Step by step Safety first

Pro­tect your ul­tra-wide lens from knocks and scrapes

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01 Fit a fil­ter

Ob­jects can be much closer than they ap­pear when look­ing through the viewfinder with an ul­tra-wide lens fit­ted. A UV fil­ter screwed to the front of the lens helps to pro­tect the bul­bous front el­e­ment from ac­ci­den­tal knocks.

02 Use a hood

The petal-shaped hoods sup­plied with most ul­tra-wide zoom lenses not only help to re­duce un­wanted light en­ter­ing the lens and caus­ing flares in pho­tos, but also add an ex­tra level of phys­i­cal pro­tec­tion for the front el­e­ment.

03 Tri­pod mount­ing

Un­like with longer lenses, when you’re us­ing a wide-an­gle lens it’s best to mount the cam­era on a tri­pod so that the lens is be­tween two of the legs. This avoids tri­pod feet end­ing up in the shot, but be care­ful the tri­pod doesn’t top­ple over.

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