Landscape photography – The best 3 lenses!

Landscape photography – The best 3 lenses!

January 15, 2020 19 By Peter Engel


in this video I’m going to tell you
which are my three favorite lenses for landscape photography or for any
photography I know that some of you when thinking of landscape photography will
think about the Holy Trinity of lenses but because of my minimalistic approach
to photography gear if you stay tuned you will find out that I’m not going to
tell you to spend all that money or carry all that weight welcome to my channel here we talk about
photography and I make videos just like this one where I share my recommendation
about photography gear so if you’re here for the first time it might be a good
idea to subscribe as I said today I’m going to talk about landscape
photography lenses and I really like to know which is your favorite go-to lens
for your landscape photography so if you have a chance
why don’t you let me know in the comments below thank you so let’s get
started and of course the very first lens will be a wide so let’s get started
and of course the very first lens for landscape photography will be a
wide-angle lens and regardless of which camera system you are using there are
multiple options as you might know I use a Nikon full-frame DSLR the Nikon d810
and at first years ago I thought I needed a a very very wide angle lens
possibly a zoom lens so that I had multiple focal length possibilities and
I decided to invest quite some money buying the 12 24 F 2.8 Nikon lens which
is the first lens of the Holy Trinity the lens was and possibly still is one
of the best wide-angle lens in the market super sharp beautiful images but
if you are into long exposure photography like me that lens has a very
very big limitation it doesn’t have a filter thread so the solutions to put
filters on that lens are very expensive and also very bulky besides the fact
that that lens decided to roll down into the ocean in Martha’s Vineyard
while I was taking this photo with the 24 to 70 lens luckily I had an insurance
and because my interest in long exposure photography was growing I decided not to
rebuy this lens but I actually bought a 16 to 35 f/4
which is a great lens costs half of the price of the 12 to 24 it’s much lighter and of
course it does have a filter thread nothing wrong with that lens until I
found the one yes in fact in 2014 Nikon decided after 30
years to update its 20 millimetres lens and released the new Nikon 20 millimeters
F 1.8 which I received as a present and since day one I loved as a matter of
fact the lens was always on my camera like it is right now and it is less
expensive than the 16 to 35 it is lighter it is less bulky and is
incredibly sharp it’s really sharp especially when you use aperture between
f/8 and f/11 in that range the sharpness is throughout the picture frame
fantastic also because of the very wide F 1.8 aperture you can use it easily for
your night photography which sometimes I do and there is something that I really
love about a prime lens like the 20 millimeters it forces me to proactively
search and work for my composition I need to move around more I need to move
closer I need to move backwards I basically need to deliberately decide
what to keep in the frame and what not this is for sure my favorite wide-angle
lens for landscape photography and here it is a few images that I took with that
lens Lens number two this might be a
surprise because most of you will think oh it will be the 24 to 70 millimeters
zoom lens I did have that lens great lens maybe the best lens for travel
photography so that you can just keep one lens on and do everything with it
but it is not my favorite second lens for landscape photography
is actually a nifty fifty a lens that everybody should have in their bag no matter what kind of
photography they do it’s a super fun prime lens super sharp super inexpensive
really really light I love this lens and the way I use this lens for my landscape
photography is mainly panoramic photos without going too much into details
because possibly I should do a video about how I take my panoramic photos
basically I take a sequence of vertical shots on my tripod overlapping by
one-third and then I merge them in Lightroom and because 50 millimeters is
the focal length of the human eye and there is almost no distortion I think
this is the ideal lens for panoramic photos there are more expensive options for the
50 millimeters with wider aperture but I think that the F 1.8 is more than enough
for landscape photography or street photography the third and last lens that
I will recommend you for landscape photography is for sure a telephoto lens of course the wide angle will give us
these beautiful comprehensive vistas of the scenery but the telephoto lens will
give us the opportunity to get more intimate to get more personal to be more
creative and also to find more compositions within the same scenery so I
strongly recommend to have in your bag a 70 to 200 millimeter lens nikon has I
think six different 70 to 200 millimeter lens ranging from $4,000 to $1,300
my 70 to 200 is actually the least expensive of them it is also the
lightest and I am very satisfied with the quality of the images as a matter of
fact this image the got me quite some attention the last few months was taken
with that lens and I also made a video about it if you care to watch in summary with these three lenses 2
prime lenses like the 20 millimeters and the 50 millimeters and one zoom
telephoto lens the 70 to 200 F 4 in my opinion you will be able to cover
95% of your landscape photography without compromising on quality without
breaking the bank and also containing the size and the weight of your
photography gear I hope you found this information useful so thanks for
watching and I will see you in the next video