Whats a good lens for me?

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I have a Nikon, I want to shoot mainly scenic/landscape photos. What lens do you guys suggest I look into?
 
I'd read few books in the past that talks about landscape photography. Those beautiful photos in the books were taken with wide angle to telephoto lenses. So technically you can any lenses to capture what you like to capture.

If you like to capture a very wide view, then look for wide angle or ultra wide angle lens. If the composition of the scene you like requires a telephoto lens, then you need a telephoto lens.
 
What is your current equipment.
Do you have examples of any current work of yours and what you don't like about it ?
 
I have a 50mm and a 18-140 kit lens. After doing quite a bit of reading everyone seems to agree that the lens is the most important part. So I just wanted to see what everyone suggested to use?
 
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The Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 or the new 11-20mm f2.8 would be the classical choices there (assuming you're using an APS-C camera, which judging from your kit lens(*) you are).

Then again you might actually find the 18-140mm already sufficient for your landscape needs. Some people claim you dont need wider than 24mm(**) and the 18-140mm already offers 27mm(**).



(*) I'm not sure if the 18-140mm actually IS a kit lens, i.e. cheaper when bought with a camera.

(**) Full frame equivalent focal length; APS-C gets a 1.5x crop factor, so a 18mm on APS-C has the equivalent viewing angle of a 27mm on full frame.
 
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I have a 50mm and a 18-140 kit lens. After doing quite a bit of reading everyone seems to agree that the lens is the most important part. So I just wanted to see what everyone suggested to use?
Before you rush out and buy a new lens, make sure you get good use from what you already have. The 18-140 covers a lot of grounds, and is a great lens at least to start with and learn, until you find what it is you need from a different lens.

I used my standard kit lens with no other lens when I just bought my interchangeable-lens camera, and added a telephoto zoom lens quickly thereafter to photograph wildlife, which turned out to be a very useful lens for landscape as well. 7–8 months ago I added an ultra-wide-angle lens, when I tried to capture a certain image I had in mind that I just couldn’t with my standard kit lens. Point is, I’d been using my camera for almost 2 years mainly for landscapes, when my widest lens was the 12mm end of my kit lens (which gives the same angle of view as 16mm on your camera), while many on the web claim an ultra-wide-angle lens is necessary for a landscape photographer. You should use what you already have, and if you ever feel like there’s something you can’t do with a lens you already have, but can with another lens, that’s the time to buy a new lens.
 

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