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03-09-2010, 09:14 AM   #1
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Lens choices for landscape photography

So what is the best cheap lens for landscape photography for Pentax k-x?

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QuoteOriginally posted by insanoff Quote
So what is the best cheap lens for landscape photography for Pentax k-x?
Without knowing what you mean by Cheap, I would say the Kit 18-55 lens.

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You should try the Kit lens first before purchasing another lens so you can determine exactly what you need.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
Without knowing what you mean by Cheap, I would say the Kit 18-55 lens.
Agreed. And what does insanoff mean by landscape photography? Ultrawides push the distance away, shrinking the image to insignificance. Long teles pull in distant peaks etc. Midrange (wide normal) lenses (like around 28-30mm on our dSLRs), maybe with images stitched together into panos, are closest to what we see in landscapes around us. Insanoff, there are MANY books devoted to landscape photography. RTFM -- get yourself to a library or torrent client or whatever, and READ.

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I mean "wide angle or normal sharp lens".
For example: Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
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The m 28/3.5 is cheap, compact and sharp.
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The 18-55 kit is dead on beautiful at 18, stopped down one or two.

I would just stick with that and crop as needed.
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When hiking in the gorges, which focal length is good? My 16-45 did most of the job, though I wish I'd had something longer in several places. And a SMC-A 28 was just about perfect for quite a bit of it, with ND filter, shooting waterfalls. Some of the best landscapes I've taken are with a Bessa I with a 'normal' lens. So what's a good lens depends.

The kit and the 16-45 are good starters. Going with primes, one needs to bring a few to be able to tailor lens to situation.

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Whatever lens I have brought that day. I shoot landscapes with 16,17, 18, 28, 35, 37, 50 (too much of those ), 55, 58, 70, 80, 85, 100, 150, 200, and 400 mm lenses. Most of these cost me between $5 and $80.
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Whatever lens I have brought that day. I shoot landscapes with 16,17, 18, 28, 35, 37, 50 (too much of those ), 55, 58, 70, 80, 85, 100, 150, 200, and 400 mm lenses. Most of these cost me between $5 and $80.
The concrete lens is necessary to me.
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Pentax DA 12-24mm f4 are good for Landscape. You need to look PENTAX Photo Gallery. 12-24mm f4 have a lot of landscape pictures. You should look at it. Smile
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QuoteOriginally posted by insanoff Quote
The concrete lens is necessary to me.
I hope you don't mean ferro-cement! The boats don't sink, but the lenses are heavy.

Anyway, the point is that there is no single 'landscape' prime or zoom size. If you look at collections of varied landscape photos, you'd find that most were shot at the equivalent of 18-55mm. Add coverage from 70-200mm for distant scenery, and you've got 99% of landscapes.

I own and use and love the Zenitar 16/2.8, but it is NOT much of a landscape lens. It pulls a close subject forward and pushes the background away. Unless you keep the horizon line centered, you get great distortions of earth and sky. These can be fascinating, but they'd better be less important than the close subject, or they twist your eyes out. Not that I'm totally opposed to eye-twisting, mind you... Of course, I live in a forest, and seeing all those trees falling over in the fisheye just fills me with fear.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
I hope you don't mean ferro-cement! The boats don't sink, but the lenses are heavy.

Anyway, the point is that there is no single 'landscape' prime or zoom size. If you look at collections of varied landscape photos, you'd find that most were shot at the equivalent of 18-55mm. Add coverage from 70-200mm for distant scenery, and you've got 99% of landscapes.

I own and use and love the Zenitar 16/2.8, but it is NOT much of a landscape lens. It pulls a close subject forward and pushes the background away. Unless you keep the horizon line centered, you get great distortions of earth and sky. These can be fascinating, but they'd better be less important than the close subject, or they twist your eyes out. Not that I'm totally opposed to eye-twisting, mind you... Of course, I live in a forest, and seeing all those trees falling over in the fisheye just fills me with fear.
Thanks! "PENTAX SMC DA 16-45mm f4 ED LENS" is OK?
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I started out with the 16-45mm as my first lens and found it to be excellent for landscape. Since then I've picked up the 12-24mm. I can wholeheartedly recommend either lens. Starting with the 16-45mm is best since you can see how much you want to use the wide end and have a more general application zoom all in one.
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I'd also suggest a 28mm prime. Granted most of my photography in terms of years is in film, but the vast majority of my landscape shots are with a "normal" lens or moderate wide angle. The 28mm wide side of "normal" would be a sharp, inexpensive choice on APS-C.
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