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01-07-2011, 06:57 PM   #16
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Like all shots, the subject determines the focal length. Trying to shoe-horn every subject into one FL seems futile.

10mm


14mm


18mm


50mm
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12mm


70mm


170mm


260mm


Carry on :-)

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Since I do not have a 15mm limited I use my 16-45 @ 16mm. I am a big fan of super-wide angles because I feel like landscapes should encompass as much of the landscape as possible, but like most things photography it's all about personal preference.
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Like all shots, the subject determines the focal length. Trying to shoe-horn every subject into one FL seems futile.
Possibly, but what if, hypothetically speaking, you can afford only one lens below 35mm?
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QuoteOriginally posted by les3547 Quote
Possibly, but what if, hypothetically speaking, you can afford only one lens below 35mm?
Get a zoom!

Really, I primarily use a 12-24, but I also have a 50mm tilt/shift which gets regular use...
Oh, and I stitch fisheye frames if I need super-duper extra-wide (like 360x180 degrees!)

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I love 24mm on crop sensor.
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Excellent thread topic. I owned an ultrawide for a brief time, thinking I wanted to get everything in the vast western Canadian sky in the frame. I ended up with some really boring, thoughtless images.
So what was your final solution for landscapes.
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damn, Pal, those are awesome. i wanna go to Norway now!

me too, i often pick out some small segment of the scene, and that's what makes me feel like "i'm there". you can see the atmosphere and whatnot. it's something my dad taught me as a kid, just a simple thing to make my pictures a little different, and it stuck as my fav.

btw- yay, sebastopol! luv it up there.
So, what is your favorite focal length (if you had to choose one) for landscapes?
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I love 24mm on crop sensor.
Do you have examples? I would love to see something.

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QuoteOriginally posted by les3547 Quote
Possibly, but what if, hypothetically speaking, you can afford only one lens below 35mm?
A used 12-24 runs about $600. It's more than a 14 or 15 prime but it offers more flexibility, it's wider, and has high IQ.
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QuoteOriginally posted by les3547 Quote
Possibly, but what if, hypothetically speaking, you can afford only one lens below 35mm?
12mm on APS-C (18mm on 35mm film).
I find myself going to this FL a lot even though I have the 12-24.
It seems to add such amazing perspective to landscapes, but in order to do this to my liking, I need to come right up close to the foreground.





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A used 12-24 runs about $600. It's more than a 14 or 15 prime but it offers more flexibility, it's wider, and has high IQ.
Yes, I know about that option. I might end up going that way, but I'm a prime lens kind of guy. I've posed this hypothetical to see what, if a landscape lover were forced to choose, he/she would select as his primary landscape focal length. What would you choose?
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
Like all shots, the subject determines the focal length. Trying to shoe-horn every subject into one FL seems futile.
So true. I have traditionally shot landscape at the wide end due to the "closed in" nature of many of our subjects here in the northwest. In more open country, longer lenses come into their own. I was very surprised when I first shooting with the view camera to find that many of the large format guys shoot landscape with mostly moderately long glass. The camera movements provide significant compensation for the tighter FOV.


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12mm on APS-C (18mm on 35mm film).
I find myself going to this FL a lot even though I have the 12-24.
It seems to add such amazing perspective to landscapes, but in order to do this to my liking, I need to come right up close to the foreground.
I'm surprised . . . I like the first pic a lot. Below 35, you'd choose a 12mm FL to live with?

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Figured I could make a few contributions here...First a sampler of shots on 35mm (FF) film for the traditionalists. (Sorry, I don't have any truly long glass...)

16mm Fisheye on 35mm Film



28mm on 35mm Film



35mm on 35mm Film



50mm on 35mm Film



100mm on 35mm Film



150mm on 35mm Film



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So true. I have traditionally shot landscape at the wide end due to the "closed in" nature of many of our subjects here in the northwest. In more open country, longer lenses come into their own. I was very surprised when I first shooting with the view camera to find that many of the large format guys shoot landscape with mostly moderately long glass. The camera movements provide significant compensation for the tighter FOV.


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How about if you got to choose 2 focal lengths under 35mm, what would they be?
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