14mm f2.8 or 10-24mm f4?

Started Jul 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
nixda Veteran Member • Posts: 5,515
Re: 14mm f2.8 or 10-24mm f4?

PG Thomas wrote:

If, like me you create hi res images by creating panoramas, then the 14mm is ideal. The lack of distortion makes life easy, and no Zoom, no matter how good, will match the output of a good prime lens.

That doesn't mean I won't look at the 10-24 when its out, but there would have to be a very good reason, as I already have the 18mm.


I agree, the 14mm lens is fantastic as a general panorama lens. It gives a large enough vertical view (used in portrait mode) to not have to do multi-row panoramas all the time. A 35mm lens would practically always requite multi-row stitching, and the increased resolution of the final panorama (compared to the 14mm lens) would result in very large prints, which one would have to do if one wanted to do a setup like that justice.

Regarding primes vs zooms and quality, it used to be that zooms couldn't match primes, but that's not been the case for quite some time now. There are absolutely excellent zooms available nowadays. And even if the zooms were a bit 'worse' the difference isn't that great in many cases. I think there isn't much reason anymore to go with primes over zooms, in general, other than that primes often have larger apertures perhaps (but the highest IQ is generally achieved at smaller apertures anyway), or size.

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