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jjoshua
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[Lens] Stuck with a $75 lens on my 1Dmk2?

I recently got a 1Dmk2 and I'm pleasantly surprised by the images that I get with my 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Phoenix brand lens.

My only complaint with this combo is that it's not so great in low light. I was looking at the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM for $630 which would be perfect but it doesn't work with 1.3 crop sensor even though it is a EF mount.

Sure, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L would be nice but it's $1300 which is a bit more than I would want to spend.

Is there any other lens that's going to beat my $75 wide angle lens in low light conditions?



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Canon does have a 20mm f/2.8 prime lens that may be within your budget:

»www.the-digital-picture.com/Revi···iew.aspx

»www.amazon.com/Canon-EF-USM-Angl···0007GQLT

Edit:

Or maybe you could find a used 20-35mm f/2.8L lens?

»kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/20-35mm-f28.htm


DavisPhotog
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I'm pretty sure the 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM is not going to work on the 1D because the lens is designed for APS-C bodies, whereas you have an APS-H body. You'll get vignetting at the wider focal lengths. Not worth it IMO.

Look for a used 16-35 (first version) somewhere. It's not the sharpest in the corners, but now that the Mark II version of it is out you should be able to find a Mark I used for much cheaper.
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Exit
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Get the sigma 30mm f/1.4. It will be right around the same FOV as a 50mm on a full frame camera and it's great in low light. I always reach for my 35mm f/1.4 canon on the mk4 in low light...never lets me down



jjoshua
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I've had the 19-35mm on the camera almost continuously - I really like those wide angle shots.

The Canon 35mm is too rich for me. The Sigma 30mm is a nice price.



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The sigma 30mm f/1.4 is an aps-c designed lens. You WILL see vignetting on the corners of the frame on aps-h or full frame.

I own both the Sigma's mentioned in this thread and love them both dearly.... except the 17-50 inexplicably broke and Sigma hasn't returned my e-mail.
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Exit
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Canon 28mm f/1.8 works well too then



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said by drew:

I own both the Sigma's mentioned in this thread and love them both dearly.... except the 17-50 inexplicably broke and Sigma hasn't returned my e-mail.

Try contacting this person;

Desiree Gaige
Customer Service/Technical Support
Sigma Corporation of America
15 Fleetwood Court
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(631)585-1144
dgaige@sigmaphoto.com
www.sigmaphoto.com

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drew
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Thanks for this Wayne.

Ms. Gaige replied to my email in about 3 minutes. They were closed, as I suspected.
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jjoshua
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I found a Canon 17-35mm f/2.8 L for about the same $ that I was planning to spend on the Sigma 17-50.

It's wider and faster and I'm hoping that the IQ will be considerably better than the Phoenix.



drew
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That's a steal for that L... hope it's in good quality!



DavisPhotog
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Let's just say the Sigma 17-50 costs $600.

The Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L is 4 or generations old now:

17-35mm f/2.8L
16-35mm f/2.8L
17-40mm f/4L
16-35mm f/2.8L II

Or something similar to that. So $650 would be reasonable for that lens used. It's a good lens, too!
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drew
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I am just saying compared to what they are going for on KEH



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The Phoenix 19-35mm you have is actually made by Cosina or Tamron or Tokina, forget off hand anymore. But they are actually very decent lenses for the cheap price tags!

Maybe find a Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4 EX DG ASP HSM, not a DC model for crop sensors. Nice lens too.
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