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At what aperture are most of your landscape shots?

 
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Sep 21, 2014 16:57 |  #1

For me, I would say the vast majority of my landscape shots are f8.

This leads me into another question which is: Why does your landscape lens really matter much?

As long as your lens doesn't suffer much distoration and can handle chromatic abberation, aren't the vast majority of the lenses going to be great/sharp at f8?

What else do the much more expensive lenses offer?

I originally planned to sell of my 5D3 kit 24-105, but have kept it as a walkaround AND landscape lens. It sort of surprised me in terms of how happy I was with it...


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Sep 21, 2014 17:52 |  #2

For me, f/8-f/11. Maybe slightly wider open if it's hand-held and somewhat dark.

Not all lenses are created equal, even at f/8. Some are just inherently sharper than others.

Try this tool, plug in whichever lenses you like, at the same focal lengths and f-stop, and compare: LINK (external link)

And f/8 isn't always the sharpest aperture. Here's another site: I was looking at this to compare sharpness of the Canon and Tamron 24-70 f/2.8's. They're both sharper at f/4 than at f/8 (at the wider end). LINK (external link) (again, plug in the lenses you're comparing, try different combinations of focal length and f-stop)


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Sep 21, 2014 21:26 |  #3

Usually around f8, but smaller if I want greater depth of field, maybe larger if shooting something distant where I want a bit faster shutter speed and depth of field is less important.

Lenses do make a difference. I think handling chromatic aberration and distortion is no small thing. Plus with a better lens you will get better contrast, sharpness and color.


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Sep 22, 2014 13:25 |  #4

F8-11. And I've been pretty surprised on how sharp the 24-105 is. It covers a pretty nice focal range and its on my camera 90% of the time


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Sep 22, 2014 13:34 |  #5
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f/16 - f/22.


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Sep 22, 2014 14:30 |  #6

Alveric wrote in post #17171249 (external link)
f/16 - f/22.

Same..with my 15-85/60D. I like sunstars when possible, and if there's water.. like slow shutterspeeds for blur.


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Sep 22, 2014 14:52 |  #7

kaitlyn2004 wrote in post #17169482 (external link)
This leads me into another question which is: Why does your landscape lens really matter much?

As long as your lens doesn't suffer much distoration and can handle chromatic abberation, aren't the vast majority of the lenses going to be great/sharp at f8?

What else do the much more expensive lenses offer?

Many landscape images are taken at smaller apertures than f8 . . . f16 and f22 are really quite common for typical landscape images where you have a very close foreground element(s) as well as many more distant elements, all of which one wants to be in sharp focus. f8 simply doesn't offer sufficient depth of field for many of these scenarios.

The abilities of premium lenses are very useful for creating truly excellent landscape imagery. Lenses with excellent optics are able to resolve a greater degree of fine detail. This is especially important for many landscape images, especially those with fine vegetation such as deciduous tree leaves, evergreen tree needles, or prairie grasses.

Another thing that most truly excellent lenses will provide is excellent image quality when shooting directly into the light. Strongly backlit situations present a lot of challenges to lens optics, and the best lenses with the best coatings are able to handle those challenges a bit better than most mid-range lenses.


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Sep 22, 2014 22:55 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #8

f11-f14 I try not to go smaller than f16 on FF, but certainly will if necessary. I also try to focus stack when needed, even if it is just 2 shots at f16 (even at f16 the image is significantly sharper at the focal plane than near the edge of the DOF).

And no, not all lenses are 'sharp' away from the center at f8 or even f11. Of course that does depend on your definition of 'sharp'.

I wouldn't use my 17-40 or 24-105 wider than f11 for landscapes, and preferred f14+.

I thought with the 16-35 f4 would allow me to shoot at f8, but on my last Yellowstone trip I realized that I pretty much need smaller apertures than that for most of my shots for DOF reasons.


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Sep 22, 2014 23:13 |  #9

Mostly f/22 lately.




  
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Sep 23, 2014 02:41 as a reply to  @ snerd's post |  #10

F11 with focus at/just beyond hyperfocal distance.


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Sep 23, 2014 09:05 |  #11

I'd rather shoot at f8-11 where I find my lenses to be sharpest and focus stack than to shoot at f16-22


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Sep 23, 2014 09:22 |  #12

F11 - F16 for Tripod Shots

F5.6 - F8 for hand held


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Sep 23, 2014 11:06 |  #13

Most of my landscapes are at f/16, but it depends on the lens and the particular situation...

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Sep 23, 2014 15:23 |  #14

Some of you may be aware of this already but I'll post it for the ones that don't.

Theres a neat app called Exposure Plot that you can get here (external link) that graphs 4 different aspects of your pictures

Focal length, aperture, ISO and shutter speed.

Here's mine on my current pictures - taken this year.

Easily gets the answer for you to the OP.


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Sep 23, 2014 15:27 |  #15

WaltA wrote in post #17173637 (external link)
Theres a neat app called Exposure Plot that you can get that graphs 4 different aspects of your pictures:

Focal length, aperture, ISO and shutter speed.

Here's mine on my current pictures - taken this year.

Wow, Walt . . . according to that graph, you took 4 pictures last year at a focal length of 6 millimeters! I didn't know they even had lenses that wide.


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