Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wide Angle Lenses in Landscape Photography: Disadvantages

For many photographers, wide angle lenses are a large part of landscape and seascape photography and are used extensively throughout the field.

They are extremely popular and quite often produce incredible results if used properly.

Just like any lens that is used in landscape and seascape photography it also has some drawbacks and limitations that you need to know about.

Probably the biggest disadvantage of wide angle lenses is that when you attempt to take a photo of an object up close, they tend to distort and stretch the subject out of proportion which is not what we like to see.

Of course you may be trying to achieve this effect but most of us as landscape and seascape photographers aren't typically after that effect. The complete photo may be sharp except for the edges, this is again an undesirable effect but it's easy to avoid.

Your wide angle lens will be particularly prone to vignetting if you use a thick filter holder on it. You should always try and get a really thin filter holder so as to avoid the vignetting.

The final real drawback of a wide angle lens in seascape and landscape photography is that the zoom is very limited. They are fantastic for taking close up photos of objects but are almost useless when trying to capture objects that are a fair distance away.

There are more advantages than there are disadvantages when it comes to owning a wide angle lens but as with anything that you purchase, you just need to realize that there are some downsides to them. As with anything as long as you are aware of their limitations that a wide angle lens may have you should have absolutely no issues with using this type of lens.

If you are looking to buy a wide angle lens, you shouldn't stress out too much about the disadvantages as the advantages far outweigh them.

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