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As a blind person, how can I better understand how wide or narrow a field of view is?

When a field of view is described as 120°, that refers to the total angle. So, 60° to the left of center and 60° to the right. Most camera lenses show a very restricted subset of the field of view ...
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Is it not a good idea to use ND filters with a wide angle lens?

The advice you read is an example of the phrase, "A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing." There are filters known as Variable ND filters that are basically two polarizer filters stacked on top ...
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What can an 11mm lens do what a 50mm can't?

What would I have to do to take such photos from a 50mm lens of a Dx camera? You can't take those pictures with a 50mm lens and a DX (1.5X APS-C) camera. To fit all of what an 11mm lens will give ...
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Why do lenses for larger sensors tend to have shallower angles?

This is simply where the market is converging to at the moment. The typical kit lens is still 18-55mm on an APS-C sensor but most people find wider angle more useful, so some manufacturers made a few ...
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Can I mount 0.4x, 52mm wide angle lens convertor on Nikon's 18-55mm, Ø55 kit lens?

You would need a step-down adapter, such as this with a 55mm thread into your kit lens, then a 52mm thread for the wide-angle converter. Unfortunately... you will very quickly discover that these ...
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Is it not a good idea to use ND filters with a wide angle lens?

Graduated ND filters are usable with wide angle lenses. They should be big enough to cover the complete field of vision. There are certain wide angle lenses that have a protruding front element that ...
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Why doesn't Nikon offer a low-priced wide-angle, low light lens — and what are my alternatives?

Because "wide", "fast" and "low-priced" don't ever go together. The Canon lenses are low-priced because they're pancake lenses and not particularly wide on the format it was designed for, nor ...
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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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Wide-angle Lenses and Panorama

Those are both choices to produce an image with a wide angle-of-view. The result will not be exactly the same though. Since you have an interchangeable lens camera, you have full manual controls ...
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Is it not a good idea to use ND filters with a wide angle lens?

The issue is that with some ND filters and all polarizing filters, the light dropoff is not even as the angle of the light passing through the filter changes. This obviously is more pronounced as the ...
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Will a mid-range wide-angle lens open up creative possibilities for landscape, when I already have a kit zoom?

My gut says to me that this is one of those questions where if you have to ask, it isn't a gear problem. When you need a wider and lens you will start to feel it. For example this shot It was a ...
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Do you need a solar filter for a wide-angle camera?

Would I get a washed out photo on a wide angle lens without the solar filter? Without a filter the sun is roughly 14 stops brighter than the highlights of the landscape under it on a sunny day. You ...
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Why do lenses for larger sensors tend to have shallower angles?

That means the widest angle on the four systems described above are all the same! Is there a physical reason for this? Probably. I'm not a lens designer, but I suspect that if it were possible to ...
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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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What is the Angle of View of the iPhone XS rear camera?

The iPhone certainly does NOT have focal lengths of 26 or 52 mm, which are implausible numbers. Because the camera body is only 7.7 mm thick, how could it contain a 26 or 52 mm lens? And also phone ...
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Why is zoom provided in Tokina 11-16mm?

Why is zoom provided in Tokina 11-16mm? Tokina has specialized in zooms. The reputation of their AT-X lenses is basically built upon their acquisition of highly-regarded zoom technology from ...
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Does a Canon 18-135mm have a wider field of view than a Canon 24mm?

If using it on the same camera yes. As long as the sensor size remains fixed the angle of view is determined by the focal length. And 18 is lower than 24 so it is wider.
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Is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 a wide angle lens?

You are asking two questions: Is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 a wide angle lens? Does a specific wide angle lens have a benefit over the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8? I have two answers: The Tamron 17-50mm f/2....
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Canon wide angle lenses to capture groups in tight spaces

Honestly the higher quality Third Party Lenses have really upped their game in terms of quality, focus speed and sharpness. I recently got a Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 which I have now used to replace my ...
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How to reduce ISO in low light with slow zoom lens?

Some options to consider: Meditate on what it means for ISO to be high. Use the 35/1.8. You can't get the shot you want with it, but you might still not get the shot you want with the zoom lens. Use ...
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What is the Angle of View of the iPhone XS rear camera?

It is easier to search for focal length and calculate the angle of view (AOV) based on that, as typically, we refer to lenses in terms of their focal length and not their AOV. This is because the ...
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Are there lenses which can give 180° fisheye circle with a cropped-frame camera?

What you're probably looking for is a circular fisheye lens for APS-C. Fisheye lenses come in one of two types: circular or diagonal. Circular ones put the entire image circle inside the frame of the ...
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Why is zoom provided in Tokina 11-16mm?

The point is versatility, so one can change from 11mm to 16mm or anywhere in between as needed, and not be restricted to just 11mm. I compose my shots so no cropping is required, unless something ...
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Need advice on buying a landscape lens

Astrophotography The popular astrophotography lenses for full-frame cameras have typically been the 14mm Samyang/Rokinon lenses. Those are completely manual lenses. For astrophotography that's not ...
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How to determine via a math formula when a lens is wide angle or macro

For valid reason, which I will explain later, the “normal” focal length for any size camera is a focal length that is approximately the same length as the diagonal measure of its format size. ...
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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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Why do some lenses have a rounded front element?

It can see 180°. To achieve that it has to be proud of the barrel. All [or at least most] lenses have a convex front element - but they don't have a field of view so wide that their own barrel will be ...
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Why do some lenses have a rounded front element?

The two basic shapes of lenses are convex (bulge outward) and concave (bulge inward). As light traverses a lens, the lens shape plus its hardness causes the light to change its travel direction (...
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Why doesn't Nikon offer a low-priced wide-angle, low light lens — and what are my alternatives?

Indeed there is a hole in the Nikon lineup right in the area you are looking it. Actually, looking at Pentax and most mirrorless systems, there are very few such lenses from the first-party ...
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How would I calculate the FOV needed in this scenerio

To do it seamlessly the camera would need to change the angle of view as the observer moved towards or away from the screen. It would also need to move from side to side or up and down as the observer ...
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