While waiting for the new Lomography gem, the wonderful Russar+ lens, I took some photos at a fun fair with my wonderful Mir 20/3.5 super wide angle lens from the big panoramic wheel. Here I'll tell you some tips about the use of this kind of lens. Read more after the jump!
The spring fun fair of my city Como is one of the bigger of the Northern Italy. Every year, you have many chances to take new photos, experimenting different cameras and lenses. This year, when I read on this website the presentation of the new Russar+ wide angle lens (I’m waiting to try it!) I decided to use a very similar lens, for Zenit and Praktica M42 mount, a wonderful Mir 20/3,5 that you can buy in the Lomography Online Shop!
I took these photos from the big panoramic wheel. As you can see in the next two photos, I included in the images the tie rods of the wheel in the foreground to frame the swing carousel in an unusual way!
This is always possible, thanks to the great depth of field of a super wide-angle lens, even using large apertures!
When you use this kind of lens to shoot distant subjects, you don’t need to focus at infinity. Fully closed, at F16, this lens is able to focus from approximately 33 cm to infinity! Used as a macro lens, you can focus between 18 and 24 centimeters!
When used at its wide aperture (F 3.5) its DOF is between 1.3 meters and infinity!
If you are interested in architecture photography, keep in mind that even a slight inclination of a super wide lens transforms parallel lines into strong converging lines! Sometimes you can use this effect to create some dynamic perspective! Especially photographing from below toward the sky or from above toward the floor! This is not noticed in these photos, where the influence of vertical lines in the composition is not so important.
Always take care of the frontal lens! A scratch in this kind of lens might reduce the resolution because of the very large depth of field. Always use the lens cap when you put the camera in your purse!
Have fun with this lens! Lomo on!