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Best Wide Angle Lens for Under 500

Ian-Munro 7 200 15 Wales
17 Dec 2007 2:55PM
Hi, i have a Canon 40D and i am going to buy my first lens.

I have the 18-75 kit lens but would like a wider angle lens.

The Canon 10-22 and Sigma 10-20 come to mind.

What are your opinions on these lenses?

Thanks, Ian.

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Ian-Munro 7 200 15 Wales
17 Dec 2007 2:57PM
Okay, sorry its been done before and i have searched for help.

your opinions are still welcome, thanks.

Simon_Palmer 9 759 11 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2007 2:58PM
I have owned the Canon one and it was a stunner. However many here use the Sigma and achieve mightily impressive results and it is a fair bit cheaper I believe. Me I'm a snob and would go for the Canon Wink
conrad 11 10.9k 116
17 Dec 2007 3:44PM
Well, I researched the subject thoroughly. The Sigma is the cheapest of the two. According to test results I saw, the Canon is slightly better in image quality. But I saw so many excellent results from the Sigma, that I now own a Sigma. Very happy with it.

Another option is the Tokina 12-24, which comes close to these two in test results (and in fact I saw one conflicting test result where the Tokina was rated slightly higher than the Sigma), although you then have two mm less at the wide end. In my country it costs almost exactly the same as the Sigma.
strawman 12 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2007 3:53PM
I have a sigma 10-20 and have a test image in my portfolio that shows it producing very similar results to a Canon 17-40 at the 17mm end.

when I bought it the sigma was over 100 lower in cost and came with a 3 year warranty.
17 Dec 2007 5:28PM
I've got the Sigma 10-20 and have no resevations in recommending it. Superb lens.
colin beeley Plus
13 1.1k 10 England
17 Dec 2007 6:06PM
hi trooper i have the canon EF-S 10/22 & the tokina 12/24 which i got from here i have the 10/22 on my 20D & the tokina on my 10D they are both good but why pay all that for the canon you could put the rest of the money to another lens.
User_Removed 11 17.9k 8 Norway
17 Dec 2007 10:31PM
Tokina 12-24mm for me (Nikon D200)
uggyy 10 2.1k 9 Scotland
17 Dec 2007 10:37PM
Tokina 12-24mm for me (Nikon D200) build quality other companies should really aspire to.

digicammad 12 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2007 8:14AM
Another vote for the Sigma 10-20 (on a Nikon D200)
Ian-Munro 7 200 15 Wales
18 Dec 2007 10:09AM
Thank you for your input. On feel alone i was impressed with the sigma to be honest so i think i would save a bit of money and put it towards another lens.


Dazbo 11 114 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2007 3:31PM
I can recommend the Sigma 10-20mm as well. I took it to Mauritius with me in September and had it on the camera 80% of the time. An example shot is here .

I am being convinced more and more!

Expect severe pain in the wallot early next year!
conrad 11 10.9k 116
18 Dec 2007 4:38PM
Opening your wallet for this will also open up a whole new world for you, Jas!
uggyy 10 2.1k 9 Scotland
18 Dec 2007 5:12PM
Honestly for landscapes a 10-20 of any above will really let you do things you will be well pleased with. I prb use mine about 90% of the time when Im out chasing landscapes Smile


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