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    Lens suggestions

    Hey guys. I recently acquired a Canon 5D MKII and I am now looking for an Ultra Wide for landscape shots. Currently I own the 10-18 which I use on my 7D and I love it. What lens would you recommend for full frame?

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    The EF 16-35 f/4 IS is as good of a lens as I own.

    IMO, only reason to own anything else would be if you want f/2.8 for nightscapes or moving objects (indoor event photography).

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    Congrats on the new camera! Getting new gear is always fun

    Personally I have the 16-35 F2.8 L III and really like it, but it is expensive. For landscapes you likely don't need the f2.8 so you can save some money (and weight) on the 16-35 f4 L IS which is very highly regarded (although I've never used it). For another more budget option the 17-40 f4 L IS was always (and definitely still is) a great option you may want to consider. I'd probably stay away from the older 16-35 f2.8 II as you'd probably be better off with either of the f4 lenses for landscapes.

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    I don't have one, or have any opinion on it, but Sigma has a 12-24mm full-frame f/4 Art series lens. The art series tends to be quite good, and it offers a different focal range than anything else suggested so far.

    In terms of cost, it's right in the middle. Canon's 16-35mm F/4 is $1000, and the F/2.8 if $2000. Sigma is $1600 (Based on today's B&H prices).

    Aside from the price difference, the other big difference is that it has a much wider wide angle. The the EF-S 10-22mm on crop is similar to the 16-35. The EF-S 10-18mm that you're used to would be equal to a full frame 16-28mm. 12-24mm would be a huge amount wider, and a touch shorter than what you're used to. If you find yourself wishing your 10-18mm lens could go wider, the Sigma would be worth further investigation. If you find yourself wishing the 10-18mm could go longer, then perhaps the Canon fits your style better.
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    Good point. There is always wider.

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    Have you looked at the Tokina 16-28? I had this lens for nearly 5 years until I went with the Sigma 20 Art. The 2 worst things about the Tokina is the flare and the coma (alien saucers in the corners for star shots). If you aren't interested in any sort of night photography, it is a very good lens. You can buy new from B&H for under $530.
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    Right, that does sound more in line with a budget that includes a used 5D mk II and an EF-S 10-18mm...
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    Well my personal favorite for landscapes has been irix 15mm f/2.4.

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    I second the vote for the 16-35/4IS, and not the 16-35/2.8 II. I had the 2.8II and sold it for the 4IS, and I'm very glad I did. The 2.8III wasn't announced at that time, but I'm not sure I'd have gone for it even if it was on the market then, mostly due to price.
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    People constantly say itís a great time to be a photographer and I think this thread is evidence. Lots of good options out there.

    Jerry, any more thoughts to help us narrow things down? Budget? How ultra wide do you want to go? Zoom vs prime? Intended uses?

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