After the telephoto zoom lens, a super wide-angle lens is the most popular and useful accessory for a DSLR. It offers a much more realistic field of view and is ideal for group photos or landscape shots.
The majority of kit lenses included with the DSLRs have a focal length of 28mm (24mm in some cases). This is the most basic lens setting you'll see on most cameras, but the wide-angle lens they provide is not enough.
On closer inspection, the 28mm lens is not enough to photograph large buildings or take group shots across a narrow street. In addition, it sometimes becomes difficult to fit everything in the frame when photographing indoors.
This is where a super wide-angle lens comes into its own – but a larger angle is not just a practical advantage. With a super-wide-angle lens, you can get a lot closer to your subjects without cropping them, and this creates some brilliantly exaggerated perspectives. Of course, they are also perfect for landscape photography.
Super wide-angle lenses give your pictures a real sense of depth. They produce highly converging lines that direct your gaze into the image and create a "story" that connects your subject with its surroundings.
You can get super wide angle lenses made by your camera manufacturer and other lens manufacturers. However, here you must ensure that you have the correct lens mount for your camera before clicking the "Buy" button. Occasionally, lenses for different camera mounts can be sold at different prices.
APS-C vs full screen
There's something else to consider – it's really important that you choose super wide-angle lenses that are sized for your camera's sensor size. You can use a lens designed for full-frame cameras with smaller APS-C sensors, but you will lose the super-wide-angle effect.
For example, for a full-frame Canon DSLR such as the EOS 6D, the standard zoom or kit lens is in the range of 24 to 70mm, giving the Canon EF 17 to 40mm full-frame lens a really great viewing angle.
However, for a Canon with an APS-C sensor such as the EOS 760D, the kit lens will usually be in the range of 18 to 55mm, and you will need a 10 to 20mm zoom to get a super wide angle of view.
You can match the Canon 17-40mm full-frame lens to an APS-C Canon, but you use a smaller portion of the lens-generated image and are not much better off than with the standard 18-55mm lens kit lens.
But do not worry. We have divided these lenses into APS-C and full-screen lists so you do not risk buying the wrong one. We have also done this for Nikon DSLRs and lenses.
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