Please help me select a wide angle lens for my upcoming trip.

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Posted 7/19/2013 by GemTwist in General Photography
 

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Posted: 7/19/2013 7:14:07 AM
I'm traveling next month to China and Tibet, and I'm looking for a wide angle lens or two to rent for the trip. I'm a bit of a newbie, so please excuse me if I use some terms incorrectly.

On my last trip, I rented the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens. I loved it, because it worked well for both landscape shots and indoor shots, but also for closer shots of people. I think I'll probably rent this one again.

However, I'm also interested in renting an ultra-wide, possibly a fish-eye lens, to play with some of the distortion. I know with my Rebel, some of that will get cropped out. The lenses I've been reading about are the Tokina 11-16 f2.8 or Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, and the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye.

With the Tokina 11-16, I've read that it does better indoors, with the larger aperture, but that it flares when used outside for landscapes. I think I'm leaning towards this one, because I'd probably prefer it for indoor use, inside of monasteries, etc.

Am I duplicating things by considering renting 3 lenses? I love the fisheye effect, but if I could get some good distortion with the ultra-wide lens on my crop sensor camera, maybe I could do without it. Or maybe just Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L with the fisheye lens would give me the versatility of a wide angle, with the options for distortion with the fisheye. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!

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Posted: 7/19/2013 11:25:09 PM
I have a 10-22 on a crop camera and the distortion is minimal, if you are looking for distortion that is probably not the lens for you. I have only used my lens outside, and I have a high density filter on it since I use it for waterfall shots. Clearly the Tokina would be better for inside and I have heard food things about that one. I can't imagine any of the wides would be good for people shots. How about getting a wide angle or fish eye and a more versatile lens for people and "normal" shots? Maybe the coveted 24-70?

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Posted: 7/20/2013 7:47:28 AM
Thanks for your advice! I will look into the 24-70.


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Posted: 7/25/2013 1:53:01 PM

I've been reading about are the Tokina 11-16 f2.8
I have a Tokina 12-24 wide angle and it's awesome. I hear that the 11-16 is even better if possible. A 24-70 isn't all that wide.

I have a Nikon fisheye and it's fun but not versatile enough.


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Posted: 7/25/2013 2:28:25 PM
I'm looking to rent a wide angle lens too. I am considering the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5

I found a group on Flickr for this lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm ★ f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Posted: 7/26/2013 6:49:22 PM
I own both the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, and the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye.

I bought the fisheye first, and it was cool to play with, but sometimes the distortion was just too much. Fun, but not what I was looking for with my landscape/tourist photos. For my most recent trips, I find that I take the 10-22 instead. I like that it gives less distortion, and I am obsessed with how it makes the sky so dynamic. It's a great lens, pretty sharp and in all honesty, ever since purchasing it, I have not used my fisheye. In fact, if my brother didn't borrow the fisheye from time to time to use it, it wouldn't have been touched for the past 2 years.


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Posted: 7/26/2013 7:28:42 PM
Thanks for all of the advice! I ended renting the Canon 16mm-35mm f/2.8PL (it really did do well with people shots, especially the people-in-front-of-famous-landmarks shots that I tend to take on vacation.)

I also chose the Tokina 11-16mm and the fisheye. I think I'll maybe try the Canon 10-22mm the next time around, though. It's a tough decision, but at least I'll get to play around with them on my trip and figure out what works best for me. Thanks, everyone!


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Posted: 7/26/2013 9:25:28 PM
Sharon,
I wasn't suggesting the 24-70 for the wide angle, but rather the lens for taking picture of people the OP was saying she wanted as the 10-22 wouldn't really work for that.

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