Regular Lens or Wide Lens?
In this article I am going to illustrate the use of a different lens, the effect they have on the finished result. The pictures below show the difference when shooting with a standard lens verses a wide lens attachment.
What to look for when selecting a camera
Most cameras come with a shoot all, non specializing lens. Makes sense, as they want to appeal to most consumers and the ones that are bit more savvy will look for things like, threads on the end of the barrel for adapters and filters and lens.
Difference of a screw on lens attachment?
The lens makes a huge difference to the shoot. I will show you in this blog the difference of using a standard stock lens to using an after market screw on wide lens or ‘fish-eye’ look to a shoot. With the attachment for around 50 bucks shopping online you can upgrade your camera (most models) to a better interactive shot.
The standard lens are sold on cameras with the biggest and best Zoom capabilities marked with stickers and all over the box such as 15 times the zoom capabilities. Well Zoom is important if most of your shoots are 75 yards away..and as trained consumers most think bigger or more is better. Not when it comes to Art. Sometimes less is better.
Are you an average shooter?
Most of us shoot in a room or within a group setting, wanting to capture everyone involved or there. Along with some of the surrounding areas, to view later, to give continuity or a better grasp or view of the setting.
In other words capturing everyone in the area with out moving so far back, you lose the closeness of the shot. With a stock do-it-all lens, you get good distance shots and a fair close ups, and good in-betweens, but shooting constantly over 75 yards away, one should consider a Zoom Lens attachment, such as a sports shooter.
Conversely, one who is shooting interviews or inside shots, baby showers or weddings, would want to give a better peripheral, but do not want to lose the closeness of the shot, will use a wide angle lens.
The example used to show the difference between a standard lens and an add on wide lens is done with a Canon VIXIA HF M300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder Zoom Ratio 15x Optical/18x Advanced Zoom/300x Digital Focal Length f-4.1 – 61.5mm (35mm equivalent 39.5 – 592.5mm)
I used an aftermarket screw on attachment Sunpak Camcorder Tele-Conversion Lens Kit. Not much of a jump in lens difference as Canon Vixia uses a pretty good stock lens on it’s cameras. So with this example, it will be a small jump in lens difference. However some cameras, it would be an even greater conversion then stock lens. Please take a moment to study the difference in the width and the inclusion of more background, with the two different shots. I stood at the same spot with the camera lens, all the way retracted or in.
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