Sigma Lens For Landscape Shooting?

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Sigma Lens For Landscape Shooting?
Jun 22, 2013

What is the best Sigma lens available for landscapes?

Now I know I will get all sorts of rebukes for asking such an open ended question but please give me a little leeway.

I ask the question with the following considerations,

I am asking in this Forum deliberately as I believe that I will get more unbiased answers than in any of the “lens” Forums.

1) It MUST be a Sigma lens.

2) It needs to be sharp throughout the frame.

3) Give accurate colours.

4) Can be DX or FX

5) I shoot Nikon D300 and also (when I get back to the UK) my new SD15, so could be in either mount. Depends which body is best at landscapes I guess.

There are other factors to consider I know, but some pointers from those of you who have practical experience of lenses, good or bad, for this situation would be very much appreciated.

I currently use the Sigma 12-24mm Nikon mount and the Nikon 16-85mm VR, but I would like to improve on these lenses.

It would also be good to hear about which lenses to avoid and why.

Thanks,

Bryan (BPB)

Nikon D300 Sigma SD15
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KM Legacy
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In reply to BPB, Jun 22, 2013

If I had a full frame camera, I would grab the Sigma 35mm F1.4 and never let go. This is one of the best lenses ever made, and 35mm is a good FL for landscapes on FF. Not so good on APS-C, but landscapes are not necessarily done best with wide angles.

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In reply to KM Legacy, Jun 22, 2013

I like my 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM.

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In reply to BPB, Jun 22, 2013

I'm waiting for the new 18-35...

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In reply to BPB, Jun 23, 2013

It really depends on your landscape shooting style and the types of landscapes you like to shoot. I have the Sigma 8-16mm, 18-50mm 2.8 EX, 10mm 2.8 fisheye (mostly for weddings) and the 12-24mm (old design). I will also use my 70mm 2.8 Macro and the 50-150mm 2.8 if I want to isolate my subject. The DP2M is also a wonderful landscape camera.

I guess my fave is the 8-16mm, but it is a very demanding lens and really needs to be focused manually for best results.

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In reply to SigmaChrome, Jun 23, 2013

Thank you for your response. I have uploaded a few shots to an album in my gallery to show you some of the subjects I like to shoot.,

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1733095923/albums/landscapes

They were all taken with my Nikon D300, I am still have to get back to and get my new SD15 into service.

The lenses used include,

Sigma 12-24mm earlier version, not Mk 11.

Nikon 16-84mm VR

Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro

Sigma 120-400mm OS

Some are nef to jpeg without any pp at all while others have some pp.

Please feel free to look and add any further lens advice that you feel applies.

I know my techniques need much improvement so please CC as you see it. I am working with restricted computer hardware at the moment (we got hit by lightning recently) and I do not have access to calibrated monitors at the moment, so not sure what the images will actually look like.

Thanks again for your input.

Bryan (BPB)

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In reply to BPB, Jun 24, 2013

BPB wrote:

Thank you for your response. I have uploaded a few shots to an album in my gallery to show you some of the subjects I like to shoot.,

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1733095923/albums/landscapes

They were all taken with my Nikon D300, I am still have to get back to and get my new SD15 into service.

The lenses used include,

Sigma 12-24mm earlier version, not Mk 11.

Nikon 16-84mm VR

Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro

Sigma 120-400mm OS

Some are nef to jpeg without any pp at all while others have some pp.

Please feel free to look and add any further lens advice that you feel applies.

I know my techniques need much improvement so please CC as you see it. I am working with restricted computer hardware at the moment (we got hit by lightning recently) and I do not have access to calibrated monitors at the moment, so not sure what the images will actually look like.

Thanks again for your input.

Bryan (BPB)

That was a pretty interesting set, from the standpoint of range... it seemed like around an equal number of 16mm, 38mm, and 70mm stuff (with a bit more of the wider lengths).

My diagnosis is a DP-3M, and a 18-35mm lens (if the D300 is not full frame, forget if it is or not).  For a full-frame, you should keep using the 12-24 but also add the 35mm f/1.4...  that seems to be the best wide angle they have currently.

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In reply to Kendall Helmstetter Gelner, Jun 24, 2013

Outside of the new 18-35 f1.8, which hasn't been released yet, there aren't any Sigma wide angle lenses that are sharp to the extreme corners. I solve that problem by pano stitching using the Sigma 70mm macro at f5.6 and shooting as many panels as needed. Works fine, unless you have a lot of fast moving objects like clouds or trees on a windy day.

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