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05-20-2010, 03:47 PM   #16
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I've begun using my 35mm f2

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I'd like to re-emphasize what a couple of you have already mentioned... landscape photography does not require an ultrawide-lens. The ultra-wides can often be harder to compose with. My best landscape shots are split between my A28mm and my DA40mm. I also have the DA21, and I recently got the DA15. I'm still 'learning' to use the 15mm. It will be great for close quarters use, but for wide open spaces, I'll still be using the 28 or 40.

Also, I think some people can 'see'/compose photos better at different focal lengths than other people. I'm not as comfortable at 15mm whereas many others would feel constrained with my bestest buddy, the DA40.
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I'd agree but add that this *can* change over time. I still enjoy my 40 for landscape, and my 28 is still the single most generally useful focal length for me - but it didn't take long to get used to the 15. There's a whole lot of shots it's not appropriate for that the 28 is, but I can usually find plenty to shoot if I chosoe to walk around with just the 15, whether in the mountains, the plains, the woods, the beach, or elsewhere.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wildboar Quote

Also, I think some people can 'see'/compose photos better at different focal lengths than other people. I'm not as comfortable at 15mm whereas many others would feel constrained with my bestest buddy, the DA40.
I think this is the most insightful post I've ever read here.

My brain doesn't process the wide angle universe like so many others here who do amazing work in this arena.

I'm not a talented artist like so many other members here, and if I had the 10-17, I might be able to come out with shots where people would say, "Cool!" But that would just be luck.

My brain simply doesn't artistically process an ultra wide angle world.

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I found a site that might be interesting for you to review. I don't know how accurate it is, and it doesn't cover the newer lenses, but it's worth a look if you are thinking a manual lens is OK....

http://www.takinami.com/yoshihiko/photo/lens_test/pentax_28-30.html

Also, don't forget your Takumars.....like the 35/3.5 SMCT...




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not that I'm against the 28mm to 40mm for landscape use, but there are times when I said to myself, damn...I wish I had brought something wider.
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not that I'm against the 28mm to 40mm for landscape use, but there are times when I said to myself, damn...I wish I had brought something wider.
That's why God invented pano's
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That's why God invented pano's
of course, but then again, you have to bring along an extra luggage with you. and you dont expect to carry that thing around you everytime.

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@smc... that is a shot to be proud of. What a great scene.

Too bad you had to use that crappy old slow manual-focus lens ;-)

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Thanks every one for the input, it has made interesting reading, I think I am going to buy a Tamaron 10-20 as it has had sightly better reviews than the Sigma version re IQ and is a bit cheaper and here in the UK there is a rebate scheme on at the moment.
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It depends on your definition of "landscape". If you want pictures of particular features, 35-50; if you want the scene pretty much as you see it 20-30; If you have a particular fondness for sky, <20.
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