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Initial post: Dec 26, 2010 12:31:35 AM PST
I am in the market for a wide angle lens for my Canon 7D. I am leaning towards the Canon 10-22mm, but I am interested in the Tokina 11-16, Tamron 10-24, and Sigma 10-20, however I am turned off by reviews of inconsistent quality with the Sigma. Input please???

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 2:16:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2010 2:17:19 AM PST
IamPhil says:
I had the 10-22 and I loved it but I could never justify keeping it since it was my most fun but least profitable lens. I do portrait work and automotive editorials, I bought the lens for automotive work but preferred using my 17-40 due to build quality. I would've kept the 10-22 just because it was so much fun, but $700 is a lot of money to spend on something fun.

I have friends who use the 3rd party lenses you have listed but if I kept my 10-22 in it's bag due to build quality you can imagine I'd be less than satisfied with Tokina, Tamron, or Sigma. If I have to go 3rd party I would look at the Vivitar 7mm prime.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2010 8:54:41 AM PST
Thanks Phil. I will check out that Vivitar for sure.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 12:26:51 PM PST
Anyone else have any experience with these lenses?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2010 1:41:21 PM PST
I have the Canon 10-22mm and am quite happy with it. The Tokina 11-16MM F/2.8 and Tokina 12-24MM F/4.0 Pro II get excellent reviews and offer constant apertures. The Tamron and Sigma also get good reviews though Sigma lenses do sometimes require a (free) focus calibration from Sigma factory service (focusing can also be corrected with the 7D's micro focus adjust setting). The new Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD AF Ultra Wide Zoom Lens for APS-C sized Canon Digital DSLR Camera looks VERY interesting -- its currently The widest non-fisheye you can get for an APS-C sensor camera. If I were buying today, I'd give the Sigma 8-16mm and Tokina lenes a good look.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2010 2:19:05 PM PST
Alexis Razon says:
I also just bought the Canon 10-22 for my 7D. I've taken a few shots with it and indeed IQ is consistent throughout all apertures like what the reviews say. I've had the Tokina 12-24 F4 before. The main advantage of the Tokina is the sharpness at F/8 and it's build quality (metallic versus the hard plastic Canon). However, the Tokina tends to be softer on apertures other than F/8. But 2mm makes a lot of difference as far as UWA lenses are concerned.

I heard the Tokina 11-16 F/2.8 is also good. If you need something cheap and 14mm is the right focal length for you, also look into Samyang 14mm 2.8, which is tack sharp. Otherwise, go for the Canon and expect consistent results.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2010 2:42:46 PM PST
Bob Crum says:
I haven't shot with all the lenses you mentions so I cannot make comparisons. But...
six months ago... I bought a Tokina 11-16mm lens for my Canon 7D. Since buying it... I've shot a few thousand shots with it and could not be happier with the results.

Most of my photography is about shooting HDR landscapes. The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 produces exceptional images. Accurate colors, spot-on focus and the fast f2.8 is delicious for the golden hour early morning and late afternoon shoots.

Note that ALL lenses have some distortion at the extreme ends. The Tokina 11-16mm is no exception. On some camera/lens settings.. I have noticed there is some mild barrel distortion at the wide 11mm end. And even with a thin-mount polarizer... I can see some corner vignetting at 11mm. However... seldom is the extreme 11mm absolutely necessary for the shot. In any event... I downloaded the Adobe Lens Profile Creator... printed out the test prints... shot the nine test shots... and loaded the exact correction profile for this particular Tokina 11-16mm lens into Lightroom. One click on the Lens profile and LR corrects any and all distortion. SWEET!

In summation... I am very happy with my Tokina 11-16mm lens. Were I to nitpick... which is not my intention... because of its stout construction... and being a fixed aperture lens... it's heavy. Sometimes I hike many miles into the backcountry and between carrying life-sustaining water and all the necessary photographic gear... every ounce matters. But back home... when I'm reviewing the shots on the computer... YES!... I'm reassured over and over and over that this lens is worth its.. ahem... weight in gold... in my not so humble opinion.

Regardless of the lens you buy... happy shooting!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2010 7:24:44 AM PST
W. Killillay says:
I have the Canon 10-22mm and I put it through quite a bit of abuse every weekend! It's my primary work lens. I work as a skydive cameraman on the weekends. I've taken over 15k pictures with it now and it's still going strong. IMO the build quality is great and I subject it to a good deal of abuse. The pictures that I capture are simply stunning! It's pricey, but to me for the way that I use it, it's well worth every penny that I've got invested.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 11:37:07 AM PST
D. T. Jester says:
Another vote for the Tokina 11-16mm. The constant F2.8 aperture was the winner for me and the optics are very very good. The build feels solid and the MF to AF switch is very intuitive to use. Now, good luck finding it anywhere.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 3:55:45 PM PST
Thanks everyone, to be honest, I am still torn!!! I am leaning towards the Tokina....or the Canon.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 8:32:21 PM PST
I have been using the Canon 10-22 on a T1i....and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I think it is the best of group of superwides for the APS-C cameras.

