“I’m planning to buy a 10-18 mm lens for landscape photography. Is it okay?”
I have been asked this question a lot. The 10-18 mm is an interesting lens. However, I wouldn’t purchase it specifically for landscape photography.
Professional landscape photographers like medium (and large) format cameras. The physical size of a single negative or slide made using medium format film can be either 6 x 4.5, 6 x 6, 6 x 7, 6 x 9 or even 6 x 17 centimeters.
Images produced by a 6 x 9 or 6 x 17 medium format camera will appear “wide” irrespective of the focal length of the lens used.
It is difficult to control distortion, everything appears to be at a great distance and we lose out on details and textures at focal lengths between 10 and 18 mm.
That’s why I recommend that every aspiring landscape photographer must read The Digital SLR Expert Landscapes: Essential Advice from Top Pros before purchasing lenses.
In this book, The Digital SLR Expert Landscapes: Essential Advice from Top Pros, photographers Darwin Wiggett, David Noton, William Neill, Tom Mackie and Tony Worobiec begin by telling us the equipment that they use.
Every photograph in this book is captioned with the name of the camera and lens used, along with other EXIF information. This information will help aspiring landscape photographers to decide which lenses are best suited to make the photographs that exist in their mind’s eye.
The Digital SLR Expert Landscapes: Essential Advice from Top Pros also touches upon processing RAW files.
A professional landscape photographer must spend many hours walking and trekking up mountains and cliffs etc. loaded with
heavy very heavy photography equipment. On reaching somewhere photogenic, it can be many more hours before the “light is right”, if at all.
So, I quit.
If trekking is your thing, then may I suggest taking up photography seriously? What’s the point in getting from A to B if you don’t stop and take some time to see?