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Registered: ‎01-02-2021

Ultra Wide Zoom

Hi There ;

 

I have a 5D Mark 4 with 24-70 2.8 , and 50mm 1.4.
I do just "general hobbyist"  photography and was  wondering if an Ultra wide zoom would be useful or just extra weight in the bag ?

The 11-24 seems hard to justify for the price if it's not in pretty consistent use.

 

There doesn'tappear to be much in the way of affordable choices.

 

Thanks for your time .

 

Bill

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Re: Ultra Wide Zoom

Unless you are running into situations where a more general lens doesn't work for you, then it is just extra weight and expense for you.  If you find yourself in a situation (like interior shots) or a landscape where you need the extreme field of view and your current lens doesn't allow the setup you want, then it is time to think about another lens.

 

I have owned an EF 17-40 f4  for a long time and I like what it provides, I don't miss the extra stop in a wide angle lens but if you need f2.8 then the 16-35 f2.8 is worth considering.  Most general users aren't likely to use the widest end of a 11-24 on a full frame very often.  Most of the time for hiking and general outdoor use my 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 glass covers what I need but I have taken a fair number of images with the 17-40 both inside and out.

 

Rodger

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Re: Ultra Wide Zoom

Thanks very much for the insight. I was thinking along the same lines
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Re: Ultra Wide Zoom

In my field of work I could not afford to say, I wish I had a more WA lens.  So I have lenses from 8mm to 600mm.  Now as a retired photographer I find the more wide lenses almost as much fun to use as their big brother super tele lenses.

 

For work, this shot was with a 15mm lens.

 

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For leasure, this was sot with a 12mm lens.

 

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So, I consider a WA or a UWA lens mandatory and just as useful just differently.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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Re: Ultra Wide Zoom

Thanks for the insight. Will keep on doing research and see where I end up.
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Re: Ultra Wide Zoom

I don't know what exactly you are looking for but a fine low cost alternative, I rarely recommend off brand lenses but this time I do, check out the Tokina opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF Lens. I guess not really a UWA but a very nice lens. It can get you some WA experience to see what you really want or need. It may be all you need!

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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Re: Ultra Wide Zoom

EB, interesting use of the lens. Where was the photo of the buildings taken? Reminiscent of the old Western forts.

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Re: Ultra Wide Zoom

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For Scott, Kansas. click here

 

 

EB
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