Advice re Canon equipment choice please

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Yuji Sakuma, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. Yuji Sakuma

    Yuji Sakuma Guest

    Current camera: Canon D30 (the original first generation dslr)

    Current wide angle lens: Canon 20-35mm f3.5-4.5



    Problem: I want wide angle capability down to about the equivalent of a 24mm
    lens in 35mm format.



    Purpose: My principal use of a camera is for vacation snapshots for personal
    use i.e., "record" photographs, not art.



    Note: Cost is not a big constraint but I don't usually buy things I don't
    need. I used an Olympus OM1 and a Rollei 35s for over 20 years until I
    bought the D30 - I missed the whole automatic film camera era! I am
    satisfied with the quality of photographs produced by the D30 and 20-35mm
    lens. If I could buy a wider angle lens for the D30, that is what I would do
    but of course, nobody makes one.



    Option 1: Buy a Digital Rebel or a 30D plus a Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 lens
    (or a 3rd party lens).

    Option 2: Buy a Canon 5D.



    I am leaning toward the 5D for a couple of practical reasons not directly
    related to image quality; there will be the weight of one less lens to carry
    around and fewer lens changes will be required. In addition to the Canon
    20-35mm f3.5-4.5, I also travel with and use a Canon 28-135mm f3.5-f5.6 IS
    and a Canon 70-300mm f4-f5.6 IS. I guess the D30 might still have some
    limited use with the long lens because of its 1.6 sensor factor but I
    probably would not bother to lug around an extra body just for that.



    Are there any important considerations I am missing in my assessment?





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    Yuji Sakuma, Mar 24, 2006
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  2. Yuji Sakuma

    l e o Guest

    You do have other ultra wide angle choices for the D30:

    http://bobatkins.photo.net/photography/reviews/wide-angle-lenses.html

    I think only Canon uses EF-S mount.
     
    l e o, Mar 24, 2006
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  3. Yuji Sakuma

    w.beckley Guest

    You seem to have taken most everything into consideration. You seem to
    know what the different factors are. Let me just say that if you go
    option 1, avoid the XT and just get the 30D. You'll be glad you did.

    Let me say that if you go for option 2, consider the 24-70 2.8L (or
    24-105 4.0L IS) as an "always on" lens. You'll be glad you did.

    Will
     
    w.beckley, Mar 24, 2006
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  4. Yuji Sakuma

    Yuji Sakuma Guest

    Thanks, I forgot about the Sigma, Tokina and Tamron. Based on comments I
    have seen about build quality, I guess I would avoid Sigma, fairly or
    unfairly, because of its reputation. Tokina is not sold in Canada and so I
    would have to mail-order from another country and would have no local
    service. Tamron is sold here but from what I have read, the Tamron 11-18mm
    has a few minor mechanical design drawbacks compared to Canon wide angle
    lens; there is also a small gap in the coverage range with my Canon 20-35mm
    lens.

    Y.S.
     
    Yuji Sakuma, Mar 24, 2006
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  5. The Sigma 10-20mm is an EX lens. Those are manufactured to higher
    standards than "standard" Sigma lenses. I've only had the lens for
    some weeks, but I'd say the build quality, as well as the optical
    quality, is excellent. At least check it out in a local shop.

    Here's some pointers to recent shots taken with this lens:
    http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=111196484&size=o
    http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=116294295&size=o
    http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=116294298&size=o
     
    Gisle Hannemyr, Mar 24, 2006
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  6. Bronek Kozicki, Mar 24, 2006
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    ian lincoln Guest

    ultrawide angles although ef not ef-s i still designed for small format
    sensors. you will find massive vignetting on a full frame system. Maybe
    not an issue with the old d30.
     
    ian lincoln, Mar 24, 2006
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  8. This is the one I'll recommend since you stated that vacation shots and
    personal use are your main uses. I'll add that the 30D is a lot more camera
    than the DR; but both will work fine.
     
    Charles Schuler, Mar 25, 2006
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