In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are some of the best wide angle lenses for Canon 700d cameras currently available on the market right now. Over the past few months, we have noticed a steady number of 700d users reaching out for advice on wide angle lenses that they can use for their cameras.
We have researched the various lenses on the market right now and published this article in an attempt to help any of our readers who are in this same situation. Each of these lenses has a good reputation within the photography community while also being fully compatible with the Canon 700d.
We are aware that there are some very high-priced wide angle lenses that could be considered better than the three that we will be featuring in this article. We will not be covering these lenses as we are aware that they are well outside the budgets of the majority of our readers but you can click here to see a full list of compatible lenses including the higher price tag items. We feel that the lenses that we will be covering on our list offer the perfect blend between functionality and price and will offer our readers the vast majority, if not everything they need in their wide angle lenses while still being budget-friendly.
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The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Wide-Angle Lens
Coming from the Sigma EX range, the Sigma 10-20mm has the excellent high-quality build quality that you would expect. That said, due to it being a slightly older design, the lens is a little larger than modern lens as well as a little heavy. On the flip side though it is solid to handle and has an excellent build quality that provides outstanding photographs or video for your Canon 700d. The lens is made from a mix of high-quality rugged plastics and metal to help make it robust while also keeping the weight of the lens down.
In our opinion, the zoom range of the Sigma 10-20mm is perfect for the needs of most people out there. The 10mm zoom can be considered as ultra wide angle offering you some epic high-quality landscape vista photographs while the 20mm setting can be considered regular wide angle and is ideal for capturing the beauty of buildings and smaller landscapes.
The constant maximum aperture of f3.5 on the Sigma 10-20mm lets in a decent amount of light and keeps the lens relatively fast when compared to other lenses in this bracket. Additionally, you are also able to get a reasonably out of focus background in your photographs with minimal effort provided you are close to the main subject of your photograph.
The image to the left shows the manual zoom and focus rings on the lens that are both easy to use. One thing that we would like to point out and something that we consider a design flaw on the lens is that Sigma has chosen to use the same ribbing on the lens body as they do on the manual zoom ring and then placed them right next to each other. This can, unfortunately, make it a little annoying to find the manual zoom ring quickly as both feel the same.
That said once you are used to the lens, your muscle memory will kick in and help you quickly and easily find the manual zoom ring when required. The ring itself is smooth, easy to turn, and has just enough rotation range to allow you to be confident that you are not over zooming in your turns of the manual zoom ring.
The manual focus ring is heavy to turn but very smooth and responsive allowing you to tweak the focus of the lens without over tweaking and wasting your time. The autofocus motor on the lens is very fast and accurate with little to no delay or tracking when swapping between subjects. It is also relatively quiet too but if you are recording video while using the lens and using the on-camera mic then it will pick up the clicks of the autofocus adjusting. Using manual focus while using video or using an external mic are both quick and easy workarounds for this.
The Sigma 10-20mm does not have any native built-in image stabilization either. Although this may be a slight problem for you depending on your photography niche, you can usually use a tripod or gimbal to help work around this.
The lens takes 82mm lens filters that can end up getting pretty pricey due to their size. We would recommend that our readers check out the Gobe 82mm lens filter (Click here to check for product prices and availability) range if you are planning on picking up some lens filters for your Sigma 10-20mm. In our opinion, they offer the perfect mix of functionality and affordability while also quickly growing an excellent reputation for themselves within the photography community.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Sigma 10-20mm lens to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens
The build quality of the lens is excellent and still holds up to the modern advancements on lenses today. It is made from a combination of metal and high-quality plastics to keep the quality as high as possible while also helping to keep the weight of the lens down. The Canon EF-S 10-22mm used a metal lens mount with solid threads to help prevent any accidental cross threading when mounting or unmounting the lens from your Canon 700d and also balances well on the camera.
Again, the Canon EF-S 10-22mm offers both wide angle and ultra wide angle functionality all in one nifty little lens. The 10mm range on the lens is perfect for photographing or videoing any tight indoor or tight spaces as well as some epic wide open vistas. The 22mm zoom of the lens offers some nice architecture or traditional wide angle lens capabilities too. If you are planning on recording video with your 700d then the 10mm functionality of the lens can offer some unique footage that also captures the vast landscapes of your location.
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm has an apeture range of f/3.5-4.5 so it does slightly darken the image as you zoom in but we feel that this is a fair trade off and can easily be cleaned up in post-production if it bothers you. The lens is also able to offer you some easy out of focus backgrounds too but you do have to be fairly close to your subject to get the desired effect.
As you may expect, the lens does not have any built-in native image stabilization but as we touched on earlier in the article, if your photography niche requires it then you can use a tripod or gimbal to keep your image as stable as possible. In all honesty, though, we feel a large number of our readers should be able to get buy with the Canon EF-S 10-22mm without issue.
Both the manual zoom and manual focus rings are very smooth and precise to use allowing you to quickly and easily manually adjust your image before pressing the capture button. The Canon EF-S 10-22mm also uses the Canon USM autofocus motor system. This offers the lens some of the fastest autofocusing out there that is very accurate and almost silent.
That said, again, if you are using your on-camera mic for video recording with your Canon 700d then it will pick up the clicks of the autofocus correcting. Again, we would recommend that you just use manual focus or an off-camera mic when using the lens where possible as a workaround for this.
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm comes with a 77mm lens filter thread and again, we would recommend that our readers check out what’s available from the Gobe 77mm range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) to meet their lens filter needs.
The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
As we have mentioned for the two lenses above, the zoom range of the Canon EF-S 10-18mm is ideal for any wide angle photography needs you may have, especially if you are on a budget. The 10mm zoom setting allows you to capture wide open views with minimal effort producing very crisp and clear photographs. The 18mm zoom setting on the lens is able to offer you a more traditional wide-angle image as well as having some use for close up portrait photographs too.
With an aperture range of only f/4.5-5.6, the max setting still does not let in much light and is probably the largest downfall of the lens. For the price though, you can’t expect everything to be on point and we feel the functionality and performance of the rest of the lens makes up for this.
The Canon EF-S 10-18mm has a very good build quality and is mostly made from high-quality plastics offering a very light and small lens. If you are planning on traveling around a whole bunch for your photography locations and have baggage weight restrictions then this lens may be the option for you.
Both the manual focus and manual zoom ring are smooth to use so that you are able to use it for any videography needs with your Canon 700d. The autofocus is very quiet even when recording video with your camera and using the on-camera microphone to record your videos audio. That said though, we would always recommend that you use some form of the external microphone where possible, even if it still mounted on your camera frame.
The Canon EF-S 10-18mm takes a 67mm lens filter and as you may have guessed, we would recommend that our readers check out the Gobe 67mm lens filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for all of their filter needs.
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