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Wikipedia says lenses below 24mm focal length (in 35mm-equivalent) are considered ultra-wide. Personally I'd say that the field of view becomes ultra-wide when people near the border of the picture start to look significantly wrong.


18

Yes. You can do things with a wide angle that can't be done with photo stitching. This photograph could not have been stitched; whilst I had time to take a few shots, I would never have had the chance to stitch it together. Also the wide angle has a distortion effect, and this can be used for its specific composition effect and to draw attention to ...


17

The problem with "expanding horizons" is that by putting more things on a single picture, each single thing is smaller and gets less attention. The only way these shots could work would be by printing them huge so you can really look and explore into the details as well as get the overall impact. You could try using the lens for group shots in tight space, ...


15

Yes and No. That's the only true answer. A lens has to be adapted to your vision and subject. Landscape is a very broad category and I know fine-art landscape photographers who mainly shoot with wide lenses and others mainly with telephoto lenses (ex: 70-200mm). The angle-of-view of ultra-wide lenses really emphasizes the foreground. Moving back with a ...


11

Traditionally, lenses wider than 24mm on full-frame are "ultra-wide". On a smaller-sensor Canon DSLR, a 15mm lens provides that same field of view (16mm on Nikon, Pentax, or Sony; 12mm on Olympus/Panasonic). So on an APS-C camera, a 20mm lens would be "wide" but not "ultra-wide" — but with the increased field of view of full frame, that would fall under ...


11

The EF-S 15-85 can be used only on APS-C cameras, where it will have an full frame equivalent focal length of 15 * 1.6 to 85 * 1.6 = 24-136mm. As such, it's approximately equivalent to a "normal" zoom on a full frame camera. The EF 17-40 when mounted on a full frame camera has the stated focal lengths (17-40mm) and is an ultrawide zoom. However, if you ...


11

Great question. A little over a year ago, I bought an ultra-wide (10-24mm f/3.5) lens with an eye toward landscape shots and quickly saw that generally, I can stitch images taken on a longer lens and produce more satisfactory panoramas. So, as you ask, what's the point of an ultra-wide? Well, to answer it, the best approach is probably to discuss what an ...


11

If there is anything moving in the shot, then there isn't a substitute for a good wide angle lens. In addition, the difference in angle of the lens is going to result in a characteristically different feel from multiple shots at a longer focal length than a wide angle lens would have given on it's own unless you use a specially built mount that can rotate ...


10

For me one of the best things about wide angle lenses is that they allow you to be right in the middle of action and still be able to capture something more than the details. Even though this is not a particularly amazing work of art, I belive it would look not capture the atmosphere this well if I shot it from distance with a longer lens.


10

This style of photography using an ultra wide angle lens clearly goes against the ethos of documentary photography since it presents the subject in a unrealistic way. forces you to get so close to people that you influence their posture or expression, thereby altering what you seek to observe. It is however, a perfectly valid form of artistic impression. ...


10

The problem with fast wide angle lenses is that a fast lens by definition has a large entrance pupil, and to illuminate the image plane the entrance pupil has to be visible across the field of view. So a combination of wide aperture and wide field of view is very difficult to achieve. In addition wide angle lenses for non-mirrorless cameras must use a ...


9

Outside photographing in cramped spaces (e.g. interiors), wide angle lenses are perhaps most interesting when they can provide some sense of depth that you couldn't get with a longer lens. (Since you would need to be further away from the motive, either due to narrower angle-of-view or poorer depth of field.) For context, story and sense of depth you ...


9

It's probably worthwhile for experimenting, but it likely won't give you the same quality or experience as a regular fisheye lens. One option if you're looking to minimize cost while you experiment is to rent a lens... most larger cities have at least one camera shop that does rentals and there are also online rental outfits such as LensRentals.com or ...


8

In Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Mind, he mentions that consumer-level ultra-wide angle lenses (which he defines as 24mm and below) for 35mm cameras started being widely produced in the 1960s. This fits with what I can see from researching lens history — the retrofocal lens was imported from cinema use (where it had been invented in the 1930s) in ...


7

If your focus is Landscape and going on the title of you question alone; "Better 10-22mm lens for Canon?": Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor From what I read in photo and landscape magazines a lot of landscape pros go through the trouble and mount this Nikon lens on a Canon body. Using an adapter ring this will give you manual focus only (i think) but ...


