Wide-angle lenses are a good choice for scenes on a grand scale, such as vast landscapes or starry skies. These lenses can take in scenes wider than the field of human vision.
One advantage is that wide-angle lenses bring out depth and perspective, making narrow rooms look spacious or tall buildings look even taller.
Enjoy the broad range of creative expression unique to wide-angle photography.
Shooting with a wide area in focus
Shooting with wide-angle lenses and a narrow aperture enables a wider, deeper area in focus (depth of field). You can take deep-focus shots with the entire image in focus from the foreground to the background.
Bringing out a sense of perspective
Wide-angle lenses can take in scenes wider than the field of human vision. Without this kind of optical instrument, you'd never see scenery on this scale. Shoot tall buildings from below, and the enhanced perspective will make them seem to tower over you. Any lines in your shot that extend into the distance will emphasize the perspective even further, accentuating a sense of depth.
Differences in perspective at different focal lengths
The camera was moved to keep the tunnel entrance the same size to capture A and B below. Photo A is a wide-angle shot. Here, the other end of the tunnel looks smaller than in Photo B, which accentuates the length and depth of the tunnel.
A: Focal length: 24 mm
B: Focal length: 75 mm
Even wider angles with conversion lenses
Although the supported lenses are limited, you can shoot ultra-wide angles like a fisheye lens by attaching a fisheye conversion lens.
Scenes for trying out lenses
Wide-open spaces that you discover on your travels will look even grander and more engaging in your shots.
Starry skies at night
Wide-angle lenses cover a broad swath of the night sky.
In a single panorama, you can capture the many moods of the sky, along with its sense of depth and massive clouds.
Wide-angle lenses to try
Although a variety of cameras and lenses are available, we're sometimes asked whether NEX-7 or ILCE-6000 lenses can be used with the ILCE-7C or ILCE-7M3.
Both APS-C and full frame cameras and lenses are offered, but as long as the same E-mount is used, compatibility is ensured. See the following page for notes on use.
Are APS-C and full frame cameras and lenses interchangeable? (α E-mount)
FE 12-24mm F4 G
Ultra-wide-angle zoom lens covering a focal length of 12 mm. Satisfies the need for dynamic, expansive scenes, whether in landscapes or architecture.
E 10-18mm F4 OSS
Ultra-wide-angle zoom lens covering a super-wide 15–27 mm equivalent zoom range (35 mm-format equivalent). Light and compact, this lens is a good choice for shooting selfies or movies with a background.
FE 20mm F1.8 G
Its ultra-wide-angle (20 mm) field of view, fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, and faithful rendering of point light sources make this lens especially effective for landscapes, night scenes, and starry skies. Light and compact for easy gimbal/grip attachment, the lens also excels at closeup shooting and quiet AF, which makes movie recording another strong point.
Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA
Enjoy the fidelity of Zeiss optics in a wide-angle, large-caliber prime lens with an f/1.8 maximum aperture. Excels at closeups, offering maximum 0.25x magnification.