8x Ultra wide-angle zoom lens comparison battle! APS-C lenses from Canon, Sigma, Tamron & Tokina

Does what it says on the tin. Over the years I’ve tested all the main ultra wide-angle zoom lenses for Canon’s APS-C cameras, including the third party ones. They’ve all been tested from slightly different positions, so here’s a slightly more informal video of my findings.

It’s pretty hard to choose and ultra wide-angle zoom lens, because most of them are good, but in different ways. All I can do is give you my favourite couple of lenses and leave the rest down to you!

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All pictures and footage taken by me on Canon 60D and 70D cameras

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Comments

Derren Hodson says:

I was thinking of getting the Canon 80d but would prefer a UWA prime, has you tried the EF 14mm?

stevepa999 says:

I prefer wide angle lenses with a low aperture. Why? Because 99.9% percent of the time I would use it outdoors with a low aperture regardless. Out of focus backgrounds is not my style. Why should I pay extra money for a high aperture lens when I am not going to use it? For me, the Sigma 8-16 is very appealing. If they made it with an aperture of 2.8 and they had to add an extra couple hundred of Euros it would not be so appealing.

Goran Nilsson says:

Maybe canon ef-m 11-22 will beat them all. (No mirror to compensate for. I don’t own any of these.)

Ron Huang says:

Asides from the lens here are there any particular wide angles you would suggest? Are there any cheaper lens that arent that bad?

soundofenigma says:

Hello, Chris!

Do you mind making a review for Tokina 12-28mm versus the Tokina 12-24mm? I sold my Canon 10-18mm as I tend to swap it out to another lens when I feel limited to its 18mm range.

• AR • Productions says:

Odd.. I have a Sigma 8 – 16mm lens and I would hardly call it sharp. So I have to disagree with you. Unless of course my model has issues?

Pras _ says:

Wow! I can’t thank you enough for your really, really helpful and useful comparison.
now I know what to buy, i definitely will recommend this video when my friends ask about what ultra wide lens to buy.
thank you!

133faceman says:

Does the canon 10-18 stm have better quality than my 18-55mm kit lens? canon 550d

Brandon Lau says:

Hi Chris, thanks very much for your videos! Very informative!

Just like to know what would be your recommendation for real estate photography, mainly in small indoor rooms ?

HighAway says:

good comparison but i think canon 10-18 should have one more apert/zoom star.

S.A. Newton says:

would you please recommend me 24-70, fish eye ,macro lens for both photo and video on a budget

Samar Ali Khan says:

Hi, Chris I was in conversation with you few months back, about buying the correct lens and didn’t realise that a 50mm f1.8 wasn’t wide enough I study Architecture, so I would appreciate it if you could recommend a wideangle lens such as the Canon 10-18mm. However having spent a lot on my whole collection to be honest I would prefer not spending over #150 for a lens. But I appreciate any suggestions thank you.

-Samar Ali Khan

- says:

I’m still searching for a ultra wide angle lens for video. So i need one with image stabilization like the Canon 10-18mm. But an aperture of only 4.6 is a big down point.
Anyone has any recommendation for me?

Ricardo080897 says:

Focusing distance would be good

ToXiCRising 99 says:

What do you mean by “you can’t use canon lenses on other cameras”
Because I’ve seen alot of people doing exactly that
Or am i missing something??

Andy Nguyen says:

Know any prime auto focus lens that go to at least f/2.8?

AGH331 says:

I really push myself through these videos because of the content, but the ‘accent’ is always nearly getting me to drop out at some point …

Yannick Maas says:

Hi +Christopher Frost Photography. I love your videos, they offer me great understanding about photography and I used them to buy my lenses. I wonder if you could help me a bit. I can buy the 10-18mm new for €225, some one offered me the 10-22mm second hand for €275 with 3 different filters with it. Any advice as to what to do? Thanks a million! and keep making awesome videos!

itsubingo says:

I use Nikon, Sigma 8-16mm f4.5-5.6 is out of my price range, so it’s between the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 and the Tokina AT-X PRO 11-16mm F2.8.

