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The essence and, accordingly, the scope of wide-angle lenses in cameras is reflected in the name itself – a wide viewing angle is implied. In the professional community, the range of field of view values ​​that make a lens wide-angle is considered to be from 52 to 82 degrees. Lenses with an angle of more than 90 degrees are called ultra-wide angle, and they already have somewhat narrower objectives.

The editors of Expertology magazine have prepared for you a selection of the best wide-angle lenses for 2019-2020. Traditionally, we grouped the models proposed by our experts into conditional price categories.

Rating of the best wide-angle lenses

Nomination place Name of product price

Best Inexpensive Wide Angle Lenses

one

Nikon 10mm f/2.8 Nikkor 1

28 000 ₽

2

Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Sony E

30 000 ₽

3

Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR X-Mount

33 300 ₽

four

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

37 000 ₽

The best mid-range wide-angle lenses

one

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

37 000 ₽

2

Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD (A037) Nikon F

56 000 ₽

3

Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED AF-S Nikkor

55 500 ₽

four

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS

64 000 ₽

The best wide-angle lenses in the upper price category

one

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor

129 500 ₽

2

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH

92 000 ₽

Canon’s best premium wide-angle lenses

one

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

102 000 ₽

2

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

129 000 ₽

3

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

243 000 ₽

Best Inexpensive Wide Angle Lenses

The first selection will be devoted to the most inexpensive models available on the Russian retail market. But since we are still talking about the best wide-angle lenses, their prices still amount to tens of thousands of rubles.

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Nikon 10mm f/2.8 Nikkor 1

Rating: 4.8

NIKON 10MM F/2.8 NIKKOR 1

The selection will be opened by Nikon’s most affordable model, which, nevertheless, has an almost unique advantage – super-compact dimensions in depth. The price is so attractive, not least due to the “age” of the lens – the model has been produced since 2011, but is still in great demand.

The lens diameter is 55.5mm and the depth is only 22mm. Weighs 77g. Available in black or white cases. Design and construction receive strongly positive reviews from experts – the lens is light, strong, reliable with a metal Nikon 1 mount, protected from dust and moisture. Dimensions and weight make it extremely suitable to take with you “just in case” and experience almost no inconvenience.

The focal length of the Nikon 10mm f / 2.8 Nikkor 1, as can be seen from the specification, is 10mm, it is fixed, and in this case is the equivalent of the 35mm format: 27mm. This is sufficient and often even optimal for both landscape photography and shooting in confined spaces, for example, to capture the interior.

The model is characterized by perfectly balanced and optimized optics, which includes two aspherical lenses. In total, the composition of the “glass” includes six elements in five groups.

Autofocus here is quite quiet thanks to a high-quality stepper motor, so when recording videos using the built-in microphone, the motor will not be heard in the frame.

There is no built-in stabilization here, and this cannot even be called a disadvantage, given the size of the lens. Stabilization in this context is a few more lenses and inevitable losses in aperture ratio, and as for compactness, it’s a loss of all advantages. However, users sometimes pay attention to this point.

It is also worth noting the particularly smooth adjustment of the aperture in this model and the possibility of manual focusing. True, here we mean motorized focusing by means of controls already on the camera body. This model does not have its own manual focus ring due to the same super-compactness.

Advantages

  • super thin and compact;

  • perfectly optimized optics;

  • quiet autofocus on a stepper motor;

  • two aspherical lenses;

  • smooth aperture adjustment.

Flaws

  • no stabilization;

  • The lid is loose and can be lost.

Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Sony E

Rating: 4.7

Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Sony E

The next model of the Sigma brand is already more than twice as expensive as the previous one, but this price is already closer to the real realities of relatively inexpensive wide-angle lenses of well-known brands. The model is made in Japan itself. A number of characteristics make the lens one of the best options for equipping a mirrorless camera.

This is a fast wide-angle with a large diameter. Dimensions – 72.2×92.3mm, and in terms of weight it is already almost an order of magnitude heavier than the previous one – 405g, but this is not a minus, but a completely normal indicator. Brass Sony E mount with dust and moisture protection. The body is extremely durable, the lens is quite suitable for travel.

