Ultra-Wide Zooms: 5 Affordable Options You’ll Want To Use All the Time

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Ultra-wide zooms are spectacular lenses. Honestly, they’re one zoom that we recommend all photographers have in their lens bag. Ultra-wide zooms are perfect for landscapes, cityscapes, astrophotography, environmental portraits, architectural photography, and so much more. We recently took a look at 5 premium ultra-wide zooms that all landed around the $2,000 and up mark. However, there are plenty of fantastic options that have much lower costs of entry. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at five ultra-wide zooms that are relatively affordable, and that will deliver images that will make you grin from ear to ear.

All of the ultra-wide zooms we have listed below reviewed incredibly well. We were blown away by the image quality, build quality, and overall autofocus performance. The lenses are even more impressive when you take their prices into consideration. The five lenses below are incredibly affordable for what they are. We’re sure that you’ll love them if you add one to your collection.

Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD

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In our review, we said:

“The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD is a fantastic lens when it comes to image quality. This overall makes it a stellar performer. I’m positive that if photographers weren’t specifically pixel peeping that they’d be incredibly happy with the sharpness results the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD offers. They wouldn’t be able to tell it apart from the Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now Sony E: $839

Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R OIS

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In our review, we said:

“This lens produced great images with vibrant colors and sharp lines. This the kind of lens that has myriad applications, but it works particularly well with event and street photography that can often call for wider perspectives.”

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Buy now: $999.95

Pro Tip: These ultra-wide zooms are perfect for many different genres of photography. However, they excel in landscape photography. If you’re new to landscapes and you want to learn how to get the most out of your gear, this book from Scott Kelby will guide you all the way. You’ll be capturing epic shots in next to no time at all.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm F4 S

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In our review, we said:

“The 14-30mm f4 S for Nikon Z cameras produces remarkable images with outstanding sharpness and little to no distracting aberrations, and is constructed to withstand the elements while maintaining a diminutive footprint.”

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Buy now: $1,096.95

Pentax 15-30mm f2.8 ED SDM WR

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In our review, we said:

“The overall image quality from the Pentax 15-30mm f2.8 is impressively sharp and great overall. There’s a lot to love about this lens’s image quality.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now: $1,296.95

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art

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In our review, we said:

“The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art is a good lens in many ways. Not only does it have solid image quality, but you’ll be hard-pressed to best its build quality. For Sony E mount, you’ve got very good options with this, Sony’s 16-35mm f2.8 G Master, and Tamron’s 17-28mm f2.8 lenses. However, this lens is the best compliment to Sony’s trinity of zoom lenses. Event photographers, photojournalists, and landscape photographers will really enjoy this lens mated to their camera.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now L Mount: $1,389

Buy now Sony E: $1,329

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.