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Old January 22nd, 2007, 11:53 PM
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Landscape photography lense

I am going to be purchasing a DSLR probably a Canon not sure which model yet but I am trying to figure out what lense to use. I will mainly be using it for Landscapes, Sunsets, and wildlife photography. I don't really know what I am looking for, what focal length, speed ect... So any info you can provide will be helpful and once I decide on a lense then I can make a final decision on which Camera body I will be purchasing.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 12:12 AM
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For landscapes you want a wide angle lens and wildlife a telephoto lens, so you are probably going to have to get two lenses. Lenses don't have speeds, but you do need to look into:

focal length (how much zoom)
glass quality
minimum and maximum aperture
compatibilty with your camera/camera's autofocus

Wait for some more comments that might have specific advice for lenses, but those are some general tips.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:44 AM
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For many, a lens' speed refers to it's maximum aperture. I "fast" lens will have a larger maximum aperture compared to a slower lens. I suppose you can look at it this way. With a larger maximum aperture you will be able to use a faster shutter speed given the same conditions when compared to a "slower" lens that has a smaller maximum aperture. The other issue of speed when it comes to a lens is how fast will it autofocus. This becomes a key issue mainly with telephoto lenses when you are shooting moving subjects. This would be a consideration when shooting most wildlife.

I agree with Adam that you will be looking for two different lenses more than likely to shoot two very different types of subject matter.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 12:07 PM
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Ditto with them -
Have 100-400 for my wildlife, 17-70 for my landscapes -Going to introduce the 10-20 this year for wider landscapes.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 12:26 PM
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A $20 book on the basics of SLR photography will be a far wiser purchase than spending $hundreds on the lenses that you later replace. There are so many options available that one could spend a princely sum and still not have the right equipment for every job. If your resources are more limited, I would suggest simply buying your dSLR with the kit lens (or a similar medium range telephoto) and learning photography.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 10:27 PM
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What I am looking for are recomendations on focal lengths and maximum aperatures for a lense used in these applications and why. I have read about and understand what each of the values mean but I am looking for real world experience in these situations on what works and what doesn't. I know a 1000mm lense could take some pretty good wildlife shots but it is not feasable to carry around in the woods. So that is the type of recomendations I am looking for.
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I know a 1000mm lense could take some pretty good wildlife shots
Dont get a head of your self here. Just remember its the person behind the camera not the camer, or acceceries that make a good photo.

I have never seen anyone with a 1000mm lens. One they do not make them in todays glass, the only ones I have evern seen are the old mirror lens. And you can pick those up for 100 bucks. If you can find a high quality 1000mm again not sure if they even exist you can count on it being well over 10,000 dollars.

What you really need is a 300-500mm range with a 2x extender.

If you are really set on having a 1000mm focal length the only way i can see this happeneing is if you buy a 50mm or a 600mm lens then buy an extender to increase the focal length.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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I am not looking for a 1000mm lense I was just trying to make the point that specs for a lense isn't all there is to consider when looking for the right lense. What I am really looking for is some advice from someone who is taking similar pictures to what I want to take on what type of lenses work well for them. My dad had a 1000mm lense he picked up at an auction when I was a kid it was in a box with about 10 different lenses and an old pentax camera. The thing was huge and weighed about 20lbs. It would be difficult to use a lense this big for anything but a stationary tripod that you were going to leave set up for the day.
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I agree with Ohenry abotu the kit lens. Once you get the kit Lens you will realize the limitations and advantages of it. For example, I purchased a canon 75-300 zoom thinking I would like the long telephoto. As it happens, my favorite lenses now are a Sigma 105 Macro and a 50mm prime. I haven't used the zoom in a while.
Now that I know what I am capable of it is easier to see what options appeal to me.
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 12:05 AM
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Are you using these lenses for wildlife photography? I currently have a powershot s2 and most of the time I am taking pictures of wildlife it is at maximum zoom and alot of the time it is still not enough. Landscapes vary depending on what I am photographing if it is the nearby mountain ranges I am maxed out or close to it unless I am trying to capture a sunset or other objects in the foreground. My powershot lense is suppost to be equivilent to a 35mm 36-432mm zoom. I am current leaning towards a 70-300mm zoom lense and a Canon 30d. I already have a 50-85mm lense from my old Canon 35mm.
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