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Old October 14th, 2010, 04:23 AM   #1
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Hey, what's a good wide angle for the 5D?

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What's a good wide angle for the 5D. I have been looking at the 28mm f2.8 It's selling here in Oz for around the $315 mark

I'm not sure on DSLR wide lenses and need some guidance.

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Old October 14th, 2010, 08:56 AM   #2
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14mm is awesome, 15mm is nice and sharp, but it's fish eye, and I love 16-35mm
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Old October 14th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #3
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The 16-35mm almost never comes off my boss' camera (which means I'm left to cover medium and telephoto angles most of the time). He loves it as wide as it goes, and I can see why - it makes a pretty great image...
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Old October 14th, 2010, 02:20 PM   #4
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I love the Sigma 20mm f/1.8.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 04:05 PM   #5
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I use my ancient pre-AI Nikkors. The 24mm is my wide angle. So far I haven't needed anything wider. I do have a Tamron 17-35 but I haven't used it.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #6
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The 16-35mm almost never comes off my boss' camera
I second the 16-35mm recommendations -- next to my 70-200mm, it's the lens I've used the most on the 5d2.

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Old October 15th, 2010, 06:57 AM   #7
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Sigma EF DG 17 - 35mm F2.8

I use this lens - got it really cheap on the Bay. I love it. Takes great photos too.
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Old October 15th, 2010, 07:11 AM   #8
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Simple question
What's a good wide angle for the 5D. I have been looking at the 28mm f2.8 It's selling here in Oz for around the $315 mark

I'm not sure on DSLR wide lenses and need some guidance.

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The 28mm f/2.8 is a poor lens and even at $315 I'd say it's over priced. A much better low cost affordable wide is the Canon 28mm f/1.8.

The Canon 14mm is a special lens, though I'd categorize it as super-wide. The Canon 16-35mm is also excellent, but my favorite wide lens for the 5D is the Canon 24mm f/1.4 - it aint cheap though!
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Old October 15th, 2010, 10:29 AM   #9
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I will also add my vote for the Canon 16-35mm F2.8 L.
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Old October 15th, 2010, 10:56 AM   #10
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I'm a prime-lens fan, especially the pro-level Nikkors, Pentax A*, and Canon 'L' series...but I have also come to love some older professional-grade zooms, especially the wides, such as the legendary Nikon Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8 D which is one of my favourites.

My most-used wide-angle zoom lens on the 5D Mark II is the Canon L 17-35mm f/2.8 zoom.

Used corrrectly it can be a fantastic tool in your wide-angle armoury. I've use it extensively for everything filmed from land, air and underwater; and it is also very good for normal stills photography.

The newer and more expensive 16-35mm f/2.8 L is also a very nice lens to use, although I found it only very slightly sharper at extreme corners compared to the 17-35mm, but the 17-35mm f/2.8 L matched it for sharpness in centre and right out to the four powerpoints of the frame (which to me is the most important aspects in photography and filming).
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My most-used wide-angle zoom lens on the 5D Mark II is the Canon L 17-35mm f/2.8 zoom. [...] The newer and more expensive 16-35mm f/2.8 L is also a very nice lens to use, although I found it only very slightly sharper at extreme corners compared to the 17-35mm, but the 17-35mm f/2.8 L matched it for sharpness in centre and right out to the four powerpoints of the frame (which to me is the most important aspects in photography and filming).
I completely agree. Although I often use the newer 16-35mm L, I own a 17-35mm L that I think is the most underrated lens out there -- in fact, I have difficulties seeing much any difference between the two (besides its purchase price, that is ;^)

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Old October 15th, 2010, 03:10 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice guys. The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L looks great and I have been looking at this but it carries a heavy price attached with it. I might dig around some second hand shops, Ebay etc... and see what I can find.

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Old October 16th, 2010, 08:04 PM   #13
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I will also chime in for the Canon 17-40 F4 L. It sells for half of the price new that the 16-35 F2.8 L sells for, is pretty much the same sharpness, it is slower, but it is half of the cost also. The 16-35 is a better lens but for video, I think is overpriced. It is also heavy and large whereas the 17-40 is not at all heavy or large.

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Old October 16th, 2010, 09:24 PM   #14
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Personally, my favorite is the 24mm f/1.4 L II, but the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 is much more inexpensive.
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Old October 16th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #15
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Definitely 24 1.4. I do not like the look of the 16-35 at all. Not just the distortion but just the odd dull/oversharpened look it has.

And right now there's a piece of plastic with numbers in my hand telling me to pick up the 14mm rectilinear.
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