The optical scheme here is already much more complex than in the case described above – 16 elements in 13 groups. The glass is exceptionally high quality, giving the minimum of distortion, glare and re-reflections, as far as possible in this price category. Provides high resolution over almost the entire aperture range. The viewing angle even slightly goes beyond the conventional standard – 83.2 degrees. A high-quality autofocus stepping motor ensures the complete absence of “spurious” sounds when shooting video with a built-in microphone.

This model was announced in October 2017, and at that time there were already production technologies that were not available a little earlier. The manufacturer took advantage of all the opportunities. The optical design includes two SLD glass elements, three FLD glass elements and two molded aspherical lenses. The polishing of the aspherical elements is exceptionally fine – a tolerance of no more than 10nm. This careful approach results in uniform image quality across the entire frame. Light beams are bent exceptionally gently, and sagittal coma is reduced to the minimum possible.

The Sigma AF 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Sony E is an adequate example of an inexpensive lens in which the manufacturer has achieved quality that is well ahead of the price. The footage often does not even need the slightest post-processing.

Advantages

  • luminosity;

  • made in Japan;

  • high strength case – suitable for travel;

  • high quality glass;

  • Silent autofocus stepper motor

  • significantly expands the capabilities of mirrorless cameras;

  • high image quality in general, often even the slightest post-processing in graphics programs is not required.

Flaws

  • no stabilization;

  • some users seem too massive.

Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR X-Mount

Rating: 4.6

FUJIFILM XF 35MM F/2 R WR X-MOUNT

The review will continue with an interesting wide-angle lens from Fujifilm. This model can not be called either a novelty or an old-timer of the market. But in the time that has passed since its release in 2016, the lens has managed to pass the reliable test of time and users. In independent reviews, there is unanimity about the optimal combination of functionality, ergonomics and cost. Expertology specialists as a whole are also inclined to this opinion.

The lens is relatively small – 60×45.9mm, and for such dimensions it is really light – only 170g. It was originally developed for cameras with x1.5 crop factor. The focal length corresponds to 53mm (35mm equivalent), and this is also done for a reason, but as a maximum match to the viewing angle of the human eye.

The optical scheme includes nine lenses in six groups. The composition includes two aspherical lenses, effectively suppressing chromatic aberration. On the body itself there is a mechanical ring for manually changing the aperture. In the auto iris mode, the lens, of course, can also work. The focus is also displayed separately on the body with an electronic ring for manual adjustment.

It is worth noting that the diaphragm here is not anyhow, but with nine petals, which increases the chances of achieving beautiful bokeh and glare in the blur zone without characteristic angularities. Accordingly, this alone makes the resulting images more “professional” in appearance.

In terms of scope, although it is a wide-angle lens, it is quite versatile. Thanks to just such a focal length and a number of other features, the model equally well produces portrait shooting and copes with shooting landscape views.

Summarizing, we can say that for Fujifilm cameras this is one of the best solutions due to high quality, enough versatility, functionality, quite affordable price, compactness and lightness. An almost complete solution to the issue of chromatic aberrations is a separate, almost unique feature of the model. On open apertures, however, at the edges of the image it can give some loss of sharpness.

Advantages

  • small and light;

  • relatively large luminosity;

  • diaphragm of 9 petals;

  • rings for manual control of aperture and focus on the body;

  • effective suppression of chromatic aberrations;

  • focus speed;

  • the best combination of convenience and quality.

Flaws

  • decrease in sharpness at the edges at open apertures.

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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Rating: 4.5

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

And the selection of inexpensive wide-angle lenses will be completed by a model that just fits the prefix “super” thanks to an extended field of view that exceeds 90 degrees. In addition, it is a zoom lens with obvious advantages in terms of functionality.

This is a real old-timer of the market, announced back in 2003, and has not lost its relevance and demand to this day, although several improved versions of the same model have already been released since then. And this is Canon’s premium equipment, as evidenced by the branded markings – the red stripe and the letter L. Affordable price is just a factor of “age”.

