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    Ultra Wide Angle Lens for APS-C DSLR

    Hi all,

    I am a relative newcomer to this forum (but not to photography) and would appreciate the advice and opinions of anyone who is willing to give it.

    I am thinking about adding an Ultra Wide Angle lens to my kit and am considering the following options (not in any particular order).

    Tokina 12 - 24 mm f/4
    Sigma 10 - 20 mm f/4 - 5.6
    Tamron 11 - 18 mm f/4.5 - 5.6.
    Canon 10 - 22 mm f/3.5 - 4.5.

    I am open to other suggestions if anyone has experience with alternatives to these lenses.

    I am considering this lens to broaden my technique in landscape and architectural photography.

    This question may have been answered elsewhere, if this is the case I'd appreciate it if someone could post the link for me.

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    Hi,
    of the ones you've mentioned the Canon 10-22 is generally regarded as the 'best overall' and the Sigma 10-20 'best value for $'.

    There are however a couple more I suggest you consider (sorry to complicate things)

    1. Tokina 11-16 f2.8 - Super sharp right out to edges & large constant aperture. What I was about to buy, till this came out...

    2. Sigma 8-16 f4.5-5.6 - Widest APS-C lens available, apparently very sharp, yet to try one but looks amazing..

    If you are serious about the architecture in particular (and have deep pockets) the Canon TS-E 17 f4L is an exceptional choice.

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    Thanks for making things easier for me John!!!

    Unfortunately my pockets are nowhere near deep enough for the TS-E.

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    The Tokina 12-24 f/4 is a lovely lens. I have owned two of them - the original and now the Version II with the focusing motor built in (for Nikon).

    I can't comment on the others you've mentioned, ad I haven't used any of them, but I'm thrilled with my Tokina.

    Also supposedly nice (as mentioned by Wobbles) is the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. I haven't used one but it reviews well.

    Between the two Tokinas it's really a toss up if you think the extra focal range is beneficial or the extra stop of the f/2.8. I prefer the extra range, so use the 12-24. YMMV.

    Please don't hesitate to provide me with CC! I'd love to hear your thoughts regarding any of my images. Thanks!

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    I had a chance to play around with Sigma 8-16mm, very nice indeed, and extremely sharp at 8mm, with just slight CA, but the downside is that at the moment this lens is quite expensive for a Sigma (about $900)

    I would personally recommend Sigma 10-20mm, you could pick it up for about $400 used, which is excellent value
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    The Canon 10-22mm has superb optics and renders straight lines, straight. Great for Architectural and Interior Design photography. The others may exhibit some form of barrel distortion on both ends of the focal range. Read the reviews about these lenses from reliable website forums.
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    I love my Canon 10-22 and it does give that extra bit of wide angle compared to my Tamron 18-270. Although the former has less distortion, the latter is fully correctable in DXO Optics Pro. Interestingly, though I am a wide-angle freak, when I took both to Europe recently I found myself using the Tamron 99% of the time because changing lenses was a nuisance.
    Below is a photo taken in Zaragoza, Spain using the tammy at 18mm and the one below that is Avoca, taken with the 10-22 (plus CPL to cut through the reflections). I guess the bottom line is if you want a pure wide angle for a Canon then you can't go wrong with the Canon 10-22 but if you want a more versatile, all-in-one, then the Tamron is not bad. I am happy with both.
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    Thanks for the input. I'm leaning towards the 10-22 Canon, just have to see what the Minister for Finance thinks. The 10-22 should fill the gap at the lower end to complement my 17-85 IS and 70-200 f4L IS. I love the pic of Avoca, the DOF is incredible, and great saturation.

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    Entrapro, i really like the first one, but the second one (avoca), looks blury.
    you sure you don't have a dud CPL?
    I had a bad hoya CPL that made my shots appear out of focus.

    Here's a shot from my 10-22, almost rigth out of the camera, just did a quick auto levels and minor unsharp. love the lens.
    i wonder how the 17-40L will compare when i go to full frame...


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    Thanks for pointing that out Pmack. Now that you come to mention it, it does look blurry. I'm not sure what is doing it but it's something I will look into.
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    Hi Pmack. I just did a test photographing a brick wall with and without the CPL on and you are absolutely correct! My HOYA CPL is making it blurry! Brilliant piece of detective work! Looks like the forum is doing what the creators hoped it would. Any ideas on contacting HOYA? Did you get a replacement?

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    Pmack. Here's my brick wall test. The second one is with the Hoya CPL filter on. I just cropped them down to about 1000 pixels along the long side.
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    I only have experience with the EF-S 10-22 and love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Entrapro View Post
    Hi Pmack. I just did a test photographing a brick wall with and without the CPL on and you are absolutely correct! My HOYA CPL is making it blurry! Brilliant piece of detective work! Looks like the forum is doing what the creators hoped it would. Any ideas on contacting HOYA? Did you get a replacement?
    damn... glad i could help! and yes that is the exact sort of effect it had on my shots.
    not sure what the odds are of that, because i havn't read about this problem on the net, just experienced it myself. i purchased it off ebay (seller urgalaxy-au) a while back, so i didn't bother trying to do anything about it. i ended up upgrading to a PRO version instead as it's got the multi coating. i went the kenko one though, same manufacturer as hoya but was cheaper. this was a few years back

    i wonder how common this problem is. and i wonder if perhaps we have dodgy fake copies. though it seems legit if not for the poor image quality...

    hmmm

    edit: maybe start a new thread and post up those images and see if others have this same problem? (to save hijacking this topic also )
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    Good idea about the new thread because others should know about this too. And thanks again for your help. The only problem is that I can't look at my old photos the same way ever again; all I'm going to see now is the blur!

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    haha, yeah i know what you mean, at least you discovered in now rather than never!
    i'm glad i noticed it the very first time i used it. i was actually using a new lens at the time (100-400L)
    did some test shots simillar to yours and was pleased to find out that it wasn't my expensive lens that was blurry!

    continuing my detective work, i think unistudent1962 needs glasses if he thinks there is "incredible depth of field" in your shot which is completely blurred :P

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    You're right,

    Now that I've got my glasses on I can see how bad it is.
    That'll teach me not to wear them.
    Entrapro should consider getting his checked too, considering he posted the image as an example of how good the Canon 10-22 is. I'm glad he's not part of my marketing team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unistudent1962 View Post
    You're right,

    Now that I've got my glasses on I can see how bad it is.
    That'll teach me not to wear them.
    Entrapro should consider getting his checked too, considering he posted the image as an example of how good the Canon 10-22 is. I'm glad he's not part of my marketing team.
    haha, i know that's why i put up my own photo (without a bad CPL on it!)

    in an attempt to get back on topic here's a 100% crop from my shot using the 10-22
    no sharpening done. taken with a 40D


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