Why Wide Angle Lens Optics from Japan are Considered Better

The following is an analysis of why a Japanese-made optics wide angle lens may be considered the most superior wide angled lens.

What is a Wide Angled Lens?

Simply put, a wide-angle lens is a lens that, when compared to conventional lenses, projects a much bigger image circumference than a conventional lens having the same focal length. This simple difference offers big differences in capturing photographs of many objects. A wide-angle lens easily enables substantially greater tilt & shift movements.

This can also be understood in the following manner: A wide-angle lens can also be defined as a lens that has a much smaller focal length than a conventional lens that produces a similar sized image.

Why is a Wide Angled Lens Needed?

The conventional lenses have a tendency to skew the actual perspective by shortening the apparent distance while focusing on the subject in the foreground. This causes the actual depth of field to be highly suppressed because of the longer focal length of the lens. A wide-angled lens on the other hand, allows a significantly greater depth of field and has the effect of increasing the perspective distance and depth.

A wide-angled lens also provides a much greater apparent perspective distortion effect. This means that the parallel lines in a photograph appear to converge much more than in a photograph shot with a conventional lens.

Thus wide-angled lenses find significant use whenever there is a need to distort perspective to cause a change in the apparent relative size of the subject and foreground.

Why is a Japanese Wide Angled Lens Considered Better?

These days, there is not much of a difference between the functional advantages provided by Japanese and non-Japanese wide angled lenses. However, the Japanese versions tend to offer other advantages over their non-Japanese counterparts. This is because the production management and manufacturing philosophies of the Japanese industry are way different than their Western counterparts.

A Japanese Wide-Angle Lens Offers the Following Advantages:

  1. The Japanese versions of the wide angled lenses are extremely light and durable. Since most of these lenses are used outdoors, this factor weighs significantly in the favor of Japanese lenses.
  2. Image stabilization provided by Japanese lenses is way better than that provided by any Western manufacturer. This is great for photographers who are just starting out and do not use or cannot afford tripods. This can be a “make or break” difference when the DSLR cameras are held by hand.
  3. The Japanese lenses are also much cheaper than their western counterparts.
  4. Japanese wide-angle lenses also feature faster apertures and hence are very conducive for working in low light.
  5. These lenses also have minimal barrel distortions in the center and stretching at the corners. Also, they are less prone to “vignetting.”
  6. Corner softness is a major problem with most wide angled lenses, but Japanese manufacturing reduces this to almost nil.

The above-specified reasons clearly state why a Japanese made wide angled lens may be considered superior. Individually each difference is a small issue but collectively they make up for a massive improvement over the nearest competition.