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Author Topic: Landscapes - what is most important for you?  (Read 4511 times)
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« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2014, 09:51:36 AM »
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Like you eyan, I live in northern UK (aka southern Scotland).

What has changed a bit since the days of film is the ability (or the ability to afford) to take many photographs and see immediately what you have captured without waiting for the prints to arrive back at the local chemist shop. That really does change how you arrange your photographic workflow. That, in turn, might affect how you look at the question of equipment.

My main cameras each have 36Mp sensors. Sometimes I wish they had double that - not because I need huge resolution most of the time; I rarely print larger than A3+, but because modern photo processing is data processing pure and simple. It follows, therefore, that the more data you have available, the greater your creative options can be.

It is difficult to be prescriptive but, in general landscape photography terms, I possibly average 4 hours of travel, 2 hours camera work at the location and 10 minutes processing on the PC. But that 10 minutes processing probably contributes considerably more to the finished print than the other 6 hours. (It's also the 10 minutes I dislike most!! - I am an old fashioned camera man at heart but, as I say, a lot has changed in the past 60 years.)

So, above all, have fun with your photography and be sure to join your local Camera Club - you will learn far more in the friendly atmosphere of a club than from all the internet chatrooms and books in the world.
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« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2014, 02:43:08 PM »
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Hi guys - many thanks for all the advice, it's much appreciated, and some great points of view. I think the general consensus is that I should be good with whatever I decide on, i.e. despite the research, most decent up to date entry level cameras will do what I need for now, I think I will take a trip to a shop and give them all a go before buying to see what I feel most comfortable with, and decide that way. As I mention, I'm still new to the digital world, so I think I will be hard pressed to make a wrong choice with what's available for what I need it to do.

Once the cash is in hand, I will likely be going for one of the following - Nikon D3200 (24MP), Nikon D5100 (swivel screen), Canon 100D (small and light), or Pentax K-50 (a little more expensive due to weatherproofing, depending on how saucy I feel when it comes to buying!) - all seem to have good reviews, positive and negatives for each one, but essentially all good entry level cameras. Then allowing budget for a polariser, a good a tripod as I can afford, bag, possibly some ND filters, and lightroom. I've investigated the mirrorless scene, but feel I will be spending just as much money on kit as I would do with the above SLRs. If I really take to it, then I can start saving for lenses in the future.

I plan to do most around the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District in the UK - I'm sure I can find plenty of enthusiasts / fellow photographers to help get me going around there. I've also seen some pros in the area do workshops, which I think would be invaluable before venturing out on my own.
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« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2014, 03:26:13 PM »
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Sounds like a great plan.  Good luck.
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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2014, 04:01:40 PM »
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Not to complicate things more, but....

Properly implemented live view is WONDERFUL for using cameras on a tripod - you get to magnify the image 10x to check for critical focus, etc. Swivel screens are handy for those who want to put their cameras very high or very low on or off tripod.


Excellent advice.
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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2014, 04:03:48 PM »
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This has been alluded to in a previous post, but whatever camera and lens(es) that you get, don't forget a good support system.  A good tripod and tripod head (ballhead is preferable) will make a huge difference.  Megapixels and fancy glass don't mean squat if the image is blurry from camera movement or slight mis-focus.


More excellent advice, though there are cheaper solutions than RRS.
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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2014, 05:52:44 PM »
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Don't forget the support system for the brains behind the camera: YOUR FEET. Good shoes, good socks, multiple pairs of socks if walking far. If you are comfortable, your mind will be more focused on the photography, and you will be more inclined to go the extra (literal) distance.
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« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2014, 06:33:17 PM »
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The most important things for me are:

1) Weather protection.  Most landscape pictures are really weather pictures. If you can't stay out there, you can't shoot.

2) Pixels.  Landscape pictures need to be printed large.  The more pixels the better and the better the pixels the better.

3) Lens.  The bestest, contrastiest, sharpest lens I can find.  All the better to feed those pixels.

3) Access.  If you're missing the "be there" part of "f8 and be there", it's all moot.  A van camper or an RV improves timely access dramatically.
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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2014, 10:04:48 AM »
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1-If you're dead set on landscape as your field-of-interest , you don't really need autofocus. Mirrorless, via an adapter, will give you the option of a greater selection of lenses. Nikon lenses can be used on a Canon but not Canon on a Nikon - on a mirrorless you can you use either as well as many others ( Zeiss, Contax, Leica etc )  Also you won't need the f1.4 speed beasts. An f2 will be substantially more economical for no loss of quality when you're shooting at f4 - f8

There's ALOT of truth in that statement. Don't overlook what Manoli is trying to tell you.  

Don't forget the support system for the brains behind the camera: YOUR FEET. Good shoes, good socks, multiple pairs of socks if walking far. If you are comfortable, your mind will be more focused on the photography, and you will be more inclined to go the extra (literal) distance.

And this as well, which makes a lightweight mirrorless setup a benefit.
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« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2014, 12:15:32 AM »
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I wish I had all the money I spent on tripods back before I bought Gitzo.  I have a set of Gitzo tripod legs from 1984.  They are still as good today as they were then.  You can't say that about many things.  They are expensive, but they will serve you well for many years to come.  If you stay with landscape photography you will be pleased to have spent the money.  I have four Gitzo tripods in different weights for different specific uses, including a set of legs I bought from a member of this forum through the "For Sale" section.
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