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01/17/2006 07:30:09 PM · #1
That's the question....

Some people use it just for landscape, some for arquitectural, some just fisheyes for different looks.

What are yours and in what situations do you use them?

:)
01/17/2006 07:34:09 PM · #2
I have used mine mostly for landscape and interesting pespective work. Haven't done too much architectural stuff with it yet. I love mine. I'm even considering getting a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye.
01/17/2006 07:34:21 PM · #3
skateboarding!

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01/17/2006 07:45:08 PM · #4
Originally posted by hsteg:

skateboarding!


That reminds me of my skateboradring days... good old days. :)
01/17/2006 08:01:52 PM · #5
Mostly for landscapes and then for indoor shots when I need to cover a group of 3 or more people.
01/17/2006 08:10:31 PM · #6
In order of frequency:
1. When I can't move back far enough to get the entire scene in the frame.
2. When I want to make a foreground object more pronounced than it is in reality.
01/17/2006 08:30:23 PM · #7
Well, I guess you could say I'm not a WA fanatic, judging by the fact that the widest rectilinear lens I have is 24mm. Keep in mind though, on a FF cam, 24mm is pretty wide, kinda like 15mm on a 1.6-cropper. I do have an 8mm and a 15mm fisheye, however, and my quest for REALLY wide is satisfied with those two lenses.
I find that when I go to one of the fishes, it's usually either to get a really exaggerated perspective that really only a fish can give, or to take in vast expanses of land & sky; I love to do night landscape/sky photography, though I don't get the chance often enough. A 15mm fish used to give me great results on the 10D, but I'll prolly be using a 24mm prime on the 5D for the same uses, the 73 degree horizontal coverage is plenty.
01/17/2006 09:07:15 PM · #8
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These are the two best fisheye shots I've taken. I never really did any wide angle work until I bought this one but now I want a really wide normal lense.

The fisheye is a lot of fun but limited. You really need to find things that lend themselves well, to the bend or else the whole effect falls flat.

I've been trying to catch regular, straight but massive cityscapes and the Tamron 28-75mm which is glued to my camera really doesn't cut it. I might need another lense....Damn!

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01/18/2006 03:53:54 AM · #9
Well my thread was to know how many people use wd lens for "normal" shoots. And what kinda shoots.
01/18/2006 03:57:06 AM · #10
none yet :-) . but my heart goes to sigma 10-20 ...
01/18/2006 04:14:46 AM · #11
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Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

i had to crop the sides a bit, cus of the gradient filter holder
thingie. left black marks
01/18/2006 04:16:09 AM · #12
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I adore wide angle shots, I love grabbing as much of a scene as possible and cramming it into the frame. This was shot with my EF 17-40mm F4 L. I can't wait until my first full frame DSLR, when I can really go wide. Still, being able to see both the sky and the bricks at my feet ain't so bad on a 10D! :)
01/18/2006 04:27:16 AM · #13

Sigma 10-20mm
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01/18/2006 04:31:57 AM · #14
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sheesh "our" piers are so much longer! ;p
01/18/2006 04:33:40 AM · #15
Originally posted by goodman:

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sheesh "our" piers are so much longer! ;p


:-)))

Anyway, that's just a kiwi pier. The real big ones are in Oz.

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01/18/2006 08:02:45 AM · #16
They're great for gig photography, especially rock. You have to be allowed on to the stage though with a band that don't mind a lens stuck up their nose.

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01/18/2006 11:18:15 AM · #17
Skydiving :)
01/18/2006 11:23:42 AM · #18
Normally you use wide angle, the more you learn what is picture, you can be more creative whit wide angle and get closer to subject

Originally posted by Nuno:

That's the question....

Some people use it just for landscape, some for arquitectural, some just fisheyes for different looks.

What are yours and in what situations do you use them?

:)

01/18/2006 11:24:44 AM · #19
I love my wide angle for indoor people shots. A group of people cooking in the kitchen, or whatever.
01/18/2006 12:23:26 PM · #20
i fake them ;-)

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01/18/2006 12:36:42 PM · #21
Sometimes I feel the need to go wider, that's why I'm thinking in wide anle lens. But I feeel that mos of the wd users are landscape photogs. I intend to use mine (if I get a sigma 10-20 or a 15mm fisheye) for people work and to play with perspective.
01/18/2006 01:17:21 PM · #22
Originally posted by Nuno:

Sometimes I feel the need to go wider, that's why I'm thinking in wide anle lens. But I feeel that mos of the wd users are landscape photogs. I intend to use mine (if I get a sigma 10-20 or a 15mm fisheye) for people work and to play with perspective.


Originally posted by Nuno:

Well my thread was to know how many people use wd lens for "normal" shoots. And what kinda shoots.


A normal shoot? He he he, I donít think Iíve ever had one of those.

I do, however, use my wide lenses on a pretty regular basis. Here is one with a full write-up on why the wide angle lens was used. I guess this would be an example of shooting in a tight space where the wide lens is necessary to get everything in the frame.
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My most common application for using a wide angle lens would be the ability to shoot at higher apertures at the lower focal length, keeping both the near and far elements in clear focus.
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I use wide angle lenses regularly when shooting close-up objects that open up into a full view. It is more difficult to keep everything in focus without the wide lens. (common example would be; shooting through windows where the window frame and view must be in clear focus).
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This was "NOT" shot with a wide angle. I have gone back to re-shoot this one several times now, (cause I'm an idiot and I just can't leave well enough alone). When you shoot a subject like this with a wide angle, you begin to exaggerate the most forward elements and lose the height and width behind the most forward elements. (in this case you would lose the top and doors behind the exaggerated/enhanced grill.
73955.jpg This same effect can be used effectively in people portraits to bring out or enhance features like eyes, making them bigger.

And then there are all the silly distortion things you can do with a fisheye.
(we will refer to them as "amazingly artistic" (just because this is my story so I can do what I want).
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Anyway, for what it's worth... This is when, where and why I use wide angle lenses.
:)

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01/18/2006 01:46:41 PM · #23
Thanks for the detailed explanatio Gringo. Very well exposed.
01/18/2006 02:58:32 PM · #24
For landscape an for arquitecture. Sometimes with models and then only to make the model "stretchy" ;)
01/18/2006 03:59:48 PM · #25
actually i can't think of anything wich a wide angle would not be able to give a nice edge or bump
this is with an affordable converter wich brings it back to a 24mm i think it is

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now i come to think of it..
a 'whisper of drama' i think it adds

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 16:45:37.
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