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Old 04-17-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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How much do you use a uwa lens at disney?

I was convinced i needed another lens for my upcoming trip and now that i got it I am not sure what it will give me that my current 24-70 will not cover. Any suggestions or examples would help. I am going on a family vacation so care about the kids and characters first and scenery next. I have posted some examples on flickr if you care to see what I am trying to achieve. Many thanks.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:43 AM   #2
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What kind of camera do you have? Also a link to your flickr page would help since you mentioned there are examples on there..


I can tell you on my t2i the UWA lens was my second most used lens on the trip. My most used lens was a Sigma 17-50 2.8. You mentioned kids and characters and the UWA will be of next to no use for that. For me the lens came in handy for scenery and there were most definitely times where without the UWA i would not be able to get the shot i was trying to get.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:58 AM   #3
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I just started playing with a uwa. While it will be useful for some shots, it is useless for portraits. Have to get way too close to the subject with way too much distortion.

But you can capture some amazing scenery pictures with uwa.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:02 AM   #4
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Sorry here it is. Also i have a canon 5d mark iii so there is no crop like on the t2i
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:40 AM   #5
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Looking at your Flickr stuff I would say the UWA is probably not needed for what you like to take. 24 on the full frame is plenty for family photography and characters.

I found the UWA usefully for scenery and creative stuff.

Tae a look at Tom bricker's Flickr page. He has an UWA for his full frame Nikon d600 and takes amazing pictures with it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:48 AM   #6
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Have you consider the Rokinon 14mm? Itīs all manual, but itīs known as a good lens for FX cameras.

Itīs arround $ 349 at amazon. There are plenty of images examples on amazon.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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I went from crop to full frame, but kept my Tokina 11-16mm. It still works on a full frame at 16mm without vignetting. And it has auto focus. Very sharp lens, even on a D600. It's the same lens Tom Bricker used when he had the crop sensor D7000.
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I use it a ton - it's my 2nd most used lens at Disney, after my 18-250, and ahead of my 30mm F1.4 or 300mm F4, and all other lenses.

I shoot mostly scenic/fun/architecture/dark ride/landscape shots at Disney, as opposed to 'family' shots or snapshots, so for me the UWA is a very useful lens. If I were looking for a family snapshot or portrait type lens, it wouldn't be very useful at all. I particularly love that forced perspective and huge depth of field with near and far subjects, plus the close focus, when shooting at 15mm to 24mm equivalent focal lengths.

Remember too that UWAs are very different to shoot with than other lenses - they tend to require entirely new ways to frame, how close to shoot from, and more attention to composition.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #9
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Remember too that UWAs are very different to shoot with than other lenses - they tend to require entirely new ways to frame, how close to shoot from, and more attention to composition.
This! I think there is a tendency by some people to mistake a UWA as just a way to get more stuff into the shot. I'm just starting with a UWA, and I'm seeing you really do need to think about your shots in an entirely different way.

I knew it wouldn't be a good "people lens".. but curiosity may be try it myself. It was impossible to get a good ultra-wide shot of my kids... had to get way too close... next thing I knew my son looked like a bobblehead.

Anyway, here is a very very early attempt at UWA simply in front of my house:


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Have you consider the Rokinon 14mm? Itīs all manual, but itīs known as a good lens for FX cameras.

Itīs arround $ 349 at amazon. There are plenty of images examples on amazon.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:17 PM   #11
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Yeah it sounds like i should get a lighter telephoto since a uwa would not fit in this trip. I think I will play with it this weekend then decide thanks everyone.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:32 PM   #12
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I hardly used mine until halfway into the trip. In all honesty, I just didn't know how or when to use it. After about a week I did a lens a day challenge, just for fun where I would pick one lens, and use that all/most of the day. It was only then that I got a real feel for the UWA (I have the tokina 11-16) and had I done this sooner I think I would have used it a LOT more.

I agree it's not ideal as a portrait lens but it can work nicely for parades if you are standing right at the kerb as the characters do play to cameras if they spot you.


Untitled by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


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As for the gorgeous landscape and creative photos the folk post on here taken with their UWA lenses ..... well I didn't get any of those

I've kept the lens in any event because it's a great lens; I just recognized through the experience that I need to learn how and when to use it before I decide if it's right for me.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:15 PM   #13
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I hardly used mine until halfway into the trip. In all honesty, I just didn't know how or when to use it. After about a week I did a lens a day challenge, just for fun where I would pick one lens, and use that all/most of the day. It was only then that I got a real feel for the UWA (I have the tokina 11-16) and had I done this sooner I think I would have used it a LOT more.

I agree it's not ideal as a portrait lens but it can work nicely for parades if you are standing right at the kerb as the characters do play to cameras if they spot you.


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As for the gorgeous landscape and creative photos the folk post on here taken with their UWA lenses ..... well I didn't get any of those

I've kept the lens in any event because it's a great lens; I just recognized through the experience that I need to learn how and when to use it before I decide if it's right for me.
Nice shots. Yeah i could play with it and find my way. Here is another example of my current style taken at 35mm on my sigma prime.
http://<a href="http://www.flickr.co.../a>, on Flickr
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
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Nice shots. Yeah i could play with it and find my way. Here is another example of my current style taken at 35mm on my sigma prime.
http://<a href="http://www.flickr.co.../a>, on Flickr
nvtsallo the link you gave doesn't seem to work for flickr.
do you mind checking it please,
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As long as you realize that you can't put the main people near the edges of the frame, you can use a UWA to your advantage. These aren't from Disney, but you could still encounter similar situations. All were shot at 10mm on my T4i.....


There might be times where backing up is not an option, but you still want to capture more of an area...


IMG_0628 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr



You can easily pull off shots while still sitting at the table; especially if the characters are RIGHT THERE.


IMG_0644 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr



On rides, you can get more than just their face...


IMG_1073 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr



It's easier to pull off unique angles if the chance presents itself....


IMG_1418 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr



And heck, you can fit it all in


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