Wide angle lens for canon ef: Best Canon Wide-angle Lenses | Cameralabs

Best Canon Wide-angle Lenses | Cameralabs

Wide-angle lenses capture bigger views than normal, allowing you to squeeze very large subjects into the frame. They can prove invaluable whether you’re trying to photograph a large building, cramped interior, sweeping landscape view, or even just a big group shot.

They’re also ideal when you literally can’t step back any further, and are the standard kit of estate agents and realtors who want to make a room look bigger than it really is.

Most kit lenses include basic wide-angle coverage equivalent to a focal length of 28mm, but this is just a starting point in the world of wide-angle photography. Ultra-wide lenses allow you to squeeze even more into the frame and can deliver spectacular results.

So if you’re into landscape or architecture photography or regularly find yourself having to step-back to squeeze-in the desired shot, then get yourself an ultra-wide lens. The models below are all ideal.

Best Canon Wide-angle Lenses

The Sigma 14-24mm f2. 8 Art is one of the best ultra-wide angle zoom lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, and is also an option for Sony mirrorless owners via an adapter. It can produce very sharp and undistorted images but you have to stop down on the short end to reduce the effect of astigmatism and field curvature (at least on my copy). It comes with the option to adapt the lens to different mounts plus it has a very thorough weather sealing. It is large and heavy and does not offer a filter thread but that is par for the course with all ultra-wide large aperture zooms. Highly Recommended.

Check prices on the Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 Art at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!

Canon’s EF-S 10-18mm IS STM is a lightweight and affordable ultra-wide zoom for its cropped-frame / APSC format DSLRs. The coverage takes over where most kit lenses start, but zooms so much wider, capturing vast landscapes, huge buildings, or just large group shots when you can’t step back any further; indeed this also makes it invaluable for vloggers who hold their camera at arm’s length. The build quality is basic, and it may lack the extra reach and slightly brighter aperture of the earlier EF-S 10-22mm, but the optical quality remains very respectable, and the presence of image stabilisation and smoother STM focusing makes it much preferable for movie shooters. Considering the low price, it really is one of the bargains in the Canon catalogue and a must for any owner of a Canon APSC DSLR who fancies getting into ultra-wide-angle photography.

Check prices on the Canon 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!

Sigma’s new 12-24/4.0 zoom is a very competent lens: Its optical performance is up there with the reference 15-30mm zoom from Tamron, it has only minor distortions and finally offers a constant f4.0 focal ratio – although f2.8 would have been even nicer. Most importantly it goes down to 12mm focal length offering a whopping 122 degrees angle of view which is only surpassed by Canon’s 11-24mm f4. 0 lens at almost twice the price. So although the new Sigma is not exactly cheap it earns a Highly Recommended rating.

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Canon’s EF 11-24mm f4L USM is one of the most exciting lenses in the EF catalogue: a true exotic with an impressively bulbous front element, it delivers wide to extremely wide coverage with impressively sharp details and minimal distortion across the framer and throughout the range. Sure there’s some coloured fringing and vignetting, but both are easily corrected digitally (whether on in-camera JPEGs or in RAW later) without compromising the ultimate image quality with pixel-wrangling. Filter lovers will also need to employ cumbersome third party mounting systems and avoid the widest focal lengths – or accept some vignetting. Then there’s the size and cost: it’s a large, heavy and expensive lens, but there’s literally nothing else like it, that zooms as wide and performs this well. Luckily there’s plenty of cheaper – and smaller – alternatives, but if you’re a wide-angle aficionado, the EF 11-24mm f4L USM is your dream lens.

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If you’re looking for a wide-angle lens on a full-frame body you may consider the Sigma 24-35/2.0 DG HSM Art the ideal candidate: It covers three customary focal lengths (24/28/35mm) in one bright f2.0 zoom that performs as you would expect from a member of Sigma’s highly acclaimed “Art” series: It’s sharp at all focal lengths, has relatively little vignetting for such a wide-angle lens and shows only little longitudinal CAs and moderate coma. The build-quality supports Sigma’s claim to have developed and manufactured a lens to professional standards although there’s no weather sealing at the lens-mount. But other than that the Sigma 24-35mm f2.0 DG HSM Art plays on a very high level and as such earns our Highly Recommended rating.

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The Sigma 20/1.4G Art is the latest lens in Sigma’s line-up of wide-angle “Art” lenses. You can produce shots with image quality that were impossible at a wide open aperture of f1.4 not long ago. It has relatively little vignetting for such a wide-angle lens and shows only little longitudinal CAs and moderate coma. Plus its resistance against flare and glare is pretty good which is quite important for such a wide-angle lens. The build-quality and the new design support Sigma’s claim to have developed and manufactured a lens to professional standards. Only the occasional misses of the AF (when using phase-detect autofocus on my D810) made me a bit nervous. But this may be an individual problem of my copy, or an issue when mounted on a D810.
Regardless of the body though, you’ll have to make do without a standard filter-thread plus there’s no weather sealing at the lens-mount which seems a bit out of place for a lens targeted at professionals. But other than that the Sigma 20mm f1.4 DG HSM Art plays on a very high level and as such earns our Highly Recommended rating.

