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How do I choose a wide angle lens for my 700D?

First, some terminology. On your 700D (or any of the 1.6x crop APS-C bodies), a 15mm and up is still just "wide angle". It's below 15mm that lenses become ultrawide. So if you want ultrawide, you need ...
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How to improve wide-angle composition in travel photography to make it more dynamic?

Three steps: Look, Look, Look :) Seriously, you seem to clearly know what is wrong when you take the time later. What you need to do is take that time before you take the shot. When taking a photo, ...
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Why do we not see super zoom lenses starting in wide angle?

In order to make ultra wide angle lenses, a retrofocal group is usually used. The retrofocal group is essentially a reversed telephoto at the back of the lens. Now, to transition from the ultra wide ...
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Use a fisheye lens on APS-C camera as ultra wide angle

A fish-eye lens is not just a lens with a very short focal length, it also has a specific distortion (cf. fish-eye projection vs. rectilinear projection). So while you can use a full-frame fish-eye ...
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Why use ultra-wide with short focus?

A very good way of using an ultra wide lens is to get really close and get something right in the viewers face. Using a wide angle lens to get everything in the frame often leads to very boring ...
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What is the shortest focal length before a black ring appears?

The size of the image circle depends on the lens. Specialty lenses like some fish-eye lenses aside, lenses are constructed in such away that the image circle covers the whole sensor/film area. So ...
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What are the options for an ultra-wide angle rectilinear lens adapted for Sony Full Frame?

Ultra-wide lenses typically didn't exist in film days. Anything below 24mm is very hard to find. You might be able to grab an 18mm (like, say, the Olympus OM 18/3.5), but understand these were super-...
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How do I choose a wide angle lens for my 700D?

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 to the 15mm ones, with IS. Ultra wide angle is a really ...
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What are the options for an ultra-wide angle rectilinear lens adapted for Sony Full Frame?

Nikkor Ultra-Wide Lenses Nikon used to make, and still makes, several non-distorting manual-focus prime ultra-wide lenses. Some are discontinued whilst others are still available for sale new to date....
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How important are lens hoods on ultra wide zoom lenses?

I use lens hoods almost religiously. My 70-200mm never comes out of the bag without it. Ditto for any of my other zooms or primes above 24mm. Indoors in totally controlled studio lighting I sometimes ...
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How important are lens hoods on ultra wide zoom lenses?

It is going to depend a lot on the ultra wide angle lens. For Nikon for example both the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 (comes in other mounts too) and the 14-24mm f2.8 have a non-removable lens hood to protect ...
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Why use ultra-wide with short focus?

The distortion of wide angle lenses allows you to magnify the subject relative to the rest of the frame, leading to dramatic or otherwise interesting compositions. Doing a close-up allows you to use ...
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How to compose a street story with an ultra wide angle lens?

Do UWA lenses and street photography go well together? That depends. (Dis)advantages of UWA lenses: Most people try to not use UWA (ultra-wide angle) lenses for portraits. Faces do not go well with ...
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How to compose a street story with an ultra wide angle lens?

I see a story here. The mother's world is dominated by the sleeping boy. The other child has ambition. The mother is torn... But it isn't a happy composition. What else have you got from that ...
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Are there any off-the-shelf USB camera modules that can capture a very wide angle from up close?

The camera and lens will have some depth themselves so you need even more vertical space under the glass plate. My suggestion would be to employ a folding mirror. Place a mirror under the glass plate ...
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How to improve wide-angle composition in travel photography to make it more dynamic?

Ok so the hawk picture could have been amazing if you posed your subject a bit more deliberately. Also I would have the sky filling maybe more than 50% of the frame to create maximum drama. Like the ...
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Is autofocus important for ultra wide angle lenses?

My wide angle lens's focus goes slightly beyond infinity (it's the same for most other lenses too). If I turn the focus ring all the way, as far as possible, the picture will not be as sharp as a ...
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What is the shortest focal length before a black ring appears?

In general terms, as you ask, well... there is no general answer to this at all. It entirely depends on the lens design, the sensor size, and, possibly, on obstructions mounted to the front of the ...
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What is the shortest focal length before a black ring appears?

You'll only see that kind of vignetting in two cases: If you're using a circular fisheye, where the lens is designed to have an image circle small enough to fall completely inside the frame borders. ...
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How do you protect ultrawide angle lenses with a bulbous front element?

It will vary from lens to lens, but most manufacturers will provide a lens cap or cover to protect the front element. In the case of the EF 11-24mm f/4 L the lens cap attaches to the integrated, non-...
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Macro photography with an ultra-wide lens and extension tubes?

I have both wide angles and extension tubes in my bag. I have tried several times to use them altogether. With some of them, you can’t focus even with the thinnest extension tube. Indeed, the shortest ...
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How do you protect ultrawide angle lenses with a bulbous front element?

To protect the front element of my Nikkor 14-24 with protruding front element while actually shooting, I took a high grade sheet of clear plexiglass and dremmeled a disk out of it roughly 1.5" wider ...
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21mm + 28mm combination for backpacking purposes, is it too close?

It really is a personal decision. Myself, I would bring the 28mm only and stitch together multiple images to get a wider shot if necessary. While backpacking I'm much more concerned with weight than ...
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21mm + 28mm combination for backpacking purposes, is it too close?

The difference between 21mm and 28mm doesn't sound like all that much. But as focal lengths get shorter the difference per millimeter in focal length gets larger. In theory a 21mm lens should yield ...
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Is there a sweet spot in distance to a subject when shooting with an ultra wide angle lens?

It has very little to do with focal length directly. Perspective distortion is caused by one thing and one thing only: Shooting distance. The reason we notice it more when using very wide angle ...
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Why do we not see super zoom lenses starting in wide angle?

On the marketing side of things: Most people who shoot full frame tend to prefer lenses that do only one thing very well or a few things fairly well rather than a lens that can do a lot of things at ...
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Why use ultra-wide with short focus?

As @Agent_L says in the comments, if you take photos with your 2 lenses at exactly the same short distance from something, the answer to your question becomes more obvious. If you are curious about ...
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Why use ultra-wide with short focus?

Dan Vojtěch's article: "Amazing how focal length affect shape of the face" demonstrates how changing your focal length and distance affects the appearance of everything. Pascal Vandecasteele uses the ...
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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?

It's better to get the native lens. Because you will never find a low-cost 15-30mm equivalent rectilinear lens for MFT in full-frame glass. You do get, that even with a speedbooster at x0.71, that ...
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looking for old/used WIDE-ANGLE lenses with macro feature compatible with Nikon F mount

With a nifty 50 & a standard 68mm set of extension tubes you can get the focal point to actually inside the lens. The shorter the lens, the easier that is to do, eg a 35mm you can leave one of the ...
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