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Wide-angle lenses are the ones with focal length shorter than longest edge of imaging surface (36mm on 35mm full frame, about 24mm on APS-C).

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Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens vs Canon 17-40mm 4.0 lens

How is the quality of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens? Specifically, is it comparable to the Canon 17-40mm lens, in the following measurements. Overall quality (Blur, aberrations, etc) Parallel lines ...
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Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made?

Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made? By ulta-wide angle I mean anything under 24mm equivalent, although ideally I'd be after something around 12mm. I'd prefer something ...
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Why does wide angle lens adapter + large aperture make images blurry?

I have a kit 18-55mm lens on my Canon. I also have a .45 wide-angle lens that I use on the kit lens. The results are fairly sharp. When I try to use the .45 wide-angle lens on the 50mm @ f/1.4, it ...
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What low-cost ultra-wide angle DX lens will autofocus on my Nikon D5000?

I need a wide angle lens for low-light/club photography with my Nikon D5000. I was going to pick up this one, but then I realized that it won't autofocus on my body. What is the closest equivalent ...
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Below which focal length are lenses considered to be wide angle?

Focal length is the only factor that decides whether a lens is described as being normal or wide angle. Below which focal length are lenses considered to be wide angle? Is this focal length the same ...
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Wide angle + macro converter

I just bought an "0.43x Super Wide Angle" converter. The converter consist of two separate parts, a wide angle (W) part and a macro (M) part. The full converter screws on the filter thread of my Sigma ...
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how to use Canon 16-35 with hugin?

I'm trying to create 360 degree panoram with hugin +Canon 5d iii +canon 16-35 at 16mm f/5. I took 72 images of my surroundings and am trying to combine those in hugin. I've tried various lens types ...
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Is the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM on a 40d wide enough for aurora borealis photography?

Is the 28mm lens sufficiently wide enough on the 40D to capture reasonable aurora borealis photographs? Given the 1.6 crop factor it seems like it might not be (which would probably mean that I look ...
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What would be the right approach to take pictures of a long counter?

I am trying to take a picture of a long counter in a super market. It is about 15 yards long. I inched along (at about a distance of 3 yards) and took straight on 30-35 pictures with my 16-35mm at ...
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Do non-distorted wide angle lenses exist for the Pentax KR?

I do a lot of shots for work (interior design). We use a Pentax KR, which we like, but because of the size limitations of some rooms, it's hard to get a decent photo of them displaying how the room ...
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How do I take better pictures with smaller apertures and wider angles?

I've gotten pretty good at taking portraits, but that's usually when I shoot at large apertures (f/2.8 and wider). They're all taken with a 50mm f/1.4 prime and I've learned good composition at that ...
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What advantages does the Brenizer method have over Photoshop blur?

I have seen a lot of posts lately about the Brenizer method. It looks smashing, but at the same time, I am fairly certain I could recreate the look using blurred layers in Photoshop. Apart from ...
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Looking for a reasonably priced wide angle lens [closed]

I have a Canon Rebel XS and recently I've been looking for a wide angle lens. Specifically, anything less than 28mm. Do you guys have any recommendations for me? I'm looking for something in the ...
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What type of wide-angled lens is the best option for photographing rooms in a hotel?

We have a small B&B and would like ourself to do photos for frequent change on the website. I am very good at photographing, technical aspects however are not my strongest side. I need to have ...
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What's the difference between a wide angle lens and a landscape lens?

Question pretty much says it all. Seems like when I look around people are asking "what's the best wide angle lens for landscape?", but on sites like LensHero they categorize wide angle and landscape ...
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What to look for when testing a wide angle lens before buying?

I'm looking at buying a used wide angle lens (specifically Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 ) for a crop camera. The question What should one look for when buying a used lens? covers the basics when ...
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How can I shoot wide angle zone plate photography?

