Wide Angle Lens Suggestions?

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  1. JamieR

    JamieR TPF Noob!

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    I'm looking to get a wide angle lens to add to my kit, but i don't know where to start. I'm not that bothered if it is a third party lens, as long as it isn't a "cheaper alternative" with less quality than the Canon brands. Also i need to bear in mind I'm on cropped frame camera.

    Can anyone recommend any? My budget is about £400 ($650)

    Thanks,
    Jamie.
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What do you consider to be 'wide'? 17mm...or 10mm?

    I love my Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens. Fantastic lens.

    A lot of people opt for the Sigma 10-20mm because it's a fair bit cheaper.
     
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    Tokina 11-16 2.8 would be my personal choice.
     
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    I consider 10mm to be wide, which ideally is what i would like to get.
     
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    I have the Sigma 10-20 and couldn't be happier with my choice.
     
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    I have the Canon 10-22mm and love the lens.
    I also considered the Sigma 10-22mm but went with the Canon due to store coupon I had was for a store that didn't carry the Sigma.
     
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    +1 for tokina 11-16mm
    too bad you generally have to go to ebay to find one.
     
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    1 more for sigma 10 20
    Troy
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I tried the 11-16... that 5mm range is so little that you may as well leave it on 11 and use it as a wide angle prime (though its not as good as a prime).

    The ONLY thing the Tokina has going for it is the F/2.8 aperture. The Sigma 10-20mm is a way more useable lens.

    Look at it this way... 90% of the time, we want wide angles because we are outside. Outside, we don't really want shallow DOF, we want deeper ones, so we are going to up our apertures to F/8 or higher (numerically speaking), and at these levels, the Sigma is just as good, if not better... and far cheaper, than the Tokina. It also has double the range, and a 1mm more advantage over the Tokina (in real life, read that as no advantage, but it looks good on paper).

    The Sigma gives fantastic results with rich tones:
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    (Click on the photo above for a larger view of the same shot)

    To add, Sigma has a newer version of this lens that is a constant F/3.5, which is a mere 1/3rd of a stop less than F/2.8... plus it has the other advantages over the Tokina.

    Me, I have the 10-20mm variable aperture, and the picture above was taken with this picture... it is a VERY good lens.

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    (Click on the photo above for a larger view of the same shot)
     
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    how new is the 10-20mm f/3.5 do you know? i wasn't aware it existed. i may have to change my recommendation
     
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    Thank you JerryPH, you have persuaded me!

    I am really digging those examples.

    I have one question for you, how do you get your photos so crisp?

    Is it down to the lens? Or do you have an awesome camera body.
     

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