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Valentina Liebhart , Apr 17, 2007; 06:30 p.m.

Hi! Im shooting pictures of cafes, restaurants and fashion stores for a map company on monday,so i figured i need a wide angle lense. Ive got the Canon 30D and Im contemplating whether i should get a Sigma 10-22mm ($600) or the Canon 10-22mm ($1200), whether the Canon lense is worth double the money? and whether this zoomlense would allow me to take close up shots of say coffees, otherwise i would have to bring my 50mm,1.8 and keep changing lenses! And then i need a tripod, im a girl so not very strong, i got recommended the Manfrotto 190X ($275), im willing to spend up to $300 as long as it is a good tripod because i have a cheap tripod and its crap, so just wanted to make sure that this is a good one,its pretty light so im worried that its not stable enough,your feedback would be great, thanks heaps


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Jeff Owen , Apr 17, 2007; 07:02 p.m.

You can't go wrong with the Canon 10-22. It will focus down to 10" and because of the wide angles you will rarely need a tripod to hold the camera steady. It is more expensive but in my view worth it for the quality.

Gerry Morgan , Apr 17, 2007; 07:13 p.m.

I have both these lenses. Both are very good. The Canon is *very slightly* better, but you'd have to be looking at a very large version of the photo to notice the difference, and (in my opinion) the Canon is NOT worth twice as much money as the Sigma. I presume you are not in the USA -- the Canon is "only" around 30-40% more here.

By the way, note that the Sigma covers 10-20mm, not 10-22mm as you stated. The extra 2mm makes a difference on wide-angle lenses. They both focus equally close (around 9.5 inches / 240mm), so they should be fine for a close-up of a coffee cup. But why not take your 50mm with you anyway, just in case?

I've used the Manfrotto 190MF (which I assume is similar to the 190X). It's a good tripod: solid and lightweight. I also liked it because the legs can open until they are horizontal, which is good for low work, although that probably will not be important for you.

Which tripod head are you thinking of getting? You *might* be able to get away without a tripod if the light is good (what are your plans for lighting?). If you get a tripod, you might want to think about a remote release too.

Good luck with your assignment!

Andre Reinders , Apr 17, 2007; 07:27 p.m.

I have shot some real estate (home interiors), and hope to do more to make some $. I have a 20D and purchased a Tokina 12-24 for $500 US from BH. I really like the lens, and like the savings over the Canon alternative. The reviews I read indicate that this is the best third party wide angle. I know it is 12 instead of 10 mm - the difference between 16 and 19mm field of view on your (and my) camera. I opted to save a few dollars as photography is not my main source of income. I suggest you consider this as an option. It is well built and comes with a hood.

Mark U , Apr 17, 2007; 08:01 p.m.

It's worth adding a double axis shoe mount bubble level to your kit - they are cheap. Level shots will avoid strange perspectives and save you a lot of post-processing work.

Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston , Apr 17, 2007; 11:03 p.m.

I agree with Mark, add the bubble level it is cheap and money well spent. As for the lens, I shoot lots of interiors and houses and have found the 10-22 mm for my 20d a necessity. The extra mm on the wide end coupled with the sharpness is definitely worth the extra $$.

Interior shot with the 10-22mm (Taken at 10mm -f/8) Incidently, the 10-22mm lens can be had for $669 at Amazon.

Amazon: Canon 10-22mm

Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston , Apr 17, 2007; 11:10 p.m.

Incidently, the 10-22 mm has a close focusing distance that would focus on a close cup of coffee, but the perspective may be off. It depends on what you want it to look like. If you are going for something like this: Room with Vase to get close to an item while expanding to include the rest of the room it would work great. Otherwise I recommend the 50 f/2.5 CM lens for closeups. Additionally, I have found that the best bet to keep your perspectives right in inside architectural shots (in rooms with 7-9 ft ceilings) is to shoot at about waist level or slightly above. Otherwise you will be looking down and all your lines will be slanted too much.

Yakim Peled , Apr 18, 2007; 03:34 a.m.

If in your country the difference indeed that big then go with the Sigma. The Canon is better but not that much better. In USA prices I'd go for the Canon.

Happy shooting, Yakim.

Valentina Liebhart , Apr 18, 2007; 07:03 a.m.

Thanks Guys! Im from Melbourne Australia! All the camera gear here is extremely expensive! My teacher told me in terms of the tripod to spend more money on the head than on the tripod itself and recommended the handle grip one....what do u guys think?

Yakim Peled , Apr 18, 2007; 07:31 a.m.

I have the 322RC2 and like it a lot.

Happy shooting, Yakim.

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