Why so hard to find an affordable wide angle lens?

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Why so hard to find an affordable wide angle lens?
Sep 1, 2012

I have a T3i, and want to find a lens that has a wider angle than 18mm (like on the kit lens).

Lots of people seem to consider 18mm a wide lens, but I don't really consider it very wide at all. I have seen some lenses for $800+ that go to 10mm, but thats simply far out of my budget. As an affordable alternative, I've been trying to shop for some old pentax lenses, or other old slr lenses that I could use with an adaptor, but I just have not had much luck, the vast majority of old lenses I seem to find are around 28mm or above (most 50 or above).

Isnt there any way to get some sort of lens, (any lens, even from the 1980's, and even without the best quality as long as its acceptable) that will give a wider shot than the kit lens, for around $100 or less?

Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5)
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