coatfetish wrote in post #18162481
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 I also use the Tokina 12-24/4 (now superseded by the 12-28/4), which is another excellent lens.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.