How To Choose The Best Lens For Landscape Photography?
Digital Photography
October 21, 2019

Photographers want more. Some more lens, some more gears, equipment, they are always looking for new and better things to shoot with. But if you are a landscape photographer, then I have some good news for you. 


You don’t need to worry about having more. There are literally only two types of lenses you will ever use in landscape photography. And this will certainly help you to weigh down your camera bag and enjoy your travel experience instead of carrying bulky camera bags everywhere you go.


So Let’s Know How You Can Choose Best Lens For Landscape Photography


What Difference Will The Lens Make?


If you are an amateur photographer, you will often find yourself thinking, ‘What difference will the lens make if I have the best camera?’ but the answer to that is all the difference. 


Once you stand before a beautiful landscape location, you will realise how you want the place to be captured, in your camera. Maybe you will find a tree with a beautiful background and you will want to capture it. Or you might want to capture all the trees in one frame.


And these are the perspectives that will need different lenses to capture the landscape in different ways. Lenses are indeed very powerful and the impact on each photograph will be completely different from the type of lens you use to capture the shot.


So in a way, just having a good camera is not sufficient. You must also focus on the lens that you buy according to the type of photography you do. And obviously buying more is not the best choice, but buying right is what you should focus on.


So now let's look at the lens that you will need as a landscape photographer.


Must-Have Lenses For Landscape Photography:


Like I have said above, as a travel photographer, you should focus on keeping your camera as light as possible. So you don’t exhaust yourself, and keep hunting for the best lens to use while the moment of capturing the photograph is gone. 


So the only two lenses, I suggest you carry for landscape photography are the 16-35mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/4. These are the two major lenses that will allow you to capture the landscape photography in every aspect.


Let’s take a look at how each of them will perform in landscape photography.



Shot on 16-35mm f/2.8



  1. 16-35mm f/2.8


As a landscape photographer, you will always look out for capturing wide shots of the location and there is nothing better than the 16-35mm f/2.8 for capturing ultra-wide-angle focal range landscape shots. 


The f/2.8 is certainly more expensive than the 16-35mm f/4. But it is definitely worth the extra money you punch in for some extra features. Like it has a fast aperture, which is ideal for Astro- landscape photography.


It is an absolute choice for cityscape, seascape, traditional landscapes, architecture, etc.



Shot On 70-200mm f/4



  1.  70-200mm f/4


Yes I know, this is not a very obvious choice for shooting landscape photography, but now imagine, you want to shoot a landscape which is far off from your site, but it still looks beautiful. This is when the telephoto lens will let you capture the scenic beauty in your camera. 


Not just that, but the telephoto lens will also capture an isolating object with greater precision. For eg, a single tree. It is a great choice to compress the gap between distance and the subject. 


Now if you look for a telephoto lens, the f/4 version is the best choice for superior image quality in its kind. As compared to the f/2.8.


Are There Any Better Choices?


There is a constant debate that the 24-79mm is a better choice or wide-angle shots, but what makes the 16-35mm an ideal lens, is its ability to exaggerate the foreground even in a tight location.


These small things will create a great difference in your photographs.



To end it with. You might feel like this is less. What is there is something in the medium focal range that you want to capture. But let me tell you, instead of buying more lenses to get the perfect shot, you can instead focus on your composition.

Use your feet to move closer and farther to the location to capture the best shot. And as a plus point, this will also reduce the weight of your backpack.


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