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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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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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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 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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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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What is an ultra-wide lens?

What is the point at which a lens is considered "ultra-wide angle" vs just wide angle?
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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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Do you still need an ultra wide angle if you can now stitch images?

Given that some software nowadays is so powerful you can easily stitch images together for a really wide view (either with panorama mode on camera or something like photoshop), is there still a point ...
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How do Cokin and Lee filter systems compare to each other?

Is there any material difference between Cokin and Lee filter systems? I'm looking for a limited range of filters - ND, Grad ND and Polariser - for use with a Sigma 10-20 Wide angle lens on a Nikon ...
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Distortion/quality when using a full frame lens on a crop sensor camera

I am looking for a sharp, affordable wide-angle prime for my Nikon D7000, primarily for landscape shots. I am really interested in the Samyang (aka Rokinon, Bower) 14mm f/2.8 lens due to its ...
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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 is a good wide-angle prime lens for Nikon DX (APS-C) format?

I am looking for a wide angle lens for my D90, between 12 and 18mm focal length, preferably a prime, because I like fast(er) and cheap(er) lenses. Any recomendation ? Thanks
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Photo stretched at corners?

Can anybody tell me why the heads of the two women are stretched in the corners? What is the name of this defect and how could one avoid it? I'm not a photographer (though becoming one is one of my ...
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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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Sigma 10-20mm f5.6 alternatives?

I've been wanting to add a wide angle lens to my collection for a while now. Sigma 10-20mm f5.6 looks good. I was looking at it about 2 years ago. I was wondering if there have been newer wide angle ...
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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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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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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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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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What's the term for wide angle lenses with no distortion?

Is there one word to describe the difference between wide angle lenses that have a circular distortion and wide angle lenses that produce images where perspective lines remain straight?
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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 much does 1 mm get you in a wide-angle lens?

I'm looking at a Canon 17-40 mm wide angle lens, and I don't understand why anyone would buy it. EFS18-55mm II is the standard Canon 18-55 mm lens that DSLRs come with, and it seems almost as ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it not a good idea to use ND filters with a wide angle lens?

I am planning to get my first wide angle lens. Nikon 16-35 F/4 is the one which is on top of my list now and when reading the reviews about this lens in b&h web site, I noticed this question and ...
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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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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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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 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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Is image stabilization a necessary feature for wide angle lenses?

I am considering buying a 24-70mm lens, and among third-party lens makers, Tamron makes a 24-70 f/2.8 with optical image stabilization (vibration control, in Tamron's terminology). Is it really ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I rig up a color filter for my Sigma 8-16mm Ultrawide?

I am a bit confused... I'm not sure if the cokin system will work on my lens, as my lens doesn't have threads for a filter. I've found that placing a Z series cokin filter in front of the lens will ...
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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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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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How to avoid unflattering facial distortion when using a slightly wide angle lens?

A 35mm prime on a full format body (or 24mm on cropped) is a great lens to walk around with. But when one gets too close to someone to take a picture, invariably some of their features are ...
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What is the cause for this diffused artifact around the sun?

Last weekend, I tried shooting a wide-angle shot of a sunrise on the beach: You'll notice that there is a haze/artifact around the sun in an otherwise cloudless sky. What causes this? How can I ...
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Is there a difference between using a telephoto or wide-angle lens for portraits? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which focal-length lens is usually used for portrait photography, and why? Assuming a similar aperture, what difference would you see using a 50mm, 85mm, or telephoto lens ...
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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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Wider angle lens for indoor photography?

I'm an amateur photographer and only just picked up my first DSLR (went for a 50D with a basic 18-55mm Canon IS lens) and was considering purchasing a wider angle lens such as the Sigma 28mm f/1.8-22 ...
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Approximating a wide XPan shot

Is there a combination of lenses and post-production that would decently emulate the wide shots of the XPan? They look like this. I'm no expert, but perhaps something like a fish-eye and a post-...
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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 I use the Canon EF 16-35/2.8L with Hugin?

I'm trying to create 360-degree panorama with Hugin, a Canon 5DMkIII, and Canon EF 16-35/2.8L, at 16mm and f/5. I took 72 images of my surroundings and am trying to combine them in Hugin. I've tried ...
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Fixing chromatic aberration automatically with software

I am trying to fix chromatic aberration in images taken with wide lens industrial cameras. Searching the internet I didn't find a good software to do so. I tried Hugin and a few others, but without ...
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Samyang 14mm or Rokinon 8mm fisheye? Which is better for landscapes?

My camera body is a Canon 550D/T2i. Which one would be better for landscapes and why?
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How does a stitched panorama compare with a wide-angle lens?

I wish to take wide-angle shots (e.g. of a large building or the inside of a small room) but don't have a wide-angle lens. What differences will I get if I shoot the scene with a narrow-angle lens (...
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How do I compare two prime lenses of different focal lengths?

I have a Sony NEX-5R with two prime lenses: 19mm F2.8 Sigma, and 35mm F1.8 Sony. I'd like to compare these two lenses to see why the second lens cost me more than twice the first, what the differences ...