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07-27-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Is there such a thing as too wide?

I would like to have Pentax 12-24mm f/4 ED AL(IF)smcP-DA lens. I know it is great for landscape etc, but is it too wide for weddings. ( Groups of people, view of the church etc?) Is there a wide angle lens more suitable for me?

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It might me handy in a few limited situations, but probably not worth the bother. Wedding guests in the corners of the frame might not appreciate such distortion It's also pretty big and heavy.
A fast zoom in the 16-50 or 17-50 range will give you better mileage.
If you really want something much wider for the occasional special effect, the DA10-17 fisheye is far more compact.
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Unless you're doing a lot of landscapes anything wider than a 28mm is probably more than you need and there is a trade off in terms of distortion the wider you get as some have said above. I think I wouldn't mind having a wider prime than 28mm sometimes but then I actually end up just using the kit or my 28mm anyhow for that. It seems to cover it all really. But then again I'm not shooting at Yellowstone for a living or some such thing.

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Hi Milka,
i shot my wedding with 17-70 zoom in some tight spaces....and found 17mm to be adequate focal lenght, but most shots i did were in range between 21 and 40 mm. 12-24 might be too wide, something like 16-50 will give you much more flexibility.

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To answer the title I'd say that when you see yourself in the pictures... you know you've gone to wide.
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All wide angle lenses suffer from the same type of distortion. The wider you go the more distortion - that is just optics. Its the edges, and when you are shooting shots with people in them, the folks nearer the edges, may not appreciate the distortion in the lens, hence the pictures. The lenses for landscapes - churches and interiors are fine - its just when you add the people where the problems start.

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It's too wide you need to break the laws of Physics to get that wide.
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Its too wide when your feet appear in every shot.

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depend how you use and what effect you want
people even use fisheye to take great photo of people (that is way way wider than your 12-24)
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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
Its too wide when your feet appear in every shot.
No, no, it's only too wide when you can see the back of your head in the viewfinder.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
To answer the title I'd say that when you see yourself in the pictures... you know you've gone to wide.
Yep...the feet in the picture are not what we had in mind...


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Of more critical importance, at least with rectilinear lenses, it the matter of distorted subjects at the edges of the frame. The lines might be straight, but the people are stretched as a result. It is almost better to be shooting (as I often do) with a fisheye.


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I wouldn't use the 12~24 as my primary lens for weddings but it's certainly very useful for group portraiture; very sharp, quick-shift focusing, and I'm very fond of the colors that it produces.

I don't have any wedding shots with mine, but here's a group photo from a fashion show I shot last fall:
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It's not whether it's too wide or not, it's about whether it's too wide for you or not. Can you see yourself using this lens at a weddings? Have you ever shot an event with this lens that may help you make that decision? Everybody's got their own tricks and style. Some will use a lens that wide, some won't.
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Funny thread.

If you compose properly, there is no "too wide".

The 12-24 itself not large - the hood makes it seem that way.

If you see body parts in the shot, it's your technique, not the lens.
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Thank you so much for all your replies, I will search other options for my wide lens, although the back of my head is really beautiful, the bride will probably not like it.
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