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  Canon wide-angle prime lenses
 
 

Lenses with focal lengths below 50mm are known as wide-angles. The shorter the focal length, the wider the lens becomes and the bigger the field of view you’ll capture. So if you’re stood in the same position, a wide angle lens can literally squeeze in more, which is useful whether you’re trying to photograph a large building from inside or out, a sweeping landscape view, or even just a big group shot. They’re invaluable when you can’t step back any further.

By squeezing more into your photos, wide angle lenses inevitably have greater distortion, especially towards the edges. This may not be that noticeable on natural landscapes, but can appear unflattering on portrait shots unless the person (or people) are placed in the middle of the frame. That said, this effect can also produce pleasing results and be used to exaggerate perspective – a popular wide angle technique is to get very close to a foreground subject so it appears large compared to the background. Wide angle lenses also have large depths of field, which means it’s easier to get lots in sharp focus from close-up to far away.

 
 

28mm is the most common wide angle focal length and can produce quite natural-looking results. Focal lengths below 20mm are generally known as ultra wide-angle and can produce quite extreme results. The most extreme of all come from fish-eye lenses which deliberately produce a highly curved result, while capturing an extremely large field of view.

As always, bear in mind any reduction in field due to your DSLRs sensor when choosing a lens. Canon’s APS-C models like the EOS 400D / XTi and 40D have a reduction factor of 1.6x. So if you’d like 28mm equivalent coverage, you’ll need to fit them with an 18mm lens.

Lenses with smaller f-numbers gather more light thanks to their bigger apertures, which makes them better in dim conditions and for minimising the depth-of-field. Bigger apertures however mean a larger, heavier and more expensive lens.

For a full explanation of lens specifications and examples of coverage at different focal lengths, check out our Camera Labs Lens Buyers Guide.




Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM

   
Focal length: 14mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: Canon EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 22mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: USM
Closest focus: 25cm
Filter thread: rear-mounted
Lens hood: Built-in
  Construction: 14 el. / 10 groups
Diaphragm blades: 5
Weight:560g
Size (diam x length): 77x89mm

 
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
 

     
Focal length: 14mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: Canon EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 22mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: USM
  Closest focus: 20cm
Filter thread: rear-mounted
Lens hood: Built-in
Construction: 14 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades: 6
Weight: 645g
Size (diam x length): 80x94mm

 
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

     
Focal length: 15mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: Canon EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 24mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: AFD
  Closest focus: 20cm
Filter thread: rear-mounted
Lens hood: Built-in
Construction: 8 el. / 7 groups
Diaphragm blades: 5
Weight:330g
Size (diam x length): 73x62mm

 
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

     
Focal length: 20mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: Canon EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 32mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: USM
  Closest focus: 25cm
Filter thread: 72mm
Lens hood: Optional EW-75II
Construction: 11 el. / 9 groups
Diaphragm blades: 5
Weight: 405g
Size (diam x length): 78x71mm

 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

     
Focal length: 24mm
Aperture: f1.4
Lens mount: Canon EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 38mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: USM
  Closest focus: 25cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: EW-83DII
Construction: 11 el. / 9 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 550g
Size (diam x length): 84x77mm


Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

   
Focal length: 24mm
Aperture: f1.4
Lens mount: Canon EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 38mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: USM
Closest focus: 25cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: EW-83K
  Construction: 13 el. / 10 groups
Diaphragm blades: 8
Weight: 650g
Size (diam x length): 94x87mm



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