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The Sigma 24/1.4G Art is another winner in Sigma’s line-up of wide-angle “Art” lenses. You can produce shots with image quality you might think were impossible at a wide open aperture of f1.4. It has low distortions, normal vignetting, little longitudinal CAs, plus a fast and reliable AF (after some tuning with the USB-dock). And the build-quality and the new design support Sigma’s claim to have developed and manufactured a lens to professional standards. I was quite impressed to see this lens surpass the optical performance of the venerable Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.4G in almost every aspect. Except for this dip in APS-C/DX corner performance at close distances. And I miss the weather sealing at the lens-mount which seems a bit out of place for a lens targeted at professionals. But other than that the Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art plays on a very high level – and it does deliver this impressive performance at a price that is much lower than the 24mm f1.4 models from Nikon or Canon. This clearly earns the new Sigma lens our Highly Recommended rating.

Check prices on the Sigma 24mm f1.4 ART at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!

The new Tamron 35/1.8 VC is a very versatile and interesting lens: It offers a fast f/1.8 aperture combined with image-stabilization that is good for two stops in my tests. That makes this lens hold out longer in dimly lit situations. It produces sharp images right into the corner of a full-frame sensor and can focus close up to a magnification of 1:2.5 which is ideal for capturing small subjects. On top of that it’s relatively small and light. The only thing standing against a Highly Recommended are the color aberrations of this lens which can be pretty nasty at times. But the Tamron 35/1.8 VC clearly earns a Recommended. Regarding the performance the price of this lens seems okay although compared to the Sigma 35/1.4 Art and Tamron’s own 24-70/2.8 VC it looks a bit on the high side.

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Tamron’s 15-30/2.8 Di VC USD has a lot going for it: The range is very practical for a wide-angle zoom, and starting at 15mm it almost never leaves you wanting. And a constant f2.8 aperture plus very good image stabilization makes it a very attractive proposition for those that don’t carry around a tripod all day and need to take images indoors or under low light. Top this off with an image quality that surpasses the once king of the hill, the famed Nikon AF-S 14-24/2.8, in almost every aspect at a lower price and you have a lens that clearly earns a Highly Recommended. There are only two downsides in my view: the bulk/weight and that you cannot use filters. But still: For me this is the new reference in the ultra-wide-angle full-frame zoom class. Just make sure that you get a well-centered copy.

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The EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM is a ‘pancake’ prime lens for Canon’s cropped-frame DSLRs with APS-C sensors. It delivers 38mm equivalent coverage which makes it an ideal walk-around lens, roughly similar in length to the classic 35mm options on full-frame or 35mm film bodies. The f2.8 focal ratio gathers more light than a typical kit zoom, and the STM motor ensures smooth and quiet focusing for movies on the latest bodies. But the real selling point of the EF-S 24mm is its size: as a ‘pancake’ lens it’s tiny, transforming your DSLR into a much more portable system. The relatively low price also makes it an ideal second lens for owners of budget DSLRs who fancy trying a general-purpose prime lens instead of a zoom.

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Canon’s EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM is an ultra-wide zoom that’s compatible with full-frame DSLRs. It’s the successor to the EF 17-40mm f4L USM, losing a little on the long-end, but gaining a tad on the important wide-end, while also adding the benefit of image stabilization. Crucially it matches the coverage of the EF 16-35mm f2.8 USM models, at a comfortably lower price which will make it a popular choice for those with lower-cost full-frame bodies or those who don’t need an f2.8 aperture. But don’t let the lower price fool you: as a modern optical design, it performs very well even with the highest resolution bodies.

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Canon’s EF 16-35mm f2. 8L II USM is the second version of its professional ultra-wide lens. It delivers huge views on a full-frame body and is so wide it’s also usable as a standard zoom on a cropped body. It’s pricey, but features a constant, bright f2.8 aperture, quick and quiet USM focusing, and as an ‘L’ lens the build quality and manual focusing are superb. A desirable ultra-wide zoom for full-frame owners or those looking to upgrade in the future. Compare against the latest Mark III version.

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The widest prime lens in the Canon catalogue is a real gem: the EF 14mm f2.8L II USM, now in an improved Mark II version, delivers ultra-wide coverage without any of the distortion of a fisheye. This is the lens to go for if you want to capture big skies, large buildings or expansive landscapes with superb quality. It’s also a valuable lens in cramped situations. Put it on a cropped body and it’s still pretty wide, but much less exciting. I wouldn’t recommend it to APS-C owners unless they were thinking of upgrading to full-frame in the future. But full-frame owners who love their ultra wide angle coverage will quickly become smitten, and it’s well worth spending the extra on the Mark II version. Compare closely with the EF 11-24mm f4L zoom though.

