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    I'm looking for a lens to acompany my Tokina 11-16 on the longer side. What do people think of the Canon 17-55 f2.8 lens? Is there a better option in this focal range?
    Last edited by Brian@202020; 06-07-2012, 07:26 PM.

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    Originally posted by Brian@202020 View Post
    I'm looking for a lens to acompany my Tokina 11-16 on the longer side. What to people think of the Canon 17-55 f2.8 lens? Is there a better option in this focal range?
    This is one of the best EF-S lenses as it uses the same glass, IS and USM focus as the 24-70mm F/2.8L, except it's not built like an L, with metal and weather sealing. And then, the focal length is more usable on the BMD CC than is a 24-70mm (equivalent to 55mm at the widest). I use this lens on my 60D almost 100% of the time.

    This is essentially why I decided to go ahead and get this, since I wouldn't need to buy a new lens in the beginning.

    Then again, if I replaced it with anything, and I could also use a PL lens (which you currently can't for the most part), I'd probably got for a RED Pro 17-50mm T2.9 Cine Zoom

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    • #3
      How does it compare to the Tokina 16-50 f2.8?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Brian@202020 View Post
        How does it compare to the Tokina 16-50 f2.8?
        Not sure, myself, but here is an extensive review of it. http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/274-...review?start=1

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        • #5
          From that review CA of Tokina looks scary...

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          • #6
            Best thing about 17-55 is it's performance wide open, very sharp, and with BMC I guess you'd want to shoot with a fast aperture as much as possible given the smaller sensor.

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            • #7
              Tamron 17-50 VC looks much better from the site review.

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              • #8
                maybe a lame question, but... I hope BMCC will be compatible with ef-s mount? in tech specs they mention ff EF mount...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rommex View Post
                  maybe a lame question, but... I hope BMCC will be compatible with ef-s mount? in tech specs they mention ff EF mount...
                  It should work fine with ef-s lenses. Even John Brawley has used an ef-s lens in his footage.
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                  • #10
                    A good site to objectively compare lenses is here:
                    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...mp=0&APIComp=0
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                    • #11
                      What about the Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D

                      http://www.photozone.de/nikon_ff/672-nikkorafs173528ff

                      Is it sharper than the Canon? Compatible?
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                      • #12
                        I'm sure to be corrected if I'm wrong, but an EF-s lens might actually be preferable to an EF lens if you're looking for really wide shots. An EF-s lens designed for a smaller sensor will give you a wider FOV than an EF lens with the same focal length. From what I've heard the main strike against EF-s lenses is that the glass isn't as nice since they weren't developed for high-end cameras.

                        edit- in response to rommex

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jahful View Post
                          An EF-s lens designed for a smaller sensor will give you a wider FOV than an EF lens with the same focal length. From what I've heard the main strike against EF-s lenses is that the glass isn't as nice since they weren't developed for high-end cameras.
                          Well one if us is going to be wrong. I use a Canon camera with an APS-C sensor and a couple of Canon EF-S lenses. It was explained to me that the apparent focal length of the lenses would really be 1.6x the stated focal length on the lens. So a 200mm lens would look like it was 320mm on my camera. As for the concern that the EF-S lenses use inferior glass, that may be true in part (for example maybe no fluorite elements) but the glass is quite decent on some lens. The build quality and weather-sealing is superior on the L series lenses but each lens needs to be evaluated individually rather than just believe all EF-S lenses are inferior.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jahful View Post
                            I'm sure to be corrected if I'm wrong, but an EF-s lens might actually be preferable to an EF lens if you're looking for really wide shots. An EF-s lens designed for a smaller sensor will give you a wider FOV than an EF lens with the same focal length. From what I've heard the main strike against EF-s lenses is that the glass isn't as nice since they weren't developed for high-end cameras.

                            edit- in response to rommex
                            A lens is a lens is a lens, as they say. Focal length is the physical focal length of the lens, not the "cropped" multiplied focal length. 17mm on a full frame is 17mm on a crop body, but the image is cropped 1.6x smaller.

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                            • #15
                              Sorry, Jahful, but you have some wrong conception )) EF and EF-S differ ONLY in 2 things: 1) they have different mount, so that EF-S lens cannot be attached to the camera with EF mount, and this is done because 2) the size of the image projected to the sensor by EF-S lenses is smaller, designed to cover only APS-C sensor. On the full frame sensor EF-S lenses would look with terrible vignetting in the corners.

                              And yes, EF and EF-S have the same indication of focal distance.

                              So my question was about if BMCC actually has EF-S mount, which will allow both EF and EF-S lenses be attached. Obviously and hopefully it has EF-S mount.

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