Best wide angle lens for shooting a group of people

by Ellery
(Montreal)

Canon 10-22 Wide-Angle Lens for APS-C

Canon 10-22 Wide-Angle Lens for APS-C

Canon 10-22 Wide-Angle Lens for APS-C
Canon 17-40 Wide-angle Lens for Full Frame

Scenario: A room about 25' x 25'with 4 to 5 musicians playing. Common configuration of the percussionist on a slightly raised dais and the others in front, usual in a row, spaced out from one wall to the other; effectively take 24' of the available 25'.

Camera is on a tripod about 15' away.

What would be your pick for a wide angle lens that can capture all of the musicians (in other words, the entire 25' width of the room).

Thanks


Hi Ellery,

thanks for your question about the best wide angle lens for group photography in a small space.

Your description of the situation makes it sound like you have no choice but to go with any wide-angle lens that has a "super wide" setting.

I don't know which camera format you have, a full-frame sensor camera like the 5D, 6D, or 1Dx series or a APS-C camera like the Rebel "t" series or 70d, 70d mark ii.

If you a full frame, it's likely you'll need a 24mm lens or wider.
With an APS-C sensor, you'll likely need a 16mm or wider.

In either case, I'd be prepared with a zoom lens, so that you can vary the setting as you move around and shoot.

FOUR IMPORTANT TIPS


1. Try shooting from a corner. That gives you a little extra distance to fit everyone in.

2. Take a small, folding step stool so that you can get up high in a corner. That also increases your distance, but also cuts down on the strong difference in distances between the closet and farthest musicians in your photo.

3. Be prepared to use some lens distortion correction software afterwards.
4. Take some close-ups too. You or the musicians might be able to use them in another capacity somehow.

Good Luck!
Bruce

p.s. I have a favor to ask of you. Could you let me or the other Canon Geek readers know how you everything turns out? The readers would love to learn from your experience and maybe even see one or two of the photos you get.

Canon 17-40

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Sigma Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens AF-MF

by James Holdsworth
(England)

Can you tell which Canon camera is compatible with the Sigma lens? It is the older style Sigma lens by the way.


Thanks


Hi James, thanks for your question about the Sigma 400 f5.6. I have the Canon 400 f5.6 L lens and prefer to go with Canon lenses because I know there won't be compatibility issues.

There are always possible (not definite) issues when a company like Sigma does a little reverse engineering in the auto-focusing mechanisms to get a third-party lens to work with a specific camera manufacturer's camera body.

You can see this in some of the Canon forums. In a case like this I recommend you buy your lens or camera from a retailer or individual seller that has a great return policy. It's why I am a big fan of Amazon.

You need to try out your specific lens and Canon camera combination and test it extensively.

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Lense question for a newbie!

by Jacque White
(USA)

A Quantaray Was My First Zoom Lens

A Quantaray Was My First Zoom Lens

A Quantaray Was My First Zoom Lens
Tamron Zoom Lens for Canon T3 Camera

Hello, purchased my first "higher priced" camera recently- Canon EOS Rebel T3...finally!
Any who I have a friend trying to sell me her Quantaray 67mm lense BUT has not clue if it will fit my camera!
Please help..Thanks!


Hi Jacque, Thanks for your question about lens choice for your Canon T3. Your question brought a smile to my lips, as the very first telephoto zoom I used was a Quantaray 85-210. My Quantaray lens had a Minolta mount. My camera was the Minolta XD-11, an advance film SLR in the late 1970s.

Third party lens companies like Sigma or Tamron or Quantaray (I haven't heard that name in 30 years) make lens with different mounting systems for the different camera bodies, like Minolta, or Nikon, or Canon. They are not compatible with each other.

The Good news is that you are dealing with a friend. It will be a simple matter for you to try the lens first and see if it fits on your camera. That will be step one.

Use caution, make sure everything lines up and do not force it.

If you are lucky and it fits, step two will be to see if any of the functions work like auto focus and aperture control (f-stops). The "67mm" is likely the filter size and not the actual focal length of the lens. You might consider one of the Tamron lenses such as the 18-200mm. It is very affordable and the 18-200mm range covers everything from super wide angle to strong telephoto.

You can read the reviews and opinions of others on this lens and other lenses here:

Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro Zoom Lens for Canon T3. It also does a good job with macro photography.

