While in miami i used my ef-s 15-85mm lens most of the time. catching the broad beaches, big skies, and tall buildings. quite different from the #canon100mmmacro
i have used almost exclusively for the past year.
today i wanted to talk about the lower end, the 15mm (24mm on my canon 80d cropped sensor). my canon 15mm is wide angle, but not fish eye. fish eye ends at 15mm, and it is also a different class of glass that creates the extreme rounding. fish eye 15mm will have a ~180 degree field of view. wide angle 15mm will have ~110 degree field of view, 24mm is ~85 degrees.
wide angle lenses will create distortion. the quality of the lens will determine the degree of distortion.
sometimes you may want to fix the distortion, sometimes you cannot fix it, and sometimes the distortion is the artistic purpose of the photo.
wide angle distortion is especially visible when taking people shots. if you see someone whip out a wide angle lens to take anything but a comedic portrait, run for your dignity! big nose in the center of the frame, bowed and elongated head on the edge. this includes iphones not in portrait mode!
enjoying the ocean horizon in florida, i was expecting quite a large distortion to the horizon line, as my lens was ef-s and not ef l. impressively, i only sometimes corrected the distortion using the lightroom geometry tool distortion correction of +4.
for buildings, there is quite a bit of vertical distortion, and i had mixed success using the auto geometry tool in lightroom.
i expect professional architecture photographers still use tilt shift lenses, or maybe drones, to get the head-on perspective and avoid having to correct perspective in post production.
i see canon have a 14mm ef f2.8l ii usm. looking at the sample images online, it certainly has less distortion than my ef-s 15-85.
sony a3iv also have a very nice wide angle lens, it’s 24mm f1.4. reviews seem to lean towards this prime lens compared to the sony 16-35mm.
do you have a wide angle lens? do you like it? what subjects work best for you? #wideangle #photography #technical #lens #review #canonphotography #canon #canon80d #canon1585mm #canon50mm14 #sonyalpha #sony