Let’s make an important clarification first. As an ultra wide-angle “zoom”, the lens works on full-frame EOS cameras. On cameras with an APS-C sensor, it will function as a standard “zoom”.

This is a lens with relatively average dimensions – 83.5×96.8mm, and weight – 475g. Bayonet – Canon EF. The range of viewing angles is from 57 to 104 degrees. min. There are 7 aperture blades, which is far from a record in 2020, but, again, during the development of the model there were slightly different standards. Throughout the zoom range, the minimum focusing distance is only 28cm, which is quite remarkable.

The optical scheme of the device includes 12 lenses in 9 groups, of which three are aspherical and one is low-dispersion. Optical stabilization is not provided. Autofocus on an ultrasonic ring-type motor is fast, accurate and silent. All the mechanics responsible for focusing are inside. You can also easily and quickly correct the focus manually without specifically turning off the autofocus mode.

The said 7 aperture blades are carefully shaped so that out-of-focus artifacts do not become distinctly angular. Of course, you should not expect too expressive bokeh from him, but he can provide a smooth, pleasant blurred background and an expressive focus of the subject without any problems.

Glasses of the highest quality and the presence of special optical elements – aspherical, low dispersion and Super Spectra coating – guarantee accurate color balance, minimal glare and reflections, and effective suppression of chromatic aberrations over most of the image area. Along the edges, aberrations, unfortunately, are noticeable quite often, and such images will need post-processing.

Advantages

  • tested by time;

  • premium level;

  • small minimum focusing distance;

  • ultra wide-angle level viewing angles;

  • high-quality protection against dust and moisture;

  • fast autofocus on the ultrasonic motor;

  • internal focus.

Flaws

  • often “artifacts” at the edges of the frame;

  • no stabilization.

The best mid-range wide-angle lenses

In the second part of our review of the best wide-angle lenses according to Expertology magazine, we will look at a selection of models in the conditional mid-range price category. And here this is really a convention, since the price difference between the cheapest and the most expensive lens in the group is significant. But it is precisely such models that are already widely used both by beginners who are able to afford and master them, and by professionals with a large fleet of photographic equipment.

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

Rating: 4.9

CANON EF 28MM F/2.8IS USM

The closest “relative” of Canon’s world bestseller, the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM lens, will open the selection. The difference is not only in the IS index, but also in some important characteristics. The model was introduced by the manufacturer in 2012.

The first attractive point is the small size of 68.4×51.5mm and the equally moderate weight of 260g. This greatly increases the chances of the lens being in a travel photographer’s kit, at least as a spare. The minimum distance for focusing is only 0.2m. The format is full-frame, but it is also quite suitable for cropped cameras. The viewing angle is 75 degrees on full-frame cameras.

The optical system here consists of 9 elements in 7 groups, and this moment is worthy of a more detailed analysis. Here, the manufacturer has tried to implement all available innovations – the composition includes diffractive lenses, ultra-low dispersion, fluorite, aspherical, with Super Spectra coating. All this is reflected in the best image quality.

Autofocus in this model is implemented on a silent ultrasonic drive. Focus is fast, tenacious, reliable, and manual adjustment is convenient and accessible at any second. What is also significant is the first lens in our review, which has already implemented full-fledged stabilization, equivalent to 4 shutter speed steps. Aperture at f / 2.8, although not a record, but it allows you to shoot with this lens hand-held in rather mediocre lighting without a flash.

As a short summary. This is a wide-angle lens with very good performance for landscape and reportage photography, including travel. The combination of a wide viewing angle, high-end optical components, carefully thought-out circuitry, physical data for durability and protection from external factors – all this against the backdrop of a price that balances on the brink of “budget”.

Advantages

  • compact and lightweight;

  • durable protected case;

  • luminosity;

  • high quality lenses

  • high-quality image stabilization;

  • silent ultrasonic autofocus engine;

  • small minimum focusing distance;

  • relatively affordable price.

