If you want a good “scapes” lens, i.e. a lens for landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes and shoot a Canon dslr with a crop sensor the Canon 10mm – 22mm f3.5 – 4 is an awesome lens that produces excellent photos, and one I highly recommend. This is all well and good, but this lens may not (for whatever reason) be the best lens choice for everyone. If the Canon EF-S 10mm – 22mm wide angle lens is not suitable for you there are some alternatives out there, and the best of the bunch are as follows:-
TOKINA 11 – 16 F2.8 AT
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- N/A/17.6mm – 25.6mm/ Aperture:- 2.8 - 22/ Min focus:- 11.8”/ Dimensions:- 3.31” x 3.51”/ Weight:- 19.4oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£GBP:- $440.00/£400
The first thing you will notice about this lens is the build quality, i.e. it is second to none. Tokina are renowned for producing rugged lenses and this one is no different. This lens is bombproof and on par with the build quality of the Canon L series lenses, which is quite surprising given the cost of this lens. The disadvantage of this superior build quality is the increase in size and weight, which may or may not be a consideration to you.
The focal range of this lens is strange, since it is only 11mm (effective 17.6mm) at the wide end. I appreciate this is not much longer than 16mm but the difference in the field of view is quite significant, so this is something to keep in mind. This lens also falls short at the long end too, so this is something you need to consider if you like shooting at (an effective) 35mm focal length as well as the field of view it provides.
The image quality of this lens is very good, however it is not quite on par with the Canon 10mm – 22m. This lens isn’t that far adrift but it is adrift and if you go pixel peeping or create super large prints you will notice this. That said, this lens is more than capable of capturing stunning high quality images.
This lens is priced around the same level as the Canon 10mm – 22mm, which is about right. This lens is stronger and sturdier than the Canon 10mm – 22mm lens, but the image quality isn’t quite there. If you want a bombproof lens that will withstand anything you, and Mother Nature, can throw at it this lens should be the top of your list.
Buy the Tokina 11mm – 16mm f2.8 from bhphotovideo.com or buy from Amazon.co.uk.
TAMRON 10 – 24 F3.5 – 4.5
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- N/A/16mm – 38.4mm/ Aperture:- 3.5 – 24/4.5 - 24/ Min focus:- 9.4”/ Dimensions:- 3.28” x 3.41”/ Weight:- 15.4oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£ GBP:- $500.00/£375.00
If you want the widest range of focal lengths the Tamron 10mm – 24mm lens may well be right up your street. This lens has the 10mm (effective 16mm) wide end and the field of view that comes with this however it has a 24mm (effective 38.4mm) at the long end. Despite having a greater range of focal lengths this lens is smaller and lighter than the alternatives
The image quality of this lens is good, but it is not as good as the Canon or Tokina lenses. That said, this lens is capable of capturing some good photos. If you don’t need the superior image quality of the Canon or the super durability of the Tokina this Tamron lens is definitely worth a look.
Buy the Tamron 10mm – 24mm wide-angle lens from bhphotovideo.com or buy from Amazon.co.uk.
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