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cjp87 Apr 15, 2010 9:26 AM

Ultra-wide angles: Canon, Sigma, Tokina
I know, another question from me, sorry guys. But I've done a lot more reading, looking at various types of shots, and studying up on a lot of lenses, and I think I've figured out a bit more of my tastes since my last thread.

Again, I have a T2i with the kit lens. After looking at a bunch of different shots from a bunch of different lenses, I think I've figured out that I really like the type of image an ultra wide angle lens produces (I had been asking about telephoto zooms and macros before, but I think that the other direction may be more for me right now). From what I've been reading, the favorites seem to be the Canon EF-S 10-22, Sigma 10-20, and the Tokina 11-16.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but here's a brief overview of what I've gathered:

The Sigma comes in at the lowest price in exchange for softer edges and more distortion.

The Tokina has the sharpest image with the least distortion in exchange for a narrower range and a little more CA than others. As a result, it's a bit more, and in stock absolutely nowhere, used or otherwise.

The Canon has the best balance, better than the Sigma with distortion and sharpness, better than the Tokina with CA, and better than both with light control. However, it's also the most expensive, and is also not to be found used anywhere.

I know it's been asked in the past, but what are your opinions on these three lenses? I'm really leaning towards spending the extra $100 for the Tokina over the Sigma, but it's never in stock anywhere but eBay, where it sells for nearly $200 over B&H. Or is the Sigma good enough that I don't need to worry about hunting down the Tokina for the extra dough? And I'm willing to buy used if it can come at a discount, but I can't find them used anywhere but eBay, where it's all over the cost of a new one!

I feel like the Canon, while being a fantastic lens, is just a bit too much with the Tokina sitting in the middle, especially when my kit lens covers almost all of the missing range the Canon covers.

I'd like to be able to get one of them by May 17th when I go to Ireland for two weeks.

ronin2307 Apr 15, 2010 10:26 AM

did you check

cjp87 Apr 15, 2010 10:42 AM

Item is currently backordered from the manufacturer, according to their site.

ronin2307 Apr 15, 2010 10:44 AM

yeah i just noticed that. sorry for misleading you

ronin2307 Apr 15, 2010 10:47 AM

fwiw, i was reading a bit about the canon one, and came across a few reviews from people who said that the canon one is f5.6 at 22mm and they said that the shots they liked with this lens were mostly in the 17+ range, so they returned the lens and opted for the 17-40mm L lens, which supposedly was much more useful.

Again, please take this with a huge grain of salt as i have no experience whatsoever with any of these lenses. just telling you what i have read

shoturtle Apr 15, 2010 12:08 PM

tokina would be my pick, it really is a great lens.

Mark1616 Apr 15, 2010 12:21 PM

If you can find it then the Tokina is the way to go after that I'm not sure as I wasn't ever a huge fan of either.... then again you have to ask what you will be using it for. If you are not printing large then the issues go away, for me I just couldn't get the quality I wanted to use them on a job.

cjp87 Apr 22, 2010 9:57 AM

So I think, should I be able to find it in stock anywhere, I've just about decided on going for the Tokina. B&H and all the usual sources seem to be out of stock indefinitely, and the only place I've found is a Taiwanese dive shop that's charing $80 over the American stores to have it shipped.

Does anyone know of maybe a lesser-known photo store online that may have this lens in stock? I know I'm currently waiting on a response from Berger Brothers in New York, but any leads would be great.

Hards80 Apr 22, 2010 10:01 AM

The Tokina is the easy choice here for an ultrawide. It is sharp, constant, fast, and low distortion.

Build quality is also above the rest. I have the Tokina 12-24 (its older sibling lens) and it has never let me down, my go-to lens.

cjp87 Apr 23, 2010 8:03 PM

Well, I just bit the bullet on the Tokina 11-16. It was kindof tough to swallow spending 2/3 the cost of the camera on a lens (I'm an amateur, after all!), but I think it'll be worth it in the long run since these are the types of shots I kept going back to. I had to pay a bit over retail for shipping, but it was way better than the asking prices at Amazon!

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