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    JD14 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    May 28, 2008, 11:32 AM
    Best lens
    :confused: what is the best size lens I could use for landscapes and wildlife and what make :confused:
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    Curlyben Posts: 18,470, Reputation: 1857
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    May 28, 2008, 01:50 PM
    Best is such a relative term you haven't really given enough information to go on.
    What body is it to fit and what is your budget are some information we need for starters.
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    Jun 2, 2008, 10:44 AM
    For wildlife, you need a telephoto lens, the bigger the number the better (and the more expensive). This is so you can get a close up shot of a wild animal from far away - so you don't scare the animal. You will also need a tripod to hold the camera and lens steady to avoid blur caused by hand-holding a long telephoto lens.

    Most landscape photos are taken with a wide angle lens, the smaller the number the better (but not a fish-eye lens). You also need a tripod as most landscape photos are taken with a small f-stop (big f-stop number) which requires a slow shutter speed, and again you will get blur if you try to hand-hold the camera for this type of shot.

    You may be tempted to get a zoom lens that goes from wide angle to telephoto. However, the longer the zoom the lower quality the images so for best quality you need 2 different lenses for these different types of photography.

    Sigma makes a supertele that goes from 50-500 mm. The images from this lens are not as crisp and sharp as one from a dedicated lens at a given focal length. The 50mm end isn't wide enough for most landscape photography. On the other hand, this lens is around $1000, which is much less than the better quality lenses, giving you a chance to learn about this type of photography without a huge investment in top-quality glass. This lens is available in Canon EOS, Nikon (D), Sigma, Pentax, Sony and Four Thirds mounts.
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    Milo Dolezal Posts: 7,190, Reputation: 523
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    Jul 4, 2008, 08:13 AM
    For landscape photography, use "normal" or wide angle lens. It doesn't have to be fast lens since you will use tripod and long exposures anyway.
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    Aug 9, 2008, 08:39 PM
    24mm works for me, just wide enough but no soft edges.
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    Aug 13, 2008, 02:34 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by okinawa
    24mm works for me, just wide enough but no soft edges.
    24 mm is great for landscapes, but not for wildlife photos. You need a long telephoto to get photos of wildlife, not a wide angle.

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