Heated debate about 17mm/1.8

Started Sep 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
honeyiscool
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Re: Get both lenses?!
In reply to Grobb, Sep 5, 2013

tron555 wrote:

honeyiscool wrote:

Yeah, I think the 17mm f/1.8 is ideal for low-light action, and anyone who uses it for people, pets, kids, etc., they seem to love it. Those who use it for brick walls, landscapes, and still life seem to be less than impressed. Interestingly enough, I think the 20mm f/1.7 have exactly the opposite strengths and weaknesses, which IMO is a great thing as they complement each other perfectly.

That is a great way of summing things up, but getting 2 lenses of the same FOV in order to have them do what they should do in the first place, is ridiculous IMO! It's hard to believe that a company would make a lens that excels at most of what it should and fail in other areas so badly. It's almost like they are trying to build in compromises into lenses. It's not only the 17mm that is made to excel at most of what it is designed to do, but has just enough quirks to aggravate the poor customers who pays so much money for them. It seems like companies would do enough thorough testing and improve the aspects of a lens that needs to be improved before mass producing them. Nobody should have to buy two (2) lenses of the same FOV in order to "complement" another lens of the same FOV just to be happy and satisfied with it! I've read people say (when others complain about extreme limitations in most lens), "just pick the compromises you can live with", THAT is a crock of you know what!

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True, but the 17mm does not fail so badly as many would have you believe. I'm just saying that the 20mm is marginally better than 17mm at certain things. The 20mm does fail miserably at fast AF in my opinion, but my needs are rather specific. For many people, it does not fail that badly.

And here's the thing. I take exception to your statement: "has just enough quirks to aggravate the poor customers who pays so much money for them."

How many complaints about the 17mm f/1.8 lens come from actual customers who have paid money for that lens? It seems like something like almost everyone who has bought this lens like it, and I'm not sure that the rest found it aggravating.

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