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Jan 08, 2012 14:18 |  #1

Going crazy. Can't decide - has anyone owned (or used extensively) all three of these lenses? I am on a 550d/t2i.

Canon 10-22mm
Sigma 10-20mm
Tokina 11-16mm

I've read like a trillion posts on these and here's what I can gather....

  • Canon Pros: IQ, flare control
  • Canon cons: cost and short warranty
  • Sigma Pros: cost (I could easily buy a 430exii flash in my savings on the Sigma). Solid build. 4 year warranty, hood. IQ is good supposedly if I get a good copy??
  • Sigma cons: bad QC
  • Tokina pros: solid build. 2.8. Sharp.
  • Tokina cons: cost (basically the same as canon). Bad flare control.


As far as what I will be shooting - I don't want to limit myself by saying, only real estate...only landscapes...interior people. All of the above.

So has anyone had good solid experience with all 3? If so, what recommendations do you have?

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Jan 08, 2012 14:46 |  #2

Only used the 10-22 and love it. If you buy used could easily sell for essentially the same price and not heard of any "sample variation" issues of significance with this lens. 2.8 isn't crucial in my opinion for this range in most of the usual uses (close up skateboard-style sports being a possible exception).


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Jan 08, 2012 14:47 |  #3

Just remember, you get what you pay for.




  
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Jan 08, 2012 15:07 |  #4
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Jan 08, 2012 15:11 as a reply to  @ lexieluther's post |  #6

I don't want to limit myself by saying, only real estate...only landscapes...interior people. All of the above.


very wise. i go with the canon. it's full range and there's no substitute for ring USM.

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Jan 08, 2012 15:27 |  #7

ed rader wrote in post #13668882 (external link)
I don't want to limit myself by saying, only real estate...only landscapes...interior people. All of the above.


very wise. i go with the canon. it's full range and there's no substitute for ring USM.

ed rader

Sigma HSM same thing.
OP, throw Sigma 8-16 into mix, from my experience it's better than Tokina 11-16.




  
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Jan 08, 2012 15:31 as a reply to  @ Andrew_WOT's post |  #8

The hood on a 10mm lens is essentially useless. I have it and it add so little value I generally don't even use it. True the canon doesn't come with a lens hood but I'm not sure it really matters. I'm sure a purist will disagree with me and that's fine. I will only say that on every lens I use except the 10-22 I ALWAYS use the lens hood and on the 10-22 I never bother.


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Jan 08, 2012 15:33 |  #9

I used to own the Canon 10-22. It really was a terrific lens and I was very sorry to see it go when I sold it. It produced some fabulous images on my 50D. It was the one lens that sort of held me back for so long changing to the 5DII.


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Jan 08, 2012 15:40 |  #10

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #13668947 (external link)
Sigma HSM same thing.
OP, throw Sigma 8-16 into mix, from my experience it's better than Tokina 11-16.

not really but close. plus i think you are going to see fewer initial problems -- like front or back focus or decentered elements -- with canon lenses.

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Jan 08, 2012 15:41 |  #11

Can't use filters on the 8-16 though right?


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Jan 08, 2012 15:44 |  #12

ed rader wrote in post #13669004 (external link)
not really but close. plus i think you are going to see fewer initial problems -- like front or back focus or decentered elements -- with canon lenses.

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I wish that were true. :) There's a very good reason Canon only provides a one year warranty while other makers provide four.

All of these lense ae nice. I've shot with them all.

Canon 10-22 - Widest range. Best flare handling. Weakest build quality. Most expensive. Good Canon colors.

Sigma 10-20 - similar IQ to 10-22, but in my experience sharper at 10mm and 20mm. I also found it to focus more consistently than the 10-22. Colors a touch warmer than Canon. Better build quality than Canon. Comes with hood, four year warranty, nice case and is almost $300 cheaper than the flimsy 10-22.

Tokina 11-16 - I almost bought this one strictly for night sky shooting. This is where 2.8 on a UWA wins out. The build is the most "L" of the bunch, but flare is the worst and it has limited range. If you need to shoot low light action, this is your lens.

Sigma 8-16 - Haven't tried it. I hear it's the best, but then again it doesn't take filters, which sucks.


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Jan 08, 2012 16:26 |  #13

i say sigma 10-20mm, just so you can also get an external flash...an external flash is a crucial part of everyones gear...


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Jan 08, 2012 16:31 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #14

I have not used the others but I can tell you that the Canon 10-22mm is a great lens! I've used two copies, on a 7D and T2i. Great results indoors and outdoors, sun and low light. Used it last night at the bowling alley :)

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Jan 08, 2012 16:44 |  #15

I know you didn't mention it in your original post, but have you considered this Tokina? "Tokina 12-24/4.0 Pro II Zoom Lens ." This II model is supposed to have improved the flaring and other issues with the first version of the lens.


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