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The Sigma 35/1.4 DG HSM is a very exciting lens. You can produce shots with image quality you might think were impossible at a wide open aperture of f1.4. Plus the build-quality and the new design support Sigma’s claim to have developed and manufactured a lens to professional standards. I was quite shocked to see this lens surpass the optical performance of the venerable Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G with respect to sharpness.
But in other respects it slightly lags Nikon’s flagship: rendering of out-of-focus subjects in the background is a bit more nervous than from the Nikkor which also shows a higher resistance against flare and glare. There’s also no weather-sealing which seems a bit out of place for a lens targeted at professionals. But mind you even in these aspects of lens-performance the Sigma plays on a very high level – and it does deliver this impressive performance at a price that is much lower than the 35mm f1.4 models from Nikon, Canon or Sony.

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The Canon EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM is a unique lens which delivers 180 degree Fisheye images to all three of its sensor formats: APS-C, APS-H and full-frame, while owners of the latter also get to enjoy full circular Fisheye images too. This makes it a very flexible option for owners of multiple Canon bodies employing different sensor sizes and the optical quality is excellent. The build quality is also a big step up from the discontinued EF 15mm f2.8 Fisheye and now boasts weatherproof construction, although the focal ratio is one stop slower and the starburst effect at the smallest apertures isn’t quite as attractive. It’s also worth noting there are multiple Fisheye primes available from third parties like Sigma if you’re only using one body and don’t need both full and circular images from one lens.

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11 Best Wide Angle Lenses for Canon (Reviews & Buying Guide)

Every photographer should have a range of lenses in their bag and a wide angle lens is no exception. Canon offers over 20 wide angle lenses to choose from.

If you’ve been shooting on a kit lens, zoom lens, or a 50mm prime it’s time to take your travel photography to the next level with a wide angle lens.

Over the years I have used many wide angle lenses on my Canon Cameras including full-frame and cropped sensors including Canon DSLR and mirrorless cameras. So here are my picks for the best wide angle lenses for Canon cameras.

Best Canon Wide Angle Lenses

  • What is a Wide Angle Lens?
  • 1. Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 IS – Best for Canon RF Mount Wide Angle
  • 2. Canon RF 14-35mm f/4 IS – Affordable RF Mount
  • 3. Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3
  • 4. Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 – Best Compact RF
  • 5. Canon RF 24mm f/1.8
  • 6. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L – Budget + Quality
  • 7. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III – Best EF Mount Wide Angle Lens
  • 8. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 – Best for Cropped APS C Sensors
  • 9. Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II
  • 10. Sigma EF 14mm f/1.8 – Ultra-wide Prime
  • 11. Canon EF 11-24mm F/4 – One of Canon’s Widest Lenses
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Canon Wide Angle Lenses

First let’s talk about what a wide angle lens is if you aren’t familiar.

What is a Wide Angle Lens?

Wide angle lenses are important for any photographer that loves to shoot landscapes, cityscapes, or even interiors. A wide angle lens is typically 35mm or less which means you’re getting more in the frame. You can also use a wide angle lens for creative portraits but it’s recommended to use a 50mm lens for portraits.

If you have a cropped sensor camera (referred to as an APS-C sensor) like on a Canon Rebel or Canon R7, your lenses will have a different field of view. Canon cropped sensors (APS-C) are 1.6x cropped. So a 10mm lens on a cropped sensor will be equivalent to a 16mm. Canon lenses that are designated for cropped cameras are called “RF-S” or “EF-S” lenses.

This list is full of lenses that are primarily for full frame cameras but I have included a few options designed for Canon APS-C sensors. It’s also important to note that all Canon RF lenses work on cropped Canon mirrorless cameras like the R7.

One benefit of wide angle lenses is when using longer shutter speeds while using your camera handheld. This is because any amount of shake is significantly reduced because there is less movement in the frame if you shake.

One other thing to look at is build quality of lenses. Typically L-series lenses from Canon will have weather sealing meaning it’s designed to be used in rainy or dusty conditions.


Update April 2023: Updated references to talk about cropped Canon RF cameras.
Update July 2022: Added Canon’s newest wide angle lenses the 24mm and 15-30mm.
Update January 2022: Since Canon has announced they are no longer making DSLR cameras I have listed RF mount (mirrorless) lenses at the top of the list. If you need a wide angle lens for an EF mount Canon camera you can find them at the bottom of the list.


