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Lens Selection for D800 Landscape Photography

Started Jan 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Lens Selection for D800 Landscape Photography
In reply to Michael Benveniste, Jan 22, 2013


I'm sure Canon will eventually be competitive again in the sensor department, but it will not be in 2013. It is too early to replace the 5D and 6D. Besides, they are good cameras and sell very well.

On the other hand, I do understand shawn. I used to have a 5D. The noise in the shadows is really there. It was a disappointment at the time, even coming from medium format film. My Olympus E3 had less shadow noise than the 5D! Later on, I had a Pentax K5 and indeed the Sony Exmor sensor in that camera is incredible.

I have now moved to a D800. I get the Exmor and full frame, with access to a great lens range again. I have made some comparisons with the Canon 5D MkIII. In the shadow noise department, the MkIII is not a big improvement compared to the original 5D. I don't think anyone who hasn't tried to use a 5D for landscape can understand how big that problem is. You simply cannot open the shadows without compromising the overall look of the picture. I'm talking on 13x19" prints. It makes the Sony-based APS-C cameras better landscape cameras than the 5D! The D800 absolutely gives film-like medium format quality with very few compromises.

My lens kit is:

  • 16-35mm f/4
  • 24mm PC-E
  • 28mm f/1.8
  • 50mm f/1.8
  • 85mm f/1.8
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