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What wide angle lens are you using on RF?

ichiha68
Apprentice

I've been thinking about a new wide-angle lens mostly for landscapes and I'm curious what others are using on RF cameras.

Do you use one of the few RF native options (16mm f/2.8, 14-35mm f/4, 15-35mm f/2.8) or an adapted EF lens? If you were buying a new lens today, which would you choose?

I've been assuming there will eventually an RF 11-24mm or similar and that would probably be my choice. But it doesn't exist and I'd like to have a wide option for this summer.

I'm leaning toward a used Sigma 12-24mm f/4. Most significantly for budget reasons and prioritizing wider focal lengths over aperture.

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AtticusLake
Mentor
Mentor

I've been doing a lot of video landscape setups on the C70 (over 100, I think) and my absolute workhorse has been the RF 15-35mm f/2.8.  That's a Super 35 sensor, so lens is equivalent to something like a 22-50.

The range of focal lengths has been superb for almost everything -- I have on occasion used a 50mm lens, but *very* rarely.  The 15-35 almost never comes off the camera.  I sometimes think I might want a longer lens, but 35 almost always turns out to be enough.  Being able to go wide is great -- I go to 24mm quite a lot, sometimes out to 20mm, rarely wider.  The only drawback is it's big and heavy.

15mm, even on the S35 sensor, is pretty darned wide for the stuff I do; I've only very rarely used it.  Anything more than a few yards from the camera becomes pretty small at that point.  So I personally wouldn't go for the 11-24.  The 35mm end is something I use quite a lot.  Of course for landscape stills, you might want the really wide look; I know I used to like having a super-wide lens when I was doing stills.

Having said that, don't write off the RF 35mm f/1.8 STM macro.  That's a very nice sharp lens.  STM means slow and loud autofocus, but who cares for landscapes.  Also it's a pretty decent macro.  But I would miss the ability to go wider.

The RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM would be a lower-cost option too.  I don't know about that one, though.

I've toyed with getting the 24-105 or the 24-70, which would cover most of my landscape work and also be versatile for other things.  But so far I haven't really felt the need.

ebiggs1
Legend
Legend

If you were using a DSLR I would suggest the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 FF Lens for Canon EF as the best buy in a WA zoom. Considering price and performance it is a winner all around. It is the only Tokina I recommend. I have not used it on a R series so you need to make sure it works but it is well worth checking out.

EB
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Tronhard
Elite
Elite

I haven't done a lot of landscape work with the Canon RF bodies so far, so I bow to the others' opinions on this. As regards a comparison between the RF 14-35 and 15-35, it might be worth watching the video by Gordon Laing of Camera Labs that compares these two, considering there is a significant price difference - see it HERE 


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