The best way to spend $1000 for lenses for landscapes?

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    That Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART lens would be nice if I needed a fast lens and could put up with the restrictions of a fixed lens. I don't think I need a lens this fast for landscape photography (although I wonder how it fairs as an astrophotography lens) and I don't think I want to be restricted to 24mm...although it's a very useful focal length.


     
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    I also use the Canon 16-35mm 2.8 II and love it. I don't think you can go wrong with that lense its very versatile.
     
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    Well I was looking at the F4 version of that lens, which is $300 cheaper, and supposedly sharper.
     
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    It is a common misunderstanding that wide angle lenses are better for landscapes that tele lenses.

    With a tele you can compress the most interesting features of a landscape into a frame.

    A wide angle means that your compositional skill has to be much greater, because you have to fill a frame, tell a story, that does not only consist of distant lines.

    Here is one of my most popular landscape shots, shot with 50mm:


    Havin said that I think a 2.8/24-70 would be a great choice. You can get these barely used for sub 1000 Euros, or even new for cheap if you look around: Search - E-Infinity Camera Store
     
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    I went with the Canon 16-24 f4 L as my landscape lens. I think it will be very good. Perhaps once or twice a year I will buy a new lens. Maybe the next one will be for astrophotography. But I understand the sharpest lenses don't automatically make good astrophotography lenses...something about "coma", which I still have to learn about.
     
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    Not sure on what you're going to be shooting with the 16-35mm F4. Outdoor photos,with relatively close subject matter, that lense will shine. The 2.8 is great at capturing light and is a whole nother beast. Just something to think about. Don't let the $300 make the decision on what lense your going to buy.
     
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    Gonna shoot mountain / wilderness / forest scenery. Doesn't need to be f2.8 fast, although I know there may be times I wish it were.
     
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    Perfect, I used mine on a snowboard trip. It takes great mt. shots. Really wide angle.I forget what I was going to post, It really doesn't matter its a great lense. To be honest I don't shoot at 2.8 to much. I'm usually 1 0r 2 stops away
     
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    I also shoot at higher (smaller) apertures with landscape shots unless it's in low light
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    I reckon that's rare, and can be made up for with a tripod and leaving the shutter open longer?
     
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    Worth repeating.
     
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