Lens combination suitable for travel

Started Jan 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
PatMann
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Re: Lens combination suitable for travel
In reply to marco1974, Jan 28, 2012

The OP specifically mentioned architectural photography, which makes the most extreme demands on image field.

As one who shoots a lot of architecture and small urban spaces, I would consider a 90-degree (image width, not diagonal) lens - that is 12mm on DX - to be a minimum as the wide lens to have available for architecture, or a 65-70-degree (16mm on DX) shift lens as an excellent option. Not special effects at all - just barely wide enough to get a room from a corner, cut keystoning on a building in an urban setting. 105-degree and wider lenses are commonly used in architectural photography.

While it's possible to crudely correct for keystoning in postprocessing, you'd be surprised how quickly you lose detail to the level of unacceptable quality, and the nonuniformity of detail is clearly revealed in architectural shots.
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