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Jan 26, 2013 13:15 |  #1

Hi all i have a 5d3 with only a 50mm nifty fifty and a 70-200 f2.8 and looking to get something wider.

my choices are 24mm L, 35mmL or a 16-35L. i would love a 24-70 mk2 but its out of my price range.

budget £1100.

Open for more suggestions. it will be used for this:

Landscape
Group indoor shots of people

What things i would like:

  • Weather sealing
  • Fast AF.
  • Fantastic Bokah
  • Brilliant in low light(F2.8 stop minimum).
  • Built like a tank


This will save me from potentially carrying two cameras with me(my old 400d with a 17-50 tamron)

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Jan 26, 2013 13:53 |  #2

I would go for the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L. It will have you covered from everything, super wide to medium telephoto.

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Jan 26, 2013 14:43 as a reply to  @ Saint728's post |  #3

I just sold a 16-35mm, then realised I missed the 16-35 so much I bought another one today from Calumet £1089, its for a 5D2 and 5D3, it's a fantastic lens, obviously expensive, dont rule out the 17-40, its half the price, I had one a while back and stopped down it was nice and sharp, I shoot in some dark locations and find the 16-35 better suits my style. I sold the original 16-35 to go with a prime lens but found I prefer a zoom.

also dont rule out the zeiss 21mm ;)


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Jan 26, 2013 15:14 |  #4

zeiss 21mm ?? link?


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Jan 26, 2013 15:15 |  #5

Zeiss is in a class of its own


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Jan 26, 2013 15:34 |  #6

jonneymendoza wrote in post #15536881 (external link)
zeiss 21mm ?? link?

The Zeiss is decidedly not going to meet your second criteria "Fast AF" since it is manual focus only.

I'm not sure how serious you are about 'fantastik bokah' but the 16-35 II is a little rough with some bright ring edge business. It really needs a filter to complete the weather seal, and this will be an 82mm filter.

Since you have a 50mm, I'd skip the 35 and get a 24 if you want a prime. 24L II is very good against all of your criteria.


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Jan 27, 2013 20:48 as a reply to  @ JeffreyG's post |  #7

I recently got the 24mm 1.4 Lii and can recommend it. Focus is fast, weather sealed, can get bokah if the subject is not too far away but nothing like 200mm at F/2.8 or 85mm at F1.2.

People distort if they are at the edge of the frame or fill the whole frame. Generally it's not too bad. Good for the photojournalist type look.

I would consider saving for the 24-70mm ii if you don't need F1.4. I got one on the grey market for £1.5K off ebay. That lens is absolutely fantastic 24mm-50mm. I have never used the 16-35mm F2.8.

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Jan 27, 2013 21:14 |  #8

Based on your criteria: fast, AF, and semi wide for both ppl and landscape: either 16-35 or 24L will be just fine.


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Jan 31, 2013 17:53 |  #9

jerbear00 wrote in post #15541681 (external link)
Based on your criteria: fast, AF, and semi wide for both ppl and landscape: either 16-35 or 24L will be just fine.

grr cant decide LOL!! toying with the idea of the 24L!!


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Jan 31, 2013 18:07 |  #10

jerbear00 wrote in post #15541681 (external link)
Based on your criteria: fast, AF, and semi wide for both ppl and landscape: either 16-35 or 24L will be just fine.

these are your best 2 options


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Jan 31, 2013 18:08 |  #11

If f2.8 is a mandatory requirement then it'll have to be the 16-35. However, pause for a moment. Compared to the 17-40, you're paying a lot for an extra stop (IQ is not much different). For landscapes, that extra stop is almost worthless and for indoor shots of people, you'll need good DOF, so it won't help either - a 580EX to supplement your 430EX would do a better job (or just crank up the ISO).

Personally, I'd get the 17-40, flog the nifty-fifty and find a little more cash to buy the Sigma 35/1.4. That way you get a nice UWA zoom for landscapes and interior people shots AND an absolutely gorgeous f1.4 medium wide that can replace your 50/1.8 for all but close-up portraits where your 70-200 will deliver the goods.

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Jan 31, 2013 18:17 |  #12

I like my combo of 17-40 and 24L. Nice bonus is they share 77 mm filters and both are pretty small but the 16-35 is a good compromise. I've even considered switching but I really like the 24 prime and I cannot justify both.

If you don't care for UW a 24-70 is pretty wide on ff and will be a bit more versatile and give more background blur.


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Jan 31, 2013 18:22 |  #13

well here is my choices

35 sigma 1.4 + 17-40(if i can find the sigma in stock for £500?)
24L
16-35L.

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Jan 31, 2013 20:41 |  #14

Oh that's tough! Personal,y, i would go with the 35 and 17-40. First off, 2 lenses are better than one!

As mentioned, the difference between the 16-35 and the 17-40 is one stop, for the most part. So it depends if you want/need 2.8.

Have you considered the tamron 24-70 or the mk1 canon?


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Jan 31, 2013 20:43 |  #15

24mm f/1.4L II


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