Flaws

  • still, chromatic aberrations are observed under certain conditions (light, aperture).

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Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD (A037) Nikon F

Rating: 4.8

Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD (A037) Nikon F

The review will continue with the relative novelty of the market, announced in 2018. This ultra wide-angle is a striking example of Japanese photographic equipment from the famous Tamron brand. It is noteworthy that the main shareholder of the manufacturer is Sony Corporation, but this model was de facto developed for Nikon cameras.

So, here we are dealing not only with an ultra-wide angle, but also with a zoom, and all this is enclosed in a fairly moderate body – 83.6×90.0mm, and it also weighs quite acceptable 460g. In its class, it is considered light and compact. The case is moisture resistant, the front lens is coated with fluoride.

The focal length range here varies from an ultra-wide 17mm (suitable for professional-level landscape photography) up to the standard classic 35mm. The maximum aperture value is up to F / 2.8 at an ultra-wide angle, with increasing focal length it gradually decreases to F / 4.

The design of the lens optics includes 15 lenses, combined into 10 groups. As many as four low dispersion lenses are included in the system, which reduce to almost zero the axial chromatic aberrations characteristic of wide-angle lenses. Distortion and other types of aberrations are to some extent eliminated with the help of two aspherical glasses with a carefully calibrated position. Multi-layer anti-reflection coating BBAR successfully fights reflections, it also suppresses glare and ghosting over the entire range of focal lengths.

At all focal lengths, the minimum focusing distance is only 0.28m. This makes it easy to combine a deeply blurred background and a wide-open aperture with a close distance to the subject.

Autofocus in this model is built on the basis of an advanced OSD principle – silent optimized drive. Optimization is achieved through accelerated geared feedback, and when shooting video using the built-in microphone, you do not have to worry about possible noise.

The aperture here is also a 7-blade, but carefully designed to maintain the correct round shape of the aperture even two exposure positions from wide open. That is, beautiful background blurs and light spots, and the lens can provide smooth bokeh without any problems.

In addition to all the advantages, this model is also compatible with the TAMRONTAP-in console, through which the device can be easily connected to a PC via a USB port and use special software to configure many functions or even update the firmware on your own.

Advantages

  • compact and light in its class;

  • high quality lenses;

  • silent autofocus on an advanced optimized engine;

  • effective suppression of axial chromatic aberrations;

  • compatible with TAMRONTAP-in console for PC connection;

  • progressive multi-layer anti-reflective coating.

Flaws

  • the ring rotates during autofocus.

Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED AF-S Nikkor

Rating: 4.7

NIKON 20MM F/1.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR

The third number in the selection of conventionally mid-priced wide-angle lenses is a bright model manufactured by Nikon. This is a high-class technique, marked with the famous Nikon gold border. It is aimed at photographers who often need to significantly increase the perspective in their work, but are not strictly limited to this direction – suitable for shooting wide landscapes, reports, interiors.

This is a fast FX format lens with a single focal length of 20mm. The maximum aperture is f/1.8. This is a decent value, meaning that you can get a little depth of field in combination with a nice and even blurring of the background. Also, a significant aperture allows you to get pictures of normal quality with a lack of lighting.

The lens dimensions are 82.5×80.5mm, the weight is quite moderate, even relatively light – 355g. The viewing angle practically equates the model to ultra-wide angles – 94 degrees. Bayonet – Nikon F (FX). The filter thread is 77mm in diameter.

The optical system of the lens consists of 13 elements in 11 groups. Optical performance is outstanding: two lenses are made of ED glass, aspherical elements are included. An innovative nanocrystalline coating is used, which increases the clarity of the image even with the rear light source. The Nano Crystal Coat also helps reduce ghosting and flare. The circuitry is carefully calibrated so that most of the inherent annoyances such as chromatic aberration are effectively minimized.

Experts and users are unanimous in appreciating the work of autofocus. Here it is especially fast, tenacious, reliable and accurate. Distortions and artifacts are minimal, the only thing is that vignetting is often observed, but this is far from being a critical moment for everyone. Even distortion, which should be much more pronounced with this configuration, is effectively suppressed in this model by a well-thought-out optical design.

