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Broaden your digital camera view with (ultra) wide angle lenses

When you have been trying to picture your whole family under the Christmas tree, during these holidays, you might have felt with your back to wall... Whenever you are taking large family pictures indoors, building facades in narrow streets or wide landscapes you'll often find that you can't capture the whole scene, because you cannot get far enough from the subject. That's were wide-angle lenses come to the rescue...
Broaden your digital camera view with (ultra) wide angle lenses - digital camera and photography news

OVERVIEW

Wide-angles are the obvious choice for landscapes, but they are also ideal for use in confined spaces where you can't go back far enough to capture the whole of the scene. Wide-angles offer large depth of field, which makes focusing less critical. One of the key things about wide-angles is the way they open up perspective. Things that are close to the lens appear large in the frame while things further away seem to stretch out into the distance. The wider the lens the greater this effect. This opening up of perspective can also introduce distortion. If you tilt the camera back when photographing buildings for instance, vertical lines will start to converge, giving the impression that the building is falling backwards. Because you can get so much of a scene in, careful attention should be paid to composition to avoid creating “empty” photographs. Include some foreground interest to create a sense of depth and scale.

Most digital cameras on the market today have a focal length of about 35 mm, while the (ultra) wide-angles lenses range from about 17 mm to 28 mm. Below you'll find an overview of digital cameras on the market  today, that have a minimum focal lens of 28mm.

Current cameras:
Minolta DiMAGE 7
Minolta DiMAGE 7i



Alternatively you could consider to equip your camera with a special add-on wide-angle lens. Many digital camera manufacturers provide such lenses as an option. If they do not, you might have a look at Internet sites below to check the availably of such add-on lenses for your camera.

Finally, in case you have a regular need for wide-angle pictures (e.g. in the interior decoration or real estate business), you might consider getting a vintage digital camera. as a wider choice is still available though auctions etc.

Discontinued cameras:
Canon PowerShot A5
Canon PowerShot A50
Canon Pro 70
Minolta DiMAGE EX 1500 Wide
Kodak DC4800
Sony DSC-D700
December 27, 2002
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