How long of a telephoto is practical for landscape purposes?

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johnpul New Member • Posts: 15
How long of a telephoto is practical for landscape purposes?

I’m looking to buy a telephoto lens to complete my kit.  I currently have a 20mm prime and a 24-70.

With cost, aperture, and lens size in mind — I have been debating how long of a telephoto I need to complete my kit from a landscape perspective.

choices could be:

sigma/Sony 100-400

tamron/Sony 70-300

a classic 70-200 ((or 70-180 with tamron))

Tamron 28-200?

How long of a telephoto do you need to get maybe 95% of the shots a skilled landscape photography would get?  Is going out over 200mm relatively rare?   Are there common cases where that much compression is truly needed?  Over 200mm-ish is atmospheric haze bad enough that landscape photos  at 200mm+ would tend to be too not sharp anyways?

I’m not inclined to lug around a 100-400 if 200+ is rare.  And in my opinion the native 70-300 options aren’t great.  So that really leaves me with the question of is 200mm long enough for nearly all landscape?

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