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May 15, 2018 09:59:40   #
charles brown
 
Will soon be travelling out west (Arizona, Utah, Nevada) and expect to take many landscape photos. Am aware that a wide angle lens is often the best to use. I have the newest 18-55mm nikon kit lens and have already ordered the DX 35mm 1.8 lens. My question is do I really need another wide angle lens and if so what lens and why?
 
May 15, 2018 10:09:58   #
Silverman (a regular here)
 
The 35mm 1.8G lens is a good, economical choice for your 1st wide angle lens, but remember the "Crop Factor" on DX lens, multiply your lens length, 35mm x 1.5 (Nikon) or 1.6 (Canon), that will determine your final, actual field of view of your final image. So, in your case, your 35mm 1.8g lens, 35x1.5 = 52.5 actual field of view. (Nikon).
So, you might also consider a wider angle DX lens, if it would provide you better coverage of your Landscape images.
The 18-55 kit lens will perform decently, although your aperture will not open as wide as the 35mm 1.8G lens, you may need to increase your ISO for certain shots, or if using a tripod, shoot with a slower shutter speed to allow more light.
I do have the 35mm 1.8g lens for my Nikon D3300 DSLR camera, and I would like to purchase another quality wide angle lens with a 1.8 aperture, just cost money!
May 15, 2018 10:24:24   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
I just use my 18-200 so I can crop in-camera. Many times there are subordinate images as opposed to the all encompasing wide field of view.
May 15, 2018 10:47:32   #
Silverman (a regular here)
 
Longshadow wrote:
I just use my 18-200 so I can crop in-camera. Many times there are subordinate images as opposed to the all encompasing wide field of view.


Do you shoot DX or FX? ( DX has a "Crop Factor" that must be considered.)
What is your Aperture range on your 18-200 lens?
A quality Wide angle "Prime" Lens will be more $$$, but should perform much better aperture wise than any 18-200 with multiple Apertures.
Let me know if my thinking is incorrect.
May 15, 2018 11:31:20   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Silverman wrote:
Do you shoot DX or FX? ( DX has a "Crop Factor" that must be considered.)
What is your Aperture range on your 18-200 lens?
A quality Wide angle "Prime" Lens will be more $$$, but should perform much better aperture wise than any 18-200 with multiple Apertures.
Let me know if my thinking is incorrect.


It's a Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM EF-S I purchased years ago.
It's on an APS-C camera (T1i). (The widest I had for my film cameras was a 28, so I'm okay with it.)
It does very well for me, and I really like the ability to adjust composition in the camera.
May 15, 2018 12:15:56   #
rgrenaderphoto (a regular here)
 
charles brown wrote:
Will soon be travelling out west (Arizona, Utah, Nevada) and expect to take many landscape photos. Am aware that a wide angle lens is often the best to use. I have the newest 18-55mm nikon kit lens and have already ordered the DX 35mm 1.8 lens. My question is do I really need another wide angle lens and if so what lens and why?


If you are going to get another lens for your Dx, consider the Sigma 18-35 F/1.8 ART, which is fantastic for wide angle landscapes. Many reviewers think it is the best wide angle zoom for Dx cameras.
 
May 15, 2018 20:17:02   #
charles brown
 
Thank you all for your quick response. Will take another look at the budget to determine whether I can free up some additional funds for the photographic part of the trip. Again, thank you.
May 15, 2018 23:51:49   #
CO (a regular here)
 
Your 18-55mm is already covering the 35mm focal length and you won't be using an f/1.8 aperture for landscape photography for a couple of reasons. Generally, you'll want to stop down the aperture for depth of field. The other reason is that its image resolution is not that great at large apertures. LensTip.com does extensive lens testing. I downloaded their image resolution test results for the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens. It's the best stopped down to f/4 where it resolves about 45 line pairs per millimeter at the lens center and about 34 line pairs per millimeter at the lens edge. I would have purchased that lens for low-light street photography.
Image resolution for Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens
Image resolution for Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens...
May 16, 2018 00:45:44   #
AndyH (a regular here)
 
rgrenaderphoto wrote:
If you are going to get another lens for your Dx, consider the Sigma 18-35 F/1.8 ART, which is fantastic for wide angle landscapes. Many reviewers think it is the best wide angle zoom for Dx cameras.


