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Mar 21, 2013 21:14 |  #1

Hello, this is my first post on the forum, so apologise if the "What is the best lens ..." question has been asked many time before.

I guess the answer to "What is the best lens for the job" - is likely to be something way out of my price range, so instead my question is

"What would be a reasonable lens for the job?" - so not blurry - and with a fairly impressive frame - so wide field of view.

So far my thoughts were tending towards one of these two

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM
Sigma EX Macro lens - 28 mm - F/1.8

Can anyone please offer advice on this ? ( or suggest alternate lenses I should be considering )


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Mar 23, 2013 05:38 |  #2

Depending on which camera you have - The Tokina 11-16 f2.8 for an APS-C; the Canon 16-35 f2.8 for FF.


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Mar 23, 2013 09:05 as a reply to  @ hollis_f's post |  #3

Get the Tokina 11-16 Before i only used the kit lens witch only has the maximum of F/3.5
And after i got the Tokina my Aurora pics Just differ like night and day.
And to be able to have the f/2.8 through 11-16 mm is awesome.

Just remember on a full frame lens to multiply with 1.6 the mm of the lens.
like if you would have a 14 mm samyang fullframe lens on a crop camera you only have 20 mm.


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Mar 23, 2013 09:28 |  #4

Ice Can-Am wrote in post #15746294 (external link)
Just remember on a full frame lens to multiply with 1.6 the mm of the lens. like if you would have a 14 mm samyang fullframe lens on a crop camera you only have 20 mm.

Er, nope. A 14mm Samyang on a crop camera will give the same field of view as the 11-16 at 14mm.


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Mar 23, 2013 09:50 |  #5

hollis_f wrote in post #15746352 (external link)
Er, nope. A 14mm Samyang on a crop camera will give the same field of view as the 11-16 at 14mm.

I was told that a lens made for full frame camera does not give you the same mm's on a crop camera. how do you know that is not true ?


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Mar 23, 2013 10:53 |  #6

Ice Can-Am wrote in post #15746402 (external link)
I was told that a lens made for full frame camera does not give you the same mm's on a crop camera. how do you know that is not true ?

It's a common misconception. Read this post for an explanation.


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Mar 23, 2013 12:05 as a reply to  @ hollis_f's post |  #7

Thank you both very much for responding.

The Tokina looks like the way to go , next job will be trying to find a bricks and mortar shop in the UK that stocks them at a reasonable price.

Thanks again for your advice .




  
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Mar 23, 2013 13:07 |  #8

There's a new version of this lens recently released. The main improvements were for the Nikon version - changes to the AF. The Canon version has had the lens coatings improved, but I've seen two reviews where the difference was minimal.

What it does mean is that the original version is still available for a bit less than the new one. At WEx the new one is £550 while the old is £500.


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Mar 23, 2013 14:57 as a reply to  @ hollis_f's post |  #9

I bought the cheaper one from B&H photovideo and it came to me after 2 days, :)

From USA to Cologne (ups center) and Cologne to Kef Airport.


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Mar 23, 2013 16:01 as a reply to  @ Ice Can-Am's post |  #10

This is for a self drive trip to Iceland end of this month, so moving all round Iceland & really hope to get to see the Aurora which is the prime reason for the trip ... but since I only have 18-55 kit lens would I be better off stomping up the extra and getting Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM ?




  
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Mar 23, 2013 16:22 |  #11

I'd seriously consider renting the Tokina - LINK (external link)


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Mar 24, 2013 00:51 |  #12

I've taken a few star trail pics with the Tokina 11-16 2.8, it's definitely my favourite lens


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Mar 30, 2013 13:04 as a reply to  @ evan55's post |  #13

Picked up a Tokina 11- 16 MK 1 .
spending a few days getting to grips with it before the trip.
Thanks for the feedback & advice.




  
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Mar 31, 2013 10:22 as a reply to  @ jdp3000's post |  #14

Awesome, You will love the sharpness of that lens.

feel free to check out my pics with the Tokina. My Flickr. (external link)
If i use my Tokina i put it in the tags as well.
I only shoot raw and use lightroom to develope the raw files. If you use LR you probably know that you can fix distortion there as well.


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