Advantages

  • compact and fairly lightweight design;

  • high-quality lenses with nanocrystalline coating;

  • fast and tenacious autofocus;

  • high resolution and sharpness at an open aperture throughout the frame;

  • slight distortion, as for such a focal length.

Flaws

  • vignetting is often present.

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS

Rating: 4.6

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS

Let’s now consider another ultra-wide-angle zoom, this time from Fujifilm. This is a unique model in its own way, in which the developers managed to embody an impressively wide range of features while maintaining quality. The model entered the market in the first half of 2014.

Let’s briefly go over the points that make this model unique in its class. The developers managed to combine a wide range of focal lengths, a relatively high (if you count for an ultra-wide-angle) aperture ratio, a built-in image stabilizer and a number of other improvements that are already less significant. For this class of optics, the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS delivers outstanding sharpness, excellent glare protection, and virtually zero chromatic aberration as well as geometry problems. And at the same time, the price is far from the same as in the year of release.

The dimensions of the lens body are 78x87mm, the weight for such characteristics is more than moderate – 410g. The viewing angle varies from 61.20 to 110 degrees. The optical system consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, of which there are 4 aspherical lenses and 3 low dispersion. Focusing internal.

As is often the case, with a lot of advantages, there are also rather strange disadvantages. For example, the lack of normal dust and moisture protection causes dissatisfaction with a significant part of consumers. Another noticeable minus is already more explainable – at f / 4, there is a noticeable deterioration in sharpness at the edges.

Advantages

  • large range of focal lengths;

  • wide viewing angle of 110 degrees;

  • effective suppression of chromatic aberrations;

  • minimal geometry distortion;

  • automatic and manual focus;

  • built-in image stabilization.

Flaws

  • no normal dust and moisture protection;

  • edge sharpness drops at f/4.

The best wide-angle lenses in the upper price category

The following selection of the best wide-angle lenses review by Expertology magazine is devoted to only two models that can no longer be called mid-priced, but they are still far from the top ultra-expensive premium solutions. Nevertheless, this is a high professional class technique, recognized by both users and the expert community.

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor

Rating: 5.0

NIKON 14-24MM F/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR

Let’s start the selection with a prominent “old-timer” of the market from Nikon. The model was announced back in 2007, and the fact that it is still in production, and is in stable demand, speaks volumes. At the time of its release, it was, without exaggeration, a marvel of technology – an excellent professional ultra-wide angle with outstanding performance.

The lens dimensions are 98×131.5mm, and the weight is also quite decent – about 1000g. Bayonet – Nikon F (FX). The optical scheme consists of 14 lenses in 11 groups, of which three are aspherical and two are low dispersion. A nanocrystalline coating is used, which successfully copes with the characteristic “artifacts” of multi-lens optical systems. Individual large molded PGM lenses help eliminate errors even at maximum aperture. Constant f / 2.8 aperture at all focal lengths, and in this model they can vary from 14 to 24mm.

For autofocus in the lens is a high-quality ultrasonic drive, completely silent. Autofocus is tenacious, fast and accurate. Instantaneous manual focus is provided. The aperture here is 9-bladed with all the accompanying advantages – the most natural and soft transmission of blurry objects, including bokeh without visible angularities.

This model has been specially designed for high-quality professional landscape photography, as well as for reportage work, including in confined spaces. The main technical orientation of the model is for use with full-frame DSLRs, but the lens is also quite compatible with DX-format matrices, only in this case the choice of focal lengths will be reduced to the range from 21 to 36mm in 35mm equivalent.

A characteristic feature of the Nikon 14-24mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor is the presence of a built-in petal hood. The package also includes a soft case.

Users appreciate this model for its excellent quality and balance of the most important parameters, for which the lens receives deservedly high marks from specialists. It also has disadvantages – the same loss of sharpness at the edges, but this is a consequence of advantages that are no less important.

