Let me say right from the start – I love shooting with ultra wide-angle lenses! Having said that let me add that you can quickly find yourself overusing ultra wide-angle lenses if you’re not careful.
Here’s an example of the same building (Fernandina Beach post office) shot from different angles but all were taken with my zoom lens set below 24mm on a full-frame camera. Here I’m using my new Canon EOS R 30.3 MP camera.
At 16mm you’re getting about a 107-degree view so to me, it’s a chance to have more of the scene in your image. Our eyes typically only look at between 40 and 50 degrees (a normal or standard lens on a full-frame camera).
The downfall of always shooting at 24mm and wider is you’re going to have more of the sky, more branches, and in this case, more of the road. Are they really adding anything of value to the image? Having too much sky in this image of the courthouse meant that the beautiful blue sky was blown out with additional bright light. I used a lens hood and the Canon L lens I was shooting with is coated. Had I shot this scene at 35-50mm it may have produced a more pleasing image but from my vantage point, I wouldn’t have captured the entire building. What’s your go-to lens? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
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