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Old 02-01-2011, 21:37   #1 (permalink)
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i am looking for a wide angle lens for landscape . can some one please explain to me
why is a Cannon kit lens at 18-55mm not wide angle when a cannon 28-135 is
if this is a stupid question apologies if so
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Re: Confused (Lens Again )

This depends on if the camera is a full frame or crop factor body. 28-135 on a FF body is not particularly wide, but the 'normal'/as seen by the human eye is about 50mm in FF, so anything under this is technically wide, but personally, I don't think that 28mm on a FF is very wide. 28-135 on a crop body is not at all wide.

18-55 on a crop factor body equates to 27-82 on a full frame body. Again, not very wide as 'normal' POV is about 30-35mm.

Having said that, I would have thought that 18-20mm on your lens would be OK for landscape work. Going down to something like the excellent Sigma 10-20 or Canon 10-22 will enable much tighter shots to be taken as well as a very wide depth of field that will allow foreground interest to be big in the frame and keeping the rest of the shot in focus.
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Re: Confused (Lens Again )

Thanks DabHand
Have taken said 18-55 for walk this morning results are OK i think will post one for critique . I'll have a look at the sigma you suggest .

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Looking forward to your post then Paul........in reality I think you can do alot with an 18mm kit lens even for landscapes.
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Re: Confused (Lens Again )

Call me old fashioned, but I've always worked on the principle that a lens of 35mm and less is wide angle, a lens of 85mm and more is telephoto, and any lens with a variable focal length is a zoom. No point in over complicating things.

The crop factor of a camera sensor does not alter the attributes of the lens, it just determines the amount of the available image that is recorded.
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