To Wide Zoom, or not to Wide Zoom?

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thiefofpresence
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Re: To Wide Zoom, or not to Wide Zoom?

SafariBob wrote:

Assuming you have and will carry a normal zoom in addition:

Yes, typically either a Sigma 24-70 or more recently, a Tamron 28-200

1.) if you don’t like distortion,

I suppose when I don't want it, it would be annoying and yet I might actually like it for the drama of some shots.

don’t do video

not yet...

and don’t mind stitching

I have to admit I don't try this enough. It's a good reminder to do this.

, an 18mm or potentially 20mm, preferably fast, is the best option

And I have listed the FE 20/1.8 G that I have as one of my options, and forget the wide zoom altogether.

That said, I was looking at frame differences between 20 and 16, let alone 14 and 12, and they are some serious differences. I guess stitching might change my perspective on that.

3.) if you do Astro, you may want a 2.8 or a prime

No astro yet, although for the subject isolation of near subject in a vast environmental portrait, the 2.8 might be handy over some of the slower CV primes.

basically, I think ~18mm fast prime or 12-24 is the best for most people

Well, that reduces my options somewhat, but seems to still be quite a variation of choice.

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