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Wide angle, close focus?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Tipton, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    Does anybody have a recommendation for a reasonably sharp wide angle lens that focuses somewhat close? (less than a foot?)

    I have an idea for some "forced perspective" photography. The problem is that the background would be at about two feet.
  2. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

    May 10, 2013
    Yannis Marigo
    The FE 16-35 minimum focus distance is 28cm which is less than a foot. I use focus stacking more and more and I am able to focus very close to the lens indeed.
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  3. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Agree with Yannis. In fact just about every modern UWA has a close focus distance of less than a foot.

    What budget and focal length were you thinking?
  4. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Next on my buy list. Laowa 15mm f/2.0.

    • Diameter: 77mm
    • Field of view: 110° (diagonally)
    • Length: 83mm
    • Weight: 520g
    • Filter Diameter: 72mm
    • Number of Aperture Blades: 7 (straight)
    • Elements/Groups: 12/9
    • Close Focusing Distance: 0.15m
    • Maximum Magnification: ~1:4.1
    • Mount: E-mount
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  5. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    690A67D5-E9D6-4BAF-8870-A28D120C7253. This was shot with a 7.5 mm 2.8 fisheye in crop mode on a7 series. It’s 150 on eBay. Focus way less than a foot.
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  6. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    The project is just in the conceptual stages right now. I haven't even really decided what the background should be.

    I acquired a statue of a saint at a rummage sale, for next to nothing. The thing is, this statue is creepy looking. I mean, really really creepy. To the extent that I had to buy it, and put it as the subject of some sort of Halloween diorama.

    (I hang with my nephews too much)

    My initial idea was this thing looming behind some sort of graveyard, but that may change.

    Yes, I'll include pictures tomorrow.
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  7. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Oh, I look forward to this. :) 
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  8. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    He's about a foot tall. These were taken with my FE 16-35/4:

    _DSC9269. _DSC9268.

    I may be able to do this with the 16-35/f4. I just need to figure out a creepy background.
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  9. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 18, 2013
    The close up from Sigma 16mm f/1.4 is quite good for me when used as a 24mm in crop mode in A7r2


    by Hin Man, on Flickr

    Renaissance in Las Vegas

    by Hin Man, on Flickr


    by Hin Man, on Flickr

    The drawback is the crop factor and the not-so-wide in FF usage but for me it is my normal wide when mounted on aps-c in my A7r2. I can shoot the whole trip in aps-c and with some in CIZ using clear image zoom or shoot first and crop later in raw.

    I am not a super wide guy and I am looking for a Nightscape lens like the Voiglander 15mm f/4.5 III, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 or the Laowa 15mm f/2.0. Please feel free to suggest more to consider. I already hove Voiglander 21mm f/1.8 and I am thinking adding one in 15/14mm range mostly for landscape and nightscape.

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  10. JMM

    JMM TalkEmount Regular

    Jul 29, 2016
    I've made a video recently (already posted on this forum) with FE 16-35 F4 where i focus from infinity to closest focus a lot (~1:5 magnification on full frame)

    This is a very versatile lens with good close-up abilities. Only focus by wire is annoying.
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  11. tino84

    tino84 TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 20, 2014
    Laowa 15 f4 macro?
  12. pworden

    pworden TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
    Bryant, AR
    I have that one. Here are a few from today to show the "super foreground" look. I think they were shot at f8 or so. These are also "creepy" ;) 
    Laowa 15-1.
    ILCE-7RM2    ----       f/1.0    1/160s    ISO 160
    Laowa 15-4.
    ILCE-7RM2    ----       f/1.0    1/160s    ISO 160
    Laowa 15-5.
    ILCE-7RM2    ----       f/1.0    1/160s    ISO 160
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  13. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    Oh wow. I just added another lens to my "need to buy" list. That's exactly the kind of effect I was looking for. Thank you.
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