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dougotto 07-11-2009 06:12 PM

Going really wide
II shoot full frame and right now the widest that I can get is 17mm. I'd like to go wider for some extreme perspective closeup images. I'm debating between the Canon 15 fish and the Canon 14L. The both have similar minimum focusing distance. I certainly like the price of the 15.

Is anyone using either of these?


Wilco51557 07-11-2009 09:04 PM

There is some wider angle glass from sigma that I was considering but those as well as the wider angle glass from canon gets mixed reviews so I decided to hold off for the time being. If you get something that works, let me know. I think I'd like to go down to around 12mm. Check out sigma and/or tamron then make some very good glass.

dougotto 07-12-2009 12:47 PM

For full frame and getting to 12, the Sigma 12-24 is about the only option. The problem is that it's optimized for crop bodies and is really soft around the edges.

It also looks like the Nikon 14-24G and an adapter is a pretty solid combination but I don't think that I want to go that route. I think that I've talked myself into the 15 fisheye. If I need to, I can remove the "fish" with DxO after the capture.


Wilco51557 07-12-2009 03:01 PM

Does the 15 give that much additional coverage when compared to the 17-40?

jalock 07-13-2009 03:32 PM

I've used the Sigma 12-14 on my old D300 body and really enjoyed it. It matches the sensor format of that camera and the edge softness has not been objectionable. I think it's more than offset by the creative avenues it opens up. This lens is just plain fun. Also makes a great interior lens when you want to cover a whole room while standing in the corner.

dougotto 07-13-2009 04:29 PM

When I was still on a crop sensor my favorite lens was my Tokina 12-24. On fullframe, my current 17-40 is just slightly wider.


dougotto 08-07-2009 01:16 PM


Originally Posted by Wilco51557 (Post 111)
Does the 15 give that much additional coverage when compared to the 17-40?

Now that I've had the lens for a few weeks and have been playing with it, absolutely. The 15 fish gives a 180 degree view. Keeping yourself out of the frame can actually be a bit of a challenge.


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