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photogwest
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p.1 #1 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


What do you guys need to have for the majority of your landscape work? I don't have a huge budget, but I don't want to buy cheapo lenses that I'll be disappointed in. Currently I only have the 24-70 and 50 1.8G. I really want to round out my focal length choices with a super wide and telephoto, but probably can't get both at once.

Curious what you guys really like to use and what recommendations you would have for a guy that can't afford the holy trinity right now... My thoughts about possible options:

Wide/Super Wide
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16-35 f/4 (top of my price range)
20-35 f/2.8
20mm f/2.8
Third-party options?

Telephoto
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80-200 (top of my price range unfortunately)
70-300 VR
Third-party options?



Jul 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
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p.1 #2 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


Lenses are the main reason I decided to shoot APS-C. My 10-22, 15-85, and 60 macro may not be L quality but they are close enough and at a fraction of the cost of the FF equivalent lenses. Of course my telephotos are equivalent to 1.6x longer focal lengths and that saves a huge amount of cost and weight.

That said, you decided to go FF and I would recommend you push your budget to add to the advantages and versatility of your system. Your style might vary from mine once you have the lenses to decide how you like to shoot but I find that I shoot wide or ultra wide very often. The wides and ultrawides don't just give you a wider view but they give you a unique perspective and the ability to concentrate on foreground elements when desired. I rarely shoot landscapes longer than 85mm (136mm equivalent). For one reason I usually don't walk around with my 100-400 unless I expect to shoot wildlife.



Jul 19, 2012 at 07:03 PM
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p.1 #3 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


Save up and get PC lenses - you'll find you will use them more than the others once you get use to them!

Edited on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:30 PM · View previous versions



Jul 19, 2012 at 07:09 PM
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p.1 #4 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


I wrote and deleted a response to this. I did not realize that it was in the landscape forum. It really belongs in one of the appropriate gear forums, given the focus of the landscape forum. Sorry...

Edited on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:25 PM · View previous versions



Jul 19, 2012 at 07:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


1200mm 5.6 is next on my list, coupled with my Nikon 14-24, that should cover most scenes

all joking asside, there is no must have kit. what ever suits your style. personally i love my contax 28mm that FL suits me just fine, but someone else may like 21 or 35mm.
as for a collection, ive a holy quad collection- contax 28mm 2.8, 35mm 2.8, 50mm 1.7 and a zuiko 24mm.
my other kit is the 24-105L nikon 14-24 and 70-200f4lis

simon



Jul 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
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p.1 #6 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


OK, i will post this elsewhere. Sorry


Jul 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #7 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


parsons wrote:
1200mm 5.6 is next on my list, coupled with my Nikon 14-24, that should cover most scenes

all joking asside, there is no must have kit. what ever suits your style. personally i love my contax 28mm that FL suits me just fine, but someone else may like 21 or 35mm.
as for a collection, ive a holy quad collection- contax 28mm 2.8, 35mm 2.8, 50mm 1.7 and a zuiko 24mm.
my other kit is the 24-105L nikon 14-24 and 70-200f4lis

simon

1200mm? Imagine how many MP that would make doing a 100 degree FOV stitch! You could print the size of the moon!



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p.1 #8 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


Consider the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 for wide-angle purposes. Reviews have put it on par with the 14-24, and it sells for $700ish.

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/News/DxOMark-news/Tokina-AT-X-16-28-F2.8-PRO-FX-review-a-Tokina-wide-angle-lens

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tokina/16-28mm.htm



Jul 20, 2012 at 01:51 AM
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p.1 #9 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


Sean Goebel wrote:
Consider the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 for wide-angle purposes. Reviews have put it on par with the 14-24, and it sells for $700ish.

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/News/DxOMark-news/Tokina-AT-X-16-28-F2.8-PRO-FX-review-a-Tokina-wide-angle-lens

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tokina/16-28mm.htm



the tokina wide angle zooms are really really nice. i used a tokina 12-24 f/4 while i was shooting crop and it was a super sharp lens. i went to a 17-40 f/4 (which is essentially the same lens for ff) once i started shooting FF



Jul 20, 2012 at 02:34 AM
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p.1 #10 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


My 8mm FISHEYE covers almost everything.
You may have to do some serious cropping in your post processing.



Jul 20, 2012 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #11 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


I love my Tokina lenses. My 50-135 is razor sharp, as is the 35. The 11-16 had some problems up front but I sent it in for repair and it came back working much better. I will be sad if/when I go full frame and have to get rid of them. I've been considering selling my Canon 17-40 to get the Tokina 16-28, because even on a crop camera the 17-40 corners are a bit soft.


Jul 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
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p.1 #12 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


I first owned the tamron 17-50, which I have no complaints about, it's just I was almost always at the 17mm range. I can vouch for the tokina 11-16 as I rented it for a week vacation to the grand canyon and it was amazing. I ended up buying the sigma 10-20 which sacrifices f/2.8 for more range. this works better for me. If you need the max aperature, go for the the tokina. I should include i'm on DX format, and I think 3rd party lenses are 98% the quality of their nikkor equivalent (but i still own the 80-200/2.8 - what a lens for the price!!!)


Jul 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM
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p.1 #13 · Must needed lenses for landscape photography...


Yeah I've always been a fan of 3rd party lenses, I guess I am just cheap. If only Tokina would make some tilt shift lenses, now that would be awesome. If they made a 17mm tilt shift and sold it for 1200-1500 they would make bank.


Jul 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM





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