K-5 IIs --what is best lens for landscape photography?

Started Sep 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ishpuini Veteran Member • Posts: 6,175
Re: K-5 IIs --what is best lens for landscape photography?

jon404 wrote:

Thinking about buying the new K-5 IIs. Need advice from Pentax people. What do you think is the best prime lens for landscape photography? Any really good 35mm-equiv. to 50mm equiv. ones that you would recommend? Would like to be able to make very sharp 11x14 prints.

I'm currently intrigued by the new lens that Samyang announced. It's a 24mm f/3.5 Tilt/Shift lens (=36mm equiv), and it will be available in K-mount making it the widest T/S lens available for our Pentax cameras. Being able to manipulate the focus plane can be extremely useful in landscape photography as it allows extending focus from foreground to background without going into smaller diffraction sensitive apertures. Instead the lens can be used at its optimum aperture at all times, which is important to take advantage of the additional sharpness offered by the K-5IIs.

And -- is there anything bad about dropping the AA filter for landscape photos? Should make for sharper prints?

Landscapes generally have no fine artificial repeating patterns and as such should not show moiré easily. I believe the K-5IIs is indeed a landscape camera before anything else.


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