Advantages

  • high professional level;

  • fast, tenacious and confident autofocus;

  • instant manual focus adjustment;

  • impeccable sharpness and detail (a little lost towards the edges);

  • well compatible with “crops”;

  • 9 blade diaphragm.

Flaws

  • you can’t install regular filters;

  • sharpness is slightly lost towards the edges of the frame;

  • big and heavy.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH

Rating: 4.9

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH

Now let’s look at the lens, which Expertology experts included in the review not only for its very remarkable technical characteristics, but also “in fairness”, because the audience of Panasonic photo equipment users is also tangible and we could not afford to completely ignore it. Therefore, we present the time-tested wide-angle of the Lumix G Vario series. First entered the market in 2009.

To be precise, this is even an ultra-wide angle, since the viewing angle here is as much as 114 degrees. This key parameter makes it possible to successfully use the lens for high-quality shooting of architectural monuments, wide landscape shooting, or, conversely, indoor work. In addition, it is also a Zoom lens, so there are plenty of options for a photo artist to work and create. The zoom, however, is only two times, but it still adds pluses to the model.

The dimensions of this model are 70×83.1mm. The weight is quite moderate, even very small in this class – only about 300g. The optical system includes 16 lenses in 12 functional groups. This number includes two aspherical lenses and four ED lenses.

The focal length of the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14 mm F4 ASPH can vary from 7 to 14mm. Seven-bladed aperture – F4 with a minimum value of F22. The minimum distance for focusing is 0.25m.

In general, this model receives mostly positive feedback, is well-tested by time and is well suited for those who are ready to switch to professional equipment, but are not yet ready to pay “premium” prices for it. An obvious drawback, which is noted by both users and experts, is that a simple filter installation is impossible.

Advantages

  • relatively compact and lightweight;

  • ultra-wide angle of 114 degrees;

  • tenacious and fast autofocus;

  • quality lenses;

  • 4 low dispersion lenses;

  • high sharpness.

Flaws

  • filter cannot be set.

Canon’s best premium wide-angle lenses

The final roundup of Expertology’s Best Wide Angle Lenses will focus exclusively on Canon models. By no means are we ignoring Nikon – this top brand is represented in the material quite enough, it’s just that there is a higher consumer interest in relation to Canon, and we are meeting the needs of a potential consumer. And here, after all, not the most expensive lenses will be presented, but those from the premium class that are at least somehow accessible to the average buyer.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

Rating: 5.0

CANON EF 35MM F/1.4L II USM

First, let’s consider the model, which in the thematic communities is called nothing more than “modern classics”. This is the second generation of the model of the same name, which differs from the previous, much more affordable, almost prohibitive aperture ratio. True, this was done to the detriment of stabilization, but first things first.

Let’s start with the main thing – this is an ultra-fast wide-angle with a maximum aperture of f / 1.4. This means in a nutshell that with such a lens, high-quality handheld shooting in low light conditions will be available. On the other hand, this model does not have optical stabilization, and for handheld shooting this is an obvious disadvantage. The contradiction is all the more strange, since in the previous, much cheaper generation, optical stabilization was even with much smaller lens dimensions.

In terms of dimensions, the lens is 80mm in diameter and 106mm in length. Weighs 760g. The optical system consists of 14 lenses in 11 groups (including one low dispersion element and two aspherical ones). The focal length is fixed – 35mm. Diaphragm 9-blade.

Highlighting the advantages of the model, it is worth dwelling separately on optics. The lenses are made from Canon’s patented organic material. It is the composition that largely ensures the qualitative prevention of the occurrence of chromatic aberrations and other artifacts. Ultra-low dispersion lenses provide high sharpness across the frame, and this is even at maximum apertures. A special coating with a subwavelength structure helps fight glare, increases contrast, and eliminates various stray flares when shooting against a light source.

Autofocus here is also on the level – fast, accurate, tenacious, silent and confident. Manual focus adjustment is also available at any time on the fly without the need to switch the lens to another mode.

