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Old January 18th, 2007, 03:22 PM   #1
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17-40mm lens question (adapter)

I am thinking of buying an adapter mainly to gain wider angles. If I use my 17-40 Lusm lens how would this affect the focal distances, would it still be a pretty good wide angle lens?

sorry if this is a daft question, I am very new to all this.

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Old January 18th, 2007, 07:25 PM   #2
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Look up the documentation for the adapter. Using to go wide is not possible. Even the very widest Canon EF lenses won't go as wide as the wide end of a 20X. This is because the XL2's sensor is WAY smaller than a 35mm sensor. I think the focal length multiplier is something like 9X. You're better off investing in the Canon 3X wide angle (about $800 or so used) or a wide adapter (cost varies with quality).

I think the EF adapter is more useful to go long than go short.
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Old January 19th, 2007, 02:09 AM   #3
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Reas, to get approx that wide (equiv of your 17-40mm SLR lens), I use the XL 3X zoom lens (for approx 24mm wide) then add a Red Eye .7X FX HD adapter to change it to ultra-wide.
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Old January 19th, 2007, 03:52 AM   #4
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thanx for the replies, I dont think I need a powerful zoom at the mo so I might wait until I can afford the xl's wide angle :)


Thanx again
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Old January 21st, 2007, 12:12 AM   #5
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Reas,

Adding adapters for wide angle or multiplexing the lenses are never, never better than a proper lens. It would be smart to wait for the 3x wide if you do not need it right now.
I can also appreciate the difficulty of rounding up the cash for some of the lenses!!! I had a whole bag of lenses stollen in europe and I have never fully replaced them!!!
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