7

It's very difficult to correct by hand, but very very easy for a computer to correct, given a formula for how the distortion behaves. The reason the Photozone review states that this distortion is difficult to detect, is that most software only offers very simple correction based on radially symmetric distortions based on simple formulas. You can usually ...


6

Here's Estonian reverse of 1 euro-cent shot with my widest lens, Zenitar 16, at f/11 on 19mm extension tubes, giving 1.18x magnification: Not much room for lighting indeed, sidelight or glow-through with a translucent subject seem to be the only options:


6

By default, you are unable to place filters in front of those ultra-wide angle or fisheye lenses. There are however, 3rd party accessories designed to tackle just this issue: Fotodiox Pro. Filter Adapter (145mm) Lucroit Hitech Filter Systems


6

Quality of the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 is amazing. There is one for Canon mount. You lose some on the long end but if you already have some that starts around 17mm it should be good. Otherwise maybe you look at prime lens but I have trouble finding wide and bright ones for cropped sensor. I looked too :)


6

First off 11mm is very wide, well into the so wide it's difficult to use territory. I can't imagine anyone feeling stuck with 11mm not being wide enough. You are likely however to run into problems with people looking stretched at the edges of your images, or getting too much unnecessary foreground detail in shot. Secondly you'll be able to use slower ...


6

For distant scenery, you are right you can stitch. Problems: the time to process multiple images. Instead of 50 wide angle shots, you have 150 to stitch together. You'll end up with larger files, so more pixels to work with, but bigger files. Ghosting - clouds, tree limbs, or people are moving may make seams problematic Foreground interest. Most good WA ...


5

If you buy a fish-eye you will use it, I promise! I got mine just over a year ago, and contrary to popular opinion, I have not grown tired of sticking my (Nikon 10.5mm DX fisheye) lens 3cm from my subject, but still capturing the whole atmosphere of the scene! I love mine so much: really really would recommend getting a 'proper' one!


5

All of the lenses you mentioned are wide angle lenses; the distinction is that there are degrees of wide-angle. On your T2i, that 24–70mm lens at 24mm will be a moderate wide angle. The 10–22mm will be an ultra-wide (maybe ultra-ultra-wide?) at 10mm, and go to a more moderate wide angle at 22mm. Mike Johnston wrote an amusing but opinionated ...


5

You really can't use filters with these due to the wide angle of view. You could try to rig up something along the lines of a Cokin style filter, but it would have to be a very large filter to avoid vignetting. Some lenses, like 400mm and 600mm Nikon teles, have a "drop-in" filter which you slot into a gap in the middle of the lens. Not sure if any ...


5

From a quick search on dpreview it turns out that, while the majority of fixed lens cameras have a maximum equivalent focal lenght of 24mm, there are some which are wider (e.g., without trying to be exhaustive, Pentax X5, Nikon Coolpix L810). No camera appears to be equivalent to a 12mm, which may be related to the crop factor. You would need a 2-3mm lens ...


5

Ultra-wide rectilinear lenses are hard and expensive to build (especially hard for the tiny sensors usually used in compacts) and quite hard to use well even by professionals, so compact cameras either provide safer (tighter) angles or fisheye lenses. Action cameras usually use ultra-wide fisheye lenses. For example, GoPro HD Hero sports 170 degree angle of ...


5

I had this quandry a year or so ago and researched it to death, and also tried both the Canon and Sigma lenses to see how they compared. In my experience the Canon 10-22 far exceeded my expectations. It's a great lens - with near on L quality optics (just like the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 is). The Sigma did not have the same build quality nor did it have the ...


4

The shorter the focal length lens, the higher the magnification you'll get with extension tubes. 25mm extension tube / 10mm focal length = 2.5x I've not used them with ultra wide angle lenses, but they work well with 35mm, so I don't see why not. You will not have much working distance at all, and yes lighting will be difficult with such short working ...


4

Ultra-compact fixed-lens cameras top out at 21mm, with the majority being 24mm wide. It's a very nice wide-angle but with not so much distortion as to make it hard to use. For much more ultra-wide in a smaller package I recommend a small Micro Four-Thirds SLD (links to the lightest ones) like the Olympus E-PM1 (aka PEN Mini) and either the Zuiko 9-18mm ...



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