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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:28 am 
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Hi...I have a Canon 60D...with the 18-135mm IS kit lens.

Can I take wide angle shots with this?

I would like to take photographs that are 16:9...like cinemascope or letterbox...that kind of dimension.

Do I need a special lens for that or can I do it with what I have?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:24 am 
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You have to to that in Photoshop, after you took the picture. Some cameras can do this in-camera... you have to check it if yours could.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:49 am 
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I see. That's easy enough. Thanks


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:56 pm 
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Er...I just found out on my camera this evening, it does take 16:9 shots...oops...


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the in camera aspect ratio of 16:9 is a crop of a photo taken by an already crop sensor... :wink:

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if you want narrower photo you can just crop, use 16:9 ratio, or something like that, but if you want to put wider scene in your photo you might need lens that are wide angle or make panoramic photos, i would advise to look around and learn something about lens focal length, sensor sizes, aspect ratios and coverage before buying a new lens..

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:12 am 
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the in camera aspect ratio of 16:9 is a crop of a photo taken by an already crop sensor..


So is it better to set the camera to take 3:2 or 4:3...and create your own crops in the PC later?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:06 am 
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not crop but stitch together...

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What are those lenses that can have everything in focus from like 1cm....to infinity?

What kind of lens is that?


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They dont exist. However, compact cameras can do that for you if you want.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:23 pm 
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Set your lens to 18mm, f16 or f22 or something, and you'll pretty much be in focus from about a metre to infinity

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:25 pm 
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Well I don't know exactly from one cm to infinity

But if you want more in focus in your picture. You need to adjust the settings. It's the aperture or the f-number/f stop that controls depth of field.
If you want a large depth of field, you increase this number. So using an aperture of f20 for example wil give you a big depth of field. And the oposite way around too.

A downside to this is that your lens will collect less light and you wil need a longer exposure to gather enough light. See the aperture is actually an iris that is build in to the lens. If u use a high f-stop like f20, the opening of the iris wil be small. If you use a low f-stop like f 3.5, wich is the lowest for your lens, the opening wil be bigger. You wil gather more light. You will have a shallow depth of field. And be able to use a faster shutter speed.

If you wish to control the apperture on your camera and let the camera decide the rest of the settings for you, set your mode dial to AV mode. This stands for aperture value. Then u can turn the control wheel to adjust the aperture.

Also I should note that the distance to the subject mathers to. So if you are shooting a landschap it wil be easier to get everything in focus than when you are shooting a person in front of a large landscape.

If you want more information on this you can always google it, and to al the other members here please correct me if I said something wrong or left something out :D

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Thanks that makes sense. It's just that I was watching a doco the other day and this photographer was using one of the the expensive Nikon dslr cameras...he got down really low in the grass...holding his camera with his hand down in the long grass. He took the shot from this really low angle at a woman with the sky above her head...it just seemed as though the grass was pressing right up against the lens almost and everything from the grass, her feet, body, face....clouds...all were in focus.


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