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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wide-Angle Zooms


The ins and outs of a landscape photographer’s most used lens

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WIDE-ANGLE ZOOMS
Full-Frame UltraWide Zooms**** Elem./ Groups Min. Focus Max. Magnif.* Max. AOV** Asph. Elemts. ED Elemts. Filter Size*** Diam. x Lngth (in.) Weight Price
Canon EF 16-35mm ƒ/2.8L II USM 16/12 10.9 in. 0.22x 108° 3 2 UD 82mm 3.5x4.4 22.6 oz. $1,699
Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4L USM 12/9 10.9 in. 0.24x 104° 3 1 SUD 77mm 3.3x3.8 17.6 oz. $799
Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 14-24mm ƒ/2.8G ED 14/11 10.9 in. 0.15x 114° 3 2 ED 3.8x5.2 34.2 oz. $1,799
Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 16-35mm ƒ/4G ED VR 17/12 11.0 in. 0.25x 107° 3 2 ED 77mm 3.2x4.9 24.0 oz. $1,159
Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm ƒ/2.8D IF-ED 13/10 10.9 in. 0.22x 104° 3 2 ED 77mm 3.2x4.2 26.3 oz. $1,769
Sigma 12-24mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II 17/13 11.0 in. 0.16x 122° 4 5 (4 FLD) 3.3x4.7 23.6 oz. $659
Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm ƒ/2.8 17/13 12.0 in. 0.19x 107° 3 2 (1 SED) 77mm 3.3x4.5 30.3 oz. $1,899
Tokina 16-28mm ƒ/2.8 PRO FX 15/13 11.0 in. 0.19x 107° 3 3 SD 3.5x5.3 33.5 oz. $859
Tokina 17-35mm ƒ/4 PRO FX 13/12 11.0 in. 0.21x 104° 1 3 SD 82mm 3.5x3.7 21.2 oz. $719
APS-C UltraWide Zooms*****
Canon EF-S 10-22mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 USM 13/10 9.5 in. 0.17x 107° 3 1 SUD 77mm 3.3x3.5 13.6 oz. $839
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 10-24mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G 14/9 7.3 in. 0.20x 109° 3 2 ED 77mm 3.3x3.4 13.6 oz. $899
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm ƒ/4G IF-ED 11/7 11.8 in. 0.12x 99° 3 2 ED 77mm 3.2x3.5 16.4 oz. $1,225
Pentax DA 12-24mm ƒ/4.0 ED AL (IF) 13/11 12.0 in. 0.12x 99° 2 YES 77mm 3.3x3.4 15.2 oz. $699
Sigma 8-16mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 DC HSM 15/11 9.4 in. 0.13x 114° 3 4 FLD 3.0x4.2 19.6 oz. $699
Sigma 10-20mm ƒ/3.5 EX DC HSM 13/10 9.4 in. 0.15x 102° 4 3 (2 SLD) 82mm 3.0x4.2 18.3 oz. $649
Sigma 10-20mm ƒ/4-5.6 EX DC HSM 14/10 9.4 in. 0.15x 102° 3 3 77mm 3.3x3.2 16.4 oz. $489
Sony DT 11-18mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 15/12 9.6 in. 0.13x 104° Yes Yes 77mm 3.3x3.2 16.4 oz. $699
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5Di II LD Asph. 12/9 9.4 in. 0.20x 108° 6 2 LD 77mm 3.1x3.9 14.3 oz. $499
kina DX 11-16mm ƒ/2.8 PRO DX 13/11 11.8 in. 0.09x 104° 2 2 SD 77mm 3.3x3.5 19.7 oz. $699
Tokina 12-24mm ƒ/4 PRO DX II 13/11 11.8 in. 0.13x 99° 2 1 SD 77mm 3.5x3.5 19.0 oz. $599
Four Thirds System UltraWide Zooms
Olympus Zuiko Digital 7-14mm ƒ/4.0 ED 19/12 9.8 in. 0.11x 114° 2 2 (1 SED) 3.4x4.7 27.5 oz. $1,569
Olympus Zuiko Digital 9-18mm ƒ/4.0-5.6 ED 13/7 9.8 in. 0.10x 100° 2 1 ED 72mm 3.1x2.9 9.7 oz. $519
*Magnification at the image plane. For APS-C cameras, multiply by 1.5x (1.6x for Canon cameras) to get apparent magnification in the image frame; for Four Thirds System cameras, multiply by 2x to get apparent magnification in the image frame.
**Maximum angle of view for format (full-frame for full-frame lenses, APS-C for APS-C lenses, 4/3 for 4/3 lenses).
***—Indicates lens doesn't accept front-mount filters.
****Full-frame lenses can be used on compatible-mount APS-C cameras, too, but won't produce as wide an angle of view due to smaller image sensor's "crop" factor.
*****APS-C format (EF-S) Canon lenses can't be mounted on larger-format Canon DSLRs; APS-C-format (DX) Nikon lenses can be used with full-frame Nikon DSLRs, but the camera will crop the image to DX format; APS-C-format (DT) Sony lenses can be mounted on full-frame Sony DSLRs, but will vignette; APS-C-format Sigma (DC), Tamron (Di II) and Tokina (DX) lenses are for APS-C-format DSLRs only; all Pentax DSLRs (except the 645D medium-format model) are APS-C.

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