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16-35L II, 24L or Zeiss Distagon 21mm

 
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May 06, 2014 09:17 |  #16

I was in the same boat as the OP with either a 16-35 or 24L for my wide end. I wanted sharp, sharp, sharp and low light capabilities (not that 2.8 isn't). But, 24L won over after much research and the type of photography I do. I am happy with the 24L

Here is at wide open on the 24L. It may look weird because I uploaded it to flickr via my iphone so I'm sure the picture is not high quality anymore.

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May 06, 2014 09:20 |  #17

If you were more focused on landscape I'd say the ZE21 without a doubt. But, for portrait and street the 24L gets my vote hands down. The 24L is no slouch at landscape, just not quite as wide or achieving quite the same IQ as the ZE21.


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May 06, 2014 09:49 as a reply to  @ MNUplander's post |  #18

Based on what you've said in your OP, the suggestion of the 24-70/2.8 II might be a good one. It sounds like you want a wide-ish zoom for an occasional landscape and to double for street/portrait work and that f/2.8 is important to you. Realistically, I don't know if the 24L buys you much more at 24mm than the 24-70. In both copies of the 24-70 I've had, they were razor sharp @24mm. It really does shine @24mm. Just a suggestion.




  
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May 06, 2014 10:16 |  #19

I debated between 16-35 and 17-40 and 24LII. I ended up with the keeping my 17-40 with the 24L. I find these 2 to be my most used lenses for travel. They use the same filter size and both are easy to carry.

As to sharpness the 24 is sharp wide open, I have many examples in my flickr. I'm sure you can visit the lens thread or google and find tons of samples. The real question is do you like shooting at 24mm? If so I highly recommend it.


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May 06, 2014 14:23 |  #20

Tommydigi wrote in post #16885823 (external link)
I debated between 16-35 and 17-40 and 24LII. I ended up with the keeping my 17-40 with the 24L. I find these 2 to be my most used lenses for travel. They use the same filter size and both are easy to carry.

As to sharpness the 24 is sharp wide open, I have many examples in my flickr. I'm sure you can visit the lens thread or google and find tons of samples. The real question is do you like shooting at 24mm? If so I highly recommend it.

From what I've seen this far I may well be doing the very same ;)

My plan had been to off load the 17-40, but I'm thinking that I'll keep it & add the 24L.


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May 06, 2014 14:34 |  #21

Nortonski wrote in post #16886333 (external link)
From what I've seen this far I may well be doing the very same ;)

My plan had been to off load the 17-40, but I'm thinking that I'll keep it & add the 24L.

if you like the 24mm range and don't mind MF and buying used/refurbished....ta​ke a look at the TS-e 24mm mk2. Sure, a f/3.5 BUT minimum distortion, CA and a whole new world of capabilities


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May 06, 2014 14:47 |  #22

Nortonski wrote in post #16886333 (external link)
From what I've seen this far I may well be doing the very same ;)

My plan had been to off load the 17-40, but I'm thinking that I'll keep it & add the 24L.

I find I still use the 17-40 a lot for outdoors and even indoors at times with flash. I love it for travel, I find UW more interesting than a standard zoom.


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May 06, 2014 14:59 |  #23

I've owned them all.
the 17-40 is such a great value
but for portaits, you want the 24Lii.

I'm using my 50 and 85 for portraits,
so I'm going back to the zoom, b/c my mon to fri is filled with real estate work right now, so I could use the UWA.
if I wasn't going to trade my 24 for the 16-35, I would just get the 17-40, which is perfect for what I need.

there is a lot of great advise in this thread above. I think you should make your decision right now!
What are you going to do! haha!

If the OP is near me, maybe we can work something out, I'll just grab your 17-40.


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May 06, 2014 15:57 |  #24

^ NO! Dj R Don't fall back into the zoom trap! :razz:


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May 06, 2014 16:14 as a reply to  @ InfiniteDivide's post |  #25

I need 16mm and I want 14mm. so I guess you know where I stand.

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May 06, 2014 16:41 |  #26

ed rader wrote in post #16886604 (external link)
I need 16mm and I want 14mm. so I guess you know where I stand.

ed

Right in the middle at 15mm with the fisheye, HAH!


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May 06, 2014 21:54 |  #27

Nortonski wrote in post #16885189 (external link)
Do you have the Zeiss? If so, what body are you using it on & what are your thoughts overall on the lens?

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Yes. I have had the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZF since 2009.
It has been used primarily on my 1D mark 3 and also on both Nikon and Canon film cameras from time to time as well.

I bought the Zeiss 21 for the specific purpose of using it indoors and mainly for photos of people, which is where I have used it about 99% of the time. It has exceeded my expectations in this regard. It is very sharp and has excellent colors. The few times that I actually use it outdoors are a delight as well. It was my favorite lens until recently. Nowadays, I rarely use the Zeiss 21, but instead have the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 as my main lens and I use it primarily the way I used the 21. Indoors, low light, with people, and wide open. I never owned the 24mm f/1.4, but I did have the Canon 35mm f/1.4 for a few years. Today, if I were going to choose a lens around 24mm, then without a doubt or hesitation I would go with the Zeiss 25mm f/2. This lens is not an APO lens, but it is very well corrected and extremely sharp. I plan to get one at some point. Have you considered the Zeiss 25mm f/2? It would be nice if you could find a place to rent or try out each of your options before you buy. Good luck!




  
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May 06, 2014 23:51 |  #28

Staszek wrote in post #16886662 (external link)
Right in the middle at 15mm with the fisheye, HAH!

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yep. got that lens too :D

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May 07, 2014 02:10 |  #29

"Apparently" Canon will announce a new 16-35mm f/4L IS in the next couple of days. May be worth waiting to see what price this comes in at. Perhaps the 17-40 will be phased out in which case hang in there and you may be able to pick one up at a reduced price.


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May 07, 2014 02:19 |  #30

cagenuts wrote in post #16887602 (external link)
"Apparently" Canon will announce a new 16-35mm f/4L IS in the next couple of days.

B0ll0cks.. is this a wind-up??


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