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Ultra wide angle lenses are the ones with focal length shorter than shortest edge of imaging surface (24mm on 35mm full frame, about 16mm on APS-C).

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Why do some lenses have a rounded front element?

I've noticed that some lenses, mainly wide-angle or fisheye (e.g. Samyang 14mm f/2.8, or Nikkor 8-15mm fisheye) have a rounded front element. Which is the reason for it? It's of course limiting in ...
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Are there any off-the-shelf USB camera modules that can capture a very wide angle from up close?

I'm only just learning tonight how to interpret camera specs, and I'm feeling a little frustrated. I have a project in mind that will require me to film a 6x6" (15 x 15 cm) view up-close at +/- ...
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looking for old/used WIDE-ANGLE lenses with macro feature compatible with Nikon F mount

I want to take some "macro-like" photographs using a wide angle. I don't need to reach 1:1 reproduction ratio, but something close to 1:2, less than 1:4 is preferred. Most of the wide angle ...
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Ultrawide Micro Four Thirds lens: is it better to use a wide full frame lens with a Speed Booster or a native lens?

I am trying to find a cheap solution for an ultrawide fast lens on micro four-thirds. I already own a manual speed booster with a reducing lens and aperture blades. I'm looking to create a full frame ...
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First lens for astrophotography [duplicate]

I'm only starting with astrophotography, and need some advice on which lens to buy for my Canon 250D (SL3). Currently i have only kit lens and Canon 50mm f1.8 stm. The idea was to start from something ...
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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM for night landscapes and possible astrophotography

Does anyone have any experience with the Canon 10-18 used specifically for night landscapes or for doubling in Astro photography? I already understand it is a slow lens, and obviously not the first ...
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Is crop and longer focal length equivalence not valid with rectilinear ultrawides?

The common assumption is that a crop will equal a longer focal length in perspective. However, rectilinear ultrawides will very visibly distort faces and spherical/cylindrical objects that are well ...
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Ultrawide Lens for Nikon D810 and D3300

I know my question is a bit general but I am super confused as the range of available lenses is amazingly wide. I am looking for an ultrawide lens for my gears (D810 and D3300) to do: 1. Landscape ...
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Pentax Astrotracer: Lens error on wide angle lenses?

I recently did some tests with the Pentax Astrotracer1 system. To do so, I shot Orion (which was in a SSW direction and around 30° above the horizon on that night) and its surroundings at 180s ...
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Were there ways to deal with distortion in the darkroom ages? [duplicate]

When people used early ultrawide angle lenses that had visible distortion, did they simply accept the fact and print it too ... or were there mitigations for things like critical architecture ...
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How to compose a street story with an ultra wide angle lens?

https://photo.stackexchange.com/a/12707/5205 The wider the lens you use, the closer you probably should be to the nearest thing in your scene. And there should be a nearest thing in your scene! ...
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Why use ultra-wide with short focus?

I have a Samyang F/2.0 12 mm for the Sony E Mount, so the 35-mm equivalent focal length is 18 mm (crop sensor 1.5×). I use it mainly for landscapes and architecture in order to fit more in my frame ...
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Which one is better for landscape on a Canon crop-sensor body: Rokinon 14mm/2.8 or Canon 10-18?

I am using a Canon 600D with a 50mm lens. I want to buy a wide angle lens for around 300$. After searching, I found the Rokinon 14mm and the EF-S 10-18mm are in this price range. Both lenses have some ...
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What are the most suitable filter holders for my Samyang 14mm autofocus prime lens? [duplicate]

I've looked into the ones from Haida and Nisi which are both suitable, though they're quite pricey for me currently - does anybody know of any cheaper possible alternatives? I understand there's the ...
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Which lens is recommendable for landscape astro photos with Sony A7Riii? [duplicate]

The new Sony A7R III has a 42 megapixel sensor and both a really good resolution and overall photo quality. But it is also challenging the lenses. So far, there ...
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Use a fisheye lens on APS-C camera as ultra wide angle

Is it a good idea to use a full frame fisheye lens, like a Canon EF L 8-15 f/4 USM Fisheye (or any other similar) as ultra wide angle lens on an APS-C camera? In my understanding, the APS-C will just ...
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Why do we not see super zoom lenses starting in wide angle?

