Agreed, and as mentioned the ZE21 is on my list while the 17-40 is not because at the end of the day, the ZE21 is the better lens and remains as one of my favorites of all time. I just wanted to point out to prospective buyers what to expect - sometimes a healthy dose of reality is helpful when folks on a limited budget are considering spending this amount of money on a lens.
And, I don't think the image sample threads are the greatest reference point, either. The 17-40 is within reach for a much larger group of folks that may or may not have as strong of a background as someone who is willing to spend nearly $2k on a wide angle/MF prime. As a result, the 17-40 thread isn't always representative of what that lens is capable of while the ZE21 thread looks consistently good most of the time.
Nice work around here lately, everyone.
Tmuussoni wrote in post #16070464
Everyone is obviously entitled to their opinion and where to spend their hard earned cash. I also switched from Canon 17-40 to Zeiss 21, and I thought the difference was fully justified despite the Zeiss's premium price and fixed focal lenght. I haven't looked back since. This is also evident on the lens sample threads on this forum. Differences can be subtle, but sometimes subtle differences can be quite huge. Their color rendering are quite different.
So, I guess my point is if someone is wondering which wide angle lens to get, the image sample threads are good place to see what pleases your eyes the most - and then make your purchasing decision
Stay away from the 200L f/2 thread though - that thread will drive you crazy