I suppose I should go for the Sigma 10-20mm for a bit more flexibility?

itsubingo says:

What about SAMYANG AE 14mm f / 2.8 ED IF UMC wide angle Lens?

imut255 says:

Hi Chris… Thank you for reviewing the ultra wide lenses. Very helpful indeed. Quick question: between Canon 10-18 mm and Sigma 8-16 mm, which one is your personal favorite and why?

Ivan Kosovan says:

Thank you for this! I found the right lens for me!

csantos2 says:

Hey Christopher. I am a Nikon user and I do astrophotography. I’ve been shooting on an 18mm lens to get some wide angles on shots as I haven’t invested in a star tracking set up yet and thus can’t stitch photos together the way I would want to. I do some other non-astro photography as well, but it is always long exposure. I was wondering, given my usage, what your recommendation would be to capture the sharpest images of the night sky. Star trails tend to start around 20 seconds so ideally an aperture that allows me to use a lower ISO setting at 15 seconds would be great, but I am also willing to turn up my ISO settings if the lens really will produce a better shot.

MsJapanino says:

Thanks for an objective review of the lenses. The benefits of each lens really helped me out.

David Hager says:

Amazing comparison for the lowish budget ultra wide market. Thank you!

Howard G says:

A very useful and well presented review Chris – Thanks

PJurmaine Productions says:

This was excellent! Thank u so much for this review!

Adzarael Camacho says:

Thanks a lot for the recommendations. Excelent points to decide which one I can buy.

Th3_BrazilianShark says:

Hi Christopher! Thank you for the great video.
I am looking to buy a new gear next month and I’ve been very confused about what to buy. My old setup was a Canon Xti with Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye that I use for skydiving. I am going to buy the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and for lens I am between: Tokina 10-17mm F/3.5-4.5 DX Autofocus Fisheye, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM or the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, but this would be my last option since the price is double of the other, also double of the weight and is only f/4. What would be the best option? Should I just keep the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye? Which I don’t see much wider when using with my xti.
Thank so much.
Peace

Juan Grassi says:

Hi Christ,
I want to know your opinion about the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero D between the lenses you choose in this test.
Thanks

Tom T says:

Excellent review and comparison. Thank you very much!

Jugo Escalante says:

Hi! What would you recommend for a really wide angle lens for
Nikon 7000? 🙂 tnx

Bp Rijal says:

where’s Nikon!?

Christopher Doherty says:

i have been lookin for a couple of months for a good ultra wide angle was told to get the sigma 10-20mm or the sigma 8-16mm so today i went out n get the 8-16mm so am lookin to test it out

Kenric says:

could you make a comparison between the old and new tokina 11-16?

Bruno Monteiro says:

You are awesome, Chris! Thank you for your knowledge and time!

Justin Hora says:

Thank you for the reviews. They are very helpful. I wanted to ask you for your opinion about a wide angle lens for landscapes. I’m planning a trip to Iceland and want to make sure I have a good lens when I go. I’m torn between the sigma models and the tokina. I’d love to hear your thoughts about which you would grab for landscapes. Thanks again.

Christopher Guevacci says:

Cant decide between, sigma 10-20mm f3,5, canon 10-22mm or the tokina 12-24mm f4. Which one should i choose? I can get all these second hand for about 240€ each,

TupsuRS says:

Hi Chris!
I’m considering to buy my first ultra wide lens and after watching the video 10-18mm is looking like a good deal! I’m also very interested in Samyang’s ultra wide-angle lenses so which one from Samyang would you recommend to compare with the canon. I’m using Canon 70D and image sharpness and quality are the most important aspects for me.
Thanks Chris for your advice!

Jay says:

Hi Christopher, which thrid party lens would be good for say thunderstorm images, where you get lightning plus some landscape detail ?. I would be using it on a Canon 7DMKII and my budget would be around 300 to 750. I’d like to know your thoughts, cheers.

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