Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

Hi Nasim,I own the Nikon D300s and have the following Nikon lenses; Nikon prime 50mm, Nikon 70-300mm VR, Nikon 16-85mm VR. I looked at the price of Nikon’s wide angle lens, it was too expensive for me. I did a lot of reseach and chose Tokina 11-16mm. It’s a fantastic lens, and I am able to use my 77mm circular polarizing filter.Test results by an independant lens review site showed that the Tokina out performed opticaly the Nikon lens. The Nikon lens was also “twice” the price of the Tokina.I enjoy your web site, and look forward to the next posting.Merry Christmas from the UK James

Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

Hi Nasim,I have a Nikon D7100. What lens would you recommend for landscape photography? Cost isn’t really a big issue. Looking for a lens that gives the best performance. Looking primarily for 1 lens that works great in most situations.Also figured I’d ask this question since I was already writing: I currently have the newer Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR that I got for wildlife photography, birds predominantly, but have read some not so great reviews about it recently. I read your wildlife lens review and your review on the 80-400 mm lens (unfortunately after I already purchased it). Do you think that this is a good lens for bird photography or would you recommend something else? Looking for whatever is going to give me the best sharpness/AF/performance.Thank you! -Boe
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Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

I want to start out with a lens that I have a love and hate relationship with. On one side, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G is one of the sharpest lenses ever produced by Nikon. It has phenomenal optics (center to corner, throughout the frame and aperture range), beautiful colors, super fast autofocus and an extremely useful focal range for wide-angle photography. On the other hand, it is a heavy, bulky and expensive lens that cannot accommodate filters. Sadly, not just circular filters and filter holders but pretty much any kind of hand-holdable filter. Its round front element shape and the built-in lens hood just make it impossible to use filters. Sure, you can buy a filter holder system from Lee and other manufacturers for this lens to accommodate filters, but it is not cheap and you would have to purchase a set of large 150mm filters, so forget about using your existing filters. I really wish Nikon allowed us to use small replaceable filters close to the lens mount, just like on telephoto lenses and this lens would have been irreplaceable.
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Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

I can’t agree with most of this.What filters do you want to put on a 14-24mm anyway? I used to use filters extensively with film but I’ve gone right away from that with digital, including UV filters. The only filters I use these days are polarising filters and in most circumstances you can’t use them on a lens such as the 14-24mm. Graduated ND filters I don’t favour because I believe the gradation boundary is too crude for many compositions and you can do it better with Lightroom/Photoshop adjustments or intelligent HDR. ND filters to simulate long exposures perhaps have a limited place but I haven’t been able to persuade myself to get one, I’d rather do the real thing after dark.Price is largely irrelevant here because we are talking about the best lenses, not the best value.One thing that’s missing here in most comments is recognition of what the criterion is for image quality. If it were just to view images on the web, that wouldn’t require very much. I think it has to be for images that can potentially print large, A2 or larger, with impressive image quality. In terms of sharpness, there’s a difference between adequate sharpness and optimal sharpness. Apart from post-processing technique, this often requires a very good tripod and mirror lockup, perhaps even live view, and even for the 14-24. After all, the best light is often the lowest light.So, where is the boundary between accurate tripod technique and hand holding so that there is zero loss of sharpness? There’s no simple answer for that because technique for both is highly variable with the individual. The only way to really find out is to do exhaustive testing with a resolution target. I suggest that a lot of people underestimate what is truly sharp when they make shortcuts in technique.I’ve got both a 17-35 and a 14-24. Like Allan Wood, I don’t feel compelled to upgrade the 17-35 to a 16-35. I got the 14-24 specifically for landscapes and I still think of it in those terms. True, I also would prefer it for interior shots and architecture. However, I predominately use the 17-35 for live music because I find the focal range more appropriate and the lens is much more compact. I would never use the 14-24 for photojournalism because it is far too large and obtrusive; I don’t tend to use the 17-35 either, my preferred weapon of choice is a Fujifilm X100.There’s a simple reason why the 14-24 should be the pre-eminent choice for landscape photography rather than the 16-35 and that’s image quality. The 16-35 is a very good lens while the 14-24 is an outstanding lens. It’s generally acknowledged to be the best wide angle lens produced by any manufacturer. It’s the one Nikon lens that some Canon users use (on manual) with a converter. Those extra 2mm at the wide end are a significant advantage for landscape photography, too.
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Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

I own the Nikon D300s and have the following Nikon lenses; Nikon prime 50mm, Nikon 70-300mm VR, Nikon 16-85mm VR. I looked at the price of Nikon’s wide angle lens, it was too expensive for me. I did a lot of reseach and chose Tokina 11-16mm. It’s a fantastic lens, and I am able to use my 77mm circular polarizing filter.
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Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

2.) Optically all Nikon lenses ever made work great on all digital Nikons. Nikon designs its digital cameras for their lenses, so ignore the discount brands’ barking about magic lenses optimized for digital. Nikon digital SLRs are already designed for Nikon lenses and no discount brand could possibly optimize their lenses for every camera brand simultaneously. Nope, no one pays me or sponsors me; these are just my opinions. In this case I agree with Nikon’s marketing, even though their latest slogan about “the camera matters” is baloney. Nikon’s “DX” moniker just means these shorter focal length lenses won’t cover 35mm film, so don’t use them on a film camera. All Nikon lenses are already “digital optimized.”
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Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

Nasim,I am new to DSLR photography. I picked up the craft from my love of the outdoors and national parks. I recently visited Yosemite. Before going, I decided it was time to purchase an entry-level DSLR. I purchased a Nikon D5100 and bought the kit lens. I also purchased a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8. I personally think the Prime lens takes much sharper photographs and does an excellent job of portraying the colours of the sky properly when compared to the kit lens (Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-f/5.6). Unfortunately, I had to resort to using the Kit lens to properly photograph the Tunnel View and Valley View photograph at Yosemite. The 35mm was not wide enough given the crop factor of my DX sensor.I read your article about alternative lenses. Unfortunately, the price ranges of the lenses your recommend are out of my league currently. I want to learn to photograph for a few years before spending that much money on a lens. Is there a cheaper lens you could recommend to a beginner like myself with high aspirations of learning photography? I was hoping for a wide-angle lens so I do not run into the dilemma I faced at Valley View/Tunnel View again.. I plan to visit National Parks several times a year. I have also read your article on using polarizing and neutral density filters for shooting landscapes and waterfalls.. And will be investing in those soon.Thank you in advance!
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Best Nikon Dx Lens For Landscape Photography

Laurent, you and Don have different views here. Your argument is that cheaper and lighter versions are as good to pro glass at f/8 and smaller, while Don’s point is that he wants to get the best quality he can get. Since this article is called “Best Nikon lenses for landscape photography”, I have to take sides with Don here – we are talking about THE best tools from Nikon here, not the cheaper alternatives (although, I have provided some info on some cheaper alternatives as well).Can low-end lenses create beautiful images? Of course they can. I was impressed by what the Nikon 1 cameras and lenses can do. However, would I use the Nikon 1 to make large prints and sell my work? No, I would not. Every camera and lens has its use. Robert Mekis has some great shots in his portfolio, but you are looking at low-resolution images. I am sure you would see the difference between his shots printed large and the same shots from a higher-end DSLR and lens. I am sure if things go well for him, he will at some point buy a better camera system.