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cant decide between Canon 17-40 or Sigma 12-24

 
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Jul 16, 2008 07:44 |  #1

so like many of you I picked up a 5D, I love using the sigma 10-20 on my 40D but obviously its not working on the 5D :(

so now the problem !! something wide for the 5D, there doesnt seem to be to many options either :(

the canon 16-35 is definitely what I would want minus the money issue :) but no luck there the money tree was blown over in a recent storm lol

so right now I am considering the sigma 12-24 ~610 bucks from amazon, or the canon 17-40L which is around 650 dollars

I will primarily be using this for landscapes, I am pretty sure that 17mm is wide enough since the 10mm on the 40D is 16mm so 1mm is not going to be that much difference. But what am I missing from 12 to 17 mm, obviously quite a bit but is it really necessary.

My guess is the optic quality of the 17-40 is better than the sigma. I have a 24-105 and 24mm on the 5D is plenty wide for pretty much everything except landscapes for me.

anyone have both? what do you recommend?


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Jul 16, 2008 07:47 |  #2

I'd personally probably go with the 17-40. The 12-24 can be used for landscapes but from what I've seen distorts visibly even on natural landscapes (would be even more obvious on things like architecture). 12mm rectilinear on a FF seems to me more like a special situation lens, not one I'd use every day.

Just yesterday I got to play with my friends 12-24 on his D3 and it's definitely an interesting lens that gives you a unique perspective. He doesn't really use it a lot, but when he pulls it out he takes some wild/crazy stuff.


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Jul 16, 2008 07:55 |  #3

The 17-40 is a fine lens. I'm well pleased with mine.

I see no benefit in the 16-35; yes you get an extra f stop but ultra wide angle is for depth of field so 2.8 would be of no use in most applications.

Save a grand and go 17-40.


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Jul 16, 2008 07:56 |  #4

I absolutely love my 17-40L. It is one of the best purchases I have made so far.


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Jul 16, 2008 08:21 |  #5

you know what sucks, I had the 17-40 lens in my amazon goldbox for weeks, now it looks like amazon is all out of them :( crap


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Jul 16, 2008 08:29 |  #6

Theres a used one here. Mifsuds are good, speak to Matt and you'll get an honest apprecaition of the lens. I use this firm regularly.

http://www.mifsuds.com​/usedpriceindex.htm (external link)

£399.00


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Jul 16, 2008 08:56 |  #7

yeah but I am in the US ;)

B&H has some used ones as well at least


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Jul 17, 2008 06:06 |  #8

sweet the 17-40 is back in stock at amazon now, 617 in the goldbox and I have 75 bucks in gift certs from my 5D :)

so it will be here tomorrow :D I love amazon prime, 4 bucks for overnight shipping


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Jul 17, 2008 07:49 as a reply to  @ tekkie's post |  #9

you'll will love it. it's my walk around lense on the old 1D classic. had the tokina 12-24 and find i didn't use it all that much. but i did need it last week though.

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Jul 17, 2008 19:05 |  #10

yeah I am looking forward to picking it up and having a sharp landscape pic, the sigma 10-20 is a nice wide lens but not so sharp


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Jul 17, 2008 21:20 |  #11

personally, i don't shoot a lot of w-i-d-e and i would take the 17-40L unless i really really really needed the 12-16mm!

but then again, it could depend on what you want. like you said, you already find the 24mm quite fine on a 5d. so do you want an overlapping lens that is a bit wider, or a non-overlapping lens that is a whole lot wider. plus, if you are really just going to use it for landscape, who cares about USM and faster apertures? its all about tripods and stopping down, no?


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