take a wider view

An ul­tra-wide lens is an es­sen­tial up­grade, es­pe­cially if you haven’t got one in your kit­bag al­ready

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Start­ing from scratch, many of us buy a D-SLR kit with a stan­dard zoom, then add a tele­photo zoom for long-range shoot­ing, and stop right there. We go longer, but we don’t go any wider. It’s miss­ing a trick, though, be­cause fit­ting an ul­tra-wide-an­gle lens can lit­er­ally add a new per­spec­tive to your pho­tog­ra­phy. Put your eye to the viewfinder and there’s an in­stant wow fac­tor as you re­alise just how much more you can squeeze into the frame.

For DX-for­mat cam­eras es­pe­cially, ul­tra-wide zooms are much more preva­lent than primes. It’s per­haps a lit­tle curious, as many pho­tog­ra­phers only tend to use th­ese lenses at or near their short­est fo­cal length, to max­imise the view­ing an­gle, so they never get the most out of the lens’s zoom ca­pa­bil­ity. But that’s miss­ing an­other trick. At mid to long zoom set­tings, an ul­tra-wide lens’s fo­cal length will usu­ally match your stan­dard zoom at its widest set­ting, but will typ­i­cally pro­duce much less dis­tor­tion. This can be es­pe­cially im­por­tant when shoot­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and other com­po­si­tions that in­clude pro­nounced geo­met­ric shapes.

Fit­ting an ul­tra-wide-an­gle lens can lit­er­ally add a new per­spec­tive to your pho­tog­ra­phy. Put your eye to the view finder and there’ s an in­stant wow fac­tor as you re­alise just how much more you can squeeze in to the frame…

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