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Looking for wide angle lens advice...

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Oct 26, 2016 02:43 |  #16

If you don't need AF, for under $300, consider a used Zeiss 28/2.8 in C/Y mount + adapter.
That's about 45mm-equivalent FOV on a crop sensor, and amazing quality.

However the Zeiss may not be wide enough for many landscapes on your crop sensor, so you may also want to consider a used Sigma 18-35/1.8.

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Oct 26, 2016 08:19 |  #17

My favorite lens on my crop body 70D is the 15-85. I also like my 10-18. It was affordable, but does flare a bit. If you want a fast lens and are OK with manual, the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 is totally awesome. I borrowed a friend's copy and really enjoyed it.

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Oct 26, 2016 11:54 |  #18

Nethawked wrote in post #18165498 (external link)
The 15-85mm was hands down my favorite lens with Canon APS-C bodies. The 10-22mm was an excellent lens as well. A bit of a learning curve in composition but really fun to take photos with.

Same here. For years it remained married to my 7D. Sometimes I miss its versatility when using a FF body. You can take that one lens on holidays and not miss many shots.

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Oct 26, 2016 15:06 |  #19

On a crop body you need to be down below 20mm to be wide angle. The EF-S 15-85 is a gem.

If you want ultra wide angle, then getting down to 12 or less is needed. I love the Tokina 11-16 but the 11-20 is actually a better lens, though quite a bit rarer.

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Oct 26, 2016 19:11 |  #20

There are several people here that say they like the 15-85mm. I had one and my copy was soft, especially in the corners. The kit 18-55mm STM outperformed it. I don't think there was anything wrong with my 15-85mm.

The 15-85mm received rave reviews when it came out around 7 years ago. Seven years is a long time for lenses, and I wonder if it would get the same reviews today. Since that time the kit lenses have improved, and Canon has come out with several improved version II lenses.

The 15-85mm certainly has a very useful zoom range.

For anyone interested in the 15-85, I would suggest comparing it to other lenses you might have to make sure it has the sharpness you expect, so you can decide if you want to keep it.

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Nov 03, 2016 13:46 |  #21

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I am hoping to get a wide angle lens next spring/summer, and I think I'd prefer a prime lens (although I'm open to suggestion). I have the Canon 40mm pancake now and I love it, but I'd like something wider since I have crop sensor bodies and I don't get the full effect of 40mm. Not a lot of $$ to spare - so not an L lens for me - but I would like something that will work well in low light. This will be used for landscape only and I want as little barrel distortion as possible, as I don't have software to correct it. I'm hoping to stay under, say, a $650 budget? Is that reasonable? I've bought rental lenses before and had no problem so used is fine (and will help keep it affordable for me). I have a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses now and I've been very happy with Sigma - so non-Canon is fine too. What do you suggest? I think a 28mm translates to approx. a 44mm on my 50D and 60D bodies- do you think that would be wide enough to let me take broader landscapes and not have much distortion? Many thanks in advance for any opinions!

On your 50D and 60D APS-C cameras, that 40mm acts as a short telephoto and a 28mm would behave as a slightly wide "standard" lens.

For landscape, something considerably wider is usually (but not always) wanted.

You're in luck! One of the best deals out there is the Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM, which sells for under $300. This is a screamingly good deal for an ultrawide that has very good image quality and is the only lens in the category with image stabilization. It's also one of the most compact and lightweight made by anyone. Uses 67mm filters (most use 77mm or larger). It's a bit plasticky, but hey, whatdya expect for under $300?!

Also within your budget is the Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM. It's better built than the 10-18mm and also one of the best optically, unusually flare resistant for an ultrawide. It sells for close to your budget and uses 77mm filters.

With either of those Canon EF-S, lens hoods aren't included. They're sold separately (but recommended).

You say you have several other lenses but don't give us any details other than the 40mm. So, maybe the above meet your needs... or maybe not.

The EF-S 10-22mm is one of my primary "landscape" lenses with my APS-C cameras. I also use the Tokina 12-24/4 (now superseded by the 12-28/4), which is another excellent lens. Tokina also offers 11-20/2.8 that's top notch, though f2.8 is pretty rarely needed for landscape shooting.

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Nov 03, 2016 16:25 |  #22

I'm not quite sure how wide you're looking for if you consider the 40mm to be relatively wide, but you mentioned 20mm a few posts back. Keep in mind on the wide end of focal range, a few mm's difference can be quite significant; for example, the focal length difference between 18-24mm compared to say 38-44mm will be a much more pronounced field of view/perspective change on the wider end.

Having said that, if you don't mind manual lenses, the Rokinon/Samyung 24mm f/1.4 is in the $4-500 range. Same for their 14mm f/2.8 if you want ultra wide for even less money, although you would need to get software to correct for lens distortion on that one. Both of these are exceptionally sharp primes that won't break the bank.

A number of fantastic zooms have already been mentioned, but just to toss another older lens in t the mix, you might consider a used/refurb 17-40 f/4 L lens as well; however, some of the other options previously mentioned are better suited for a crop sensor body.

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Nov 04, 2016 20:58 |  #23

amfoto1 wrote in post #18174879 (external link)
On your 50D and 60D APS-C cameras, that 40mm acts as a short telephoto and a 28mm would behave as a slightly wide "standard" lens.

Actually on Canon APS-C sized sensors the 28mm would be just fractionally over normal, since the diagonal is 26.82mm, while everybody elses are 28.2 to 28.4mm. The true normal for the 36×24mm 35mm format is actually 43.27mm, it was a quirk of fate, that Oskar Barnak had a 2" (50.8mm) lens available when building the first 35mm Leica camera, and that went on to become the "standard" lens of choice, although of course 56mm has also been a very popular focal length for 35mm. It seems as though generally slightly longer than a true normal has been a popular choice on many film formats.


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Nov 05, 2016 03:10 |  #24

When you say landscape, do you mean setting up on a tripod and taking a few minutes or more of the walk-by handheld holiday/travel-like quick shots as you pass by a nice area?

If you are setting up, you can get a bit more quality for your $ from a wide manual prime (samyang) aperture isn't too important.
If you prefer the walk-around handheld method then something with a low f-stop and IS might be more useful.

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Nov 14, 2016 10:47 as a reply to  @ post 18167090 |  #25

I have a t3I I have a ef-s 10 22 ,mm which is for sale .
I also have a TS-E 24mm MK 1 also for sale .

IMO I like the TSE 24mm over the 10 -22mm. hands down but I consider the TSE 24mm lens more of a tripod lens .
For landscape I would have to lean toward a TSE lens .

Pm me if you are interested in either lens ....
Happy hunting


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Nov 15, 2016 00:35 |  #26

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