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02-21-2012, 09:40 PM   #46
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Pentax SMC M-50/1.7 is a great lens for landscapes. Also, a well selected Vivitar 28mm will get you some great images.

i'd say any of the limited lenses will do a fine job and since you are probably stopping down, boken and fast aperture is off the table.

My most used landscape lenses in order are:

DA15
FA77
FA31
tamron 70-200 (at the 200 end)
sigma 10-20
Pentax M50/1.7
FA43

i am quite certain that is the breakdown. When i am shooting toward the sun, i tend to favor the DA15 and FA31 which resist flare and make nice sunstars. for night cityscapes, i like the 15,77,31 for the multipoint stars stopped down.

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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote
Many have said that the K28/3.5 (and M28/3.5) are better than the M28/2.8. maybe true but the M28/2.8 is extremely common and easily found for $50-60.
I have both the M 28/2.8 and the K 28/3.5 and the K lens is signficantly better. The M lens, although decent enough as far as it goes, doesn't quite match the usual high standards of Pentax prime lenses, lacking the contrast and color rendition typical in an SMC Pentax prime. The K 28/3.5 is a bit hard to find and usually sells for twice the asking price for the M.
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Yoshihiko considers the K28/3.5 and the K28/2 to be Pentax's best 28mm lenses. He likes the K30/2.8 a little better.
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The answer is "yes".

Honestly, it depends on the moment, it depends on your intent, it depends on the light, the subject, where you're standing, the weather, what you ate for breakfast, your mood... there's no such thing as a landscape lens. There are a lot of people who shoot broad, wide shots and then throw a 200mm on to shoot a 'landscape'.

If I have a 21mm lens on my camera, I'm probably going to shoot a 21mm landscape. If I have a 200mm on my camera, I'm probably going to shoot a 200mm landscape. When you look at photographs of landscapes, what images and focal length are you drawn to? Maybe try a lens like that length.

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I just went through a folder of some of our better images.. to see what lenses we used on landscapes.... we used every lens we have.

Here's one taken with the much maligned Sigma 70-300 @ 75mm,



FA 50 1.7



Kit lens DA 18-55



DA 10-17



DA 18-135



DA* 60-250



Tamron 90 macro



21 ltd



The full folder is <here>.

We have the most images from the 18-135 and the 21 ltd, because I usually have the 18-135 on my camera and my wife usually has the 21 ltd on hers. The DA 10-17 is probably the lens we change to most.

But every lens we own has given us great images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
But every lens we own has given us great images.
I'll go with that - I use all my lens for landscapes from the 60-250 at 250 to the 12-24 at 12. It just depends what you want to capture and how much of it you want to catch. I think the 15, 40 and 70 are a great wee set to start with. I'm a big fan of them as they all fit (with the D FA100WR) in a small waist bag I have. Beautiful quality but I'd be hard put to pick a favourite as they all do a different job.
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Just curious... would the 15 let me leave my 10-17 home, or would I still want the zoom?
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I take the 15 with me in my full bag as its no weight. If I'm going lightweight I leave the 12-24 and 16-50 behind. The downside for me with the 15 is if I'm going for a preplanned dawn or sunset shot when I want to use my filters. Although there is a work around I still prefer to have the 12-24 for those. Having said that I still use it for LE work - a B&W 10 stopper works fine. A couple with the 15 (inc one LE)







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If I were going to a familiar location I'd probably end up with the da 21mm, da 35mm macro, and 50 1.7 (when honoring your request for prime lens recommendations.) If I had five minutes to pack for Yosemite (I haven't been) I'd probably instead go 12-24, 35 macro, and 50-135mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
But every lens we own has given us great images.
Wait, so you're saying that it's not the camera or lens, its the eye, talent and feeling??

Blasphemy!
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Wait, so you're saying that it's not the camera or lens, its the eye, talent and feeling??
Another way of looking at it would be, if you take the time to get up in the morning or get out just before sunset, when you have a good light... and you manage to be located someplace where good light will matter... I don't think an award winning photo will ever be taken in my backyard... although stranger things have happened, if you have that light and that location and that moment... it would take a really poor piece of glass to ruin it. I feel like it's more the persistence to give yourself a chance by being where you need to be at the time you need to be there. A surprisingly large number of our sold prints were taken with my wife's Optio W80 point and shoot, it' there, it's always ready and it can be in your hand ready to go as quickly as you can put your hand in your pocket and pull it out. And it's good enough. There's just no way any DSLR isn't as good.

Being a photographer, is never going anywhere, without something that can produce a good image in your pocket. Someday I'll do a gallery show, of images captured while driving to the grocery store in Bancroft, or on the way home from Barry's Bay. Oh course it will be the little gallery in Bancroft but hey... it's still a gallery.

That reminds me, they asked me to submit stuff and I never got back to them.. I should be getting that together.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
But every lens we own has given us great images.
YEs, that's the filthy secret: A Holga NEW OPTICAL LENS 50/5.6, or a Meyer Domiplan 50/2.8, or a Loreo 35/11 shift Lens-In-A-Cap, or a magnifier lens mounted in a bellows with a homemade Waterhouse stop, can all produce fine images. And the finest Leitz glass can produce crap images, especially if my moronic meth-head stepbrother gets his hands on it. We talk endlessly about lens quality, but some toggers can apparently shoot masterpieces with Coke-bottle glass. Blame not the tool.

QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Just curious... would the 15 let me leave my 10-17 home, or would I still want the zoom?
Oranges vs orangutans. A 15mm rectilinear just can't be compared to the fisheye zoom. For instance: I was just in Las Vegas for a couple days. Outside, my DA18-250 ruled. Inside the Venetian Casino's mock-up of St Marks Square and the canals of Venice, I switched to the Tamron 10-24 and shot at 15mm a lot. But to get the faux Sistine Chapel ceiling and the portico out front, only the DA10-17 would do.

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No need for AF when it comes to landscapes. But color rendition, edge-to-edge sharpness and minimum distortion are key. I used to own various pentax primes and zooms of the M, K, A, FA, DA and DA limited types, but I have ultimately settled for a CV 20/3.5 SLII and a CV 58/1.4 SLII. I don't regret it
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