Best lens for Landscape

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by snpr9696, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. snpr9696

    snpr9696 TalkEmount Regular

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    Joe DAgostino
    Ok all. Quick question if I may. What is the best wide angle lens for landscapes that will still allow me to use my Lee Filter sets? Manual focus is just fine since I use that most for landscape long exposure. E mount would be preferable but I have a Metabones Canon adapter as well. Thanks all.


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  2. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
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    Gary
    I don't believe there is an answer to this question. Lenses are part objective, part subjective. You will get many answers and in the end, you'll choose whatever you feel like choosing especially since you don't care if it's legacy, Canon, or E-mount.

    Put me down for the FE 16-35Z, because Yada Yada Yada...

    This will be interesting. :)
     
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  3. snpr9696

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    Joe DAgostino
    Well the 14mm Rokinon was interesting but I cannot use my Lee set on that front element.


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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Same here, and for the same reason. :D Unless you're allergic to zooms, or need something tiny and light, look no farther.
     
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  5. pbizarro

    pbizarro TalkEmount Veteran

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    Ah, the "best"... due to the ability to perform tilt and shift movements, which can be very useful for landscape photography, look into Canon 17 and 24 TSE lenses.
    Still in prime lens territory, look into the native Zeiss glass Loxia 21 and Batis 25. Top quality performers.
    If you prefer zooms, there is already the existing 16-35, and it seems that the upcoming 24-70 f2.8 will be top quality too.
     
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  6. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Seconded. I've seen terrific landscape images that have been shot with crap glass some folks wouldn't even touch.
     
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  7. chalkdust

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    Bert Cheney
    Everyone is being so polite. The correct answer is the 25mm Batis. Every other answer is wrong. The 25mm Batis is the best landscape lens because it is the one I use and I would not use it if it were not the best. It is the only wide angle lens I own because it is the best. Best best best.

    ...may need to cut back on the coffee.....
     
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  8. snpr9696

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    Joe DAgostino
    Good Point...lol
     
  9. NickCyprus

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    Nick
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  10. snpr9696

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    Joe DAgostino
  11. snpr9696

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    Joe DAgostino
    nevermind...Found my answer. NO...arghh!!!
     
  12. pbizarro

    pbizarro TalkEmount Veteran

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    Actually, some performance factors from lenses can be measured quantitatively, that will affect landscape shooting. These are sharpness, acutance, and contrast, and distortion. Zeiss has the very good habit of releasing this data via their MTF graphs, which are measured in the lab, not produced by computer simulations.

    So, assuming that for landscapes one desires higher numbers for sharpness and contrast, it is possible to select the best lenses. Which are the ones with name Otus on them:)
     
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