Congratulations, the Canon T3 was an excellent choice for you as a newbie.

Best Wishes,
Canon Geek

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Zoom lens

by Ellery
(Montreal)



I read that the Canon 75-300 MM f/4-5.6 is one of the better all-around zoom lens, it's lacking IS and USM. What would be your pick for a Canon zoom lens that has IS and USM?


Thanks for your question about Canon camera lenses, Ellery. Sorry for the delayed response-I was at a photo boot camp in another state.

The 75-300 lens you mention is extremely popular because of its super low price, but it does lack the image stabilization that is so popular today with photographers.

I'll confess to you right up front that I am not a big fan of IS, and literally, almost never use it on the lenses that I own that have this feature.

I prefer using monopods and/or tripods, and sometimes higher ISO settings to get a higher shutter speeds to get image sharpness.

Many beginning photographers make the mistake of thinking that IS is good for moving objects, which it is highly NOT recommended.

With my disclaimers out of the way, Canon has a 70-300 IS USM f/4.5-5.6 that might be a good choice for you. It has almost the exact same zoom range, has IS and a USM, and is highly rated by consumers.

It is a big step up in price, but you do get what you pay for usually. It does cost about 3x as much as the economical 75-300 that you mentioned in your question.

If you've got, the cash to burn, and want to treat yourself to a lens that will do well for wildlife and sports, the 100-400 IS USM f/4.5-5.6 L lens is amazing, but it is around $1700 USA.

I put the links below (on Amazon) if you want to read some of the reviews on them by the many buyers who've purchased and used them.




Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR


I personally shoot a lot of portraits with my 70-200 f/2.8 (which is very pricey) and used my 400mm for sports and wildlife.

Interesting, at the boot camp I attended the instructor uses a 18-270 made by Tamron for almost everything he shoots. Now, he shoots Nikon on a smaller (Canon APS-C size) of sensor, but if you're not a Canon loyalist, you could go with one of the other lens manufacturers to broaden your choices.

That's my perspective and I hope this helps you make your choice based on what is good for your photography. Keep me informed and let me know how you make out.

Have a blast!
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bayonet adapter to us af minolta lens on canon rebel t-5

by Paulla
(Elko , Nv)

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

can I get a bayonet adapter so I can use my old Minolta
AF lens's on a starter canon rebel t-5 camera? I have a Minolta af maxxum zoom 100-200 , and a af zoom 35-70 I would like to give as a gift with a canon t-5 rebel camera. Can this be done and if so what adapter would I buy . Thanks Paulla
I look forward to your help


Hi Paulla, thanks for your question about mounting Minolta lenses on a Canon Rebel. Coincidentally I was a Minolta film camera shooter and evolved into a Canon digital camera shooter.

I decided not to use film camera lenses on digital cameras due to the different lens design specifically for digital photography.

1. Digital camera sensors respond to light that strikes them perpendicular to the sensor plane. Film camera lenses allowed light to strike the film plane at various angles.

2. The kits that include lenses made specifically for the Rebel T5 and T5i are such a good value and are only slightly more money than just a T5 or T5i body.

3. You know you have full compatibility when you buy a lens/camera in a kit.

For these reasons I have no experience in using adapters like the one you asked about.


Canon Rebel T5 Camera Kits With Lenses

Canon T5i

Canon T3i



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Interchanging Lenses - Canon Rebel T6s and Elan 7E

by Emery Clark
(Pearand, TX)

Canon Elan 7E Camera

Canon Elan 7E Camera

Canon Elan 7E Camera
Canon Rebel T6s



"Can the EF lenses from a Canon EOS ELAN 7 interchange with the new Canon T6S digital camera?

Thanks, Emery Clark."



Hi Emery, Thanks for your question to CanonGeek.
The Elan7 was released about 15 years ago and had a reputation as the "Quiet Canon" because of its Whisperdrive when used with the USM lenses.

It's a film camera.

The Rebel T6S is a digital camera. It's the latest in the ever-popular, ever-successful, line of "t" cameras, that have become sophisticated image machines with affordable prices. The first T6s models had an issue with sensors, but the 03 serial numbers and later have fixed this problem.

Usually older EF lenses will fit perfectly onto newer digital EF cameras.

