Wide-Angle Lens Recommendations for Canon SLR Digital Camera?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by dcostantiello, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. Recently I bought the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT 8.0-Megapixel SLR
    Digital Camera. So far I love this camera. I'm purely a novice
    photographer and take photos as a hobby, whenever time permits.

    I've been looking around for a reasonably priced wide-angle lens for
    this camera. I don't know much about shopping for this type lens and
    was hoping some of you maybe able to recommend a few.

    Thanks,

    Dave
     
    dcostantiello, Mar 2, 2006
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    JimKramer Guest

    What is reasonably priced and what do you consider wide angle?

    Tokina 19-35mm is a steal at $150
    Sigma 15mm Fisheye is entertaining at $400
    Canon 20mm is spectacular at $450

    Jim
     
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    tomm42 Guest

    Add to the above with,
    Canon 10-22mm best of the Canon compaible very wide lenses But $7-800
    or so
    Tokina 12-24mm f4 good reviews $450
    Tokina 17mm $300 or so
    Canon has a 15mm fisheye at about $500

    Tom
     
    tomm42, Mar 2, 2006
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  4. Thanks to the both of you for the replies. Reasonably priced I was
    hoping to find something in the $200 - $300 range. The only lens I have
    now is the standard 18-55mm Canon lens that came with purchase.

    Right now I'm looking for a wide-angle lens for landscape shots. Then
    possibly picking up a Fisheye lens further down the road.
     
    dcostantiello, Mar 2, 2006
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    John Navas Guest

    [POSTED TO rec.photo.digital.slr-systems - REPLY ON USENET PLEASE]

    Why not shoot and stitch panoramas? I've gotten some spectacular results that
    way.
     
    John Navas, Mar 2, 2006
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  6. When you shoot and stitch the panoramas together, do you use a tripod
    to take level shots or do you take the shots handheld.

    Also, any particular software you could recommend to stitch the
    panoramas together that's around $100.

    Thanks again,

    - Dave
     
    dcostantiello, Mar 2, 2006
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    Paul Murray Guest

    Paul Murray, Mar 2, 2006
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  8. I'll take one of those $7 ones....
     
    Steve Cutchen, Mar 2, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    Presumably you have the kit lens which goes down to 18mm or so.
    If so this is the 35mm film equivalent of 28mm, decent enough wide angle
    coverage for most users, especially beginners.
    To get wider coverage you have the option of zooms in the +/- 10-20mm range
    from Tamron, Tokina, Sigma and Canon.
    Despite what is posted on this newsgroup the more expensive Canon may not
    be the best choice for you.
    Before spending money on more lenses I think most people would be better off
    investing in a good image manipulation program, e.g. Elements or CS2, and
    learning how to process their images. In particular you should learn to use
    the raw format.
     
    bmoag, Mar 3, 2006
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  10. Thanks Again for all the replies, its all very helpful.

    Paul Murray, I was playing around with the software you directed me to
    at http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html . This is
    exactly what I'm looking for, but this software seems to kill the
    resolution of the photos. Any recommendations on panorama/stitch
    software out there that can handle higher resolution photos?

    Thanks,

    - Dave
     
    dcostantiello, Mar 3, 2006
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    Alan Bremner Guest

    Have a look at the software that came with your camera. I don't have
    my own CDs to hand at the moment but I'm sure Canon's PhotoStitch was
    included in the software that came with my 350D.
    Al
     
    Alan Bremner, Mar 3, 2006
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    Beach Bum Guest

    I'm happy to say that I just paid $670 (including overnight shipping) from
    www.buydig.com - not gray market. It just arrived today. So far I'm very
    impressed. :)
     
    Beach Bum, Mar 4, 2006
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    Beach Bum Guest

    I've read quite good reviews for the Sigma 10-20mm. It's in the $350-$450
    range, depending on how hard you shop around.
     
    Beach Bum, Mar 4, 2006
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    Paul J Gans Guest

    How will that enable me to take wide angle pictures?

    ----- Paul J. Gans
     
    Paul J Gans, Mar 5, 2006
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