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Oct 20, 2016 20:02 |  #1

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!




  
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Oct 20, 2016 20:05 |  #2

I know its not a prime but the Tamron 17-50 2.8 is a fantastic lens. if you can find it without the IS (I think they call it VC) its even better.


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Oct 20, 2016 20:29 |  #3

Have you considered Canon 15-85? Its an EFS lens but I cant say enough good things about it. 15 mm is reasonably wide.

Another option would be used 10-22 which is UW and is a stellar performer.

You can also consider 17-40L but on a crop 17mm isn't that wide. But you will be using mostly the centre of the lens on a crop body so that makes it a worthy contender.


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Oct 20, 2016 22:56 |  #4

what other lenses do you have? a wide angle prime on a crop is going to be pretty limited as far as availability...there just aren't many options out there? you want a lens that's good in low light for landscapes? a tripod would probably better serve you there, unless you're trying for astro stuff


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Oct 21, 2016 00:39 |  #5

Also for ULTRA wide tokina has an 11-16 2.8 that is quite fantastic as well.


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Oct 21, 2016 02:07 |  #6

Some nice, manual focus 12 to 14mm primes out there with fast apertures. Have a look in the lens sample galleries for inspiration/perspirati​on




  
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Oct 22, 2016 12:43 |  #7

coatfetish wrote in post #18162481 (external link)
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!

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EF-S 10-18 or EF-S 10-22 would be a good start.

Or, the EF-S 15-85 if you want a "do all."

If you feel you need F2 or F2.8 aperture, look at the Rokinon 16mm F2.

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Oct 22, 2016 13:23 |  #8

Thank everyone for so many ideas and things to check out! I will definitely be looking up what I can in the sample galleries now that I have a good starting point. As for a tripod, I'm doing better at actually using mine, I just tend to be a hand-held kind of person.

DreDaze, my current lenses are; the Canon 40mm EF STM, which I love, a Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM, a Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM OS Macro, and the two lenses I bought seven or eight years ago with my 50D; a Canon - EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM and a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. I'm looking to replace the 18- 55mm, as I'm just not happy with it - maybe because I prefer to go hand-held...I do like what I can get in the image at about the 20mm mark on it, so I should probably use that as a guide. I'd like to replace the 70-300 in time, too.

Again, thanks for all the responses - you've all been a great help in giving me options to look at!




  
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Oct 22, 2016 15:50 |  #9

EFs 10-22
Great lens.
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I currently use a fujinon 10-24 on a XT-1


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Oct 22, 2016 15:58 |  #10

coatfetish wrote in post #18163911 (external link)
Thank everyone for so many ideas and things to check out! I will definitely be looking up what I can in the sample galleries now that I have a good starting point. As for a tripod, I'm doing better at actually using mine, I just tend to be a hand-held kind of person.

DreDaze, my current lenses are; the Canon 40mm EF STM, which I love, a Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM, a Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM OS Macro, and the two lenses I bought seven or eight years ago with my 50D; a Canon - EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM and a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. I'm looking to replace the 18- 55mm, as I'm just not happy with it - maybe because I prefer to go hand-held...I do like what I can get in the image at about the 20mm mark on it, so I should probably use that as a guide. I'd like to replace the 70-300 in time, too.

Again, thanks for all the responses - you've all been a great help in giving me options to look at!

What is the problem with the 18-55mm IS? Its successor the 18-55mm STM is excellent and goes to a very useful wide angle. If you need ultrawide, you have already received good suggestions.


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Oct 22, 2016 16:03 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #11

I dropped it a few years ago and it's never been quite right since then. I agree the suggestions for lenses are very good and I've started looking into them...I'll add the 18-55mm STM to the list, thank you!




  
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Oct 23, 2016 08:23 |  #12

coatfetish wrote in post #18164014 (external link)
I dropped it a few years ago and it's never been quite right since then. I agree the suggestions for lenses are very good and I've started looking into them...I'll add the 18-55mm STM to the list, thank you!

The new 18-55 STM is by all accounts actually quite a good lens optically, and a definite improvement over the old IS version, especially if it is a version 1 IS lens. I remember when 28mm on the 35mm film format was considered to be a really wide angle lens, and anything shorter was pretty specialized. So the 18mm on an APS-C sensor is just about the same field of view. Of course things change, and now UWA's are very common, and surprisingly the smaller format, which should favour long lenses over wide, offers some of the best, and cheapest, access to UWA lenses on DSLR's. So once you have replaced your standard zoom I would have a serious look at the 10-18mm STM lens. The price is pretty good, especially if you are in the US where you have access to the Canon refurb store, and from the test shots I tried with one it would seem to be a good choice for someone who would not be shooting with it every day, or trying to push the boundaries of UWA use. That is the situation I am in, and having tried one one my camera in store it is now on my lens acquisition list.

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Oct 24, 2016 06:28 |  #13

Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX HSM
its an older lens but still quite good, just check out the sample forum
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Oct 24, 2016 13:02 |  #14

dochollidayda wrote in post #18162495 (external link)
Have you considered Canon 15-85? Its an EFS lens but I cant say enough good things about it. 15 mm is reasonably wide.

Another option would be used 10-22 which is UW and is a stellar performer.

You can also consider 17-40L but on a crop 17mm isn't that wide. But you will be using mostly the centre of the lens on a crop body so that makes it a worthy contender.

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.




  
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Oct 25, 2016 23:16 |  #15

So many excellent suggestions to research! Having so many options to look at is actually helping me narrow down my wants and needs for a wide angle lens - helping me to think this through with better focus on what I want to achieve with the lens. Thank you!




  
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