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Old April 17th, 2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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Best Wide Angle?

Trying to figure out which wide angle lens would be best for me. I currently shoot on a T3i and do more coprorate videos and a little run and gun. I plan on taking some photos with this, but the video aspect of it is priority as I plan on using it a lot with my slider and steadicam. I always hear people saying that you need to focus on primes, which I am fine with but I've also seen the Tokina 11-16mm which looks like a nice lens. I am looking to spend around $500 or so. Any suggestions?

EDIT: I'd love to have image stabilization as well but i know that can jack the price up. Is it really worth it
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Old April 17th, 2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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The Tokina is fine for what you plan to use it for. With such a short zoom, it's practically a prime. I haven't seen any ultra wides with IS, being ultra wide, you shouldn't really need IS, those lenses seem to hide the jitters pretty good. Something the Tokina has over the Canon 10-22 is the constant aperture and it can also be fitted to a full frame sensor camera in case you ever upgrade. (The Canon 10-22 is an EF-S lens and will only fit on the crop sensor cameras. I have both of these lenses and use the Canon 10-22 mostly, but that's only because I tend to shoot pictures with it. The build quality of the Tokina is better also. The main beef I have with that lens is the short zoom range and the push-pull mechanical engagement ring for MF/AF. I like the electrical-type switch on the Canon lens better. I researched wide angle primes and found them to be quite expensive and so have stuck with my two zooms for now. If I were to go prime, I'd probably upgrade to a full frame camera first, then get something like the 14mm Canon.

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Old April 17th, 2014, 09:25 PM   #3
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I really think your best bet is the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 zoom you mentioned. That's where I'd start anyways. I hear there's a new version II out now. I find myself in the same boat as you, and that's where my research is leading me.
Alternately, you could look at older Nikkor primes such as the 20mm f2.8. Or Canon makes a current EOS model as well. That would give you about a 33mm F2.8.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 05:59 AM   #4
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Sigma's 18-35mm f/1.8 is getting great reviews and tops out at $800. If you ever upgrade to the 70D, it would work with the auto focus tracking.

Or Sigma's 17-50mm f/2.8, though I'm not sure about the reviews on that. It's under $500. Both lenses have OS (optical stabilization they call it)
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Old April 18th, 2014, 11:27 AM   #5
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Oh so not every lens will work with the autofocus of the 70D? I did not know that. Interesting
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Old April 18th, 2014, 01:32 PM   #6
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Re: Best Wide Angle?

I use the Canon 10-22mm which I chose as it has a more useful zoom range than the Tokina 11-16mm - and for a few other reasons.

I use it now on my C100 (which has, as of this last week, the new Dual Pixel AF firmware upgrade on it). It works a treat with that.

Like Mark, I also much prefer the arrangement the Canon gives you for switching between AF and MF. It's superb on my 7D (which is the cam I originally bought it for, but that is only used as a still camera now - which it is very good at, BTW) as it gives little distortion, even on the very wide end, is razor sharp and is much less susceptible to lens flare - something that even the newer version II Tokina 11-16mm seems to suffer from (from what I've read - cannot speak from personal experience).

However, the Tokina 11-16mm (both version I and II lenses) are heavier, have better build quality and of course a constant F2.8 through their (very limited) zoom range in their favour. Those are big plusses for video use...

Personally, I don't think you'd be unhappy with either of them, or the Canon 10-22mm ...but the best thing is to go and try a few wide angle options in a camera shop and see what you personally prefer.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 12:22 AM   #7
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Tokina 11-16 is the king of the ultrawide for APS-C. Not a ton of great primes in this range so it's almost a no-brainer.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 02:19 AM   #8
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I don't think the 18-35 1.8 has stabilization, unfortunately.
Wouldn't the Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS or Canon 17-55 2.8 IS be a better choice? I think the range is more useful AND they both have IS...
Focusing is hard enough at 2.8!
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