Panasonic 7-14 - Usage tips for UWA neophyte

Started Apr 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
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some thoughts
In reply to Florida Nature Photographer, Apr 19, 2014

Some thoughts:

- The distortion that comes with every UWA lens is just part of it. If you do not like it or think it gives a unnatural look, then UWA is not for your taste and you are better off with lenses less wide.

- Distortion depends partially on the angle you shoot at: pointing up gives a totally different view from pointing down. Keeping the camera level might be best to reduce the amount of distortion. Cropping out excess air or foreground in postprocessing might be better.

- If you see distant objects you want to capture, then switch lenses. UWA lenses enlarge what is close. I see an UWA lens as a perfect way to give a subject on the foreground a more emphasis and an interesting background.

- An UWA lens is not a one-shot panorama lens. If you like panoramas, invest in good stitching software and use a different lens.

- An UWA lens does have more than only its widest focal length sometimes less is more, so use the whole zoom range. Zoom a bit and keep disturbing ledges, rims, walls or other objects out of the image.

- Shooting with an UWA lens does have its learning curve. Take your time, keep shooting, review your best images, but especially those dat disappoint.


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