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Best Wide Angle lens for 7D

J Hickton , Feb 15, 2011; 03:53 p.m.

I want to get a wide angle lens for my 7D which also performs well in low light, after a bit of research the 2 best options seem to be the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L and the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8PRO. So I was just wondering if anyone has any experience of these lenses, as I haven’t yet tried out either of them. Also is the much higher cost of the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L worth it?


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Bueh B. , Feb 15, 2011; 04:02 p.m.

Get the Tokina. It is an excellent super-wide zoom made for APS-C cameras. The EF 14mm is a special full-frame AF ultra-wide built for a field-of-view "where no rectilinear lens has gone before". It is unique and well regarded on full-frame where its optical drawbacks are part of the deal, but for APS-C there are better alternatives.

Alwin Lai , Feb 15, 2011; 04:11 p.m.

Back in my days, the efs 10-22 was considered the standard for UWA. It's ability to control distortion, CA, sharpness were its raison d'etre.

Richard Hatch , Feb 15, 2011; 04:52 p.m.

I check Lensrentals almost every day to see if they have any of their rentals come up for sale. They have a 14mm 2.8
I've rented and purchased lenses from them and highly regard both of these services.
I have a 10-22 and although it is a very nice UWA zoom it is neither fast or tack sharp.
I put a lot of stock in what Roger Cicala has to say about lenses. I think it is worth reading his comparisons of the choices in UWA zooms here.
The Zeiss 21mm 2.8 is a very fine lens with terrific contrast and color and it is very sharp. However, it just isn't wide enough for a lot of shooting people want to do with the 7D.

Geoff Sobering , Feb 15, 2011; 05:35 p.m.

J Hickton , Feb 15, 2011; 06:45 p.m.

Has to be 2.8 for low light work.

Arie Vandervelden , Feb 15, 2011; 07:23 p.m.

What Bueh says. Get the Tokina.

One other lens to consider would be Samyang 14/2.8. I'd still get the Tokina, though.

Mark Pierlot , Feb 15, 2011; 08:25 p.m.

The Samyang 14/2.8 is blindingly sharp across the frame, and costs about six times less than the optically inferior EF 14/2.8 L. But, alas, it's stuck at 14mm, and has manual focus only.

John Crowe , Feb 15, 2011; 10:26 p.m.

The abilities and cost of the Canon EF 14mm f2.8 L are wasted on a crop body. If you intend to go full frame and like the idea of having a superwide angle for it, then it will shine.

I'd have to do a bit of research on crop body wideangles to make further suggestions. The only other one that comes to mind is the Sigma 12-24 ( which also works on full frame ).

Philip Wilson , Feb 15, 2011; 11:01 p.m.

I was not that impressed by the Canon 14mm F2.8 and bought the 16-35F2.8 II and 17mm F4 TS as my wide angles. That said I mainly use them on full frame as they ate not that wide on my 7D. I have seen results from the Tokina 11- 16 and they appear to be quite good. That said the lens owner (a Nikon shooter) says it is more like a prime that a zoom when shooting due to it's limited range. So if you want a fast APS-C lens the Tokina is probably the way to go. Otherwise I suggest you look at the 17 F4 TS or the 16-35 F2.8 II as the 14 F2.8 I tested was quite disappointing for the price

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