Personally I have shot with many Canon lenses so here are my recommendations of the best wide angle lenses for Canon Cameras:

Preview Product Price
Canon Rf 15-35mm F2. 8 L is USM View on Amazon
Canon RF14-35mm F4 L is USM Lens $1,499.00
$1,399.00
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Canon RF15-30mm F4.5-6.3 is STM Lens View on Amazon
Canon RF16mm F2.8 STM View on Amazon
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for SLR. .. $799.00 View on Amazon
Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens, Black (0573C002) View on Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 is STM Lens, Lens Only $299.00 View on Amazon
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Wide Angle Lens – Fixed -… $1,549. 00 View on Amazon
Sigma 14mm F/1.8 Art DG HSM Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras) $1,599.00 View on Amazon
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens $2,999.00
$2,609.95
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  • What I Like: The RF 15-35mm f/2.8 offers excellent image quality, lens stabilization for steady shots, and fast autofocus.
  • What I Dislike: The lens has some drawbacks, like being expensive and displaying soft edges at lower apertures.

The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2. 8 IS is one of Canon’s newest lenses for their full-frame mirrorless mount; the RF mount. The Canon RF 15-35mm is typically the lens on my camera for travel photography.

Thinking about buying the Canon RF 15-35mm?
Read: RF 15-35mm Sample Images

The RF 15-35mm f/2.8 packs extremely good image quality and even image stabilization. Its maximum aperture of 2.8 is great for low-light shots. Since it’s 1mm wider than the standard 16-35mm lens you’ll be able to cover a large angle of view. The lens also has 5-stops of lens stabilization and 8-stops of stabilization when combined with an RF camera with IBIS. This is the best wide angle lens for the Canon EOS R5. One downside is the large price tag and weight of this RF lens. This is my pick as the best wide angle lens for Canon full frame mirrorless cameras.

Canon Rf 15-35mm F2.8 L is USM

  • High image quality and bright f/2.8 wide-angle zoom RF L lens

  • What I Like: The lens boasts a compact design, a large focal range for versatile shooting options, and lens stabilization for steady shots.
  • What I Dislike: The lens has a minor drawback: the wider focal range requires lens correction, which can be easily addressed in post-processing.

This Canon RF lens is an incredibly sharp f/4 wide angle. The Canon RF 14-35mm f/4 features a compact design perfect for real estate photography, travel, and even vlogging. Plus it has image stabilization to give you a few extra stops of light when shooting.

Additionally if you’re into using circular filters the Canon RF 14-35mm is one of the few 14mm lenses that has threading for circular filters. Filters may appear in the edge of the frame at 14mm but is easily corrected with the lens correction profile.

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Canon RF14-35mm F4 L is USM Lens

  • Dramatic, creative possibilities with 14mm ultra wide-angle coverage.

The Canon RF 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens is a compact, wide-angle lens for full-frame RF-mount cameras, perfect for landscapes, architecture, and street photography. With an aperture range of f/4.5 to f/32, UD and aspherical elements, and Super Spectra Coating, it delivers sharp images with reduced ghosting and flare.

The lens features an Optical Image Stabilizer, STM stepping AF motor, and a customizable control ring for smooth operation. Its 1:2 magnification and 5.1″ minimum focus distance enable captivating close-ups, while the 7-blade diaphragm ensures pleasing bokeh.

Canon RF15-30mm F4.5-6.3 is STM Lens

  • RF ultra wide-angle zoom lens for the EOS R series cameras.

  • What I Like: This extremely tiny lens offers an incredible field of view (FOV) and comes at an affordable price.
  • What I Dislike: However, the image quality is somewhat lacking, and there’s no ability to zoom in or out.

This tiny 16mm for Canon’s RF mount will make a great addition to any photographer’s bag. Whether you want to use it for vlogging or architecture the size and price of the Canon 16mm f/2. 8 is unmatched. Since it’s a prime lens you won’t be able to zoom in or out.

Canon RF16mm F2.8 STM

  • Canon’s first ultra wide-angle, fixed focal length RF lens

  • What I Like: One of my favorite focal lengths plus a great price!
  • What I Dislike: Weak optics when compared to L series lenses.

Canon has released their latest lens for the RF system the Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro. Featuring lens stabilization, a low min focusing distance, and small design the RF 24mm will make a great addition to any photographer’s bag. The RF 24mm f/1.8 has a minimum focusing distance of 5.5 inches making it a great macro lens as well.


US Capitol – Shot on the Canon 17-40mm f/4 by Angela Pan

  • What I Like: This L series lens offers a great price, along with an impressive focal range for various shooting situations.
  • What I Dislike: The f/4 aperture can be limiting for handheld shooting in low light conditions, and the lens has an EF mount, which is becoming outdated.

If you’re looking to get into landscape or architecture photograph this 17-40mm L lens is a great bang for your buck to get into wide-angle photography.

If you shoot with a tripod the Canon 17-40mm f/4 is a fantastic wide angle choice. You can pick one up around for around $599 which is on the lower end for an L series lens (L series is Canon’s premium line of lenses). This lens is especially good if you’re just getting into real estate or landscape photography.

I shoot with the Canon EF 17-40mm 80% of the time. I love it for beautiful sunrises and capturing the entire landscape. It’s super sharp and the results are great.

