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Dec 21, 2012 08:49 |  #1

I've been digging around and have seen many interesting discussions here on the best landscape lens for full-frame bodies. I've seen much debate around Zeiss 21mm Distagon, Canon 16-35 2.8 II, Canon 14mm 2.8 II, and even the Nikon 14-24 with adapter. Some offer flexibility, some offer unrivaled sharpness, some offer auto-focus, some don't...

If you could only choose one for all your landscape needs with highest image quality, which would it be?


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Dec 21, 2012 08:56 |  #2

Canon 24mm TS-E Mk2


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Dec 21, 2012 09:18 |  #3

The samples I've seen out of the Zeiss 15mm have been nothing short of amazing...if I had the money I'd get one in a flash...


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Dec 21, 2012 09:42 |  #4

Unfortunately, none of these would cover all my landscape needs because I do like telephoto landscapes but if it's a wider lens you're after a 24 TS-e II or ZE21 are your best bets, no question. If it's longer, compressed landscapes you're after I would think the 70-300L would be nearly unbeatable because of it's flexible focal length range and sharpness edge to edge.

I love my ZE21 for it's rendition style and slighty wider FOV without having to stitch but lately I have been tempted by the TS-e 24 for the tilt/shift movements - I'm starting to see more and more the usefullness in being able to use them. It's so easy to buy and sell used I might just have to give it a try but when I re-bought my second ZE21, I told myself I'd never be without one again...

The ZE15 looks great but it's very wide to have as your go-to lens.

16-35 is overrated for landscapes - you're paying all that extra money for a stop of light that you'll probably never take advantage of unless you're into starscapes. Save the money and go for the 17-40 if you want a zoom, the IQ is about even between the two.

The problem with the 14-24 is the difficulty with using filters. Even if you're going to be blending exposures and you don't need GND's, your're still going to want a CPL for landscape and the bulbous front element of the 14-24 makes that difficult and expensive.


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Dec 21, 2012 09:55 |  #5

I have the ZE 21 and it's amazing!
The 15mm Zeiss is on my wish list!


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Dec 21, 2012 11:24 |  #7

I agree with the recommendation for the 24mm TS-E. All lenses you mentioned are capable of spectacular results, but from amazing photographers posting great shots, the 17 and 24mm tilt shifts always stand out to me.
Of course there is quite a steep learning curve and price tag attached (don't forget a filter system as well).

For now, I shoot nearly all my landscape shots with the 17-40 and 85mm 1.8, some with a 70-300.


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Dec 21, 2012 11:49 |  #8

I love using my Canon 70-200 2.8 for landscapes, somehow I always end up using it and rarely go to my wide angle lenses, just a preference I guess.


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Dec 21, 2012 18:54 |  #9

Does the sharpness of the 24mm 1.4II compare to the 24mm 3.5 TS-E II? I know the 24mm focal length is right for me after owning the 24-105 for years. However, the 1.4 might come in hand at times, especially for handheld shots. I haven't used a tilt-shift lens before, I'm trying to figure out if it's worth all the extra money if I didn't use the tilt shift aspect of as much.

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Dec 21, 2012 19:22 |  #10

thegfxman wrote in post #15393054 (external link)
I've been digging around and have seen many interesting discussions here on the best landscape lens for full-frame bodies. I've seen much debate around Zeiss 21mm Distagon, Canon 16-35 2.8 II, Canon 14mm 2.8 II, and even the Nikon 14-24 with adapter. Some offer flexibility, some offer unrivaled sharpness, some offer auto-focus, some don't...

If you could only choose one for all your landscape needs with highest image quality, which would it be?

In order, I'd probably be thinking:

24-70/2.8L II
70-200/2.8L IS II
17 TS-E

The problem with the original question, IMO, is that there is no limited focal length range for landscapes, so a single 'best' lens is hard to imagine. It's not like 'best field sports lens' where at least we can all start thinking about telephoto lenses and nothing else right out of the gate.

That's why I started with the 24-70 (assuming FF body). 24mm is quite wide and probably wide enough for most work. If I had to limit myself to a single lens to shoot landscapes I think I'd want to get down to 24mm, but I would prioritize also getting out to at least 70mm over having the super wide end of something like a 16-35.

So why not the 24-105L? Mainly the distortion and vignetting on the wide end.

So why the 17 TS-E? This lens is versatile and can give you a wider field of view than even 17mm by shifting and stitching. If you do not need so wide, the 24 TS-E is also a wonderful option I would think.


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Dec 21, 2012 19:40 |  #11

17-40, 16-35 for more versatility
Samyang 14mm for cheap but good sharp shots.

24mm f/1.4II and the 24mm TS-E (expensive!) are what I would really want if I had the money.
Canon 14mm f/2.8 II (overpriced in my opinion... I would prefer the Samyang and then just post process the distortion)


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Dec 21, 2012 20:00 |  #12

SiaoP wrote in post #15395058 (external link)
Samyang and then just post process the distortion)

I can't imagine paying for the 14/2.8 after the release of the 17mm TS-e. The 17 is a better lens, and on a tripod with stitching it can give a wider FOV than the 14mm.


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Dec 22, 2012 01:18 |  #13

thegfxman wrote in post #15393054 (external link)
I've been digging around and have seen many interesting discussions here on the best landscape lens for full-frame bodies. I've seen much debate around Zeiss 21mm Distagon, Canon 16-35 2.8 II, Canon 14mm 2.8 II, and even the Nikon 14-24 with adapter. Some offer flexibility, some offer unrivaled sharpness, some offer auto-focus, some don't...

If you could only choose one for all your landscape needs with highest image quality, which would it be?

The one you don't list:
24mm T&S II

also really good:
24-70 II
70-300L
70-200 f/4 IS
70-200 f/2.8 IS II
zeiss 21
and so on

samyang is a $300 bargain for 14mm, edge to edge sharp with no CA, but it does have a ton of distortion




  
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Dec 22, 2012 01:19 |  #14

JeffreyG wrote in post #15395118 (external link)
I can't imagine paying for the 14/2.8 after the release of the 17mm TS-e. The 17 is a better lens, and on a tripod with stitching it can give a wider FOV than the 14mm.

samyang is $299 and 17 is $2500 or something so I can imagine paying for the samyang a lot more than also adding a 17 T&S to a 24 T&S

currently I use 24-70 II (used to use 24 1.4 II) + 70-300L + samyang 14mm (on occasion) for most landscape shots
a 24mm T&S would be nice, but only so much $$$, samyang may be releasing one soon too




  
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Dec 26, 2012 18:30 |  #15

thegfxman wrote in post #15394951 (external link)
Does the sharpness of the 24mm 1.4II compare to the 24mm 3.5 TS-E II? I know the 24mm focal length is right for me after owning the 24-105 for years. However, the 1.4 might come in hand at times, especially for handheld shots. I haven't used a tilt-shift lens before, I'm trying to figure out if it's worth all the extra money if I didn't use the tilt shift aspect of as much.

Thoughts?

According to Photozone, the 24 TS-E is quite literally off the charts in terms of sharpness. The extra glass to cover the tilt function means it works like a FF lens on a crop sensor if you aren't shifting: you cut the bad (still great) parts out.


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