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05-15-2010, 02:43 PM   #1
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Not impressed with wide angle lens

Just spent $1325.00 on a wide angle lens and I'm not impressed. What am I doing wrong!

I took a photo standing in the same spot with my normal lens and the wide angle lens. With the wide angle lens I got an extra window blind in. Not much difference at all. And when I do take photos I get an awful shadow at the bottom of most of my photos.

Anyone else find the same?

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Sounds like you used build-in flash with wide angle.
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Which wide lens are you talking about and Which lens are you comparing it to??
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Hmmmm...I love my WA lens..
it is my fave lens in my collection. I have a Sigma10-20. For me, wide angle works when I have a some kind of foreground interest (say a rock or a flower etc.) and a wide, large background interest. That way, the viewer first sees the foreground object and then the eye wanders all around the background.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex00 Quote
Which wide lens are you talking about and Which lens are you comparing it to??
Ditto.
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does it work on full frame?
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QuoteOriginally posted by molko Quote
Just spent $1325.00 on a wide angle lens and I'm not impressed. What am I doing wrong!

I took a photo standing in the same spot with my normal lens and the wide angle lens. With the wide angle lens I got an extra window blind in. Not much difference at all. And when I do take photos I get an awful shadow at the bottom of most of my photos.

Anyone else find the same?
1) You aren't telling us what you are doing.
2) You aren't telling us what lens you spent such a princely sum on.
3) You aren't giving up any visual clues regarding the results you are getting.

Beyond that, I can't say for sure what you are doing wrong.
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QuoteOriginally posted by molko Quote
Just spent $1325.00 on a wide angle lens and I'm not impressed. What am I doing wrong!

I took a photo standing in the same spot with my normal lens and the wide angle lens. With the wide angle lens I got an extra window blind in. Not much difference at all. And when I do take photos I get an awful shadow at the bottom of most of my photos.
Frankly, I'd say buying expensive things without knowing what they do or how they should be used...:-)

But, you came to the right place.

You'll need to provide the lens info, though, and photos would help.

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QuoteOriginally posted by molko Quote
Just spent $1325.00 on a wide angle lens and I'm not impressed. What am I doing wrong!

I took a photo standing in the same spot with my normal lens and the wide angle lens. With the wide angle lens I got an extra window blind in. Not much difference at all. And when I do take photos I get an awful shadow at the bottom of most of my photos.

Anyone else find the same?
OK the extra width does not seem like alot when you are in a room, bit go out and see what it means in field of view when you are 100 feet back
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I'm going to move this to the off-brand section unless we learn more details so we can try helping

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Well nearly 6 hours into the OP, there are more questions to the OPoster than answers. I am curious myself as to what kind of wide angle lens we are talking about in the first place.
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Maybe its one of those DA15 ltd ULTRA.
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Could very well be that the OP actually tried to use flash. On my DA16-45mm that almost always results in the effect described.

One of the first things I learned the hard way: take off the lens hood when using flash as well as avoiding the widest setting and zooming in slightly.

From the price I'd either say the OP has bought some old, very bulky but extremely nice SMC or SMC-A lens or he's been had.
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QuoteOriginally posted by molko Quote
Just spent $1325.00 on a wide angle lens and I'm not impressed. What am I doing wrong!

I took a photo standing in the same spot with my normal lens and the wide angle lens. With the wide angle lens I got an extra window blind in. Not much difference at all. And when I do take photos I get an awful shadow at the bottom of most of my photos.

Anyone else find the same?
I find it the same on any lens that is longer and wider especially when used with the built-in flash. reason behind it, the size of the lens blocks off the portion of the light where it is supposed to illuminate. use an external flash or bounce flash inorder to avoid shadows or dark areas.

UW lenses are not meant for close up ultra-wide shots. I'm not saying it can't do close-ups but they are in general used for close corner wide shots like hallways. and landscape, cityscape, architecture shots that are taken with a bit of a distance. as you shoot the object farther away or with distance, the effect of the UW lens extra wideness is maximized. that's how this lens works and used for.
shooting window blinds at a fixed distance does not give the lens justice nor the proper use that it needs. work your distance.
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Except that the built in flash would not throw a shadow on the Bottom of the photo.

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