Angela PanPhotographer

One downside of the Canon 17-40mm is the fact that it has an f/4 aperture. So if you’re up late shooting at night or in low light you’ll want to bring a tripod to get full advantage of this lens.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for SLR. ..

  • 17 40 millimeter ultra wide angle zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon SLR Cameras. Diagonal angle of view 104° 57° 30′

Diablo Lake, WA – Shot on the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 III

  • What I Like: This sharp lens features a great focal range and a fast f/2.8 aperture, perfect for low-light conditions and achieving beautiful bokeh.
  • What I Dislike: However, it is an expensive option and has an EF mount, which isn’t ideal for new RF lens mounts.

If you’re looking for the BEST EF mount option the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 III takes some of the sharpest photos out of any wide angle lens.

The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 III is one of those lenses every photographer should have in their bag. The 16-35mm focal range is the ideal range for a wide angle lens. Great for getting everything in frame at 16mm but its 35mm focal length lets you hone in on a subject.

Photos taken with this lens just turn out incredibly sharp and distortion-free. This is my pick as the best wide angle lens for Canon full frame DSLR cameras.

If this lens is out of your budget Canon also makes two very similar lenses that are slightly cheaper, the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II and Canon 16-35mm f/4.

Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens, Black (0573C002)

  • High performance L-series ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with constant f/2.8 maximum aperture.

Long Exposure in NYC Tunnel – Shot on Canon 70D and 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6

  • What I Like: This lens boasts a fantastic price and is extremely lightweight, making it easy to carry around.
  • What I Dislike: However, it is designed exclusively for cropped sensor cameras and is not suitable for full-frame bodies.

Due to the crop factor on smaller Canon DSLR cameras, you’ll need a wider lens to get the full wide angle effect. The Canon 10-18mm doesn’t break the bank and will give you an ultra wide field of vision.

This super tiny lens is perfect for traveling with a cropped sensor. For the price, the Canon 10-18mm is the best wide angle lens for Canon crop sensor. It also has built in stabilization which helps to reduce shake for videos and photos.

With a 4.5-5.6 aperture, it will struggle in low light situations but this can be mitigated by using a tripod.

I use this lens when I am vlogging on my Canon 70D, if you’re looking for a camera to vlog with check out my article on that.

This lens is equivalent to a ~16-30mm on a full-frame camera.
For more about converting lens crops try out mmCalc.

If you’re unfamiliar with cropped sensors check out this article from SLR Lounge which explains the differences. If you’re using an entry-level DSLR like a Canon T5 or T6i you are using a cropped sensor.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 is STM Lens, Lens Only

  • EF S ultra wide zoom lens. Drive System Lead screw and rack system driven by stepping motor

Shot on the Canon 24mm f/1. 4

  • What I Like: I love the Canon RF 24mm lens for its small, compact design and the fantastic bokeh it produces, giving my photos a professional look.
  • What I Dislike: I do find the fixed focal length limiting in some situations, and the EF mount is now outdated, especially if you are building a Canon RF lens collection.

The Canon 24mm is a bit tight but still can get you beautiful wide photos. Its low f/1.4 aperture is great for adding depth of field to your images.

The Canon 24mm f/1.4 II is shockingly fun to shoot with and one of my favorite EF lenses. The f/1.4 aperture lets TONS of light in so you can do all kinds of creative photos with depth of field. It’s a blast to use this lens for handheld night shots. This is your best bet if you need a Canon EF wide angle lens that’s lightweight and easy to travel with with supreme image quality.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Wide Angle Lens – Fixed -…

  • Lens not zoomable

NYC Skyline shot on Sigma 14mm f/1.8

  • What I Like: Speaking from my experience, this lens is truly unique, offering an ultra wide-angle perspective that’s perfect for astrophotography.
  • What I Dislike: There are a few things I dislike about this lens, mainly it’s expensive, sometimes it can be too wide for certain shots, and you can’t use traditional filters on it. Additionally, it’s quite heavy, and the EF mount is dated.

The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 is an ultra wide angle lens, plus unique with its rare low aperture. This is the go-to lens for astrophotography with its extremely sharp images and low aperture. This isn’t the widest lens possible since Canon also makes a 8-15mm but 14mm is an incredible wide focal length.

On the downside, this is a pretty niche lens and it’s extremely heavy. Also, its curved glass makes it impossible to use traditional lens filters.

Sigma 14mm F/1. 8 Art DG HSM Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras)

  • Large diameter delivering f/1.8 brightness

  • What I Like: I appreciate the sharp images and great focal range of 11-24mm that this lens offers.
  • What I Dislike: There are a few downsides: it’s very expensive, and I can’t use traditional filters on it.

If you’re looking for an extremely wide lens the Canon 11-24mm is a very versatile lens. At its widest 11mm, it’s mostly overkill for any photographer and would likely be used for specific landscape or interior shoots. But if you’re a gear addict having the ability to shoot below 16mm would offer some unique perspectives.