The Elan accepted EF lenses. The Rebel T6s will accept EF and the smaller EF-S lenses.

More modern EF lenses are designed specifically for using with digital cameras. Some "lens experts" claim that lenses specifically designed to work with digital cameras are better. I am not so sure.

I think it depends on your shooting style. In any case, using an EF lens on a smaller sensor camera will give you the "crop factor."

The Rebel T6s has a APS-C sensor, meaning a 28-135 EF lens will give you the same angle of view as a 45-215 lens when used on a APS-C (1.6x) sensored camera like the T6s. A 50mm EF lens would behave like a (50mm x 1.6 = 80mm) 80mm lens when used on the Rebel T6s.

I really believe the best thing to do is to test and see what results
YOU get.

I've found the Canon folks to be quite helpful on the phone as well.

1-800-OK-CANON
(866) 510-1335 Canon's technical center in New Jersey.

Please let me know how you make out.
Good Luck,
Bruce




Canon Rebel T6s Digital SLR Reviews



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Older lens with new camera

Black Canon Rebel XT

Black Canon Rebel XT

Black Canon Rebel XT
Silver Canon Rebel XT

I have a couple of lenses I use with my Canon Rebel XT. One is a canon zoom lens and the other is a Tamron 75 - 300mm lens.

Can I use these lenses with a new Canon camera?

Thanks,
Linda


Hi Linda,
Thanks for your question about your Canon Rebel XT. A popular and technologically advanced camera in its time, the XT is now 10 years old. It has an APS-C sized sensor and will work with EF and EF-S lenses.

The EF-S lenses are more affordable because they use less "glass", and are smaller and lighter, and their zoom range is designed to work with the smaller 1.6x crop factor, APS-C cameras.

I know have all EF-S lenses so I can use them on either my full-frame 5D Mark III or my APS-C sized Canon EOS 70D. Just remember the 1.6x multiplier if you are considering another APS-C sensor camera.

Interesting enough, early on there were SOME compatibility issues with Tamron lenses and the Rebel XT, but you should have no issues with a more modern Canon. Hopefully that wasn't an issue with your XT.

Hope that helps.
Good Luck, Bruce


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Consumer written reviews on Canon Rebels at Amazon


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24-105 mm canon lens

by Rafael
(Walnut, Ca.)

Photo of Canon 24-105 f4.0 lens

Photo of Canon 24-105 f4.0 lens

I just noticed that when I carry my camera, either shoulder or neck strap.
the camera faces down.
the lens slides out.
when i lift the camera, it eaisily slides back in.

can any one give me a tip or should I take it iin for surgery.

Please help
Rafael


Thanks Rafael for your question about the Canon 24-105mm f4.0 lens. I have two of them and they are usually my "default" lens that are on my DSLR bodies.

I have not heard of this issue occurring very much with this particular Canon lens. It is not an UN-common issue with cheaper lenses manufacturers.

I don't know how old your camera lens is or if this interferes with your use of the lens. If your are shooting photos with your camera aimed upward toward the sky or downward toward the ground I would say that this makes the lens useless.

I just paid $300 for an overhaul of my older(10 years old) 24-105. It was starting to give me a few communication error warnings and was occasionally failing to focus. It was disappointing but that comes with the territory of owning professional equipment.

Camera bodies, lenses and other accessories do need maintenance and repair just like an automobile would.

Good Luck
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35mm lenses to digital body

by Roger Glover
(Lebanon, CT USA)

I am interested in purchasing a cannon digital camera. Are there any that my cannon ae1 35mm lenses will fit?

Hi Roger, thanks for your question about the Canon AE-1 lenses. Unfortunately I became a Canon geek after the mainstream adoption of digital photography.
I don't know anything about the AE-1. Whenever I am stuck I use Google and Wikipedia as starting pints.

Good Luck,
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Lens Question - Canon

by Kim
(Ithaca)

Canon Rebel XTi

Canon Rebel XTi

I have a canon digital Rebel XTi and I'm looking for a lens that would be good to use for indoor cheerleading pictures. I don't want to spend a fortune on the lens, what would u suggest me to get.

Hi Kim, Thanks for visiting my site and thanks for the question about the best lens to use with your XTi.

The quick answer is the standard "kit" lens, the 18-55. But, there is always a much longer answer that depends on the situation you are in.

