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Old Feb 13, 2011, 4:16 AM   #1
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Default Lens for canon 40D -Documentary Photography

I have a canon 40D- I am looking to buy the ideal lens for documentary and street photography. Should be a wide angle, giving me a similar perspective to the Leica rangefinder camera/lens combos.

Would you suggest the Zeiss lens system for canon. the 10-22 canon I tried is terrible for people photography. The apsc sensor also needs to be considered in my shortlist. And i am really looking to invest in some good glass for the purpose. manual focus is ok, as long as its accurate.

going on a tangential, would anyone suggest I actually look at investing in a secondary body with micro4-3rds and the zeiss lens if its more suited for the purpose?

If you could suggest other sources or sites which could advice me on documentary photography, i would be much obliged. Thanks
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 4:23 AM   #2
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Can you elaborate on what you didn't like about the Canon 10-22?
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 6:48 AM   #3
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Cant say, If i am too close for the frame, people dont look good, is it distortion?
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 8:55 AM   #4
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Cant say, If i am too close for the frame, people dont look good, is it distortion?
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Old Feb 13, 2011, 4:13 PM   #5
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Well, the most common focal lengths for documentary work are 28-35-50. On a 1.6 crop that leaves you struggling a bit.

The single lens that leaps to mind is the Canon 28 f1.8 which gives about a 45mm equivalent, is nice and fast, has very fast AF and is reasonably small and not too expensive. I used one on my 20D a lot.

The 24L is nice too, but much bigger and more expensive. The Sigma 30mm f1.4 is also worth a look.

Most of the others are either a bit too long or have slow AF motors, etc.
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