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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens

  • L-series ultra-wide zoom lens with an impressive 11mm starting focal length

Frequently Asked Questions About Canon Wide Angle Lenses

What are wide angle lenses?

Like we talked about earlier in this article, wide angle lenses are camera lenses that have a shorter focal length than normal lenses, which allows them to capture a wider field of view.

What are the benefits of using a wide angle lens?

Wide angle lenses allow you to capture more of a scene in a single shot, making them ideal for landscape photography, architecture, and interior shots where space is limited.

What makes Canon wide angle lenses a good choice?

Canon is a trusted and reliable brand when it comes to camera equipment, and their wide angle lenses are no exception. They offer a range of high-quality lenses with various features, making it easy to find one that suits your needs.

Do Canon wide angle lenses work with all Canon cameras?

Canon wide angle lenses are designed to work with Canon cameras, but you need to make sure that the lens mount is compatible with your camera model. Canon has many lens mounts including EF, EF-S, RF, RF-S, and EF-M.

What is the difference between a prime and a zoom wide angle lens?

A prime lens has a fixed focal length, while a zoom lens allows you to adjust the focal length. Prime lenses are generally lighter and offer better image quality, while zoom lenses are more versatile and give you a range of focal lengths to zoom though.

Can I use a wide angle lens for portraits?

While wide angle lenses are not typically used for portraits, they can be used creatively to capture unique and interesting shots. However, be aware that using a wide angle lens for portraits can cause distortion and exaggerate facial features, especially near the edge of shots.

What is the best Canon wide angle lens for landscape photography?

As discussed above my favorite Canon lens for landscape photography is the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 since it offers a wide focal length range, low aperture, and image stabilization.

Can I use a wide angle lens for astrophotography?

Yes, wide angle lenses are often used for astrophotography as they allow you to capture more of the night sky in a single shot.

Are Canon wide angle lenses expensive?

Canon wide angle lenses vary in price depending on the features and quality. Some lenses can be quite expensive, while others are more affordable, luckily we’ve covered the whole range in this list!


Of course there are other options like Tamron, Rokinon, and Sigma lenses but I’ve found the best results with using Canon lenses since they are designed to work with Canon cameras.

There are also a few other things to consider when buying a lens. Obviously your use case and budget will take priority over everything. Things like lens stabilization, aperture, and size will all affect how the lens will meet your needs.

Image stabilization in the lens will be important if you plan on shooting handheld or doing videos. It’s important to note that the wider your lens the less important stabilization becomes since it affects the image less.

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In the end, the best wide angle lens for you will have to depend on your budget and use case. Hopefully this list gives you a great idea of what Canon has to offer in terms of wide angle lenses.

Have any questions about Canon lenses? Ask me in the comments below!

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Wide Angle Sports Lenses

Wide-Angle Sports Lenses – Canon Ireland

SPORTS / ACTIVE SCENES

L-series telephoto lenses are the best choice for professional sports photography, but a compact wide-angle lens allows you to diversify your portfolio with a completely different style of work. Action specialist Jakub Frey explains how he uses the ultra-wide angle to add impact to his sports shots.

The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM Lens is a creative wide-angle sports lens that can put the viewer in the center of the action when shooting close to the subject. It was created for professional use and met the shooting requirements of sports photographer Jakub Frey. Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM lens at 15mm, 1/1250 sec, f/3.2 and ISO100. © Jakub Frey

Wide-angle lenses have long been part of the kit of professional sports photographers. Whether it’s incredible shots of a winning athlete cheering the crowd in a stadium, or behind-the-scenes shots of a football game, wide-angle zooms and prime lenses are regularly used to create impressive shots for newsrooms.

What else is a wide-angle lens good for shooting sports? What creative possibilities do wide-angle lenses open up for professional sports photographers? How to get the most out of the wide angle of view of ultra wide angle lenses like the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM or the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM?

Sports photographer and Canon Ambassador Jakub Frey shares his tips for working with these wide-angle lenses, while Mike Burnhill, Lead Product Specialist at Canon Europe, talks about interesting technical details.

A wide-angle, wide-aperture lens makes it easier to capture movement, although Jakub set the ISO for a smaller aperture and greater depth of field. Taken on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 30mm, 1/640 sec, f/4 and ISO800. © Jakub Frey

Why is a wide-angle lens good for shooting sports?

If you can get close to the event, or at least have the ability to position your camera farther away, the wide-angle lens provides a unique angle that suits a wide range of sporting events, from futsal to Formula One.

“I specialize in shooting winter sports like snowboarding and skiing,” says Jakub, “but I also shoot mountain biking and motorsports in the summer, and I use wide angle lenses for that. I like to stay in the center of the action while taking photos, and only a wide-angle lens makes that possible.”

