5 Quality Ultra-Wide Zooms That’ll Make You Capture the World Differently

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I’m not going to lie; I have a major soft spot for ultra-wide zooms. Ultra-wide zooms force you to look at your surroundings in a completely new way, and you’ll have untold amounts of fun doing it. Trust me when we say you need one in your arsenal. There are many ultra-wide zooms on the market that are cheaper than the lenses we have selected here. I have used them all, and they’re great. However, if you want to capture images that absolutely sing with every click of your shutter, these are the five premium ultra-wide zooms you need to take a closer look at. Whether you want to capture landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, astrophotography, or more, you will not be disappointed.

Canon RF 15-35mm f2.8 L IS USM

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In our review, we said:

“The Canon RF 15-35mm f2.8 lens is going to quickly become just as important to Canon’s RF series cameras as the EF 16-35mm f2.8L became to their old school DSLR’s. It’s wonderfully constructed, the image output is outstanding, and it’s just so darn fun to shoot with. Wide-angle lenses force you to capture the world in a completely different way than other lenses, and that’s what makes them so great to use. I truly believe this lens is a must-have for any photographer who owns an RF mount camera.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
Ultra-Wide Zooms

Buy now: $2,299.99

Nikon Z 14-24mm f2.8 S

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In our review, we said:

“The Nikon Z 14-24mm f2.8 S is a fantastic lens. It’s one of the first Nikon Z lenses that truly made me say, “Wow.” The Nikon Z 14-24mm f2.8 S is a genuine contender for the top dog award in this lens category. It’s smaller and lighter than options on other full-frame platforms. It has stellar image quality, it controls distortions, flares, and CA very well, and it renders nice colors and interesting yet pleasing bokeh. This is an incredibly fun lens to use and it’s hard to fault.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
Ultra-Wide Zooms

Buy now: $2,396.95

Sony 12-24mm f2.8 GM

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In our review, we said:

“The faults with this lens are really so minor that this lens deserves five out of five stars. Distortions are well controlled, chromatic aberrations are almost non-existent, images are sharp and have natural colors, and the lens is built like a tank. At $2,998, it’s not cheap, but that’s the price you pay for innovation when coupled with a G Master designated lens.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
Ultra-Wide Zooms

Buy now: $2,998

Pro Tip: These ultra-wide zooms are so much fun, you’ll be using them all the time. This means that your lens will get dirty quickly. These premium ultra-wide zooms aren’t cheap, so you’re going to want to keep them clean. Keep an affordable lens cleaning kit with you at all times. This way, you can clean the front element and lens body easily. Every couple of weeks, give your lens a deep clean. Doing this will ensure your lens will work for years to come. This lens cleaning kit affordable and has everything you need.

Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO

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In our review, we said:

“This lens is absolutely incredible. It handles distortion well, it’s sharp, has great colors, focuses quickly, has a small form factor that makes it a true companion lens, and is so very capable for many photojournalists. It’s also great for landscapes, food, interior, and oh so much!”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Ultra-Wide Zooms
Ultra-Wide Zooms

Buy now: $1,199

Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR

Ultra-Wide Zooms

In our review, we said:

“The quality of the images are sharp, crisp, well-colored no matter what film simulation you use, and just overall gorgeous. Throughout my time with the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR I created some images I ended up really, really liking.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief

Buy now: $1,999

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.