Panasonic 7-14 - Usage tips for UWA neophyte

Started Apr 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: some thoughts
In reply to Gravi, Apr 20, 2014

Gravi wrote:

- 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.

I actually did think about keeping the camera level as I moved through the day and saw what happened on the LCD but with some shots it wasn't possible to get the whole building in without pointing up.

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

Good to know. I know Yaelle ran into that the other day. I would have thought that UWA would be good for panoramas, but now I know better.

- 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.

I have to admit my choice of subjects yesterday was influenced by wanting to take full advantage of that 7mm. But your point is well taken.

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

Will do, thanks.

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