Best wide-angle lens in 2024: ultra-wide zooms that get everything in the picture

Best wide-angle lens
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With the best wide-angle lenses, photographers and videographers can shoot with a unique perspective. Offering a field of view much wider than that of the human eye, the best wide-angle lenses allow expansive vistas and eye-poppingly expansive views to fit into a single frame, opening up myriad possibilities when compared to a standard lens. 

You tend to see ultra-wide lenses in the hands of landscape and architecture photographers. This makes practical sense, as landscape photographers tend to want to squeeze as much of a fabulous view into a frame as possible, and architecture photographers will sometimes be working to fit a lot of building into a frame from limited vantage points. Ultra-wide lenses can be as useful indoors as outdoors for this purpose. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.