Landscape lens, or stick with kit lens?

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  1. Darthchaffinch

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    Hi!
    Really want to focus on landscape photography now I'm somewhere worth snapping- and think the sigma 10-20 would be a good choice (esp. on my limited budget), but have just been reading some old threads saying 10mm can be too wide and that 18mm is actually ok.
    Should I stick with the kit lens?!?
    Thanks!
     
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    It can be if objects are close to you, but not for an uncluttered landscape. The point is that if you don't buy the lens then you'll never have the option.
     
  3. shotokan101

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    No - 17 or 18mm is definitely not wide enough for landscapes - only really appreciated this after I got one - Sigma 10-20 is a great lens for landscapes :smashin:

    Jim
     
  4. RobDickinson

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    I shoot most of my current landscapes with my 17-55. if 17 isnt wide enough I shoot a pano and stitch.

    There are a handful of exceptions, when I want close foreground and lots of DOF or shoot a wide seascape or something.

    Then I reach for my 10-20. Which is (IMO) too wide more often than not for an average landscape.

    It certainly has its uses, and uses outside of landscape shots too, but given the choice I would upgrade my kit lens to a 17-55f2.8 or similar.
     
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    17-40 is very good for landscapes on FF.
     
  6. Darthchaffinch

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    Thanks chaps, I have a D90 so think will get the sigma! :)
     
  7. shotokan101

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    And of course the 10-20 gives approx. equiv. of 15-30 FOV on a crop sensor :)

    Jim
     
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    Most of my landscapes are between 12-16mm on a crop sensor (having said that my UWA only goes out to 12mm but I haven't felt the need to go wider). The Sigma 10-20mm is known for sample variations so make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in case you get a dodgey one. Others to consider are the Tokina 11-16 F.2.8, the Tokina 12-24 F4 and the Nikon 10-24.
     
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    There's no such a thing as "landscape lens". You can take wonderful landscapes at 70mm if you can compose for the right shot. There are however more traditional focal length which landscapes photography is associated with, personally I find the 16-35 is a bit too wide and you end up with distortion on the corners when it is at the wide end, around 20mm is a nice sweet spot.

    *FF numbers.

    /pendant

    I also think the kit lens is perfectly fine for this purpose. You are outside, do not need to shallow aperture for lack of light, often stops down a bit so sharpness isn't the greatest of requirements. Put it on a tripod and worry about composition before your kit. What a better lens can bring to the table is the nicer contrast and sharpness, and unless you really want that focal length.
     
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    I like taking landscapes with lenses with focal lengths of 70mm and longer. You don't necessarily need a wide angle for landscapes.
     
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    did you mean Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 & Tokina 12-24mm f/4 :thumbsup:
     
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    i love my tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 . build quality is superb. sharp even wide open.

    this taken at 11mm:

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    centre by Andrius LTU, on Flickr
     
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    Yes! Corrected.
     
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    Hmm today was the first time I can remember ever wanting wider than 10mm...
     
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    Sorry Rob but - PMSL :devil:
     
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    You can shoot a landscape at almost any focal length, its what's in it, not how wide it is. I have a 10-22 and its very difficult to get good compositions at 10mm, there's so much space. I would go with a 17-55 2.8, more than enough and a great fast lens for other things, much better than the kit offerings.
     
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    beautiful pictures , RobDickinson. WoW
     
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    Pure class
     
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    +3 :smashin::smashin::smashin:

    That shows that 17-55mm is indeed a good lens for landscape RobDickinson! :) Fantastic photos!
     
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    Beautiful pictures bud! Truly beautiful.
     
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    Gorgeous photos.
     
  24. Darthchaffinch

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    +4!

    If I can get good enough in my lifetime to get shots like that I'll be happy. :)
     
  25. RobDickinson

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    Thanks everyone, daft thing is those shots could have been taken with the kit lens just as well I think.
     
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    Last edited: Feb 10, 2012
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    Ha I saw that today as well. The stupid thing is I did think it looked cooler with the red stripe....
     
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    ...should've just sprayed the whole thing white...
     
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    Standard zooms and primes are black with a red ring. Telephoto zooms, superzooms and primes are white with a red ring.

    Get back to your mouldy minoltas!
     

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