm sold on primes yet for WA since I do like the versatility of a zoom.

Samyang 14mm seems like one of the best value for primes though. Time to do more research on that lens. Thanks guys.


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Dec 25, 2012 21:05 as a reply to  @ terse's post |  #21

If you buy the Tokina 16-28 at Adorama through the Canonpricewatch link, it comes to $799 - $100 mail-in rebate. $699 is the same price the 17-40L is going for now. In my mind that's a much better value than the 17-40L (if you get a good copy).




  
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Dec 26, 2012 09:11 |  #22

I use the rokinon/samyang 14mm 2.8 and I love it. Stupid sharp, awesomely wide, and not too hard to correct the distortion with lightroom presets.

I owned the 17-40 and thought it was awesome, but then again, I always used it at 17mm and when the zoom would creep to 20mm and I looked at the photo, I would wish I had taken it at 17mm instead.


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Dec 26, 2012 13:07 |  #23

Another vote for the 17-40... I really like it on full frame.


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Dec 26, 2012 13:57 |  #24

Kevin B wrote in post #15405770 (external link)
Looking at the specs, it is amazing for the price. You do need to realize it's a FULL manual lens (focusing and aperture) with no communication to the body. It does have some non-trivial distortion (which isn't uncommon for ultra wide angle lenses) but overall it looks like a good option. You can check out details from

http://www.photozone.d​e …_ff/532-samyang14f28eosff (external link)

So, I used to freak out at the thought of manually focusing. I woukd surmise, though, that most users of a 14mm aren't gunning for super-shallow DOF. Real estate interiors are more likely to be f8-ish, and landscape shots stopped down even more. 14mm isn't really a general-purpose FL. Once you're already using a tripod, and waiting for the right light, the time to focus manually isn't so terrible.

BUT that also depends on the user's eyesight, if the camera has a good Live View, and if focus confirmation still works.

I reluctantly acquired the 17-40mm (needed for work), and have been nicely surprised at the IQ. That said, I don't have enough experience with enough UWAs to offer more than: don't be too worried about manual focus . . . sometimes it can force an improvement in the art by making the shooter slow down and think more about the composition.


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Dec 26, 2012 14:04 |  #25

Samyang/Bell+Howell/Ro​kinon/Pro-optic 14mm f/2.8.... By far the best value for the dollar.

Got mine for sale now :(

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Dec 26, 2012 14:10 |  #26

Many put the 17-40 down because of corner sharpness but at the end of the day for the price it is still one of the best full frame UWA's. I don't reckon corner softness is as bad as many say and let's face it, most of us don't buy a 17-40 to shoot at f/4, we buy it to shoot at f/8 or f/11, which is where it is very strong. It still has a bit of verstility with 40mm at the long end as well.


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Dec 26, 2012 14:22 |  #27

IMO, one of the best values: Tamron 17-35mm.

here are the samples:
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=141297

Since I dont shoot wide too often, I didnt want tie up my money on anything expensive. Got this lens for a good price. I've seen the sigma 15-30 go for ~200 on fleabay, but too hard to use filters so I skipped on it.


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Dec 26, 2012 14:26 |  #28

I bought my 17-40L used, I can sell it for the same, or more , any day I choose.

Its built well, sealed (with a filter) and IQ is great, absolute corners arnt perfect, but if I want that I use my tilt shift... Its great for a zoom.

An example at 17mm f11 (I think), dpp defaults and dlo.

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Dec 26, 2012 14:31 |  #29

RobDickinson wrote in post #15409471 (external link)
I bought my 17-40L used, I can sell it for the same, or more , any day I choose.

Its built well, sealed (with a filter) and IQ is great, absolute corners arnt perfect, but if I want that I use my tilt shift... Its great for a zoom.

An example at 17mm f11 (I think), dpp defaults and dlo.

Whole scene
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That is a once in a life time capture... Awesome shot, man.


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Dec 26, 2012 17:55 |  #30

My first shot with my 17-40. F11, 30 Secs, ISO 100. Jpeg out of the camera.

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