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    Hi all,

    I'm planning to go to Borobudur or Angkor Wat soon, and the feedback I've gotten is that a wide angle lens would be useful to bring. I own a Canon 350D. Can I pls get recommendations for a wide angle lens that won't make me a pauper? I've been checking out BnS but I hardly come across people selling wide lenses, either new or used. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Recommendations for wide angle lens?

    what is your budget?
    and how wide do you want to go?
    Are 3rd party lenses an option?

    I'd say the tokina 12-24 f4 is a safe bet
    if it is out of your budget,
    then the next best thing would be a tokina 17mm f3.5

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    My budget? Preferably not more than $800. i don't mind 3rd-party lenses. I want to go as wide as possible, i.e. 10mm or 12mm.

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    Maybe you can spend a bit more and get the Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    what is your budget?
    and how wide do you want to go?
    Are 3rd party lenses an option?

    I'd say the tokina 12-24 f4 is a safe bet
    if it is out of your budget,
    then the next best thing would be a tokina 17mm f3.5
    I agree..
    The tokina 12-24 is a very good lens, in terms of build, image quality and handling

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    Default Re: Recommendations for wide angle lens?

    Actually there are only a handful of wide angles lens that's wider than your kit lens......but I think only 3rd party one like Sigma's, Tamron's and Tokina's fall within that price bracket....you can probably find many fantastic samples posted in here b4

    But since I am a nikon user, I think I will go for a prime lens something like the 14mm if I want wide but this one will burn a hole in my pocket before I shoot the picture
    Last edited by Big Kahuna; 29th March 2006 at 06:46 PM.

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    Be sure to check out the sigma before u set your mind on the tamron. the web reviews which I seen generally favour the sigma for better picture quality and build quality than the tamron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShutterBugL
    Be sure to check out the sigma before u set your mind on the tamron. the web reviews which I seen generally favour the sigma for better picture quality and build quality than the tamron.
    I've seen pics taken by the sigma ones (wide-angle ones) in comparison to the tamrons. I find that the tamrons are slightly better in quality. Web reviews vary from person to person so do a test yrself personally is best to deduce which is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    Web reviews vary from person to person so do a test yrself personally is best to deduce which is better.
    True.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShutterBugL
    True.
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    Default Re: Recommendations for wide angle lens?

    Are wide-angle lenses for group shots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fintan
    Are wide-angle lenses for group shots?
    24mm... to have a "safe" distortion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnet6
    24mm... to have a "safe" distortion.
    I've tried at 17mm with the 17-40, Distortion not so bad but at the ends, faces will look a bit 'stretched'.
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    Default Re: Recommendations for wide angle lens?

    ive just done a review of the tokina 19-35 which i got for $160 w/77mm filter off B&S. MINT condition from a very nice seller. i find it worth every penny i paid. definitely wont make u a pauper. i use a 350D too

    review on: shangjun.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaiahfortythirtyone
    ive just done a review of the tokina 19-35 which i got for $160 w/77mm filter off B&S. MINT condition from a very nice seller. i find it worth every penny i paid. definitely wont make u a pauper. i use a 350D too

    review on: shangjun.blogspot.com
    Good buy!
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    Default Re: Recommendations for wide angle lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by fintan
    Are wide-angle lenses for group shots?
    They can be meant for lots of kinda shots, depending on the photog's shooting style,
    Eg, architectural(if I spelled it correctly), landscapes, indoor....many more..

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    I think you should go for EFS 10-22 F3.5-4.5. It is lighter and the finishing is much more better than tokina and others. Overall image quality is better. I tried it yesterday at CP. I compared tokina 12-24, sigma 15-30 (too big and heavy for my liking) and canon 10-22.

    The only thing u hav to do is to come out extra $$$. They quote me 1180. But the lens doesn't come with the hood. The hood at extra 80 (eighty dollars.......... )

    Anyway if i were u, I'll just tahan my heartache and go for canon by installments.


    Btw.., anyone know which shop is selling cheaper for the above canon lens.????

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtunlinn
    I think you should go for EFS 10-22 F3.5-4.5. It is lighter and the finishing is much more better than tokina and others. Overall image quality is better. I tried it yesterday at CP. I compared tokina 12-24, sigma 15-30 (too big and heavy for my liking) and canon 10-22.

    The only thing u hav to do is to come out extra $$$. They quote me 1180. But the lens doesn't come with the hood. The hood at extra 80 (eighty dollars.......... )

    Anyway if i were u, I'll just tahan my heartache and go for canon by installments.


    Btw.., anyone know which shop is selling cheaper for the above canon lens.????
    the Canon EF-S 10-22 is a hidden L lens.
    Price is high, but the image quality is superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtunlinn
    I think you should go for EFS 10-22 F3.5-4.5. It is lighter and the finishing is much more better than tokina and others. Overall image quality is better. I tried it yesterday at CP. I compared tokina 12-24, sigma 15-30 (too big and heavy for my liking) and canon 10-22.

    The only thing u hav to do is to come out extra $$$. They quote me 1180. But the lens doesn't come with the hood. The hood at extra 80 (eighty dollars.......... )

    Anyway if i were u, I'll just tahan my heartache and go for canon by installments.


    Btw.., anyone know which shop is selling cheaper for the above canon lens.????
    A few days ago, Jn 3:16 quoted S$1160 for the Canon EFS10-22mm and S$60 for the filter. Haven't asked AP yet but I'd expect a better price than either CP or Jn 3:16.

    Btw, don't forget that you may still need to get a 77mm UV filter for it if you need protection. From what I've read (so far) you'll probably need a slim filter so that it doesn't cause vignetting. Not sure if this is really an issue but you may want to check it our for yourself.
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    Definitely I have to get a filter after getting it.. either B+W or Nc.. another 100 bucks again..

    Just scratching my head nowadays.....

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