It is a good choice because:

1. It's very affordable. You can get brand new USM IS versions of this lens for under $200.

2. It's versatile. You'll be able to go fairly wide-angle for group photos at 18mm(28mm equivalent) and zoom in for individual poses at 55mm zoom setting(88mm equivalent)



Here's the long answer:

The XTi is about 10 years old and is not a good camera for low lighting situations. If you can use powerfull flash lighting you'll be okay. The maximum ISO setting on the XTi is only ISO 1600 and it does not perform well at all at that setting and image quality will be poor.

If you are shooting action shots of cheerleaders with the existing light, you'll likely have major issues in getting the type of photos you seek.

A faster lens, one that can open up to a wider aperture like f/2.0 would be more ideal if you are shooting indoor without really bright lights. These lenses have more "glass" and are more expensive. If you are shooting from the sidelines, at a father distance, you'll need a longer lens that zooms to 200 or 300 mm length.





Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens


Kim, if you want to get back to me with more detailed information on the type of photos you are shooting, the lens you already have, and the light that you will be using, I can advise you better.

Good Luck.
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Available lenses for G12

by sue
(chicago, IL)

I have a Canon G12. I know that you can add other lenses but am having a hard time finding out exactly which ones are suitable and the best for this camera. I like to shoot both closeup and far away.

Hi Sue,
Thanks for your question about lenses for your Canon g12. I've never changed or added lenses or filters to my Canon g11(the younger sister of the g12) so I have no experience with them.

Canon G12 Lens Accessory


I like the compactness of the "g" series as is and I use my DSLRs for super wide-angle and super-telephoto photography situations. The G12 does have nice macro capabilites, as is.

With that said I know that Can has several options for you, depending on exactly what you are trying to accomplish with your G12.
I grabbed these off of the Canon.usa web site:


Tele Converter TC-DC58D
TC-DC58D Tele Converter Lens for Canon PowerShot G10, G11 and G12 Digital Cameras.
This Tele Converter requires Lens Adapter LA-DC58K to attach this lens to the PowerShot G10, G11 and G12 Digital Cameras.
It will convert your focal distance to 196mm (1.4x).

Filter Adapter FA-DC58B
This adapter is required for the 58mm lensfillter on the PowerShot G12, G11 and G10.


When I am learning about a potential Canon camera accessory I often go to Amazon and read the reveiws of buyers of an accessory to see what others have experienced.

Here is the link:
Canon G12 Lenses and Filters

The Canon G12 is a nice versatile canon and so eas to take anywhere.
Good Luck!

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lens

by Robert Santee
(Bloomingdale,NJ.)

Canon Xti 400D Camera

Canon Xti 400D Camera

Hi, i just bought a used canon Xti 400d i love the camera. it came with the main lens on it is a 28-105 mm ultrasonic lens also there were 2 other lens or screw on to the 28-105 mm lens 1 was a xit pro series 0.43x high definition af wide angle lens 58mm the other was a same type of screw on xit pro series 2.2x high definition Af telephoto 58mm my questions are,do i need a adapter for the 2 screw type lens or do i ad them right two the main lens which is the 28-105 mm lens sence the 2 screw type lens only go on the main lens.This is were i am getting confused so could you help me out with this i am new two this but trying too get use to use the camera thank you
RAZ,


Hi Raz,
Thanks for your question about Canon Cameras and the Xti 400D. Sorry for the delayed response. I have been away on an extended photo shoot.

This camera was introduced nearly a decade ago and was the third generation upgrade over the 300D , followed by the 350D.

These screw-on lenses are used just like you would use a filter and require no adapter.

These type of screw-on lenses are a very affordable away to experiment with wide-angle and telephoto perspectives without a big investment. The optical quality is compromised a bit when using them verses a separately designed lens with several lens elements to combined to reduce lens. aberrations.

Make sure to keep them extremely clean on front and back surfaces.

Best wishes,
Canon Camera Geek

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What is the best lens for a Canon T3i for Video Blogging?

I'm an amateur having trouble picking out a lens for video blogging with the Canon T3i.

I will mostly be using it in natural sunlight for portraits etc, but occasionally (when blogging about food in restaurants) will be recording in dim lighting.

Any insight is appreciated, Thank you!


