Anyone know what lens to use to create these photos?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by JasonBourne1, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2009
  2. Attonine, Mar 8, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2006
    Kent, UK
    It's just a wide angle. How wide though? I'd guess maybe 21mm, probably 18mm, on a FF camera.

    I use a 24mm and it doesn't go wide enough to give the curvature shown in these pictures, so that's what I'm basing my guess on.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2004
    I'm guessing even wider than that. At least for the first one.

    On APS-C, the 11-16mm f2.8 Tokina will get you close. (I like this lens a lot!)

    On FF, the 17-40mm L (decent on FF, not so great on APS-C, imo) or 16-35mm L or 14-24mm Nikon are the best bets for a similar look. The 14mm f2.8 L II is a nice lens, too, and the Samyang 14mm f2.8 is excellent if you can correct the mustache distortion in Photoshop! Haven't used the others. (Actually I haven't used the 14-24mm Nikon, either, but have heard raves from everyone who has.)
  4. macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    If you can estimate the angle of view, and certainly the top one seems to be about 90º top to bottom, you can "reverse lookup" what focal length lense was used.
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2012
    I have no experience with wide angle lenses, but the DOF on the second pic seems quite small for a wide angle. Hence, consider also a 1.4 or 1.8 prime. A 2.8 zoom might be enough, also, but I'm not sure. Maybe someone else knows?
  6. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Top image looks very similar to the effect from putting my tokina 11-16mm on my 6D.

    Bottom as said before looks to be tighter at maybe 24-30mm f1.4/1.8
  7. macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    The top photo looks similar to a Tokina 11-16 mounted on my 7D from that angle.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Just tried the last one on my shoe: a 24/28mm 2.8 delivers a similar fuzzy background. Remember that this shot is focussed extremely close. 1.4 is absolutely not needed for this.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2008
    Okay since this is about guessing -

    somewhere around a 21mm on a full frame camera. The camera is very close to the subject on front and the lens is tilted giving the barrel distortion in the background as well as typical curvature. Light seems to be coming from above, behind and in front. I think it could be also a 24 that suffered from the tilt of the lens.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    I say they used a tilt lens with minimal settings.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2012
    Looks like what comes out of my GoPro. But I have no idea what type of lens is on it.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    About 14mm
  13. macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey

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