Wide Angle Zoom Recommendation

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  1. Leo

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    I have a Canon 30D and I mainly use a Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 EF IS lens. I shoot Weddings and Debuts and I would sometimes need a wide angle lens. I sometimes use the 18-55mm kit lens, but I wanted something better especially in low-light situations.

    I have kind-of narrowed down on these lenses;

    Canon 17-40mm f/4L lens
    Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4.0 EX DG Aspherical HSM lens
    Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124AF Pro DX lens

    I would love to stay with a Canon lens but the lower price of Sigma and Tokina is I think a good alternative.

    What would you choose? I appreciate all your feedbacks.

    Thanks
     
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    I'd probably go for the 12-24 simply becuase you already have a lens that covers most of the 17-40's range.
     
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    The Canon 17-55 f2.8 EF-S seems the obvious choice to me.

    JD
     
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    that is a nice lens, but it's way beyond my budget.
     
  5. Big Mike

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    Do you want wide, as in similar to your kit lens? Or wide as in 10mm or 12mm?

    For shooting weddings & other low light events, investing in F2.8 zoom lenses is a wise choice. I would think that the 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 is too slow for many people (would be for me anyway).

    As mentioned, the Canon 17-55 F2.8 IS is the best lens in it's class...but it's expensive. I recently picked up the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 as an alternative and so far, I love it. Sigma also has a similar lens.
     
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    HI.. I do have the 28-135mm and as a complement to that I use the Canon Ef 17-40mm and I really am pleased about the results I get with it..
     
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    Yeah, I hate it when reality gets in the way of otherwise easy decisions. Its amazing how fast you can spend money when you start lens shopping.

    JD
     
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    I've decided on getting the Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4.0 EX DG Aspherical HSM lens. I need the f/2.8 for low-light situations. Thanks for all your replies.
     
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    That's good...but it's only F2.8 at the wide end of the zoom.
     
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    Since you already have the 28-135mm IS lens which is a great lens for most all situations and a 18-55mm kit lens in that range, I would recommend a wide angle prime for the best image quality in low light.
     
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