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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ultra-Wide-Angle Zooms


Create dramatic and dynamic landscape images when you explore the ultrawide end of the spectrum

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ULTRA-WIDE-ANGLE ZOOMS
FULL FRAME ULTRA-WIDE ZOOMS** Elem./
Groups
Min.
Focus
Max.
AOV *
Asph.
Elements
ED
Elements
Weight Street
Price
Canon EF 16-35mm ƒ/2.8L II USM 16/12 10.9 in. 108 3 2 UD 22.6 oz. $1,699
Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4L USM 12/9 10.9 in. 104 3 1 SUD 17.6 oz. $799
Nikon AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 14-24mm ƒ/2.8G ED 14/11 10.9 in. 114 3 2 ED 34.2 oz. $1,799
Nikon AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 16-35mm ƒ/4G ED VR 17/12 11 in. 107 3 2 ED 24.0 oz. $1.159
Nikon AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 17-35mm ƒ/2.8D IF-ED 13/10 10.9 in. 104 3 2 ED 26.3 oz. $1,769
Sigma 12-24mm ƒ/4-5.6 DG HSM II 17/13 11 in. 122 4 5 (4 FLD) 23.6 oz. $959
Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm ƒ/2.8 17/13 12 in. 107 3 2 (1 SED) 30.3 oz. $1,899
Tokina 16-28mm ƒ/2.8 PRO DX 15/13 11 in. 107 3 3 SD 33.5 oz. $859
APS-C ULTRAWIDE ZOOMS***
Canon EF-S 10-22mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 USM 13/10 9.5 in. 107 3 1 SUD 13.6 oz. $839
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 10-24mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G 14/9 7.3 in. 109 3 2 ED 16.2 oz. $899
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12-24mm ƒ/4G IF-ED 11/7 11.8 in. 99 3 2 ED 16.4 oz. $1,225
Pentax DA 12-24mm ƒ/4 ED AL (IF) 13/11 12.0 in. 99 2 Yes 15.2 oz. $699
Sigma 8-16mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 DC HSM 15/11 9.4 in. 114 3 4 FLD 19.6 oz. $699
Sigma 10-20mm ƒ/3.5 EX DC HSM 13/10 9.4 in 102 4 3 (2 SLD) 18.3 oz. $649
Sigma 10-20mm ƒ/4-5.6 EX DC HSM 14/10 9.4 in 102 3 3 16.4 oz. $489
Sony DT 11-18mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 15/12 9.6 in. 104 Yes Yes 12.7 oz. $699
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical 12/9 9.4 in 108 6 2 LD 14.3 oz. $499
Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm ƒ/2.8 13/11 11.8 in. 104 2 2 SD 19.7 oz. $659
Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX II 12-24mm ƒ/4 13/11 11.8 in. 99 2 1 SD 19.0 oz. $549
FOUR THIRDS SYSTEM ULTRAWIDE ZOOMS
Olympus Zuiko Digital 7-14mm ƒ/4.0 ED 19/12 9.8 in. 114 2 2 (1 SED) 27.5 oz. $1,569
Olympus Zuiko Digital 9-18mm ƒ/4.0-5.6 ED 13/7 9.8 in. 100 2 1 ED 9.7 oz. $519
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm ƒ/4.0 ASPH HD 16/12 9.8 in. 114 2 4 ED 10.6 oz. TBA
* Maximum angle of view for format (full frame for full-frame lenses, APS-C for APS-C lenses, 4/3rds for 4/3rds lenses).
** Full-frame ultra-wide-angle lenses can be used on compatible-mount APS-C cameras, too, but won't produce ultrawide angles of view due to the smaller image sensor's crop factor.

*** APS-C-format Canon lenses can't be mounted on larger-format Canon DSLRs; APS-C-format Nikon lenses can be used with full-frame Nikon DSLRs, but the camera will crop the image to DX format; APS-C-format Sony lenses can be mounted on full-frame Sony DSLRs, but will vignette; APS-C-format Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses are for APS-C-format DSLRs only; all Pentax DSLRs (except the new 645 medium-format and Q compact model) are APS-C.


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