The Best Canon Mirrorless Camera Wide-Angle Lens for 2021

Wide-Angle Lens Sample Picture

What is the ultimate Canon APS-C wide-angle lens?

  1. Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

What is the ultimate Canon full-frame wide-angle lens?

  1. Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens
  2. Adapt one of the Best Canon Wide-Angle Lenses

Do you own a Canon DSLR camera? Our Best Canon Wide-Angle Lens recommendations page has your recommendations.

About Canon Wide-Angle Lenses

You want a wide-angle (35mm focal length or wider) or an ultra-wide-angle (24mm or wider) lens to photograph the big scene, to capture a smaller scene in a limited amount of space, or, my favorite use, to create a close-to-subject perspective that gives the viewer a sense of presence in the image.

Since most of us have at least one general-purpose/standard zoom lens that has wide-angle focal lengths built-in (a 15-45mm lens or 24-70mm lens, for example), an additional wide-angle lens is needed to gain even wider angles of view. If your standard zoom has an f/2.8 max aperture, you may also desire a fixed focal length/prime wide-angle lens to gain a wider aperture.

I very frequently encounter the need for focal lengths wider than those in my standard zoom lens and seldom go on a shoot without having the wide angles covered. Some specific subjects requiring a wide-angle lens include landscape, real estate/architecture, and interior photography. Interiors can include those of a building, vehicle, aircraft, etc.

Addressing APS-C Wide-Angle Mirrorless Lenses First

The selection of wide-angle lenses with focal lengths wider than the 14-18mm found in normal zoom lenses is somewhat limited for Canon APS-C format mirrorless camera owners. Canon has one option. Fortunately, it is a great choice.

Here is what the APS-C 10-22mm focal length range looks like:

10-22mm Focal Length Comparison

10mm | 14mm | 17mm | 22mm

The Best Canon Mirrorless Camera APS-C/1.6x Wide-Angle Lenses

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy  ► Rent  ►

1. Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

Great Image Quality, Tiny and Light, Affordable

Canon EOS M-series camera owners have a great ultra-wide-angle zoom lens option in the EF-M 11-22mm. This compact lens is effortless to take with you, the angles of view are a delight to use, and the image quality produced is impressively good.


The Best Canon Mirrorless Camera Full-Frame Wide-Angle Lenses

Full frame format camera owners have many more lens options available for their wide and ultra-wide-angle needs than APS-C format camera owners. APS-C format body owners can use full-frame lenses (they will work great), but most do not provide an angle of view wider than the 17mm- or 18mm-something APS-C standard zooms.

Here is what the full-frame 15-35mm focal length range, my suggested full-frame wide-angle lens focal length range, looks like:

Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Focal Length Range Example

15mm | 20mm | 24mm | 28mm | 35mm

The Best Canon Full-Frame Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses - My Recommendations

Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Buy  ► Rent  ►

1. Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens

The Entire Package: Impressive image quality and Overall Performance, Wide Aperture, the Right Focal Lengths, Image Stabilization, Pro-Grade Build

The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is my go-to general-purpose zoom lens. This lens is the right choice for a very high percentage of photography needs, from landscapes to portraits and from night skies to weddings, with most needs between covered.

Few want to compromise image quality, and this L-series lens delivers greatness in that regard. Fast and accurate AF? That box is checked. Pro-grade, weather-sealed build quality? Ruggedness is built in. High-performing image stabilzation is there for you when the tripod is not.


2. Adapt a lens from the The Best Canon Wide-Angle Lens List

Huge Selection, Excellent Options


Visit the Canon Lens Recommendations page for more lens selection advice.

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