Landscape Lenses

After you have a better idea of what camera body you will need, the next step is to find a lens. Landscape and outdoor photography has a few subsets of type of photography contained in it. Nature photography can encompass macro photos of flowers, foliage, and textures and this will require a with a focal length of 70mm or more. Nature photography may also include photos of wildlife and birds, which, will require a lens of 200mm or greater. If you are wanting to shoot nature scenes, lakes, overlooks, panoramas, expanses, and the like. You won’t need anything fancy. A lens with a focal length 18-28mm should work just fine.


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If you are using a camera with a cropped sensor you should try to opt for a lower focal length, closer to 18mm the smaller sensor will cause the angle the camera covers to be less (also called field of view) FoV. Generally, kit lenses (the lenses that come along with a new camera when you buy it) have decent resolution and will allow to create solid images without dropping a ton of money on a lens just to get started. If you do decide to get an after-market lens. You will want to aim for something that is decent quality, you can almost ensure that you’re doing this by looking at companies with good reputation for lens making, in no particular order: Tamron, Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Tokina, and if you can afford them Zeiss. A great resource for checking image quality is of a lens is www.500px.com or www.flickr.com There are more than enough photos on these website to allow you see how they work with low light, focusing ability, and sharpness at different apertures.


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Where To Find Your Lens

Most of the lenses I buy are from the online photography retailer www.KEH.com

The have a solid reputation for selling quality new and used equipment. 

Using this link will help support this blog since I am now an affiliate of KEH.

Looking for lenses may become overwhelming, so, the thing to do is to decide in advance what kind of lens your looking for, something for night photography, plants and flowers, or simply a wide-angle lens, then decide how much money you would be comfortable spending and then use these filter when you shop once you have it pared down to about 2-5 lenses then it is time for the fun part. Head to the photo websites listed above and see what kind of photos they produce.

As I say generally, this is a lot of work, and it is easy to get caught up in the work of trying to find gear and create images, but it is important to remember your first goal is to have fun so, don’t forget to enjoy, yourself.


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