Landscape lens query (?)

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From what I read, Canon's own 24mm f1.4 11 USM is the top contender in the 'very wide' category on that body.

Sharper is the Sigma 35mm f1.5, but probably not wide enough for you.

If you need a zoom, Canon's own 20-35 looks fine, but not in the same class as the above 2.

I'd have the 24mm f1.4 if I could afford it. :)

 

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Canons 16-35mm f/2.8 II would be my choice.

24mm (and even 21mm) really isn't that wide for landscapes. Even the 17-40mm might be a better bet, especially if you want to keep costs down.

Having said that I do love a prime - if you can afford it the Canon 14mm is meant to be stunning.

 

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Can obviously recommend the 17-40L* but I remember some time ago an interview in which Derry Brabbs (the guy who did all the photos for 'James Herriot's Yorkshire' & Alfred Wainwright'd walking books, for example) explained why he tended to use a portrait lens for his landscape stuff. His pictures are almost legendary.

Pete - I think you need to get both, a great UWA and a portrait (I'm sure you have one of the latter?). :)

*From what folk are saying, I'm wondering if mine might become redundant once I get my 10-20mm. More than one person has said so - we'll see.

 

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I have 16-35 f2.8 L and love it.

It's almost always on the camera.

 

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Is there a 10-20mm that's suitable for full-fame?

I've decided to go FF, but my beloved Sigma 10-20 will be redundant, as it's no good for full frame.

10mm on FF is virtually fish-eye...

My 24-85 EF will probably be wide enough, but similarly, I'd look at a fixed length super-wide, as I love seriously wide-angle landscapes.

 

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If you are Nikon, then yup, they have about the best wide tele going in the 14-24 f2.8. Straight and no fisheye.

 

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I've decided to go FF, but my beloved Sigma 10-20 will be redundant, as it's no good for full frame.
Booger. :(

If I'd have known, you'd have a buyer for the Sigma - just bought a nearly-new one.

Peter - they're cheap-as-chips but the Tokina AF193 (19-35) is a really sweet little lens, in fact I was using a borrowed one on my 40D for a while before I got my 17-40. Really nicely built too, and if you're not mega-picky it's not that far off (seriously!) the 17-40. If you wanted to have a play with it, I'll get in touch with the mate who lent it to me as I think he's after selling it.

 

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Booger. :( If I'd have known, you'd have a buyer for the Sigma - just bought a nearly-new one.

Peter - they're cheap-as-chips but the Tokina AF193 (19-35) is a really sweet little lens, in fact I was using a borrowed one on my 40D for a while before I got my 17-40. Really nicely built too, and if you're not mega-picky it's not that far off (seriously!) the 17-40. If you wanted to have a play with it, I'll get in touch with the mate who lent it to me as I think he's after selling it.
Fantastic lens Richard, but no good for full frame. On crop sensor though, it's a stunning thing. It's honestly been almost a permanent fixture on the 50D. I use it for almost every shot. The IQ means you can always crop stuff afterwards to enlarge. It's the one thing I'll really miss going full-frame.

 

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Fantastic lens Richard, but no good for full frame. On crop sensor though, it's a stunning thing. It's honestly been almost a permanent fixture on the 50D. I use it for almost every shot. The IQ means you can always crop stuff afterwards to enlarge. It's the one thing I'll really miss going full-frame.
Richard - not really read much negative re the Sigma. That and the Tokina 11-16 seem to be a pair of (relatively) hidden gems. I've read that the Siggy can be used on an EOS 1D (at x1.3) but it's prone to vignetting when wide open - not sure it'll even fit in front of the mirror on a FF.

Should have mine tomorrow all being well.

Back to Peter's landscape glass....

 
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After much research I plumped for the Zeiss 18mm Distagon, 3.5.

Bit cheaper than the 21mm, 2.8 and the Canon 24mm 1.4 L II USM.

Lovely piece of glass.

Manual focus only, set to infinity, then kick it back a tad and everything, from your shoes to the horizon, is sharp as a tack.

Its been super glued to the 5DII since I got it.

 
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Did you get your Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 from Robert White Steve...? Do you not find it too wide on the. 5D/2 body..? Still just over a thou pounds new, yikes..........Any images shot with it at all please....?
Virtually all metal, so its feels wonderfully weighty.

Fits on the 5DII perfectly.

Great on a tripod & never a problem hand held.

Took this hand held.....

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I have had several wide angle lenses on the 5d a 16-35 f2.8 mk1 and 14mm Samyang and now I have a zeiss 21mm lens f2.8 distagon .It is very sharp indeed and clearly sharper than most others. Unfortunately I do not seem to have a eye for landscapes so the quality it has is somewhat wasted on me
You might have a customer for it.

See OP :p

 

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