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Old Mar 8, 2004, 10:01 AM   #11
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Hey--well I use the 24-70 primarily for indoor shooting portraits and occasionaly use it as a walk around lens (although its a bit large) The reason I bought the 17-40 is that I am looking to do some landscape photography work and the 16-35 was a bit pricey. I know that 17mm is not the optimum focal length for landscape, architecture etc, but as I said, Canon is weak at the wide end of the spectrum so I will live with this until they come out with a top notch wide angle.
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Old Mar 27, 2004, 1:29 AM   #12
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What are the advantages of 16-35mm f2.8L over 17-40mm f4L?

Have 17-40 and ordered a 70-200mm f2.8L IS. Do I need an in-between? Is a Extender 1.4 an option rather than another lens?
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Old Mar 27, 2004, 8:33 AM   #13
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What are the advantages of 16-35mm f2.8L over 17-40mm f4L?

Have 17-40 and ordered a 70-200mm f2.8L IS. Do I need an in-between? Is a Extender 1.4 an option rather than another lens?
The 16-35 is one stop faster than the 17-40

The type of photography you do will dictate if you need a lens between the two. The perfect one for in between those two would be the 50mm f/1.8 prime....and the good news is that you can buy it for around $70 NEW!

The 1.4 TC is an optional device that only works with certain lenses. It will work with the 70-200 f/2.8 changing it to a 98-280mm f/4 lens. You'll gain focal length and only lose one stop. The image quality with the 1.4TC attached is still VERY good. Highly recommended item unless you opt for other lenses that would cover the range.
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Old Apr 5, 2004, 6:54 AM   #14
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I LOVE L glass. We have all of them except the 70-200L at our store, and I have tested them all out.

They really are every bit as good as the Zeiss glass we have there too, maybe even better.

Someday (when I recover from the $2500 I just spent on digital gear) I want to get either the 17-40 or the 24-70.
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Old Apr 20, 2004, 2:22 PM   #15
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I've had a couple of Canon FD L zooms -- 20-35 L and 80-200 L. I liked both lenses, but was a bit disappointed with the 20-35 L considering the cost. The 80-200 L on the other hand, was cheaper and a delight.

I decided to get a Contax 645 for my next step (before I got a Digital Rebel for my wife & self). I have to say that IMO, there is no contest between the Zeiss prime lenses that I have on the Contax and the Canon L zooms. While I believe that there are many fine Canon L lenses, I think that it's a little crazy to think that the broad range of Canon L lenses, especially zooms, is on the same footing as the limited range of very fine Zeiss lenses, especially primes.

That said, I repeat, I liked the Canon L lenses. On the Canon platform, when looking for the best quality, it makes sense to look at the L lenses. However, I would still look at the Tokinas and the Tamrons, etc. -- it's certainly possible for them to out-perform the Canon selection sometimes; perhaps in between the standard Canon and the L lines, with a range or capability that you can use.

(I got a Tamron 28-200 aspherical with the Rebel. This is a good low-cost wide-range lens. http://www.virtualtraveller.org/Tamron28-200XR.htm

I guess the 17-40 L might nicely complement it, and that experience perhaps kill the Tamron for most uses.)
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Old Apr 20, 2004, 6:11 PM   #16
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Ohenry,

You have the Tamron 28-75 Di yes? Any idea how it compares to the Canon 28-70 L or even 24-70 L?

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Old Apr 20, 2004, 7:04 PM   #17
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Yes, I have it. I don't have any comparison data to give you, but I believe the Canon is sharper at the wide end. The picture of me in the challenge section "seeing double: seeing double" was taken with the Tamron lens. I have been very happy with it and recommend it as a viable alternative to paying $1000 for the L glass.
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Thanks Ohenry. How is the build quality of the Tamron? If you had to compare it to your 'build like a tank', the 70-200 IS, how does it rate?

Thanks again!
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The build quality is good, not nearly the tank of the 70-200, but it is light and has good feel.
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Old May 5, 2004, 8:45 AM   #20
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This is for Ohenry. I got to hold a Tamron 28-75 2.8 Di about 3 weeks ago in a store that doesn't sell Canon, but I was immediatly impressed. Later I went to a Wolf store & got to take the 24-70 2.8 outside for a brief moment (I left them some of my gear inside) & although my results were "on target" for color, etc. when I got home. However, the infernal grinding noise in the Sigma lens is something that is quite annoying - not sure I could live with. Is the Tamron 28-75 quiet? I know the Tamron 17-35 in store was a fast to focus as my Canons are. (Wolf had the 28-75 for a Canon, but at their warehouse). Too bad that Tamron is not a 24-75 2.8!

I also have noticed the 28-75 price has increased as have quit e a few lenses from 3rd party manufacturers.

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