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Old 08-07-2013, 20:12   #1 (permalink)
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I just wanted to pop a message on here extolling the joy I have found in the purchase of a new lens.


I struggled with the question of the 18-35 or tamron 16-28, or possibly getting the 16-35mm F4, for much more money, over a period of several months.

Finally I sided with the 18-35 due to the reviews I was seeing about just how razor sharp this lens is all around. They weren't kidding, and VR was not all that important to me.

I had read I would need to learn how to shoot with an ultrawide and the people who said that were not kidding. SO much fits into the frame, and the mentality for a lot of people is to fit all you can into a frame. But it focuses so close, that the lens begs to be used down and dirty right on the ground and up close to things.. Something I am not opposed to doing...

I started out shooting some lego kits looking for shots from the perspective of minifigure height objects. With quite a bit of success.

I was 4 inches away from this, and any lower and the lens would have to go through the table.



My dog, eating yet another basketball. I was 3-3.5 inches away from him. the ball and twig were OOF but got him just fine.



I've posted this before, but this was shot with the 18-35mm as well..





Another thing I had in mind was Independence Day fireworks shows. Against my Dr's wishes, I trudged out on my bad foot and attended two fireworks displays this year.

If I could find a location close enough with a direct line of sight to where they were being launched, I could get launcher, star trail and bloom all in one shot.. and I did so quite successfully at one of the shows. At the second I could see all but the launchers by getting behind where they were shooting. With the down side of a couple power poles in my line of sight.

I realize fireworks photos can be considered rather passť by people, so I won't bother posting any of those examples unless requested of me.

The detail at 100% is astounding.. You can see little rivulets of fire all falling off the streaks of light and the sharpness is extremely good.

The distortion is very low at all ranges, while it has no VR, it's also extremely light and feels like a wisp of air on the front of my D800..

I'm also betting it's going to be a great sunset/sunrise lens. I just haven't had the chance to get out with all the things we've been doing lately to shoot one and the nights I have been prepared to the conditions have been terrible for interesting sunsets.

Anyway if you've made it this far reading this, thanks for paying attention.
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Very nice shots...I can see you'll have fun with that
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Very nice shots

And yes, with a wide angle you can get close - very close. My 14-24 focusses down until the subject touches the lens!
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Old 09-07-2013, 14:33   #4 (permalink)

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NICE SHOTS, CONGRATS ON THE NEW LENS, ENJOY IT
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NICE SHOTS, CONGRATS ON THE NEW LENS, ENJOY IT
I shall. Though, I will be eating more noodles than steak this month.. It was worth it..
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I have used very wide angle lenses for some time. The only tips I would give are - if you are photographing buildings, you may wish to correct converging verticals (not every time) so always include a little more of the background than you would normally or you may find you have gaps to fill when making any correction. If you have Photoshop CS6, there is a new function in the Filter Menu "Adaptive Wide Angle Lens Correction" which is a good tool for generally straightening curves or fixing converging verticals etc.
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I have used very wide angle lenses for some time. The only tips I would give are - if you are photographing buildings, you may wish to correct converging verticals (not every time) so always include a little more of the background than you would normally or you may find you have gaps to fill when making any correction
I second that if you have to tilt the camera up be generous at the top as well as at the sides.

CS3 has a correction tool or the transform or crop tools can also be used. DxO do a standalone program called Viewpoint that doe thi too
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