I would also suggest a look at the Sigma 10-20 mm. It gets generally good to excellent reviews and has excellent, in my opinion, sharpness when stopped down a bit. My favorite WA for our Nikon APS cameras.

Thom Hogan's review:

http://www.bythom.com/sigma10to20.htm

Andy
May 16, 2018 02:49:54   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
If you are happy with the results of your 18-55 then I'd say no. I most always use my 16-35 for most landscape photos and am quite pleased with the results.
May 16, 2018 02:56:33   #
Harry0 (a regular here)
 
I cheat. I'll shoot a load of pictures at 55, then stitch them together. I get great detail this way.
 
May 16, 2018 04:53:20   #
RWR (a regular here)
 
Harry0 wrote:
I cheat. I'll shoot a load of pictures at 55, then stitch them together. I get great detail this way.

You don’t cheat, you understand why any lens much wider than 50mm is about the worst imaginable for wide landscape views.
May 16, 2018 06:32:10   #
lamiaceae (a regular here)
 
charles brown wrote:
Will soon be travelling out west (Arizona, Utah, Nevada) and expect to take many landscape photos. Am aware that a wide angle lens is often the best to use. I have the newest 18-55mm Nikon kit lens and have already ordered the DX 35mm 1.8 lens. My question is do I really need another wide angle lens and if so what lens and why?


Some confusion here! On a DX / CF / APS-C camera a 35mm lens is not a wide angle lens, but a normal lens. 35mm x 1.54 = 52mm equivalent. No problem about the lens, it is a good lens, but is a normal lens and not a WA. Actually your 18 - 55mm is barely WA as well. In film or FF terms, that is like a 28 - 83mm zoom, slightly WA to Portrait length. For a true WA for this use, consider something in the 12mm to 15mm range, prime or zoom. You have a Nikon DX (D500, D7xxx, D5xxx, or D3xxx) camera?

In fact I often shoot landscapes with a 35mm on an APS-C camera, or even a 50mm at times. But for WA I would have to use a much shorter lens.

Or you can use the Normal 35mm lens you ordered and shoot a series of overlapping images and create stitched panorama, I've found that to work quite nicely and you can get far more resolution that way.
May 16, 2018 06:58:57   #
ELNikkor (a regular here)
 
Don't obsess about lines per mm when shooting landscapes with that lens; the new 18-55 (probably "P"?) lens has all the sharpness and 90% of the wideness you'll need for 95+% of your photos. When I went through there years ago, I had a 24mm f2.8 Nikkor, and a 35-70 e series zoom on my FM2. Never yearned for any other lenses, got amazing photos. If you get any other lens at all, make it the 10-20 Nikon "P" lens; that way you have consistency and extra wide reach, rather than being redundant in your focal lengths. (Also won't break the bank!)
May 16, 2018 07:14:12   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
charles brown wrote:
Will soon be travelling out west (Arizona, Utah, Nevada) and expect to take many landscape photos. Am aware that a wide angle lens is often the best to use. I have the newest 18-55mm nikon kit lens and have already ordered the DX 35mm 1.8 lens. My question is do I really need another wide angle lens and if so what lens and why?


I will make this suggestion. You have an equivalent 27-83 mm lens and a 52 mm 1.8 lens. Personally if believe you have a wide lens in the 18-55 for now. Wides are used for foreground-background shots.
You really need to study landscape shots that show the lens used to see what style you like.
Sometimes a long lens is nice in mountain regions cause you can compress distant views for a nice effect.
Personally I would go with what you have. BUT If you want to build I would suggest you look at the new Nikon 10-20, it is very reasonably priced and the Nikon 70-300 if you want to go the other direction. You could get both for around $480.00
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1341603-REG/nikon_20067_af_p_dx_nikkor_10_20mm.html?sts=pi-ps

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1365789-REG/nikon_20062b_af_p_dx_nikkor_70_300mm.html?sts=pi-ps
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