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06/20/2007 01:13:40 PM · #1
Ok Ive got some cash saved and looking for opinions on a couple lenses.

I'm looking to buy either a 17-40mm F4L or the 16-35mm F2.8L (1st gen)

I know when you get in to the really wide lenses around the 10mm that each mm can make quite a difference but is there much between 16mm and 17mm?

-dave
06/20/2007 01:22:56 PM · #2
no, but there's much between 2.8 and 4
06/20/2007 01:28:00 PM · #3
I recently purchased the 17-40 4.0L and wish now I purchased the 16-35, the 2.8 really comes in handy.
06/20/2007 01:46:35 PM · #4
Originally posted by JeffDay:

I recently purchased the 17-40 4.0L and wish now I purchased the 16-35, the 2.8 really comes in handy.


I'm not overly concerned about the F2.8 as I'm mostly shooting outdoors in the daylight, landscapes and such... I'm also kinda considering the 10-22mm Canon but not sure if its worth that kind of money $969.95cdn here where the 17-40F4L is $879cdn and the 16-35mm is $1589.95 :(

-dave
06/20/2007 01:48:18 PM · #5
Are you sure 16 or 17 will be wide enough for you? You should at least consider the Canon or some of the less pricey alternatives. I opted for the Tokina 12-24 and find it to be a very impressive lens.
06/20/2007 01:49:35 PM · #6
You're paying for the 2.8, not the extra mm, so if that doesn't matter to you I doubt it's worth it to you.

Until the time comes that you want THAT shot and don't have the light to pull it off.
06/20/2007 01:55:07 PM · #7
I'm basically looking for a highest quality I can find and afford in a wide lens that I can also use on a full frame sensor if I choose to upgrade camera bodies.

*I know the Canon 10-22mm is EF-s so that's another strike against it along with the price.

-dave
06/20/2007 02:00:54 PM · #8
Originally posted by dknourek:

Originally posted by JeffDay:

I recently purchased the 17-40 4.0L and wish now I purchased the 16-35, the 2.8 really comes in handy.


I'm not overly concerned about the F2.8 as I'm mostly shooting outdoors in the daylight, landscapes and such... I'm also kinda considering the 10-22mm Canon but not sure if its worth that kind of money $969.95cdn here where the 17-40F4L is $879cdn and the 16-35mm is $1589.95 :(

-dave


That is exactly what I was thinking when I bought the 17-40, outdoors, daylight, landscapes....etc. But you just can't beat a 2.8 lens. Shortly afterwards I purchased the 17-40, I picked up a 85mm 1.8 and just love it. It really has turned out to be my default lens.

I have a Tamron 11-18 I will probably be selling soon. Not a bad lens....
06/20/2007 02:02:11 PM · #9
Originally posted by dknourek:

I'm not overly concerned about the F2.8 as I'm mostly shooting outdoors in the daylight, landscapes and such...


Having used all three, I'd take the 10-22 in a heartbeat over the others for landscape work.
06/20/2007 02:41:08 PM · #10
If you are looking for wide angle, only one of the three lenses you mentioned is going to get you thereon your camera - the 10-22.

I worried about getting 'stuck' with it if I went full-frame too. Then I sold it less than a day after going full-frame... I wouldn't worry too much, it's a great lense, people know it, and there will be a market for it so long as crop cameras exist.
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