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02/04/2024 04:07:19 PM · #1
Aside from wide angle distortion of nearby subjects, are wide angle and great depth of field distinct things (can't think of a better word in this moment of existential crisis)? Can deep depth of field be considered wide angle viewed sideways from the actual point of view of the photographer?
02/04/2024 05:04:59 PM · #2
Hi Rich, I'll go first but please wait for the expert opinions. Since I'm not a professional photographer and define these things only as I see them, I would think anything 35mm or wider on a full frame camera is game for the topic. I also think wide angle is best from interesting angles, birds eye or down low or from the side. Maybe get the best bang close up to distort perspective, as you mentioned. But the further away you get the more you see in the frame. I'll never forget the first time I looked through a fish eye lens pointed at a building on a street corner!
02/05/2024 09:45:52 AM · #3
depth of field just means how much is in focus, and it's controlled by the narrowness of the aperture.

A wide angle is created by a lens.

a camera can't take a picture sideways. It ruthlessly looks straight ahead and nowhere else.

02/05/2024 09:53:09 AM · #4
Wideangle lenses tend to have a deep depth of field, but they are different things. Wide angle refers the field of view, while depth of field refers to how much of the near and far objects are in the range of focus.

Though aperture does have an effect on DOF, my experience has been that focal length of the lens and distance to and between the subject and background have more influence on it. For example, it you want a nice out of focus background on a portrait, use a long lens and make sure there are good distances between yourself, your subject, and the background.

Message edited by author 2024-02-05 09:57:30.
02/05/2024 10:06:11 AM · #5
Wide angle lens CAN give you an awesome deep DOF. Try going low with an object that is at the minimal focal distance and see what you get for background that's in-focus. Great tool for placing foreground elements in focus with grand vistas in the background as well.
02/05/2024 10:13:48 AM · #6
Some examples ...

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02/05/2024 01:47:44 PM · #7
Originally posted by posthumous:



a camera can't take a picture sideways. It ruthlessly looks straight ahead and nowhere else.


Unless you have one of these gadgets
02/05/2024 02:03:42 PM · #8
Originally posted by Spork99:

Originally posted by posthumous:



a camera can't take a picture sideways. It ruthlessly looks straight ahead and nowhere else.


Unless you have one of these gadgets


I'd love one, but on Amazon it's $24.95 with a delivery charge to South Africa of $69.95.
02/05/2024 02:36:03 PM · #9
Originally posted by Spork99:

Originally posted by posthumous:



a camera can't take a picture sideways. It ruthlessly looks straight ahead and nowhere else.


Unless you have one of these gadgets


ROFL, somewhere, buried amongst old camera equipment, I actually have one of those. It dates from the 1970s, was my dad's.
02/05/2024 02:52:14 PM · #10
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by Spork99:

Originally posted by posthumous:



a camera can't take a picture sideways. It ruthlessly looks straight ahead and nowhere else.


Unless you have one of these gadgets


ROFL, somewhere, buried amongst old camera equipment, I actually have one of those. It dates from the 1970s, was my dad's.


I had one way way back when to buy stuff not at the local camera store you had to snail mail a check to the address from the ad in the back of Popular Photography magazine.
02/05/2024 04:46:39 PM · #11
Originally posted by Spork99:

Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by Spork99:

Originally posted by posthumous:



a camera can't take a picture sideways. It ruthlessly looks straight ahead and nowhere else.


Unless you have one of these gadgets


ROFL, somewhere, buried amongst old camera equipment, I actually have one of those. It dates from the 1970s, was my dad's.


I had one way way back when to buy stuff not at the local camera store you had to snail mail a check to the address from the ad in the back of Popular Photography magazine.


Ahh, print magazines. Ahh, paper checks. And if something went awry in the process, look 'em up in a printed phone book, and call 'em on the land-line that was the only "phone" that existed. Those were the days. I don't miss 'em, LOL.

ETA: We now return you to your regularly-scheduled thread...

Message edited by author 2024-02-05 16:47:43.
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