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Choosing your perfect beginner wide-angle lens

12th October 2021

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new lens – It can be quite daunting especially if you are new to the photography scene evaluating between the many lenses to choose from. Here are some tips on picking your perfect beginner wide angle lens.

What do the lens names mean?

E.g., EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

EF-M - Mount system

11-22mm - Focal length

f/4-5.6 - Aperture

IS - Stabilization

STM - Motor type

Wide angle lenses allow photographers to capture a wider perspective and is a crowd favourite by videographers to create a wide cinematic view. In certain scenarios, you may find with a standard lens it’s often difficult to fit everything into your frame, especially if you’re in a constrained space. Wide angle lenses allow you to capture more of the scene in your image, making these types of lenses suitable for architecture, large crowds and landscape to give a ‘wow’ perspective on the scenery.

A wide-angle lens has two main purposes:

1. To fit your subject into your frame – think vast landscapes, tall buildings, or interior shots
2. get your viewer into your shot i.e., Sports action, documentary.

Fun Fact: It also allows you to emphasize foreground elements in your shot, and to distort perspective to tell a powerful story.

Here are some beginner macro lens suggestions for the different Canon systems

RF System: RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM

EF System: EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

EF-M System: EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Here are some videos to give you a bit of an insight to a wide-angle lens!

Shot on Canon EOS R6 with RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Shot on Canon EOS 90D DSLR with EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Shot on Canon EOS M50 Mark II with EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM