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    Wide Angle Lens for 5DMKII

    Well after selling the 50D and the 11-16 I've had the hankering for a wide angle lens.

    I know the choice isn't vast but the two I'm leaning towards are the Canon 17-40 and the Tamron 17-35.

    For the bucks the Tamron seems great value and the 2.8 is a bonus.

    Has anybody used the Tamron are what are your general thoughts.
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    How bout the obvious .. The 16-35L ... too much $$$ ??

    Theres the Sigma 12-24 as well ..
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    The price of entry on the 16-35 is too much .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdazzler View Post
    How bout the obvious .. The 16-35L ... too much $$$ ??
    agree with darren but the 16-35l is a awesome bit of kit
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    Its awesome on the 5DmkII though. My favourite lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ausguitarman View Post
    The price of entry on the 16-35 is too much .
    Yea I figured thats why you left it off the list mate ...

    Im having the same issue myself. Im after an UWA angle for my upcoming honeymoon to Europe. Id love the Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35, but same deal, very $$$$

    Im looking at the Sigma 12-24 as an alternative

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdazzler View Post

    Im looking at the Sigma 12-24 as an alternative
    I looked at this as well but for the price I think the Canon 17-40 is a better buy but maybe that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by para View Post
    agree with darren but the 16-35l is a awesome bit of kit
    What's the difference between 16-35 MKI and MKII as the MKI's seem to be about for a reasonable price.

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    the 24mm f1.4 mkII is also very nice. maybe a little too much too?
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    I use the 17-40L and find it to be plenty wide enough. If I wanted wider, I'd go the 14/2.8 or 15 fisheye.

    The 16-35, while a very good lens, does have the disadvantage of an 82mm filter thread.

    Is the Tamron a full-frame lens or is it only for cropped sensors ?
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    Another one happy with the 17-40 4L - great optics, can't fault it after using the Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX 12-24mm F4. And it is more than adequate for a full frame sensor camera.
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    I would say the 17-40 is fairly average compared to the primes in the same length, like the 17 and the 24.
    costs more yes, but the difference is apparent

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    I own the 16-35/2.8L II, and while it's considerably more expensive than the 17-40/4L, it is a fantastic lens, and one I use almost exclusively for 'scapes, and almost exclusively at 16mm.

    As Dave pointed out, it has an annoying 82mm filter size, and it was the first EF lens Canon introduced with that filter size.

    If budget is a concern, the 17-40 is a very capable lens too, and if you don't need f/2.8 or the extra 1mm of focal length (16mm is noticeably wider than 17mm even though it doesn't sound like much on paper), then it's a very good buy.

    I cannot offer any advice about third-party lenses, as I've not used them; but I have had experience with both of Canon's ultra-wide L zooms, and they are both excellent.

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    Thanks for the responses so far .

    Quote Originally Posted by DAdeGroot View Post

    Is the Tamron a full-frame lens or is it only for cropped sensors ?
    Yep it's for a full frame. There's mixed reviews but for $450.00 .

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    Re: Wide Angle Lens for 5DMKII

    Where did you see the Tamron for that price mate ?

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    There's a new Sony mount one here: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Tamron-f-Sony...item414f1296ab

    That seems a tad high for one of these but an offer of Euro 280-300 might be worth a try .

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    Re: Wide Angle Lens for 5DMKII

    Yea... I'm gonna have a good read up on that lens tomorrow. Haven't heard much about it... Might be a good FF travel option... Cheers mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausguitarman View Post
    There's a new Sony mount one here: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Tamron-f-Sony...item414f1296ab

    That seems a tad high for one of these but an offer of Euro 280-300 might be worth a try .
    A lens with a Sony mount won't be of much use to someone who owns a Canon camera. :-P

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    the 17-40 performs quite poorly on full frame in terms of corner to corner sharpness Im afraid, even more so than other third party lenses

    if you want to go widest on full frame, I would suggest the Sigma 12-24, at f8 and beyond its sharper than the 17-40 across the whole frame, and more rectilinear than both Canon lenses which suffer from quite bad barrel distortion when shooting landscapes or buildings

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM Tran View Post
    if you want to go widest on full frame, I would suggest the Sigma 12-24, at f8 and beyond its sharper than the 17-40 across the whole frame, and more rectilinear than both Canon lenses which suffer from quite bad barrel distortion when shooting landscapes or buildings
    That hasn't been my experience with the 16-35/2.8L II.

    In my experience, when you keep the axis of the lens parallel to the ground, straight lines remain straight.

    Here are some of my images which demonstrate this:

    http://www.xenedis.net/viewimage.php?i=4386332397
    http://www.xenedis.net/viewimage.php?i=2139065477
    http://www.xenedis.net/viewimage.php?i=3194352480
    http://www.xenedis.net/viewimage.php?i=3976552577
    http://www.xenedis.net/viewimage.php?i=3164398946
    http://www.xenedis.net/viewimage.php?i=2181871855
    http://www.xenedis.net/viewimage.php?i=3192463333
    http://www.xenedis.net/viewimage.php?i=2139057413

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