While a common zoom lens might be 24-70mm and there are super zooms with ranges like 24-240mm I have yet to find a lens that starts in ultra wide angle and goes up to normal focal range. For example a ...
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How much focus breathing does the Nikon 17-35mm AF-S have compared to the 16-35mm VR?

I am considering buying one of these lenses. I much prefer the feel and perceived1 build quality2 of the 17-35mm Nikkor compared to the 16-35mm, but I also want the widest field of view. At infinity, ...
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How important are lens hoods on ultra wide zoom lenses?

I'm currently looking for an ultra wide lens for my APS-C camera. I have an offer for a Sigma 10-20 f/3.5, however it's lacking the original lens hood. This is why I'm wondering how important lens ...
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What do each of these lenses do with my Sony a6000?

I am looking to buy another lens for my Sony a6000 for my wife for Valentine's Day. We have the kit lens, a zoom lens, and the SEL35F18. I am looking at either the Sony 20mm F/2.8 Pancake (SEL20F28) ...
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Is there a sweet spot in distance to a subject when shooting with an ultra wide angle lens?

When shooting with a rectilinear ultra wide, close subjects seem distorted and enlarged, but far subjects seem pushed away and small. Does that mean there is a sweet spot in between where proportions ...
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Focus accuracy on new Tokina 11-20. Expected or defect?

I seem to have a focus issue with my new Tokina 11-20. It's mounted on a Canon 1000D(XS) The camera is on a tripod. The lens is wide open F/2.8, at 11 mm. I manually focused on the T on the box ...
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Options for a wide angle lens for Nikon D5000? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if all Nikon lenses have identical connectors across all models (amateur here), so I'm sorry if it's a silly question. I have a D5000 and I'm looking to do more night time photography ...
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21mm + 28mm combination for backpacking purposes, is it too close? [closed]

I have been doing a lot of backpacking recently, and the more I do, the more I feel the need to carry more focal lengths. One problem is that backpacking is never compatible with carrying more than a ...
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What are the options for an ultra-wide angle rectilinear lens adapted for Sony Full Frame?

I shoot with the Sony Alpha line predominately and currently have a 24mm Quantary Aspherical that I use on it but want to get something wider, ultra-wide. I'm not sure what to get though. I have ...
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How do I choose a wide angle lens for my 700D?

I have Canon EOS 700D and want to buy a wide-angle lens. So far I was really impressed by the 10mm ones, however the ones with at least decent aperture comes without Image Stabilization. I also looked ...
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Is autofocus important for ultra wide angle lenses?

I want to know if autofocus is important for ultra wide angle lenses, for casual users. I mean, users like my mom. I don't mind about manual focusing, but I suspect that wide angle lenses will focus ...
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What is the shortest focal length before a black ring appears?

I know it depends on brand to brand and model to model, but in general terms, what is the shortest focal length I can have before the black zone (A) starts to form, or it is barely noticeable? (B) ...
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How to improve wide-angle composition in travel photography to make it more dynamic?

I love taking wide-angle photos of people with my ultra-wide angle zoom lens on my travels (11-16mm Tokina) as I get to closely interact with my subjects. I try to shoot photos where there is some ...
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How do I choose between a wide or ultra-wide lens for an iPhone?

I'm a novice photographer looking for a wide/ultra-wide lens to attach to my iPhone 6 Plus for use during a vacation. I know nothing about these lenses and how to use them, except that they seem to be ...
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How do you protect ultrawide angle lenses with a bulbous front element?

I'm talking about lenses like Canon's 11-24mm f/4L, 14mm F2.8 (both I and II versions), and Nikon's 13mm f/5.6--take a look at their front elements and how they protrude out of the main lens barrel. ...
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Wide angle or ultra-wide (fisheye) lens for interior and exterior architecture shots?