Check out the images in the Flickr Canon EF-S 10-22 user group:

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 10:40:53 PM PST
I have two Sigma 10-20 f/4.5-5.6 and love them (one for a Nikon D200 and one for a Sony Alpha 300). I bought a Tokina 11-16 in between and, although some people (as mentioned above) love them, mine was a clunker. The distortion it produced was more obvious to me than that of my Sigma - so obvious it made me feel like I had to correct it in software all the time - which was a pain and not always possible with good results. Although Sigmas distort as well, mine seem to distort in such a way that I don't notice it as much. I ended up sending the Tokina back and getting another Sigma.

One problem with lenses these days is that, when you get a lemon, you really get a lemon. There's no way to predict it and my experience with Tokina may not be the rule.

Regardless of performance (I was willing to give the Tokina a good try and needed it at the time), I found myself wanting both 10mm and 17-20mm ranges when I had it mounted - which made me want to get the Sigma for my Nikon.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 12:29:12 AM PST
Considering the small difference in price, I am thinking I should go with the Canon. I dont really care about dishing out the 10m bucks for the hood.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 10:40:08 AM PDT
Anna says:
I too am looking at these lenses and wondering if anything has changed since this thread was last updated. Are new batches good or are there manufacturing defects all of a sudden? Having used them a few years more, how are they holding up?
(I upgrated to a Canon 7D earlier this year, and love landscape shots, and frequenly shoot in bad/low light.)

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2012 12:34:38 PM PDT
My Canon 10-22mm is still working quite well as it has from the day I bought it home.

As far as manufacturing defects go, these are relatively rare but they do occasionally happen with every lens brand. I've seen maybe two or three lens defects over the years (none of them in the leses discussed here) and two of them - one with a misaligned lens element, one with a sticky aperture diaphram - were fixed relatively painlessly by the manufacturers free of charge under warranty and worked flawlessly thereafter. Lens manufacturers are actually very good about honoring their warranties on the whole. Its not a huge issue but, if you're worried, it might be good to put any new lens through its paces before your chance to return it to the vendor expires (you'll still have the manufacturer's warranty option after that).

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 1:10:29 PM PDT
Anna says:
Thanks Technology Guy. I'm still leaning toward the Canon, and just wanted to make sure that it's still a good buy. Sounds like it is, since nothing about it has changed (manufacturing, etc.)

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 7:45:10 AM PST
Sheila says:
I have just bought a Tokina 11-16 for my Canon 7D. I don't understand why the lens doesn't fit the body. I've read loads of reviews posted by others with the same combination but no one mentions an adaptor which would appear to be the solution.
I've been looking on line but have not found the soution

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 9:42:09 AM PST
Bob Crum says:
Howdy Sheila,

I am totally dumbfounded by your predicament. I too have a Canon 7D... and a Tokina 11-16mm lens. The lens fits just fine on my 7D... no adapter or some such needed.

Not to insult your intelligence but your dilemma makes me wonder if the mounting ring on the Tokina lens is for Canon. Or... perhaps the mounting ring is defective in some way. Otherwise... the lens should mount on the 7D just fine.

BTW... a great lens!!!


Fillmore, CA

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 9:58:19 AM PST
"I have just bought a Tokina 11-16 for my Canon 7D. I don't understand why the lens doesn't fit the body."

The Canon mount version of the Tokina should fit the 7D without any issues. Perhaps you were sold the Nikon mount version of the lens.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 10:03:26 AM PST
S. Owens says:
As a third party lens manufacturer that Tokina lens is almost certainly available for different styles of Camera mounts. If your copy isn't for a Canon EF mount it just will not fit your 7D. Make sure it isn't for a Nikon or some other camera brand. If it IS for a Canon lens then you have a problem is either the camera (unlikely if your other lenses work) or with the lens; if it's the lens you should be able to get if fixed/replaced for free because it is obviously defective when it doesn't work on a camera it should work on.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 2:49:06 PM PST
Sheila says:
Thanks Bob......& Owen. You are absolutely right! I have just realised they have sent a lens which fits a Nikon not the Canon.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 6:38:57 PM PST
I got the EF-S 15-85 kit when I bought my 7D.
For me, 15 is already ultra wide. I have considered the 8-10
range, but for fish-eye use, not wide angle.
The 15-85 optics are sharp. The only drawback is that is
has lens creep when facing down.
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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