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Sigma 10-20mm

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I love wide angle photography. If the lenses weren’t so heavy taken together, I’d carry my ultra-wide 10-20mm lens with me everywhere. I even appreciate the distortion the Sigm 10-20mm has on my Nikon because of the glass. It’s fun but makes portraits a pain.

Also! Here are some of my favorite wide-angle photographers.. or, at least photographers whose photography I follow because of their wide-angle photography:
David English
Donncha O Caimh (Dunkah O’Keev)
Puja Parakh

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dylsexia From: dylsexia Date: December 13th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ultra wides shots are fantastic when done well. I like it when they don't scream ultra-wide lens but rather have that je n'est ce quois and emotional punchiness. Definitely going to check out the photogs you mentioned.

And I realized after hauling around my MF gear that my digital setup is really really light! As opposed to five or six pounds of camera.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 13th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

You get the less-distorted effects on full-frame sensors or film, which I appreciate. I'm hoping one day to get me one a them. :) I'll own an M9 eventually. Eventually.....
dylsexia From: dylsexia Date: December 13th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
MF = Medium format.

I meant it as less a question of distortion and more a question of composition, honestly. For me, if I find that I go 'Wow! That's a wide lens!' Rather than 'Wow what a powerful shot!" I find the distortion distracting and I think it detracts from the composition.

I'm sure I sound all hoity-toity, but I hope that helps explain my opinion.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 13th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think it is hoity-toity to have a preference.

I also agree with you, mostly, in this case! Artifacts of the lens should not be present to the point of distraction. You can use these things to enhance composition but, like with any post processing or lighting or whatever, they should blend into the experience of the photo as the whole.
alyska From: alyska Date: December 14th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I kinda miss that camera.

Though these days find me jonesing for a Hasselblad or a Rolleiflex instead..
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