Canon’s RF lens range is a wide range of fast-focus, wide-aperture professional wide-angle lenses that make it easy to capture the moment in challenging situations. For example, the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM lens is a lightweight, weather-resistant option that is suitable for capturing both a huge basketball court and dynamic close-ups of skateboarders in the sun.

In addition, there is the indispensable Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM lens and its EF counterpart Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, which is suitable for everything from wide-angle shots of long shots to player portraits and ceremonies opening and closing.

New wide-angle RF lenses ideal for sports photographers include the Canon RF 24mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM and RF 15-30mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM. “When you buy the RF 24mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM, you get a compact lens that can do a lot,” says Mike. “It may not have weather protection, but it has amazing optical properties and ultra-fast aperture, making it ideal for shooting indoor sports.”

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While filming a desert mountain bike race in Morocco, Yacoub found the RF 16mm F2.8 STM’s light weight and compact size to be a huge advantage. “You can carry it in your pocket,” he says, “and the EF and RF wide-angle zoom lenses can’t compete with it. I also appreciated its high brightness when shooting reportage photos, and therefore I consider this lens a great helper for more difficult trips.” Taken on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens at 1/1600 sec, f/6.3 and ISO200. © Jakub Frei

Jakub recently tested the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens while filming the toughest mountain bike race in Morocco. “I was going to shoot a very fast week-long event where mountain bikers cover about 100 km every day,” he says. “After the arrival, I had nine difficult days of filming, two of which I spent climbing the highest mountain in North Africa, Mount Toubkal.”

“I was looking for something compact and lightweight, and pairing the RF 16mm F2. 8 STM lens with the EOS R5 was the perfect solution. It made it easier to blend in with the crowd, photographing people in the narrow streets of Morocco, not to mention the weight advantages of a two-day climb to Toubkal.”

Jakub often shoots wide-angle close-ups of mountain bikers on mountain trails. “I almost always end up in dust, mud, sand or snow,” he says. “But the most important thing is that I don’t touch the athlete. They often ride their bike close to the edge, and they absolutely don’t need anyone or anything to get in the way of turning the handlebars.” Taken on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens at 1/1600 sec, f/5 and ISO125. © Jakub Frey

Six Tips for Working with Wide Angle Lenses

1. Get Closer
2. Bring Your Cleaning Equipment
3. Convey a Sense of Space
4. Change Your Angle
5. Compose
6. Look for Small Details

Getting Closer to the Subject Shooting with a wide-angle lens helps the viewer stay in the center of the action. “I want the audience to be at the center of the action, in the midst of swirling dust, snow and rolling rocks,” Yakub says. “I also want the spectators to see the expression on the athlete’s face, the sweat drops and scratches received during the race.”

“If I’m close enough to an athlete that we could bump into each other, I take pictures without looking through the viewfinder and just keep track of the actual distance. Yes, it’s a bit of a blind shot, but with practice, luck, and the right autofocus, most photos come out pretty good.”

Although the RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens is not weatherproofed, Jakub had no problem shooting in the desert even on windy days in the sand dunes. “Not only did the lens work, but it took more than 1,000 photos every day at around 45°C,” he says. Taken on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens at 1/1000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO200. © Jakub Frei

When you’re in the middle of the action with a wide angle lens, you have to be prepared to get covered in a thick layer of dirt, dust and sweat, so you need to carry wipes and brushes to clean the equipment.

Jakub says: “I don’t worry about splashes and dirt on the equipment. I get as close as possible to capture the best moments.”

Canon’s L-series lenses are built to perform even in the toughest conditions. “Take the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM lens as an example,” says Mike. “It features four O-rings and has a fluorine coating on the front element so it’s easy to clean and will perform in any environment.”

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Thanks to the compact combination of the Canon EOS R5 camera and the RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens, Yakub was able to capture mountain bike riders and the majestic landscape that surrounded them at high speed from the window of an SUV, in which he was driving. Taken on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon RF 16mm F2. 8 STM lens at 1/1600 sec, f/6.3 and ISO200. © Jakub Frei

Getting closer to the action is one thing, but capturing more atmospheric shots with a wide-angle lens gives the viewer a different perspective on sporting event photos. Yakub is attracted by the opportunity to show a tiny athlete in the center of a vast landscape.

“I love photographs that show how powerful and infinite nature is compared to man,” he explains. “These types of photos don’t show the athlete’s facial expressions or emotions, but these types of images evoke your emotions when you look at them because you can easily imagine yourself in that situation.”

Jakub recommends using the AF capabilities across the entire sensor area of ​​a mirrorless camera such as the EOS R5. “I think this technology is one of the most important, especially when combined with wide angle lenses,” he says. — When shooting action-packed sports with a wide-angle lens, it can be difficult to find the right composition, but when the camera starts tracking the subject from the moment it enters the viewfinder, there is a good chance that the shot will come out perfect. With autofocus across the entire sensor area, you have the time and space to focus on composition.” Taken on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM lens at 15mm, 1/250 sec, f/6.3 and ISO100. © Jakub Frei

Shooting from a low or high angle with a wide-angle lens can have a significant impact on the image, especially if the camera is close to the subject, which will look much larger than the background. Shooting from a lower angle will help to focus on the height of the athlete or the height of the jump.

