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Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2012, 12:14:50 AM »
Another testimonial for the EF-s 10-22.  This was my "go to" for existing light interiors when I had a crop body.  Now on FF, I hope my 17-40 does as well. 

Also consider the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 if you think you really want a faster lens.  There are many "brands" of this lens that are all the same.  I got the Pro-optic from Adorama 'cause it was about $40 cheaper.
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Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2012, 12:28:00 AM »
I would also recommend the Samyang 14mm f2.8 if its wide enough for you. I also have a 7D and I've been using the Samyang 14mm alot lately. Its really sharp for the price and my only complain is the distortion (which is expected for such a wide lens)

At the 14mm focal length its very easy to zone focus so the lack of AF wont be much of an issue.

Amazing performance for the money if you don't mind MF, but the distortion is much worse than it should be. The 14mm f2.8 L II has almost no distortion. Even the 17-40mm f4 L has much less. It's really, really bad and needs correction in post more often than not.

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Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2012, 03:07:01 AM »
I would check these out in a store from a friend or by renting them:
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Canon 17-55 2.8 , 10-22, 15-85,
Tokina 16-28 2.8
I used to have the 16-28. Never had a prob with its sharpness or speed. That can be used on FF later... and the approx 26mm isn't that bad.

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Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2012, 03:19:35 AM »
I would check these out in a store from a friend or by renting them:
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Canon 17-55 2.8 , 10-22, 15-85,
Tokina 16-28 2.8
I used to have the 16-28. Never had a prob with its sharpness or speed. That can be used on FF later... and the approx 26mm isn't that bad.

16-28 is good.  I'll only warn you that it can't use filters (though there are special/expensive way of doing it).  Filters are very important for landscape photography.

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Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2012, 05:12:44 AM »
I would check these out in a store from a friend or by renting them:
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Canon 17-55 2.8 , 10-22, 15-85,
Tokina 16-28 2.8
I used to have the 16-28. Never had a prob with its sharpness or speed. That can be used on FF later... and the approx 26mm isn't that bad.

16-28 is good.  I'll only warn you that it can't use filters (though there are special/expensive way of doing it).  Filters are very important for landscape photography.

True, the front element is nice and curvy :) however since CS5 I barely used a filter.. save for NDs a couple times.. but I see that could be a prob.  The other thing is the AF switch... a bit different and not everyone likes it... still its a good lens.

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Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2012, 05:23:05 AM »
Check out the 20 mm 2.8 or the 15 mm fisheye. Both Canon. Both in your price range. Both 2.8. Both can be considered "wide" on a 7D. I have no experience of these lenses. Maybe someone who has them can share...

I have the 15mm fisheye and though it's probably the best fisheye on the market for full frame, I would not recommend it on a crop sensor : you'll end with a 24mm equivalent with tons of distortion. The 20mm is probably not a very good solution either, some people hate it, some like it, but it's an old and big lens that'll give you only a 32mm equivalent, not very wide.

The only crop sensors I had were Nikons, but when I had to find a wide angle, I came to the conclusion that a dedicated crop sensor lens is the way to go. I had the 12-24mm f4, and it was an excellent lens.

Crop sensors are as good with tele lenses as they are problematic with wide angles. One of the important reasons for using full frame sensors is precisely when you need a choice of wide angles.

I would suggest you stick with the Canon 10-22mm or the Tokina 11-16mm that has an excellent reputation. You will have a real wide angle zoom, with much more flexibility than a fixed one. Even the Samyang 14mm would give you "only" a fixed 22mm with manual focus, compared to the equivalent 16mm of the Canon zoom.


My guess is the Canon would be bright enough with increased ISO (you can get a sharp picture with 1/15s), otherwise the Tokina is the way to go, IQ and built quality is excellent.

Edit : not that I am a big fan of Ken Rockwell, but you should nevertheless have a look at his review of the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tokina/11-16mm.htm
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Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2012, 05:23:05 AM »