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Old 12-02-2008, 12:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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So you want wide angle but also do not want major distortion caused by the extremely short focal ranges. I'm also guessing you want the illusion of space from the way your describing your layouts.

You could go with a single usage lens or zoom lens. I would suggest the most useful lens you could buy would be a 18-200 zoom. (35mm effective 29-320)

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Old 12-03-2008, 02:08 AM   #13 (permalink)
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For the widest Canon lenses available, you're looking at several lenses:

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM - $1300
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM - $660
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM - $1900

I'd recommend them in that order. Keep in mind that two of them are L lenses, and are $$$$.

That said, Sigma and Tamron make some lenses that are meant to compete in that area:
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12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL HSM - $700
10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM - $550

Tamron
SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - $600
SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - $500


Those are your options for wide zoom and wide angle lenses from all three makers. There are some wider zooms out there, but they are really insanely priced(and I don't know if they're made in the canon mount).
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:35 AM   #14 (permalink)
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a very popular brand lens a lot of people use for their canons is Sigma. Although I haven't had much experience with them personally, I have seen the result from photographs. They look like they offer good performance with a good price range.

If you plan on buying this lens, just like anything else you need to consider a few things. If you plan on using it a lot, then go ahead and invest the extra money. If its going to be used less often, perhaps looking at a slightly cheaper lens is a good option.

Me personally, I wouldn't spend more than $300 on a lens that's wide angle. I mostly use telephotos so I would only see myself using a wide angle sparingly.
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:59 AM   #15 (permalink)
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You could buy a sigman, or rent much nicer glass, your call.

Ive heard lot of good about these guys, and they are very quick to email back in my experiance - Rentglass.com - Lens rentals by mail for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You could buy a sigman, or rent much nicer glass, your call.

Ive heard lot of good about these guys, and they are very quick to email back in my experiance - Rentglass.com - Lens rentals by mail for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras
I use them all the time, located in Florida I believe but I just hit the website pick what I want and it shows up in a day or two.

This might be the ticket since you are running a Canon although 35 may not be wide enough f1.4 is going to give you all the dof you could ever need....

Rentglass.com - Mail order lens rental - Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Here's a test shot I took at f1.8 with my 50mm

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Is that the Standard $80-$100 Canon 50mm F1.8 prime lens you are using?
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:56 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Is that the Standard $80-$100 Canon 50mm F1.8 prime lens you are using?
It's the comparable Nikon, I've shot the same lense on a Canon both are killer little deals for $100

Drum - couple of questions....

What kind of lighting are you planning on taking these shots in?

What's more important DOF or the wide angle?
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