In conclusion, this model has earned special respect among documentary filmmakers due to optimally created conditions for shooting objects in completely natural conditions and without distorting perspective.

Advantages

  • super fast;

  • exceptionally high-quality optics made of a patented organic material with a subwavelength coating;

  • fast and accurate autofocus;

  • instant manual focus correction;

  • 9 blade diaphragm.

Flaws

  • no stabilization.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Rating: 4.9

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Another premium ultra-wide-angle lens from Canon is the third generation of the eponymous series, which at one time became outstanding and made a splash in the professional community. “Troika” can also please with noticeable advantages. The model was announced in August 2016.

In this model, we see f / 2.8 aperture (constant, maximum), which, although not a record, makes it possible to work in very mediocre lighting. If the lighting is sufficient, then the lens is able to provide exceptional sharpness over almost the entire area of ​​u200bu200bthe “image” and over the entire zoom range. Optical stabilization, unfortunately, is not provided.

The lens dimensions are 88.5×127.5mm and the weight is quite decent – 790g. Since this is an elite L-series, even the strength and security characteristics are outstanding here. The lens is massive, of course, in no case should you drop it, but it will not shatter from an accidental impact. Protection from adverse weather conditions expands the scope.

The optical scheme includes 16 lenses in 11 groups. The minimum focusing distance is 0.28m. Actually, the focal length differs for full-frame devices – 16-35mm and 25.6-56mm for APS-C format. Autofocus is built on a silent ultrasonic ring-type engine. Focusing is fast thanks to the powerful processor. Viewing angles: up to 98 degrees horizontally and up to 74°10′ vertically. The 9-blade aperture provides depth of field and smooth out-of-focus blurring.

Really high-quality optics do a good job with chromatic aberrations in this model. As part of the optical scheme, there are two-surface lenses with a large diameter and ultra-low dispersion. The addition of Air Sphere Coating to the existing subwavelength structure coating adds “arguments” to the lens against common distortion in multi-lens systems.

The characteristics and functionality of this lens allow it to be successfully used for high-quality professional shooting of natural and urban landscapes, architectural objects, for working with a lack of lighting.

Advantages

  • durable protected case;

  • luminosity;

  • high sharpness throughout the zoom range;

  • fast and silent autofocus;

  • exceptional quality optics.

Flaws

  • no stabilization.

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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

Rating: 4.9

CANON EF 11-24MM F/4L USM

Rounding out Canon’s premium selection of models, and at the same time Expertology’s review of the best wide-angle lenses of 2020, is another highlight of the elite L-series. This is a professional zoom lens with a full range of ultra-wide-angle focal lengths.

This is the most massive lens in our today’s review. Its dimensions are 108x132mm and its weight is 1180g. In fairness, let’s say that this is far from a massive record, but huge lenses have their own and rather narrow specialization, and we did not consider them within the framework of this topic.

The optical system is made up of 16 lenses, united in 11 groups of elements. The composition includes 4 aspherical elements. Aperture F4 with a minimum value of F22, consists of 9 petals. The range of viewing angles here is the widest in the review – from 84 to 126.05 deg.min. The focal length can vary from 11 to 24mm. The minimum distance for focusing is 0.28m.

The composition of high-quality optics with a special coating allows the lens to cope with most of the characteristic distortion, but still not all. In any case, it provides amazing sharpness over almost the entire area of ​​​​the frame. This is achieved with ultra-low and super-ultra-low dispersion lenses. Perfection of the image is added by special coatings, including nanocrystalline ones.

To summarize, the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is, for its class and level, an almost flawless creative tool for photo artists, travel bloggers, documentarians and even filmmakers. Of course, it is not without flaws – take at least the same fairly noticeable vignetting, especially in bright areas. But in photography, due to natural causes, everything cannot be 100% perfect, and in this case, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

Advantages

  • high professional and technological level;

  • high quality optics;

  • effective suppression of characteristic distortions;

  • fast, accurate and tenacious autofocus;

  • protection from adverse weather;

  • 9 blade diaphragm.

Flaws

  • noticeable vignetting in bright areas.