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cskorik
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Jan 02, 2009 07:51 |  #1

I've been using a 17-85 IS for about a year now and have developed a slightly more discerning eye with regards to sharpness in my landscape photos. I can never seem to get the level of sharpness I desire from the 17-85. I'm looking to upgrade.

Can anyone offer suggestions for a nice walkaround zoom lens that takes (significantly) sharper landscape shots than the 17-85? I'd also like one that's AT LEAST on par, if not better than the 17-85 in all other respects. I've been looking specifically at the following, but other suggestions are more than welcome:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS (external link)
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS (external link)
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L (external link)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L (external link)
Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 (external link)
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 (external link)
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 (external link)

At the moment, I'm leaning toward one of the one of the first three on the list. The 17-85 has been my walkaround for quite a while now and I need something that's as versatile, hence the necessity for the zoom. Any advice for me?

Thanks in advance!

PS: A majority of my landscapes end up being stitched panoramas, if that affects your advice at all.


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Jan 02, 2009 08:20 |  #2

IMO the 24-105 (& therefore the 24-70 and 28-75) is not really wide enough. I had this and the Canon10-22mm and found myself swapping lenses a lot, I have now also got the 17-40 and tend to use this on its own, although the 10-22 does still have its uses :-)

I did debate getting the more expensive 17-55 IS, but didn't consider the f/2.8 of any use to me for landscapes as I usually shoot around f/8 or f/11 on a tripod. If I need a fast lens I'll use an even faster prime.
I also still use my old EOS 3 film body so the EF-S 17-55 is useless for that.

Another thing to bear in mind is the 17-40L is a better built lens and I keep hearing things about the build quality of the 17-55, bearing in mind the environment you sometimes use a landscape lens in.

The Canon lenses also have USM :-)


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Jan 02, 2009 14:10 |  #3

Good points all. I really have been leaning toward the 17-40 L myself...


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Jan 03, 2009 10:29 as a reply to  @ cskorik's post |  #4

I love using the 17-40 on my 40D for landscapes!


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Jan 03, 2009 10:33 |  #5

I'd have to say the 17-40L. Use it for landscapes and walkaround on my 40D, and I absolutely love it :)


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Jan 03, 2009 10:34 |  #6

Don't forget the 10-22 EF-S lens.


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Jan 03, 2009 10:47 |  #7

I've used most of the usual recommendations, and I keep coming back to my 17-40L. No it's not an ultrawide like the 10-22, but just because everyone else is going as wide as possible doesn't mean it's the only way to shoot landscapes. ;)



  
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Jan 03, 2009 11:43 |  #8

cskorik wrote in post #6987463 (external link)
I've been using a 17-85 IS for about a year now and have developed a slightly more discerning eye with regards to sharpness in my landscape photos. I can never seem to get the level of sharpness I desire from the 17-85. I'm looking to upgrade.

Can anyone offer suggestions for a nice walkaround zoom lens that takes (significantly) sharper landscape shots than the 17-85? I'd also like one that's AT LEAST on par, if not better than the 17-85 in all other respects. I've been looking specifically at the following, but other suggestions are more than welcome:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS (external link)
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS (external link)
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L (external link)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L (external link)
Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 (external link)
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 (external link)
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 (external link)

At the moment, I'm leaning toward one of the one of the first three on the list. The 17-85 has been my walkaround for quite a while now and I need something that's as versatile, hence the necessity for the zoom. Any advice for me?

Thanks in advance!

PS: A majority of my landscapes end up being stitched panoramas, if that affects your advice at all.

Are you going to move to Full frame any time soon?

I know i will w/ in the next year or so i have that thought in any lens buying decisions.


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Jan 03, 2009 12:13 |  #9

I use my 24-105 and 10-22 as my landscape lenses on my 30D. Landscapes are my main subject as well.


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Jan 03, 2009 12:59 |  #10

I use my 17-55 for landscapes, unless I feel the need to go really wide. Since you need something that's versatile I think this lens would be a great option for you. It takes great landscape shots and also works wonderful as a walk-around lens. The 24-105 is great but I don't really like using it for landscapes.


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Jan 03, 2009 13:03 as a reply to  @ Grentz's post |  #11

Canon 17-55 2.8 stays on my camera 90% of the time. You can use it for just about anything. I have had mine for about a year now and have had no problems. A little dust in lens but no biggie.. And I use mine in all kinds of conditions.


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Jan 03, 2009 15:52 |  #12

If landscapes are your thing, try the EF-S 10-22. It is not really a walkaround lens, but it is plenty wide and the field of view is amazing.


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Jan 03, 2009 15:59 |  #13

In that list, 17-40L. If you also want the lens to be a walkaround, then 17-55. Also take a look at the 10-22 or Tokie 11-16 if you're into UWA.


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Jan 03, 2009 16:34 |  #14

If 24 isn't wide enough for you, then I'd go with the 17-40, it's excellent for landscapes.


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Jan 03, 2009 16:45 |  #15

10-22mm & 24-105mm. As far as the 10-22mm its hard to beat the perspective you can get with this lens. With my preference in shooting it fits the bill perfectly. It really depends on your style and likes when it comes to using a wide or super wide lens. Also where the 10-22mm leaves off the 24-105mm takes over.


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