(Ultra) wide lenses

I have always been scared of using a wide lens: for portrait not really good, not for nature photography either.  I have a Sigma EX 12-24mm MK1, that is considered an ultra wide full frame lens,  but I kept it for a possible landscape/Nordic light trip and that’s it.

Then two weeks ago I had to take part on a event photography and suddenly everything has changed. I friend of mine took some pictures with a Nikon 17-35 f/2.8, just to give the taste of the event. Amazing pictures were born, here are some examples:

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It was very nice to see details getting into the spotlight and somehow it gave a bit extra.
So I tried myself in a botanical garden a week later and I have to say, I was really pleased with the results.
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After that I had the opportunity to take pictures on the speech of the President of the European Parliament at the openining ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition in Brussels.

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So as a bottom line, since I will have to do more events I sold the Sigma and bought the Nikon 18-35mm G lens…and the experience is coming soon.

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Thoughts about swithching systems

In March 2012 I decided to change from the Canon EOS system to the Nikon D.
I sold all my lenses and bodies, and got the mysterious D800 with 36 MP, the 70-200 f/2.8 VR II, the 85mm f/1.4 and my all around nature tele, the 300mm f/2.8 VRII.
Since then I am over 2000 pictures with the Nikon.
Do I regret the change?…Very difficult question. Yes and no as well.

What I experienced….
- Canon has the 7D which is a smaller body, bigger resolution one,  better for wildlife photograpy than the Nikon D300s.
- Canon has the EF 400mm f/5.6, a super nice lense with affordable price and
- Canon has a MP-E 65mm macro that is unique macro lense among all the brands.

- Nikon D800 is ithe king among the semi professional camerars with its resolution and picture quality,
- Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8, and the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 are unbeatable regarding picture quality, and
- Nikon camera function of using FX or crop mode on the same camera body saves you a second body.

Conclusion….?
For the moment I would say that Nikon is mainly for people and landscape photography, and Canon is for mainly serious nature photography.
Prices of the lenses and bodies for Canon are more reasonable, picture quality are more or less the same, autofocus performance is a bit better with Nikon. Of course, as you can read it everywhere, there is no clear winner, it really depends on the goal.

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Switch to NIKON

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The Nikon bodies that were introduced in the past few moths have undergone a big evolution, and think they have now overtaken in most of the respects the Canon ones. After thinking long nights I decided to change from Canon to Nikon. The aim is to have all the main portrait and tele lenses I had for now to a D800 body.

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