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02-18-2008, 01:25 AM   #1
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Is 16mm (24mm DSLR) good enough for landscape photography?

Hi guys,

I would like to ask everyone if 16mm is good enough for landscape photography..

Thanks!

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Yes of course.
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DJey, the 24mm focal length was one of the classic landscape FLs in 35mm film photography. Many landscape pros favored that FL's FOV (field of view), which generally was right on the borderline of noticeable barrel distortion at the edges of the frame; just fine if you weren't shooting nearby vertical architectural scenes or lots of Ponderosa pines/Douglas firs/Redwoods. The 16mm equivalent on an APS-C DSLR fills many of the same photographic purposes, which accounts for its modern popularity, I suppose.
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Thanks guys!

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Just never put a 10-20mm lens on your camera, because then 16mm won't seem very wide anymore
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QuoteOriginally posted by DJey Quote
Hi guys,

I would like to ask everyone if 16mm is good enough for landscape photography..

Thanks!
you can get some cheap 50mm lens, make several shots and then use some pano software... it will be even better.
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As of now, I do panoramic shots using an old 28mm f2.8.. But still consider something wider..
I'll post it later..
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QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
Just never put a 10-20mm lens on your camera, because then 16mm won't seem very wide anymore
the problem with those 10-20/12-24 lenses is that if anything gets into the edges, you'll see some pretty decent distortion, then cropping will remove the advantage of the extra width
and also, objects are even smaller, personally, i wouldn't want to go any wider than 14mm on one lens (i prefer photo stitching for any more width), and am very happy with 16mm

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Yes.


Truth to tell, you can use any lens for landscape photography depending on subject and distance, etc.

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Hi Steve,
this has got me intriguied....is your shot from the same place as this shot (sig 18-125@18mm)?, somehow without the trees in the foreground....and the snow.
Cheers
Grant

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Cool.. Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by GWP Quote
Hi Steve,
this has got me intriguied....is your shot from the same place as this shot (sig 18-125@18mm)?, somehow without the trees in the foreground....and the snow.
Cheers
Grant
Looks like we're real close Grant. The upper terrace at Artist Point is closed this winter so my image is from the lower vantage point. That probably makes up the difference in angle of view and the trees. Nice image BTW.
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Hi DJey

I'd simply like to second egordon99's astute comment:

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Just never put a 10-20mm lens on your camera, because then 16mm won't seem very wide any more !
Prior to purchasing Sigma's amazing 10-20mm wide-zoom, I'd probably have tended to agree that a 'one-size-fits-all' 24mm lens (in 35mm film terms) would at first sight have appeared to be the obvious choice to cover most landscape situations. However this field of photography covers a multitude of scenarios and I feel pretty sure that you'd be truly astounded by the sheer variety of additional possibilities which Sigma's 10-20mm opens up to the serious landscape photographer. If at all possible, I'd highly recommend that you take the time to locate a decent camera store which has both a 16mm lens and the Sigma 10-20mm in stock, so that you can fully appreciate the difference between these two lenses for yourself.

The link below is VERY useful, as it visually indicates the differing coverage of intermediate focal lengths. Click on the photo to view an enlarged version of it. As you will see for yourself, there is a HUGE difference between 16mm & 10mm coverage:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/149592-post23.html

Additionally, here are some superb images taken with the Sigma 10-20mm. Just click on the blue 'links' underneath. These photos are best viewed by clicking on the 'magnify' symbol above left on some photos, or 'Looks better LARGER' a few lines below the image on others:

Emerald Pond on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Die ganze Welt on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Perurail on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Sunset at the Mount on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

gothic symmetry on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Dunstanburgh rocks on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Best regards
Richard

Here are 32,061 photos for you study, taken with the Sigma 10-20mm.....have fun !

Flickr: Search

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Wow, that Gothic symmetry link is amazing. Im in the market for a wide angle lens and these shots are helping my final decision. Does anyone have experience with the 14mm prime lens from Pentax?
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Nice.. Hmmm now that gave me doubts.. But I think I'll go with 16 as of now..
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