I like the look that is possible with zone plate photography. I've google around a bit and it seems that pinhole and zone plate photography on a DSLR, especially a crop body DSLR, results in medium ...
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What are my options for an FX wide-angle prime to suit the D800's successor? [closed]

I have a D700 which I'm not planning to replace at this point in Nikon's product cycle. I'll porbably buy the D800's successor. Not because I don't like the D800 (especially its usability ...
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How do I make architecture appear larger?

I need to know whether there are any techniques to make a building appear larger. I need to film a house; inside and outside. For outside I've thought about positioning the camera low down on the ...
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How to take photos of large groups (over 100 people)?

I recently had been called to take a photo of a 100+ group. The photos were taken inside with some bright lighting. Subjects were sitting in 4 rows of a choir seats. There were fluorescent and flood ...
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What settings should I use to photograph aurora borealis with a wide angle f/4 lens?

I've tried my first night photography of the stars last week. Most articles I've seen were recommending a fast lens, fully opened, @ ISO 800 and about 20 - 30s exposure, etc. Unfortunately, my only ...
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Which lens to buy: 50mm f/1.8G or 10-20mm as first extra lens for travel to Japan?

I have recently bought a Nikon D5100 with a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm kit lens. Now I am planning to travel to Japan (next April) and I would like to buy a new lens now in order to practice before ...
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What are my options for a wide angle lens for a DX format camera like the Nikon D90?

I have a Nikon D-90 and I am an amateur photographer doing kids photography indoors, and family pictures while travelling. I have the following - 18-105mm VR – Kit Lens that came with the D90 ...
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What normal lens would have better edge sharpness than Pentax SMC Takumar 28/3.5 on my Canon APS-C DSLR?

I'm using Canon 450D + SMC Takumar 28/3.5 for nature shooting for a couple of years. And I'm not satisfied how it works. Now I have the option to buy something else and upgrade my wide-focus lens. ...
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Why do wide angle prime lenses have relatively small apertures?

I've noticed that many of the wide angle prime lenses (at least for Canon) have somewhat smaller apertures than their normal or telephoto counterparts. E.g. the regular Canon 24mm prime is f/2.8 while ...
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What does “the telephoto end” and “the wide angle end” of a zoom lens mean?

In the Canon Rebel T3i Manual, page 59, it's mentioned that "If you have a zoom lens, use the telephoto end to fill the frame with the subject from the waist up." Same note on page 61 and another one ...
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How can a 24-70mm and a 10-22mm both be “wide angle” lenses?

I've been looking at a 10-22mm lens for my Canon T2i. I've also come across some other "wide angle" lenses, like the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8. I don't understand how a wide angle lens can have such high ...
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Why is the Nikon 35mm f/2D AF considered a Wide-Angle lens?

What makes the Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Wide-Angle Lens lens be considered wide-angle as compared to the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens which isn't advertised as wide-angle?
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How to use wide-angle lenses on cloudy days?

For this question, I am mainly interested in architecture photography, but it may concern other subjects. When I go for a day or two to a city, I try to limit my weight and for this purpose I usually ...
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Do I really need a wide-angle zoom lens?

I have a crop frame canon DSLR and currently have the 18-55 kit lens and the 50mm f1.8 II. I love to travel and mostly take only landscape photos. Up until I became a stackexchange reader, I believed ...
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Which one wide-medium lens to buy as the main lens for an outdoor wedding?

I have my first solo wedding gig coming up and I'd love recommendations for almost any lens (under $1500, preferably) to go on my 7D. My Sigma wide-angle is basically no longer usable. I have some ...
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As a Canon DSLR user hoping to move to full frame do I have any wide angle lens options other than the Sigma EF 12-24?

I'm a 550D user looking for a wide angle lens but eventually hoping to move to a full frame camera, in doing this I'm trying to avoid buying EF-S mount lenses due to the prohibitive cost of replacing ...
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How do they shoot wide television-show cast photos?

