Another hyperfocal distance question for landscape photography...

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Another hyperfocal distance question for landscape photography...
May 28, 2013

Let's set a scenario: I am in a flat, wide-open, grassy field with a single tree in front of me. I have a cropped sensor Nikon D300S with a 50mm lens. A hyperfocal distance chart says that I can set my camera ~103' from that tree, focus on that tree, and use an f/4 aperture for maximum depth of field. However, I can also set, focus, and use an f/16 aperture at a distance of ~26'. At first glance this runs contrary to everything I've read about landscape photography where small apertures (like f/16) will yeild the greatest depth of field. I always thought large apertures like f/4 were an anathema to landscape photographers (and a boon to portrait photographers) because of the shallow depth of field. Is my understanding correct?

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Nikon D300S Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR +11 more
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