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Wide Angle Lens help?

MUFCJord 5 14 England
9 Jan 2013 6:04PM
Hi all,

I own a Canon 600D with a few different lenses as i'm a Media student interested in film-making.

I'm looking for a wide angle lens for scenic shots and landscapes, preferably a Canon one if possible. I'll be using the lens for video footage mostly, any ideas on what lens would suit me would help me a lot.
Does anyone have any recommendations for me? As cheap as possible please as i'm only a student Wink

Thanks in advance,

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mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 6:13PM
What 'few different lenses' do you have?
The kit lens 18-55 is very good for the money but if you already have that, what is it that makes you want a new lens? The next step up for me cost-wise would be the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 or the Tamron 18-270. Then comes the Canon 15-85.
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 6:16PM
You cannot have A Canon lens then say "As cheap as possible" I think that the 10-20 Sigma lens is superb, it just depends upon whether or not you want something that wide. If not then I also bought the sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens which is also excellent and good value for money.
MUFCJord 5 14 England
9 Jan 2013 6:19PM
I've got a Canon 18-55mm kit lens, a Canon 50mm 1.8 and a Canon 55-250mm lens.

I fancy a wide angle lens for scenic shots that i'll use as fillers. Just to make them a bit nicer really Smile

mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 6:37PM
If you want something wider, then the Sigma 10-20 (about 360) or the Canon 10-22 (about 400) are the better options. You could look at sites likeFfordes or MPB Photographic for second hand options.
Personally I find 17/18mm OK for a vast majority of what I do - what people very rarely tell you about the two mentioned above is that youneed to take great care with composition to avoid images being banal. That is why you see so many landscapes with the cliche'd big boulder in the foreground because without it there is little to hold the eye in the frame. I know of several who bought the 10-22 (or 10-20) and found it got very little use for that reason. Whether the same limitations apply to video I don't know.

You can buy wide angle converters that will turn your 18-55 into a 8-25mm

I don't know about the quality but that may not be as important for video.
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 6:38PM
personally i would be inclined to go for the sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens or if you must go for canon then the 10-22mm in canon.
both are superb lenses and not much IQ between them.
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 6:39PM
lol got betaten to it by mikehit, well said m8.
MUFCJord 5 14 England
9 Jan 2013 6:53PM
Cheers guys, it looks like i'll go for the Sigma 10-20.
Thanks for your help!
MrGoatsmilk 9 1.5k England
9 Jan 2013 7:13PM
I used a Sigma 10-20mm on my 40D fantastic lens, gets plenty use when out and about. There are a couple of seascapes in my pics here to give you an idea, ones taken in Saundersfoot were taken using it.

I got mine used and in very good condition you don't always need to buy new if you find someone who looks after their gear.

MUFCJord 5 14 England
9 Jan 2013 7:26PM
Ah yeah, some great shots there!
Looks awesome, I look forward to using one.

Thanks again guys!
thewizard 5 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 6:31PM
go for the tokina 11-16 mm
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
16 Jan 2013 6:51PM
Takes some beetling the Sigma 10-20, and there's loads around so should be able to pick one up second hand at a reasonable price
601782 5 1 England
23 Jan 2013 1:31PM
Have been using the sigma 10-20mm for a month now with my Canon 600D and absolutely love it. Got mine off ebay, usually there are plenty on there to buy in excellent condition for a lot cheaper than shop prices.

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