The title of this video was copied from a question on one of my streams on youtube channel... There are questions that people often repeat. And this is one of them.
✅ I have a quick answer to this question:
- Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM
This lens has stunning full-field sharpness from an open aperture of f / 4. It allows you to shoot with both Canon 5D mark II / III / IV and Canon R / R6 / R5. On any full frame camera, you will get excellent image quality with this lens.
Focal lengths of 16-35mm are comfortable for shooting landscapes. At the same time, you have a zoom, so that you can quickly and conveniently re-frame the frame, unlike prime lenses.
Aperture f4 is not much. But for landscape photography, this is not fundamentally important. I'll make a reservation right away that if you want to shoot the night sky and the stars, then in addition to you good tripod you need a lens with f2.0, and preferably even lighter. For astro photography photos I would recommend Sigma 14mm f1.8ART.
On the downside, this lens is not lightweight and not as wide as I personally like. Therefore, let's move on to the next more specific option.
✅ Option number 2:
- Laowa 14mm f4
- Optically excellent. Sharpness, lack of distortion and chromaticity are very pleasing.
- It is tiny and lightweight. This is one of the record holders in terms of weight and size among full-frame optics. It is very valuable for travel. It is practically not felt by weight.
But there are also disadvantages. This is a super wide-angle prime lens. You only have 14mm. Zoom only with your feet. And this is a very specific focal length. 14mm gives you a viewing angle of roughly 120 degrees. The coverage of the field of view is the broadest. But you need to be able to work with such focal ones. Shooting at 14mm is tricky. You can easily get blockages of the skyline / buildings / whatever. Building perspective with a lens like this takes a lot of skill. It's easier to shoot at 16-35mm. But on the other hand, 14mm will make it possible to get even more non-standard photos.
And, by the way, it is not autofocus. But if you are considering optics for landscape / interior photography, it doesn't matter. Moreover, we are talking about an ultra-wide-angle lens with which you will most often shoot at hyperfocal.
Overall, keep in mind the Laowa 14mm f4 is a more specific and difficult lens to use.
For a smaller budget, I can recommend the following two models:
These lenses have a wide angle, which is important for landscapes. The detail is very good in the center, it suffers a little at the edges. If you want the perfect picture, look at the top two options. But nevertheless, these two lenses are also very worthy. In terms of price / quality ratio, they are simply wonderful.
Buy Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS:
For crop cameras for landscape photography, I recommend Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 STM IS.
I personally am looking forward to the Laowa RF 12-24mm f5.6 ...