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Unread 10-28-2014, 11:50 AM   #1
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Wide Angle lens

Hello, 
I am still rather new into photography and as I have been teaching myself over the past few years I have done alot more Cosplay shoots both at cons and outside of conventions and such. 
I am looking into getting a lens to work with, and am looking into a wide angle lense. I have a fixed 50 mm, a kit lense, a portrait lense, and a longer range lens that also came with my camera. 

What Ive seen of these lenses Ive rather liked their finished products but I was wondering if theyd be good to invest in? 

I have a Canon 60D however I do not have much money to spend on this so I was actually considering this one http://www.amazon.com/Canon-20-35mm-...non+EF+20-35mm

Opinions on this are greatly appreciated.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 01:29 PM   #2
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If you like that close/wide look, sure, grab a wide angle lens.

What draws you to the 20-35, though? Its "ultra wide" label only really applies if you're using it on full frame. On your 60D, 20mm is just moderately wide at best. If your kit lens is an 18-55 or 18-135 you already have something that goes even wider than that lens and the 20-35 isn't really any sharper nor does it offer a wider maximum aperture.

When you say you "do not have much money to spend" could you be more specific? If you want recommendations we have no real way of knowing if you can afford a given lens or not unless we find it and post it and wait for you to say yes or no. Why not give a firm price limit so we can narrow the options down beforehand? It would save a lot of time and effort.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 02:47 PM   #3
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Aside from big group shots, I'm personally not a fan of wide-angles for portraiture. Some people can use the perspective distortion effectively to make a good-looking portrait, but that takes a fair amount of skill - it doesn't happen by accident.
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Unread 10-29-2014, 01:31 AM   #4
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If you like that close/wide look, sure, grab a wide angle lens.

What draws you to the 20-35, though? Its "ultra wide" label only really applies if you're using it on full frame. On your 60D, 20mm is just moderately wide at best. If your kit lens is an 18-55 or 18-135 you already have something that goes even wider than that lens and the 20-35 isn't really any sharper nor does it offer a wider maximum aperture.

When you say you "do not have much money to spend" could you be more specific? If you want recommendations we have no real way of knowing if you can afford a given lens or not unless we find it and post it and wait for you to say yes or no. Why not give a firm price limit so we can narrow the options down beforehand? It would save a lot of time and effort.

What I think draws me in to this lens is how it seems to look a lot sharper than my kit lens, as well as some of the pictures I've seen from it they seem to appeal to me.
The wide angle from what I've seen as well in a lot of shots involving people have always been interesting to me so that is why I am looking into getting one.

As for a budget I sadly can't go much over $300 due to school funds. I know better lenses are more money as my portrait one I got from a now closed photograph store cost me a bit.
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Unread 10-29-2014, 09:05 PM   #5
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I use a Nikon to EOS adapter on my Canon EOS body, so I can use very inexpensive manuel focus lenses. You might be able to find a prime lens that does what you want. Here is a link to a lens made by Bower, to fit on a Nikon mount, costing $300. You would have to focus nd set the aperture manually. The adaptor mount I use costs around $40-$60, so it would put you a bit over budget. Much cheaper manual lenses can be found; even at fraction of the price.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ltra_Wide.html
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Unread 10-29-2014, 09:57 PM   #6
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Or just get the same lens with the Rokinon name on it instead of the Bower name, with the Canon mount. As far as I know, the glass is the same between Rokinon, Bower, and Samyang - just the details on the housing are different.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...gle_f_2_8.html

That's the one I have. I like it. I've never used it for a portrait that I'm happy with, though.... I just haven't practiced with it.
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I have tried using Canon FD to Canon EOS adaptors on my EOS body, but I have not found I can focus to beyond 7 feet away or so. The adaptors push the lenses away from the camera in a way that it just won't focus far away, like the Nikkor/Nikon manual lenses do. That is why I recommended Nikon.
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There are adapters with corrective optics to allow infinity focus on FD lenses with an EF body, but they kill image quality. It basically isn't worth it to use FD on any DSLR mount unless you're shooting macro. Mirrorless users won't have this issue since their mounts have shorter flange distances.
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The one I linked is EF mount, it fits on my 60D and 5D without adapter.
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