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Dec 26, 2012 19:03 |  #16

troutfisher wrote in post #15393079 (external link)
Canon 24mm TS-E Mk2

Generally this. Sharp, flexible, capable.


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Dec 26, 2012 21:35 |  #17

Another vote for the 24mm TS-E mark 2


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Dec 26, 2012 22:23 |  #18

everyone always loves to love the TS-E 24mm. I owned it and never cared for it. It was sharp, yes. But it's colors were way too punchy (seemed over-saturated and had no range it seemed) and lacked contrast. Also, the focus was imprecise and hard to get right. Also, it's not a very durable lens. The knobs fall off easily due to a poor design (they just kinda screw in place and adjusting them loosens them. I lost a knob in the first couple of months and it cost $50 to replace. Not a good field lens.

I got the 21mm Zeiss and love it. Much better colors, much better contrast, and you can actually focus with it, unlike the Canon, whose engineers don't understand how to actually make a manual focus lens. Sure, stitching is nice, but it's a PAIN to do since you need to really be on a tripod, manually expose or lock the exposure, and then stitch. Not a big deal, but it takes a lot of time to get right.

There's a lot of love for the TS-E 24mm II, but unless you own one, I'd be hesitant to suggest it so readily. It's sharp, but the rendering isn't all that great, and there's better out there if you're spending that kinda money.


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Dec 26, 2012 23:45 |  #19

17 or/and 24 TSE lens. The problem is once you buy one, you'd probably save for the other (Which is what I'm doing now).




  
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Dec 27, 2012 00:10 |  #20

Tom Reichner wrote in post #15410872 (external link)
Another vote for the 24mm TS-E mark 2

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Dec 27, 2012 00:10 |  #21

Don't forget that the 24mm TS-E has a Mk1 and a Mk2. The Mk2 is sharper but the Mk1 is pleasantly affordable.

I have the 45mm TS-E which should be sharpness equivalent to the Mk1 and it's very good. It also missed CA classes in lens school and can't do it.


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Dec 27, 2012 06:09 |  #22

Samyang is supposed to come out with a 24mm tilt shift with a rumored pricetag around $700. Normally their manual focus and aperture is a disadvantage compared to the Canon lenses, but with a tilt shift you're normally shooting in that style anyway and stop down metering isn't all that bad.
Could be worth the wait.


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Dec 27, 2012 14:05 |  #23

I really don't think anyone could go wrong with the TSE 24mm Mk II lens.




  
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Dec 27, 2012 14:30 as a reply to  @ nburwell's post |  #24

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Dec 27, 2012 14:31 |  #25

nburwell wrote in post #15413045 (external link)
I really don't think anyone could go wrong with the TSE 24mm Mk II lens.

Quality-wise absolutely not, but budget wise; it'd be a large chunk out of my paycheck. If the samyang ends up around 1/3rd the price with similar image quality, I'd rather spend the other $1400 visiting awesome locations to shoot with it.
I hope we'll see in a few months if it's comparable with their 14mm, 35mm or 85mm rather than their disappointing 24mm f/1.4.
I have their 7.5mm fisheye in my m43 kit and it's also mindblowingly sharp.


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Dec 27, 2012 14:33 |  #26

troutfisher wrote in post #15393079 (external link)
Canon 24mm TS-E Mk2

+1 man I love this lens


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Dec 27, 2012 14:41 |  #27

I love the Zeiss 21 so that would be my #1 recommendation.

Also do not overlook the Samyang 14mm f2.8 It is crazy sharp and only costs about $300.


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Dec 27, 2012 15:15 |  #28

I have have had a very high sucess rate of great shots with the 24 TSE II.
Absolutely a top quality optic with tremendous creative potential. On FF I find the 24 widty to be about right. I have wider (Zeiss 21 and 17 TSE) but use this the most.
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Dec 27, 2012 15:50 as a reply to  @ Mike K's post |  #29

You will also be genuinely amazed at the colour and contrast offered by both the 17 and 24mm TS-E lenses. I am always blown away by the out-of-camera quality.


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Dec 27, 2012 19:02 |  #30

thegfxman wrote in post #15393054 (external link)
I've been digging around and have seen many interesting discussions here on the best landscape lens for full-frame bodies. I've seen much debate around Zeiss 21mm Distagon, Canon 16-35 2.8 II, Canon 14mm 2.8 II, and even the Nikon 14-24 with adapter. Some offer flexibility, some offer unrivaled sharpness, some offer auto-focus, some don't...

If you could only choose one for all your landscape needs with highest image quality, which would it be?

Either of the two Zeiss wides (21 or 15 Distagon) would be my preferred choice. I have shot with the 21 for a couple of years now and it's an amazing piece of glass, of all the wides I've had and tested it is the sharpest corner to corner and of course also has the typical Zeiss contrast and colour.

The Zeiss 15 Distagon equally sharp as the 21 except in the extreme corners where it lags slightly behind the 21 in my view, it however opens up a new area of dramatic perspective. It's slowly becoming my favourite of the three.

The Canon 24 mark2 is also very sharp corner to corner, perhaps slightly less than the 21 however it's a very versatile lens given its ability to shift and tilt and I use it primarily for panos and architectural shots where shifting is usually required.

Difficult to choose between the three because each has it own strengths and weaknesses.


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