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Which lens do you favour for your landscape photography and why ? I'm wanting to look at all the candidates before i make my mind up, including Sigma,Tamron and Tokina as well as Nikon of course. Help will be much appreciated and needed !
I bought the 12-24 DX for landscapes, and it is a good lens, sharp with nice color. But, I found that 24mm is often not as long as I liked when hiking around on the Blue Ridge Parkway, so I eventually bought a 17-35 Nikkor, which I like better. They are both fine lenses, but the range of the 17-35 works better for me.
I also considered the Sigma 12-24 before I bought the DX, but was bothered somewhat by its inability to use my existing filters (at least that is what it looked like to me; someone else may know how to use filters with that big front element sticking out). It may well be as good as the Nikkor, and you could save some money. Tamron and Tokina did not anything like that out when I was looking. Were I in the market now, I'd take a close look at those as well.
Filters work fine with the 17-35, and the front does not rotate. The 17-35 is extremely resistant to flare and ghosting. And the build of the lens is just fabulous. Of course it should be, as it is not a cheap lens. I waited about 6 months before I found a really clean one used.
For landscapes I use a variety of focal lenses. It depends on the perspective I want. When I want a sense of distance or need to include interesting foreground, I use an 18mm. When I want compression I use 200mm. At this point this is the limits of the focal lengths I own. Then again, I use anything inbetween the fits the landscape.
This image was taken at 22mm 1/8 sec at f16. I had an 81a filter and a nikon circular polarizer on it. Metered the shot with spot meter and used the 17-55 f2.8 DX. I also have the 12-24 f4 DX and like the images from it as well.
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I use the 17-55 Nikkor which is extremely sharp. The 17 end gives me enough WA without distortion and the 55 end gives me the perfect range for walking around general photography. If you've got the dough to throw at it, I'd highly recommend it. It's not cheap by any means, but it's incredibly sharp!
This is a very sharp lense with relatively little distortion that is easily corrected in PSCS or other similar software. It even works well on digital (at least mine does and I have seen many good shots with it elsewhere). But one of my best/favorites is the MF 20/4 AI - a really great lens. Keep looking.