Lens for wider shots?

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  1. Alter_Ego

    Alter_Ego TPF Noob!

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    What kindve lens would i need to take wide shots?
    Also a lens for beach shots so that the shots arent so bright? Like a polarized lens?

    Using a canon xs.
     
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    A wide angle :lol:
    I think canon makes a 10-20 or something you might want to check that out.
    You don't get a polarized lens you get a polarizing filter. Make sure it's a good quality one or it will reduce image quality and be worse for you then anything. GL
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    Polarizer would be nice for beach shots, but if you need to cut a lot of light, you would need an ND filter. They come in different strengths but act like a sunglass basically. They are usually a bit stronger than a polarizer even with one of the weaker ND filters but won't effect the color or reflections like a polarizer will.

    As for wide angle, you would need something starting around a 10mm or 12mm. I used to have a Tokina 12-24mm which was great for stuff like that. I now have a Tokina 16mm-50mm but the 16mm is still pretty wide. So I sold the other lens and got this one because it serves more purpose with other shooting as well.
     
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    Thanks...

    Hmmm i guess ill stay away from the polarized lens for now.
    How about taking shots of a river to give that stream effect? I heard theres a type of lens that darkens the image so that over a period of time it'll give that streaming river look well keeping everything else in focus without being overexposed.
     
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    If that's what you want check out neutral density filters. Also stop the lens all the way down to something like f/22-f/32 and then put the ISO at the lowest like 100 and you will get a longer shutter speed. A tripod is a must though!
     
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    OH! That makes sense!

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    A tripod is definitely a must and its usually a good idea to use a polarizer too, if there is a lot of wet shiny rock around... I actually just wrote an article on my Blog... you should check it out (Outdoor Photography Blog: TIP TIME- Waterfalls)
     
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    Stopping the lens down to f/22 - f/32 is likely to soften the focus because of diffraction.

    Also at those apertures DOF would be massive, though not a bad thing, it may not fit the artistic vision you had for the image.
     

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