Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Build A Landscape Kit On Any Budget
Great photographs don’t always depend on the price of your equipment. OP takes a look at the advantages and disadvantages of entry-level, midrange and top-tier gear.
On A Modest Budget
When looking at midrange gear, you’ll see some perks and extra features that will make landscape photography that much easier to produce, like more durable construction, smarter cameras and plenty of unique features to assist you in making your landscapes as amazing as they can be.
The Pentax K-7 packs a lot of useful features into its very compact and water-, dust- and cold-resistant body. There’s a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor with a dust reducer and sensor-shift Shake Reduction that provides Pentax lenses with up to four stops of compensation. An electronic level is an incredible tool for helping you to keep your landscapes aligned, even when the horizon doesn’t appear in the image. Three-frame, in-camera HDR capability is a big help with scenes that have too much contrast, while in-camera correction for lens distortion and lateral chromatic aberration also enhance final image quality. Despite the camera’s tiny dimensions, there’s a big 3.0-inch, high-resolution 921,000-dot LCD monitor with live view and an optical SLR viewfinder that shows 100% of the actual image area. The camera also can shoot HD video.
The basic zoom kit for APS-C cameras would include a wide zoom (10-20mm, 10-22mm, 11-16mm, 12-24mm, etc.), a midrange zoom (17-50mm, 17-70mm, etc.) and a telezoom (70-200mm). Of course, if you just “see” wide-angle landscapes, you won’t need the telezoom, but you may want to add an inexpensive ultrawide or fish-eye. A single-lens “kit” that covers most landscape needs would be a zoom of 15-85mm, 16-80mm, 16-85mm, 17-70mm or even 16.5-135mm.
For Four Thirds System cameras, a good midrange landscape lens kit would include the 9-18mm, 10-20mm or 11-22mm wide zoom, the 14-54mm, 18-50mm or 12-60mm midrange zoom or maybe the 18-180mm wide-range zoom. The Olympus E-3 is a pro body, so a high-end landscape kit for it would include the 7-14mm, 14-35mm and 35-100mm SHG lenses.
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