View Full Version : XPAN 30mm worth buying?
I can buy a secondhand 30mm cheap.
But is this lens really nice,isnt it TOO wide?
Or is 45 wide enough?
Who can help me decide ?
I want to use the 30mm for nature landscapes.
May be some body has some example pics made with the 30mm lens
I think this lens is INCREDIBLE! As good as any Leica M. The only drawback is you need a ND filter. However, if you dont want it and its a good price, let me know. I will probably buy it for the right price.
I have the full set, 30mm, 45mm, and 90mm. I would estimate that I use the 30mm about 50-60% of the time. It is a delightful lens to use - sharp way out into the corners. It just wants to gobble up landscapes and produce the most heartbreakingly superb photos. I thought that the 45mm was good but the 30mm is the real reason why you buy this camera.
That said, you must use a tripod because of the filter. Moreover, if you can get it to work right, oftentimes, you will want to use a polarizer. Stop it down 3 stops (like you should) and you are often looking at 1 second exposures.
Yes, you can hand hold it but when the leap in quality is so much higher with a tripod, why would you?
If you can afford it, it will not disappoint.
I have the full set, 30mm, 45mm, and 90mm. I would estimate that I use the 30mm about 50-60% of the time.
see my xpan gallery: http://www.pbase.com/xpan
There is no such thing as too wide!
All the XPan images in my gallery are with the 30mm. I have used the lens without the ND filter and not actually noticed significant exposure problems. I surprised myself too, but it's true!
The 30 is the real reason to get an Xpan. Almost all of my best shots with the camera have been with the 30.
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