A wide-angle lens has a smaller focal length when compared to the focal length of a normal lens. It allows for more of the subject or scene to be included in one shot. It is useful in architectural, interior and landscape photography.

Wide-angle cameras help the photographer to emphasize the difference in distance, size between objects in the background and in the forefront. The objects that are near appear very large in this type of cameras.

Wide-angle lens is not considered ideal for portrait photography because usually the nose of the model appears too large and disproportioned.

Wide-angle lens projects a larger image circle than the standard lens. This large image helps in either large tilt and shift movements with a view camera or a wide field of view. This enables it  to give a dramatic effect to the subject and that is why it is popular with landscape photographers.

A common wide-angle lenses range from 14 mm to 35 mm. many of these lenses will generate a more or less rectilinear image at the film plane. An ultra wide-angle lens that does not generate rectilinear image is also known as fisheye lenses. The focal length of these lenses in a 35 mm camera is 6 mm to 8 mm.

Though wide-angle lenses are most often used for nature photography, but they have a wide variety of applications in all kinds of setting. Practice makes a man perfect. With practice, you will be able to use these variables to get your perfect shot.


Fx camera lenses are sure the best way to capture a bigger image with quality and less distortion. With some fx lenses being on the costly side, there are also those that have great features at low price. It all depends on what is your requirement.