Fabio has a question.

“I am looking for a lens that will give me a little more wide range than the 18-55mm lens that came with my EOS T2i…Can you recommend one that will do “wide angle” type of shots but will also not break my bank account (Without sacrificing quality, etc) I don’t ask for much do I?”
Thanks in advance!
~ Fabio Celeita

Excellent question Fabio, thanks for taking a moment to share that with us.

That 18-55mm kit lens is a great way to get started, but soon enough outgrown. Beware though, the “wider” angle lenses get pricey. Let’s see what we can do.

Canon EFS 10-22mm Wide Angle LensMore “wide angle”

Off brands will give you a few more alternatives in this case then Canon. Sigma has been in the lens game for a long time. With your Canon EOS T2i, you’re looking for those Sigma Lenses tagged as DC. The DGs on the other hand are designed for full frame sensors.

No secret that barreling distortion goes up on the “wider” range of the focal length. Barreling is easily corrected with the Lens Correction feature in PhotoShop. Then sometimes the barreling is left for creative reasons and visual drama.

In the Canon line up, it can be a little pricey and most of the “really wide angle” goodies are the high end L series glass. One that is not L series and little more reasonably priced, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM at around  $700 to $800. The effective focal length range is about 16-35mm in 35mm format. Only fits on the EOS Digital Rebel series or 20D, 30D, 40D and 50D, 7D SLR cameras.

Options with the Sigma brand:

  • 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM Price: $1,100.00 MSRP
  • 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Price: $740.00 MSRP
  • 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM Price: $950.00 MSRP (Constant Aperture)

The Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM might have just a little more performance that the 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM on how fast the lens is. I find that Canon quoting the effective focal length as 16-35mm a little confusing while stating it’s designed for the APS-C sensors(?).

Cheap and cheerful, not really.

More “specific use” wide angle lenses would be wide angle prime and fish eye. I find these really cool, but limited use.

The Standard Zoom Lenses – The Walk Around Lens

More for others who would be reading this post…

The Sigma so called multipurpose DC zoom lenses (walk around lenses) give lots of choices starting at around $400. Focal lengths on the wide end start at  17mm up to some telephoto range topping at 250mm.

For Canon,  a good walk around lens is the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. The IS buys you a few f-stops indoors. So you have some wide angle and a bit of telephoto for under $600.

There’s always eBay. I really like Craig’s list for buying and selling. I can always find people in the region and check out the gear first hand.

Just an L series thought…

We all tend to be budget savvy. I went through two APS-C size sensor SLR cameras before going to a full frame sensor. While I had one those smaller sensor cameras, I came across a good deal on a professional L series lens. The crop factor wasn’t a big deal, I had  a ton of fun using it. When that time came for my first full frame digital camera, I enjoyed the top notch performance of that lens and still have it today.

A well maintained L series lens will hold it’s value very well.

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