Landscape lense??

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  1. JNK8665

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    Hello,
    I am a beginner photographer.
    I have canon 30D. I want to know what would be the best canon lens to buy for LANDSCAPE photography. The types of photos I want are those images typically found on postcards: long boulevards, setting sun, the mountain range, valleys, etc.
    The 17-85mm EF-S is being offered at a good discount, but don't know if that is a good lens for this. I would be prepared to pay more to get a good one. Help!
    Thanks,
    Johnny
     
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    Lens. Not lense.
     
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    oops thanks!
     
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    I like my 14mm, but it's pricey. I'm not familiar with the 17-35, but if the quality is there, at 17 it should do a good job.
     
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    I usually use my 17-55 DX for landscapes, but I've been caught using my 80-200 a few times.
     
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    Landscape photographs are taken with all manner of lenses. Wide angle are popular, but if you can't get up close to the subject/scene then you'll want something with a longer focal length. What lenses do you already have? Didn't your camera come with something like a 17-50ish? If so a 17-85 has a bit more on the long side, but overlaps much of the focal length. You might want to look into something that goes wider than 17mm, or a 70-200/300.

    Lense is an accepted spelling in most dictionaries, Wordnet (http://wordnet.princeton.edu), dictionary.com, etc....

     
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    99% of all my landscape work is done in the 17 to 70mm range, on 35mm medium that is ... and about 70% are done in the 25 to 50mm range.

    But this might just be personal taste.

    So for a 30D with its 1.6 crop this translates to 99% in the 11 to 45mm range and 70% in the 15 to 30mm range.

    But on a clear day, sometimes something much longer can be useful.
     
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    I bought, or i should say i will buy TOMORROW, canon 30D. Instead of getting a kit lens that they are trying to sell me, I am thinking of geting EF 17-40mm lens, based on what i have read on internet. Seems like it will last me a long time, and will take good pics for landscape. What do you think?
     
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    I own that lens and love it.

    It is one of the cheapest and lightest L-lenses and absolutely worth it's price.

    I would get a UV filter for it though, since without a filter the front lens element is not really dust proof (it is not sealed).
    At least for outdoors I highly reccomend that.
     
  11. Big Mike

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    The 17-40 is indeed a very good lens. It is, after all, one of Canon's L series lenses. The build quality and image quality are very high.

    As mentioned, there is no correct focal length for landscape shots...so that's up to you. I have a several lenses in the 17mm-18mm range and they are good for all around shooting. Personally, I really like wide angles for shooting landscapes...or at least the option to shoot really wide if the scenery is right.

    So just this week, I received the Canon EF-S 10-22mm. I haven't really had a chance to use it yet...but it promises to be a great lens. There are a few other lenses in this range...all of which are cheaper than the Canon. The Tokina 12-24mm is said to be pretty good. The Sigma 10-20mm is cheaper and I think there is a Tamron 11-19mm, or something like that. These lenses are really wide, however, they are probably too wide for a lot of everyday type shooting.
     
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    Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. I will go with 17-40mm. I am excited. I will go now to max out my credit cards... :wink:
     

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