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Old Feb 17, 2009, 11:46 AM   #1
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Hi, I need a wide angle zoom for my 5D but the canon 16-35 L is not on my list due to the pricing. I want to pick one from the following list: Sigma 12-24( same price as the Canon 17-40L),Sigma 17-35,Tamron 17-35,Canon 17-40L ( Of cause L lens always the first pick ). I try to shoot some HDR that's why I any looking for a wide angle, I have the 24-105L but the 24 end did not give me the HDR deep feel. If you had used any of those lenses please advice, as I found different review of those lenses. Any suggestion will be apperciated.

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Old Feb 17, 2009, 12:54 PM   #2
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FYI: http://www.16-9.net/ultrawides/

I have the 12-24: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=65
-> This lens is not one of the sharpest, but it has the reputation of having the least distortion...
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Old Feb 17, 2009, 2:21 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot, during the review the Sigma 15-30 looks a lot better than the 12-24. Just want to see if any body has a Tamron 17-35, the review of this lens is pretty good too. I have a copy of the Sigma 17-35 on my Sony A700 and I don't use it very often due to 1.6x corp, the lens has very good image quality. If I have a chance to test the Sigma 12-24 that will make my chose easier but for the price it is close to Canon 17-40L,so I have a hard time to make my decision.


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FYI:* http://www.16-9.net/ultrawides/

I have the 12-24: ** http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...39&forum_id=65
-> This lens is not one of the sharpest, but it has the reputation of having the least distortion...
Still need to pick up the 12-24mm NHL Getting an approval from the boss/wife is not easy She tells me to leave the 1D MK II home and use my 20D with the 10-22mm. I told her she's crazy! :G
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Old Feb 18, 2009, 8:12 AM   #5
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Might I suggest a couple from Tokina. The 12 - 24 AT-X is on fine piece of glass. I would also suggest the Tokina AT-X 11 - 16.
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Old Feb 18, 2009, 9:05 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot, during the review the Sigma 15-30 looks a lot better than the 12-24. Just want to see if any body has a Tamron 17-35, the review of this lens is pretty good too. I have a copy of the Sigma 17-35 on my Sony A700 and I don't use it very often due to 1.6x corp, the lens has very good image quality. If I have a chance to test the Sigma 12-24 that will make my chose easier but for the price it is close to Canon 17-40L,so I have a hard time to make my decision.
You have to remember that the 5D is a full-frame hence many of the lenses suggested are out of the question ! :shock:
-> I use the excellent Tokina 11-16 on my D300, but on a full-frame it's a NO NO: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=65

Sigma is the only 3rd party who makes full-frame super-wide (i.e. DG lenses) and I'll agree their 15-30 is better in sharpness; However the difference between 12mm and 15mm is quite dramatic on a superwide, so it'll all depend on what you need, plus the 12-24 has HSM and it's control on linear distortion is superb: http://www.photodo.com/topic_239.html

Same comment applies to the 17-40L, 12mm (112 degree) FOV is much wider than 17mm (92 degree)... vs 15mm (100 degree)
The Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8 is now discontinued...
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Old Feb 18, 2009, 6:56 PM   #7
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I had the Sigma 12-24. Quite liked it on the 20D, on the 5D it was horrible.

I have seen enough reviews to believe I just had a poor copy, but even stopped down there was horrible field curvature. Different parts of the image were out of focus, it wasn't even a question of the extreme corners. It was just weird.

The strange curvature was consistent for me, the same parts of the image were always soft, even at f16.

Wanted to like it but couldn't. Traded it in when I got my 50L.
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Since your other camera is a Sony, this 12-24 post on a full-frame A900 might be of interest to you:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=31047177

(... checkout the linear control of this lens on the last 3 images)
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the sigma 12-24 is actually a good lens on 5d if you get a good copy.

I always liked that lens,
here is one at 12mm

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Fantastic - That's what a 12mm rectilinear is all about!
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