“In these circumstances, an adjustable-angle screen is a real boon because you can adjust the angle you want without having to lay down on the ground,” says Mike. “You can adjust the angle and keep the camera in a comfortable position.”

If you can’t get close to your subject, look for details in the foreground that you can use to compose. Taken on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM lens at 1/1600 sec, f/4 and ISO125. © Jakub Frey

Wide-angle lenses provide ample coverage so distractions can easily be missed frame, and the subject may be lost in the picture. However, using natural frames when capturing a sporting event shot can help draw the viewer’s attention to the right place.

“A popular shooting technique is to take a picture with a camera that is essentially attached to the floor so that the area closest to the lens is out of focus,” says Jakub. — Of course, the same result can be obtained by attaching the camera to the ceiling, wall or any other object. I use various objects that are out of focus in the foreground, such as branches, flowers, or objects, to create a space for viewing the scene, which helps people feel like complete observers.”

“Don’t be afraid to shoot against the sun with a wide-angle lens,” says Jakub. “You can also ‘create’ the sun with a remote Speedlite, but be careful, it takes a while to get used to!” Taken on a Canon EOS R5 with a Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM lens at 15mm, 1/250 sec, f/5 and ISO160. © Jakub Frey

Fine details in images captured with using wide-angle lenses can make a big difference. “When I shoot in winter, I love the lighting effects that you can get when snowflakes fall right next to the lens,” says Jakub. “I also look for reflections when shooting near water, and even small splashes can be the perfect complement to create new, unexpected angles.”

“I also like to experiment with motion blur, a technique I often use when shooting motorsports. It helps emphasize the high speed of the movement of the subject and draw attention to a clear part of the image. You can also experiment with multiple exposures by combining shots taken with telephoto and wide-angle lenses.”

As Jakub’s work shows, in the world of shooting sports with telephoto lenses, the wide-angle lens in the kit opens up a range of shooting options that will help you create impressive wide-angle dynamic images.

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Jakub Frey’s equipment set

Equipment that professionals use to take photos

Canon EOS R5

Whatever you shoot, the EOS R5 will allow you to unleash your creativity in a whole new way. “This camera has changed my standard approach to photography,” says Jakub. “It fits me perfectly and provides exactly what I need from a camera: speed, accuracy, reliability and simplicity. Thanks to the EOS R5, I started shooting videos again.”

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Canon EOS R6

The innovative EOS R6 uses technology that will make you fall in love with the art of photography all over again. Capture your stories in a whole new way – add a new dimension to them!

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view more Hide Additional Capture more even in low light with this ultra wide-angle zoom lens with Image Stabilization 5 exposure levels. This is the ideal solution when unusual angles can change the perception of an object.

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Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM

Stay in the frame with this affordable ultra-wide angle RF lens with fast aperture. This 16mm full-frame prime lens is ideal for vlogging, landscape photography, architecture, astrophotography and more.

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Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM

Premium optical design, fast f/2.8 aperture and 5-stop Image Stabilization help you create in any environment.

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

An updated version of this classic wide-angle zoom lens delivering stunning sharpness throughout its zoom range. Jakub says: “This wide-angle lens has been with me for so long that I feel an emotional connection with it. I bought it in Alaska and became a Canon Ambassador thanks to the photos I took with it. I use it when I want to be in the middle of things. I have fallen off my bike several times with it, as well as off skis and a motorcycle. It’s been in mud, water, snow and dust countless times, but it still works.”

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.

8L II USM

This L-series lens is a standard professional zoom lens offering excellent optical quality and a fast f/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range . “On my list of equipment, this model appeared last of the EF devices; I don’t know how I could live so long without this lens. I use this lens very often,” notes Jakub. — I like that it is wide enough, but at the same time gives minimal distortion of reality. It’s the perfect all-around lens.”

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

The bright EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2 delivers excellent results even in low light conditions. “I bought this lens for fun, but I’m very used to it,” says Jakub. “I often have to convince myself to take it off the camera and shoot with other lenses. Sometimes when I need to travel light, like on a motorcycle with friends, this is the only lens I take with me. I like to shoot in more challenging lighting conditions, so f/1. 2 helps me a lot.”

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Canon Speedlite EL-1 performance and weather protection.

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Canon Speedlite ST-E3-RT Flash Transmitter

“Combining the Speedlite EL-1 with this transmitter has made my job much easier and more advanced,” notes Jakub. “In my career, I have tried almost every possible combination of external flashes and wireless transmitters, and almost always it had a very negative effect on the shooting. Now shooting with external flashes is my new joy.”

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