Some of the most relaxing and serene photographs are pictures of landscapes. Whether it is a beautifully lush jungle or a lightning strike over an empty plain, we love photos of nature.
But what is the best lens for landscape photography? When thinking about this question there are a lot of factors to take into consideration.
First, let’s talk about the focal length of the lens. Focal length is how camera lenses are divided. The measurements are expressed in millimeters. The more mm on you focal length, the more zoom capability your camera has. For example: A 50 mm lens will take in a smaller view than a 30 mm lens. Fewer mm on your focal length means a larger view. Most landscape photographers prefer really wide lenses with small focal lengths so they can capture a wider photo. However, some really interesting and beautiful pictures can be taken with a high focal length camera if the photographer is skilled enough. By isolating small details from a great distance, some really unique pictures can be taken.
The difference between prime and zoom lenses is also something that needs to be considered. All zoom lenses, no matter their focal length, can zoom in or out to a certain point. Prime lenses are very different in that they don’t zoom at all. However, they are simpler and a cheaper option for those who are running low on cash. They are still able to take sharp images though; you just have to be willing to move.
Another thing that might not be the first thing you consider when dreaming of taking award winning landscape photos is weight. After hauling an incredibly heavy camera around for a few hours though, it’ll become apparent why this is an important factor. The longer the focal length is of a camera, the heavier it usually is. Carrying around these giants aren’t the main concern of experienced photographers, but rather the ability to hold the camera steady while shooting. You might need to balance the camera on a tripod which would add even more weight to your inflated luggage. Of course if you are inventive you could probably find a stump or something to balance the camera on.
In the end the decision is yours and rules are meant to be broken. A short focal length captures a larger space in the photo, but a long focal length camera could really take a fascinating picture by isolating objects with its powerful zoom ability. Weight and luggage are factors that need to be thought of as well as many other things not discussed in this article. Format, lens mounts, crop factor, and many other things should be considered for the optimum landscape photography experience. However, keep in mind that many beautiful pictures have been taken by such simple things as a camera phone. If you know your camera and the lens you have well enough, there is no doubt that you can take marvelous photos. Creativity and ingenuity is the key, not necessarily the focal length of the lens.