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