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    questions, wanted to get a new lens. love taking buildings and landscape. thanks!

    17-55 or the 17-40 L.

    Im actually surprise that the 17-40 cost about 200bucks lower then the 17-55..

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    Why are suprise? 17-55mm has a more zoom range which explains the price diff.
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    another advantage tat 17-55 has over 17-40L is the constant f/2.8 tat u might need for low light conditions

    but u wld hav to sacrifice the L built , quality and the red stripe den

    17-55mm if i'm not wrong is oso v sharp n is comparable to the 17-40L

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    Quote Originally Posted by shunzi View Post
    questions, wanted to get a new lens. love taking buildings and landscape. thanks!

    17-55 or the 17-40 L.

    Im actually surprise that the 17-40 cost about 200bucks lower then the 17-55..
    well if there is a third option for a traveller`s general purpose lens, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS...more expensive piece of glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reportage View Post
    well if there is a third option for a traveller`s general purpose lens, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS...more expensive piece of glass.
    i tink 24mm isn't wide enough for landscapes esp nt using a FF

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemesisBlade View Post
    i tink 24mm isn't wide enough for landscapes esp nt using a FF
    its a tradeoff for greater zoom. For those native/folk/cultural performances, no guarantee will get a good spot so the 105mm end would be useful. Have to see how many percent will be landscapes vs snapshots.

    If i had a 24-105mm, i would start learning about stitching photos. not as good as a true wide angle so depends on user usage.
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    i think the 24-105mm is great too, focus fast, sharp, although not as wide as 17-55mm, but is a great walk about for me tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherchoo View Post
    Why are suprise? 17-55mm has a more zoom range which explains the price diff.
    is that so? than why my Nikon 17~55 cost more than Nikon 18~200?
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    Let's not forget tat the 17-55 has IS. 17-40 doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fongi View Post
    i think the 24-105mm is great too, focus fast, sharp, although not as wide as 17-55mm, but is a great walk about for me tho
    indeed but the price of it just put me off.. way out of the budget

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    Quote Originally Posted by issic View Post
    Let's not forget tat the 17-55 has IS. 17-40 doesn't.
    IS for wide angle lenses like 17-40 isn't very helpful, at least for my case. Because you can already avoid handshake blur at slow shutter speeds according to the 1/focal length guide.

    Quote Originally Posted by shunzi View Post
    indeed but the price of it just put me off.. way out of the budget
    You can try EF-S 28-135. But I doubt it is wide enough for your landscapes. There is a uwa option: EF-S 10-22.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gymak90 View Post
    IS for wide angle lenses like 17-40 isn't very helpful, at least for my case. Because you can already avoid handshake blur at slow shutter speeds according to the 1/focal length guide.


    You can try EF-S 28-135. But I doubt it is wide enough for your landscapes. There is a uwa option: EF-S 10-22.
    the 10-22 is another option im looking into. anyone had a hands-on review for this lens?? thanks!

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    i oso thinking of gettin a UWA for landscape, i'm considering tokina 11-16 F2.8
    read the reviews, seems quite value for $$

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    17mm is not wide enough for some pple that are interested in landscapes.
    i have a friend that owns a 17-55, and he finds himself shooting at both extremes most of the time.

    you can consider a UWA if you are highly interested in landscape shots. and the quality at the 17mm (mid range) would usually be better than the 17-55 or 17-40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shunzi View Post
    questions, wanted to get a new lens. love taking buildings and landscape. thanks!

    17-55 or the 17-40 L.

    Im actually surprise that the 17-40 cost about 200bucks lower then the 17-55..
    If possible go for a 16-35mm and u can take shots in poor lightening too.

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    I am using the Canon 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS as my general purpose walk around lens...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shunzi View Post
    the 10-22 is another option im looking into. anyone had a hands-on review for this lens?? thanks!


    just watch out for distorting buildings..don't go 10mm all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clioboy View Post


    just watch out for distorting buildings..don't go 10mm all the time.
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    speaking abt the 10-22 for landscape, how abt the use of CPL for it? i read abt the problem with its wide angle with the normal CPL. the only way to solve it is to purchase a slim type for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cqprime View Post
    If possible go for a 16-35mm and u can take shots in poor lightening too.

    http://software.canon-europe.com/fil..._Book_4_EN.pdf
    wah way way out of the budget liao lol. but thanks anyway for the info

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