I'm thinking to add a wide angle lens to my gear and I need your advice. I own a Nikon D5300, and my options are the: 10.5mm f/2.6 Nikkor fish eye or the 10-22mm f/4 Sigma wide angle zoom. I think ...
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Why is Nikon 13 mm f/5.6 (the Holy Grail) considered extreme?

I happened to see that a copy of the very rare Nikon 13 mm f/5.6 lens was for sale here. Both the design and price tag are pretty extreme. This article seems to suggest that it really is one-of-a-kind ...
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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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Is there an affordable ultra-wide-angle lens for the NEX?

I use an NEX, with two prime lenses — a 19mm and a 35mm. I seem to prefer the 19mm one, which set me thinking if I should explore ultra-wide-angle lenses. Unfortunately, $700 or so is too expensive ...
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Compare Canon 16-35mm II and 14mm II in terms of image quality

I've got several primes (200mm f2, zeiss 100mm, 85mm f1.2, 35mm f1.4) and the Canon 16-35mm ii lens. My problem with this lens is that compared to the primes I have, I feel that the image quality of ...
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Are there ultra-wide angle (<24mm) lenses faster than f/2.8? If not, why?

I started looking for an UWA lens (something in the mid-teens), particularly for doing milky way shots. Learning that you get trails with too long of exposure, I figured I'd try and find the largest ...
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Any recommendations on Ultra Wide Angle Zoom lens (at least 12mm) for Canon Full Frame models that also can mount filters?

I was searching for a Ultra Wide Angle zoom lens (at least 12mm) for natural scenery shooting for my 5D mark III that has to be able to mount ND filters (I have a LEE nd system), but unfortunately, I ...
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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 can I find a compact camera with an ultra-wide lens?

I'm looking to buy a compact camera, and having a very wide angle is important to me. I know that review sites often list the real focal length of the lens, but what I'm looking for is something that ...
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What purposes does a photographer follow to take documentary street photos by an ultra wide lens?

I have seen some photographers apply ultra wide lenses for documentary street photography. Taking photos by ultra wide lenses of people in the street creates deeply distorted results. Now there is a ...
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Sigma 8-16 vs Canon 10-22

The title says it all. I read mixed reviews about the Sigma lens and wanted to know your opinion about it. Some people say its sharpness is not that great as compared to Canon within the 10-16 range. ...
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What differentiates a Canon standard zoom from an ultra-wide angle zoom?

I was checking the Canon website and found that the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is a "standard" zoom lens, whereas the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM is described as an "ultra-wide" Zoom. Is there ...
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How difficult is it to correct mustache-style distortion?

I am considering the Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC but I am somewhat concerned about the 5.3% of mustache-style distortion this lens produces. I like most of what I read about this ...
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Can it damage a Canon L Series Lens (or a photographic lens with anti-glare lenses) if a powerful (Class IIIB or IV) laser is passed through it?

I would like to get a wide laser beam but a high quality one. That's why I'll make it go through a high-end Canon lens. But I would like to know if that is likely to damage my lens ! Maybe it will ...
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Extreme Wide-angle / affordable fisheye lens for Canon T2i

I'm looking for an extreme wide-angle/fisheye lens for my canon t2i, but am not sure what to get. I've heard the sigma 8mm is pretty good an obviously the canon 8-15mm f4 L as well, but that over a ...
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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 important is a fast aperture in a wide angle lens?

I am looking for a good wide angle lens: I am looking at the Sigma 8-16. It has great reviews, by far the widest angle I can get on my camera. Only thing I am worried about is the relatively low f4....
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Are there any wide angle lenses that will work on the NIKKOR 1 to give about 24 35mm equivalent?

I like the look of the NIKKOR 1, but wish to have the option of a real wide angle len. Can I get one at a reasonable price by using mount converts etc?
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Using PhotoMerge to simulate a wider angle lens

I'm starting to experiment with PhotoMerge to simulate a wider angle lens than I have available. Right now I know I need to use manual exposure and to provide sufficient overlap between the images. ...
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