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I realized just now that I missed to alert you about a potential problem. With lenses that have larger front elements, like Tokina 11-16 or Canon 10-22, the build-in flash may cast a shadow on the image, since it's not high enough above the camera. It's not a show-stopper, but it may hurt you in certain situations.

The only solution is to use an external flash.

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Ok, you've persuaded me - I'll look at ordering a Tokina.

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The prices on that ProCameraShop link are the best I've found - £370 vs £418.


I think I would take version I, but I haven't read that much on version II, I only know it has new glass coating, so better flare handling. But I don't think the image quality would be that much different, if at all.

The risk with the Tokina 11-16 is that after trying it you will feel your 18-55 lens isn't good anymore Smile

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The prices on that ProCameraShop link are the best I've found - £370 vs £418.

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With the Canon cashback the Canon would be cheaper - is it worth paying more for the Tokina?


Yes, since you are going to use it indoor. For outdoor usage, landscape or the like, I would go for the Canon, since the aperture wouldn't matter and Canon handles flares better.



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www.dpreview.com/forum...t/33788683

In summary, they're both good. The Canon has a greater zoom range, and it's made by Canon. The Tokina works better in low light and produces sharper pictures.

I think I'd like the range of the Canon with the low light ability of the Tokina...


Incidentally dpreview.com is a pretty valuable website, but their forum is mostly crap. But this time I agree with their conclusion Laughing

As for the range, you already have the 18-55, Canon's 10-22 would overlap the 18-22 range.



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And if I went with the Tokina would it be worth paying the extra for the 'II'?


Most likely not. Version II should have better flares handling and a marginally faster auto-focus. For ultra-wide lenses and for our static subjects, auto-focus speed really doesn't matter. Better flares handling would be nice, but it all depends on the cost. How much is the difference in the UK?

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With the Canon cashback the Canon would be cheaper - is it worth paying more for the Tokina?

Edit: There's an interesting discussion here:

www.dpreview.com/forum...t/33788683

In summary, they're both good. The Canon has a greater zoom range, and it's made by Canon. The Tokina works better in low light and produces sharper pictures.

I think I'd like the range of the Canon with the low light ability of the Tokina...

And if I went with the Tokina would it be worth paying the extra for the 'II'?

www.procamerashop.co.u...tAodsj4AAg

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Massimo, as my winter hibernation comes to a close I'm looking to buy a wide angle lens for my Canon 600D. I have read your complimentary comments about your Tokina but I'd prefer to stick with Canon. Would this be the right one?


Canon 10-22 is very good, but it's variable aperture and "slower", you would end up using f/4.5 most of the times. Tokina's f/2.8 aperture would make the difference indoor. Vagabond uses the Tokina 11-16 and loves it too. Trust me, get the Tokina.

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Massimo, as my winter hibernation comes to a close I'm looking to buy a wide angle lens for my Canon 600D. I have read your complimentary comments about your Tokina but I'd prefer to stick with Canon. Would this be the right one?

www.simplyelectronics....9&sd=specs

The timing is good as Canon currently has a cashback promotion running:

www.canon.co.uk/spring...ct_2013_03

Wicksteed would be my first planned try out:

www.wicksteedatwar.co.uk/

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Another sample with G1X and "pole":


Comet by Massimo Foti, on Flickr
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Until last year I've been using a Canon G12 for my "pole" shots. I've got good results but, too often, I've had to use the flash indoor, since the G12 doesn't provide acceptable quality above IS 400.
On the other hand I don't want to use a reflex camera on the pole, it's too heavy and expensive.

Last year Canon solved my problem, they released the G1X, a camera that is a bit bigger and heavier than the G12, still very compact and with a sensor that offer same quality as their entry-level reflex (Canon 600D or 650D). Basically, it's a compact with the same sensor of a reflex. It has low auto-focus and limited ergonomics like a compact, but image quality is reflex-like.

I took it to Munster last October and I am super happy. I've been using it at ISO 1600/2000 with excellent results, this means almost no need for flash anymore.

Here you can see it in action:


A7V replica by Massimo Foti, on Flickr

In the past I've used to carry an older, spare reflex on my most important trips, just in case. Now, since the G1X delivers such good quality, I am fine having only a reflex plus the G1X, since in case something bad happens to the main camera, the G1X can step in

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CanoScan first results posted on My thread M48 with Mine Rollers. Rick
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I've ordered the CanoScan 9000 since on Amazon it has many more good ratings rather than poor ones. Learn it's limitations, the hope for the best. If it works OK we'll have some results posted in a few weeks. Rick
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I'll give Adorama a look. The $140 scanner was CanoScan 9950 I saw it on Amazon. I used to get photography magazines years ago and remember Adorama ads back then!
I've also seen the $1000 + scanners or negative copiers, and unless going into business (I'm not!) aren't worth the cost for the average photographer.
Thanks much for your input! Rick
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I only saw results from using dedicated scanners that, back in those days, were well above your budget and, again, I wasn't directly involved in the process.

Is there any photo club in your area? It may be worth joining into a meeting and ask around

Adorama is a company with a solid reputation among photographers, they list quite a few slide scanners. You may call them and ask for advice:
www.adorama.com/catalo...20Scanners

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Massimo,
Negatives and slides are in the thousands. I no longer use either of my 35mm cameras, so the amount won't grow larger.
I have a Cannon Pixma MX850 it's about 5 years old, with no negative/slide copy capability. I have a budget no more than $140 USD, but I've seen some items online for as low as $10 USD. I'm also thinking about getting another Cannon scanner (lighter weight) to take to Carlisle, PA and other places, to scan negatives or prints. I've kind of researched this idea, but would like other ideas or experiences to help in my final decision. Thanks, Rick
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