Thanks for your question about the The Canon EOS Rebel T3i

The 18-55 "kit" lens that comes with the t3i is a very good lens and is extremely affordable. That will handle most of your situations quite nicely.

For low light situations, if you can swing it financially, get a 2nd lens. You need a lens with a wider aperture. One of the most popular "fast" lenses for Canon is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens.

They are only about $125 and are fast and sharp.

If you need wide-angle and fast for interior shots, then you go with the pricier alternative: Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Good Luck.
I hope that helps,

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Lens for EOS 350D

by Alan
(Cornwall, UK)

My original EFS18-55 lens, sold with the EOS 350D camera, has given up. Can I fit the new EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II (ie WITH image stabilisation)? In other words, will the old camera body be able to control this new model?

Thanks for your question, Alan. The newer Canon EF-S 18-55mm is a very popular lens. The original version of this lens was released in 2003 and the IS upgraded version released 5 years later.

It is sized and packaged to be offered with Canon's APS-C dSLRs such as the EOS 450D. Yes, it has actually been tested on the EOS 350.

To the best of my knowledge, there are no compatibility issues but I have not personally tested this combination of lens and camera.

Compared to the original, not only did Canon add image stabilization, they also improved the optical design and the performance of the lens too.

The aperture blades are now circular for better bokeh.
The focal length range is equivalent to 29-88 mm and that is a nice range for a camera lens at this price level.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens gets great reviews from buyers on Amazon.





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T3i Lens

by Rick

Nikon Lens

Nikon Lens

Nikon Lens
Canon t3i Camera

I have a canon T3i and I am looking at getting my first new lens and don't know much of the ins and outs of what lens can go on it. I have a change to get a new (referbished ?-store bought) (Nikon 1 Nikkor 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Lens for Mirrorless Camera System - White) for a great price. Will it work on my T3i ???

Hi Rick,
Thanks for your question about a lens for the Canon T3i. Sorry for the delyed response. I have been away on an extended photo shoot. Here are the reviews on Amazon about that specific lens: Reviews on the Nikon 1 NIKKOR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR
This lens was specifically designed for the Nikon "1" series of mirrorless cameras and not the Canon t3i. I am assuming that you have the 18-55mm kit lens for the t3i, so you might want to consider the reason for buying your new lens. What kind of photography are you wishing to accomplish with a second lens?

I would not recommend just getting another mid-range zoom, but rather a super wide angle or more powerful telephoto zoom. Here is a link to some fun Canon t3i Gadgets: Canon T3i Accessories

It is human nature to want to get a "good deal" on an item and not miss out on a limited time offer, but it may not be in our best interest if it is not really the right product we need.

Good Luck!
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Type of lens

by Jennifer

Canon Rebel XSi Camera - Front View

Canon Rebel XSi Camera - Front View

Canon Rebel XSi Camera - Front View
Top view of Canon Rebel Xsi

We have the canon rebel camera and I am just wondering what lens will work best or that you would suggest when we go to the United kingdom for holidays?

Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your question about the best lens for your Canon Rebel ( you later told me it's the XSi ). The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is the standard "kit" lens comes with the XSi.

I don't have the statistics, but the 18-55 is most likely the all-time biggest seller because it is included with so many of the APS-C sized cameras.

With the 1.6x field of view crop that gives you an equivalent of about a 28-90mm zoom on a full-sized sensor.

It is a good general purpose lens but does not have a lot of telephoto zooming power for more distant subjects.

You might consider the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom Lens. That has an equivalent zoom range of 24-136mm which is even better than my all-purpose EF 24-105mm f4 which is use on my full-sized 5D and 5d Mark III cameras.

Here are some of the lenses I've discussed which are good for EF and EF-S cameras.Canon Camera Lenses


It's hard to believe that this camera is now about 6 years old as it was first released in 2008.

Are you limited to carry only one lens?

Best wishes,
Canon Geek

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Autofocus in P mode on canon 40d

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D



The auto focus point in P mode will not move to a different focus point. How do I fix this?

Thanks for your question.
I've used the Canon EOS 5D, 10D, and 20D cameras but never the 40D. You might try the manual. Here's the link to the 40D manual:


Canon EOS 40D Manual

If that doesn't help call Canon USA directly. I've found them to be quite hlelpful. (866) 510-1335

Good Luck!

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