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What kind of wide angle lens do I need?


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#1 Rob Thomson

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:34 AM

Hello,

I have a Canon 7D, with a Nikon 50mm F1.4 Manual Focus Prime Lens which creates this kind of an image:

My linkhttp://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/269/37973869.jpg/

With my old Panasonic hdc-sd200 camcorder, with a wide angle lens attachment, taken from the exact same position I get this image:

http://imageshack.us.../imga0070x.jpg/

What I want is a lens that produces as wide an image as the second photo, that will fit my DSLR, that produces the best possible quality for around $300.

I have qualms about buying a used lens, in fact It's probably going to be my best bet to buy from somewhere like ebay.

In case it isn't already blindingly obvious, I'm a total newbie to the DSLR world, so I would really appreciate advice on what kind of lens I should get.

Please excuse my ignorance on the matter!

Thanks in advance for your opinions,
Rob.
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#2 Rob Thomson

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:10 PM

I just realised I made a mistake on my original post. I meant to write I have no qualms about buying used lenses, not the opposite!
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#3 Patrick Shelton

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 02:40 PM

You might want to look into the Tokina 11-16. Its about double your 300$ limit, but its definitely worth it...
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#4 Adam Brown

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 04:47 PM

Although, you can probably find a used Tokina 11-16 online or at your local camera shop for around that $400-500 price point.

Great lens though. I second the recommendation.
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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 06:21 PM

Looks about 3X the view so a lens in the 12mm range... I'd get a wide angle zoom but you'd have to find a deal on a used one to meet your budget.
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#6 Evan Kimball

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:54 PM

Could also try a 17/18-55 kit lens. That'll will cover a descent range within your budget.
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