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UW lens for a trip... upgrade or use what i have?

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    Posted: 23 July 2019 at 16:47
Hi All,

I have a trip coming up in a few months(4 months) and wanted a really good UW lens.

I currently have an a99i and a Minolta AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 D .

Options I looked at are...
SIGMA 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM - buy
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di USD (Buy or lens rental $200)
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM

I am torn because the Minotla 17-35, has been ok with the a99, just havent used it much with the a99ii. But not amazing... Any thoughts?

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Edited by arrow34 - 23 July 2019 at 16:54
Sony A99II, A99, Tokina 28-70, Sony 24-70SAL2470Z, Sony 70-200 f2.8, Minolta 17-35, 24-50 f4, 28 f2, 50 f1.4, 35-105, 28-105, 70-210, 100-200, 100-300. Samyang 35 1.4
 



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I am very happy with my tokina 17mm f3.5. Samyang 14mm is also highly rated if mf is kot an issue for you.
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if size is not of consideration then simply buy the tamron 15-30mm f2.8 and forget the rest
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2019 at 18:05
Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

if size is not of consideration then simply buy the tamron 15-30mm f2.8 and forget the rest


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Prices for used copies have been going down lately (in Europe). The Tamron is not that heavy but very bulky. As regards compact size I can also recommend the Tokina 17mm - stopped down abit it is a superb lens. Since I recently got a 12mm lens (for FE-mount) and enjoy using it very much I would like to make you aware of the Laowa (Venus Optics) F/2.8 12mm for A-mount, a very decent rectilinear UWA lens (my second choice when I bought my 12mm - I got a Voigtlander which is even more compact).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote arrow34 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2019 at 18:38
Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

if size is not of consideration then simply buy the tamron 15-30mm f2.8 and forget the rest


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Prices for used copies have been going down lately (in Europe). The Tamron is not that heavy but very bulky. As regards compact size I can also recommend the Tokina 17mm - stopped down abit it is a superb lens. Since I recently got a 12mm lens (for FE-mount) and enjoy using it very much I would like to make you aware of the Laowa (Venus Optics) F/2.8 12mm for A-mount, a very decent rectilinear UWA lens (my second choice when I bought my 12mm - I got a Voigtlander which is even more compact).


Darn you! A used copy is around $650 for the Laowa (Venus Optics) F/2.8 12mm, looks like a beautiful lens. I guess I would be between the Laowa and the Tamron 15-30mm(also $600).

One additional wrinkle is a tamron 15-30 that doesnt have working af for $450(possible $300).... I would like af, but for some shots I would probably be shooting manual anyway.

Edited by arrow34 - 23 July 2019 at 18:41
Sony A99II, A99, Tokina 28-70, Sony 24-70SAL2470Z, Sony 70-200 f2.8, Minolta 17-35, 24-50 f4, 28 f2, 50 f1.4, 35-105, 28-105, 70-210, 100-200, 100-300. Samyang 35 1.4
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I recently purchased a used Venus 4/15mm macro, shift lens from KEH for under $300. It was listed as "bargain" but it could have passed for excellent in every regard. While I'm still evaluating and testing, I'm really pleased with the triple threat ability of this MF optic: UWA-110 degrees, 1:1 macro (though 1:2 is as close as is practical-still) AND shift for taking city shots so buildings aren't all keystoned.

It has similar vignetting, and considerably more barrel distortion compared to my FE mount Voightlander 4.5/15mm, but it is an A mount, which is tough to find. Size and weight also make it a nice travel companion, at least compared to many UWA zooms.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote arrow34 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2019 at 19:12
Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

I recently purchased a used Venus 4/15mm macro, shift lens from KEH for under $300. It was listed as "bargain" but it could have passed for excellent in every regard. While I'm still evaluating and testing, I'm really pleased with the triple threat ability of this MF optic: UWA-110 degrees, 1:1 macro (though 1:2 is as close as is practical-still) AND shift for taking city shots so buildings aren't all keystoned.

It has similar vignetting, and considerably more barrel distortion compared to my FE mount Voightlander 4.5/15mm, but it is an A mount, which is tough to find. Size and weight also make it a nice travel companion, at least compared to many UWA zooms.


Yeah... did a quick search on that one, nada. That would be kinda cool. Also manual. Makes me think i might need to get that tamron cheap without af and just go with it :) Or get the ZD 15mm... hmmm they look great.

Edited by arrow34 - 23 July 2019 at 19:16
Sony A99II, A99, Tokina 28-70, Sony 24-70SAL2470Z, Sony 70-200 f2.8, Minolta 17-35, 24-50 f4, 28 f2, 50 f1.4, 35-105, 28-105, 70-210, 100-200, 100-300. Samyang 35 1.4
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Post Options Post Options   Quote arrow34 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2019 at 12:50
Ok... did it. Got the Tamron 15-30 f2.8. Going to put it through it's paces. It is a bit heavier and bigger in person. It is as big if not bigger than a Sony 24-70SAL2470Z and heavier in weight. But very nice.
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Congrats Edward! Looking forward to the first results
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