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What do I need to buy?

Discussion in 'Photography discussion' started by robcal, Aug 10, 2010.

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  1. robcal

    robcal Striker

    Basically I want to be able to take a wide-angle shot with my current camera, so just wanted to pick your brains to see what you recommend I get.

    My camera is a Canon EOS 500n linky

    I intend to get a Canon DSLR (so I can still use my current lenses) at some point in the next few months, so if I'm going to buy a lens I'd prefer it to be one which would fit that too.

    My current widest angle lens is a Tamron AF28-80mm F/3.5-5.6 Aspherical, but ideally I want to shoot a wider angle.

    I don't want to spend massive amounts just yet and ideally I need to get it fairly quickly! Any ideas?
  2. Is it just for one picture?

    When you get much wider than 24 picture distortion starts, is this what you want?

    Borrow from a friend/shop?


    I haven't got a clue about swapping lenses from SLR to DSLR.
  3. robcal

    robcal Striker

    Don't know how much use it'll get at the moment, I'm just experimenting. As for the distortion, again it might not be too much of an issue - even some sort of fisheye lens might do the job.
  4. [​IMG]Fish eyes have limited use for their cost I would think unless you are going to specialize?
  5. robcal

    robcal Striker

    No - won't be specialising. Am I right in thinking though that they aren't all quite like the one you've posted?
  6. Depends upon the focal length. I think they come in different lengths but 8mm 16mm and 15mm come to mind. There are two types of fish eye, circular image fish eye lensses form a round image in the picture. Full frame fish eyes, does what it says!

    I'm sure the people that post on here can answer more specific questions. I have never used a fish eye as I don't really like the effect.[​IMG]
  7. AB22 Easy Tiger

    AB22 Easy Tiger Nocturnal Tourist Staff Member Contributor

    Sigma do a 10-20mm that will (AGH No it won't, see bold below) fit the bill - it's (relatively) cheap too.

    Review here

    EDIT: Scrub that, it's a DC mount so won't work on your current camera

    One thing to watch though - with a 10 - 20 on your current camera the focal length will be 10 - 20mm but if you move to a DSLR it will be 15 - 30mm, (assuming you go for a cropped sensor - 450/500/550D / 30/40/50D / 7D). Still wider than you have but not exactly what it says on the tin.

    Obviously if you fork out for a full frame (5D or 1D) it'll be 10 - 20, but if you're spending that type of cash on a camera you don't want to be sticking a budget lens on the front.

    They do a 20mm prime that seems to be reasonably priced - and WILL - fit your current camera. My note above about focal length change applies whichever lens you buy.

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010
  8. robcal

    robcal Striker

    Cheers for that - I reckon I'd definitely go for that if money wasn't tight at the moment, but it's given me some ideas. Out of interest, how much wider an angle will a 20mm lens give as opposed to a 28mm one? Is there a massive difference?
  9. AB22 Easy Tiger

    AB22 Easy Tiger Nocturnal Tourist Staff Member Contributor

    Field of View Calculator

    20mm shows 84 degrees on X axis, 62 degrees on Y
    28mm shows 65 degrees on X axis, 46 degrees on Y

    So quite a difference
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010
  10. robcal

    robcal Striker

    Hmmm, quite tempted to spend some money. I assume that one of the Canon EFS lenses wouldn't fit mine would it?
  11. AB22 Easy Tiger

    AB22 Easy Tiger Nocturnal Tourist Staff Member Contributor

    No, you'd need an EF.

    EFS is cropped sensor digital only.
  12. not spavin

    not spavin Striker

    I have the Tokina 12-24 for my Nikon - very wide, superb optics and bugger all distortion - took with these with it over the weekend;




    Got mind for £300 ish second hand. Not sure if it'd work on yours mind, not clued up on Canons, though there is a Canon version available.
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