For large ensemble TV show casts, the typical promo photo tend to be a wide shot with everyone standing, with minimal body overlap. It seems like you would need a wide angle to get the whole scene if ...
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What makes a strong wide-angle composition?

A simple, effective way to improve most compositions is to crop (or zoom) more tightly. Cut out the "distractions", and boom, powerful composition. I usually shoot with a slightly-long lens in the ...
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What would be a good wide angle lens to rent for Nikon?

I have a Nikon D5000, and am looking to rent a wide angle lens for a day. Any suggestions as what should be a good lens to try out?
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How wide can a lens be before it begins to produce distortion?

Some lenses will produce distortion near a photo's edges (lines that should be straight begin to curve). Fisheye lenses definitely do this, and some ultra-wide lenses will do this too. I like wide ...
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Why does the cheap kit lens seem to be sharper than the expensive L wide-angle?

So recently, I was just browsing through Canon's product lists and found the 17-40 f/4 L to be quite interesting, although I will not buy it anytime in the near future. Still, I decided to make some ...
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Which lenses to buy next?

I have a Canon 550D DSLR that I've been using for the past 6 months to learn photogragphy. It has the 18-135mm lens and I also got the 50mm/1.8 lens. As I learn more I now think it's time for me to ...
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What lens should i buy for my vacation?

I am going on a cruise to Greece and Italy this summer, I really wanted to buy a new Canon lens for my t2i but i am confused whether to buy the 17-40 f/4.0 or the 15mm 2.8 fisheye. Any help?
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Which P&S camera has wide lens, power adapter socket, and PC control via USB?

I'm looking for a camera that has all of the following traits : Wide Lens (28mm) Socket for external power Controlled with software via the USB Cheap (older model ?) I want to do a time-lapse ...
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Why don't more people use fisheye lenses as a cheap wide angle lens?

From my understanding, a fisheye lens usually has a coverage of 180 degrees or close to it. Given the extreme coverage and the availability of software that can turn fisheye images back to a ...
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Seeking Mac Software Solution for Correcting Barrel Distortion

I have a Nikon D7000 and a 14-24 wide angle lens which I love, but it does result, often, in a great deal of barrel distortion. I'm seeking a software solution; ideally an Aperture plug-in, to ...
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Filters for a Wide-Angle Lens

I just got a Nikon 10-24mm lens that I'll be using on my D90 (DX) lens. I expect to be using it a lot outdoors for landscape shots. In general, I know what kinds of filters would help landscape ...
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Is it worth buying cheap lens attachments for my camera?

I'm considering buying a fisheye/wide-angle modifier. The brand-name modifier costs around £150 for a single wide-angle modifier which also requires an adapter ring. I've also seen, on ebay, kits ...
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What do I need to take pics of building roofs?

I'd need a suggestion about camera to take pics of building roofs, my father's company installs domestic solar power plants and would like to take some pics of them to put in his website. He tried ...
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Is it wise to use polarizing filters with wide-angle lenses?

I've been looking into whether to use a regular UV or polarizing filter for a 16mm wide-angle lens and have found that a large number of people believe that you should never use a polarizer with a ...
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Why are wide-angle lenses so much more expensive?

What is it about wide-angle lenses that makes them so much more expensive than an equivalent-quality tele or prime lens? Take the Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM, for example. RRP is nearly £1,000! Are they ...
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If a lens supports 18mm focal length, is that a wide angle lens?

If not, what's the difference? A photographic comparison as an example would be great (assuming they are different).
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How can I determine if my Sigma 10-20mm lens copy is appropriately sharp and focusing right?

I just purchased a Sigma 10-20mm lens (Canon mount) and based on the reviews I was aware that many people receive copies of the lens that are soft or don't focus properly. I purchased from B&H, so ...
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Which P&S camera has a wide lens, and time-lapse shooting?

I'm looking for a camera that has: Wide lens (28mm or wider) Time-Lapse (built-it or by using CHDK) External power socket and which can be found cheaply,perhaps in the second-hand market. The ...