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See the difference with a specialist landscape lens

Whichever lens you shoot with you can get some great landscape images. However there are times that using a specialist lens can enable you to get the very best out of a scene.

Wide-angle lenses, often referred to as landscape lenses, offer wide-open views allowing you to fit more in the frame to create further interest and drama.

Let's have a look at some examples, the first in each of these sequences was shot with the standard kit lens (like the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II that come with Canon EOS cameras) at a focal length of 18mm, the widest it will go. The second image was shot with the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM at its widest setting of 10mm.

18mm
10mm

ISO 100 f/11 1/400s @ 18mm

ISO 100 f/11 1/400s @ 10mm



Using a wider lens for this scene allowed more sea, which balances the pier better in the composition. The wider-angle lens also produced an image with more sky including areas away from the direct sun, which deliver richer blues in the outer areas.

18mm
10mm

ISO 400 f/11 1/400s @ 18mm

ISO 400 f/11 1/400s @10mm



Using the standard lens in the first shot made it difficult to compose both the weathered groyne posts and the setting sun.  Using the wider-angle lens allows more effective framing to include the sun and reflection shining off the water.

18mm
10mm

ISO 100 f/11 1/125s @ 18mm

ISO 100 f/11 1/125s @ 10mm



Shooting with the wider-angle lens allows greater flexibility in the composition. In the first image the jetty is rather cut off on the left of the frame. Using the wide-angle lens allows the composition to be framed better by including more of the wooden uprights. 

In each of these examples shooting with the wider-angle lens gives more context to the subject. Whether that is a more complete skyline, more sky and foreground detail or including features that were unseen with the standard lens, using a specialist wide-angle lens can have real advantages when shooting landscapes.

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