What makes a great lens for landscape photography? We reached out to the Sony Artisans Of Imagery to find out what the best of the best use to get photos that inspire and entice the imaginations of the viewers. See what Joe Brady, Colby Brown, Chris Burkard, Gary Hart, Andy Katz, Spencer Pablo, Thibault Roland and Don Smith have to say about their favorite landscape lenses—why they’ve chosen their lenses and how they use them to capture the decisive moment.
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS
Choosing a favorite lens for my landscape work is a little bit like choosing my favorite food – it depends on the location, the environment and what I’m in the mood for. That said, having to pick one lens I choose the FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA. The reason for this choice is a combination of versatility, performance and low weight. I find the lens sharp throughout its aperture range and this gives me the flexibility I need to best capture each scene. As a landscape photographer my goal is to both create a portrait of the place that tells a story as well as providing features that draw you into the photograph. Shooting near 24mm allows me to include close-up foreground elements that help to create dimension and distance while keeping everything in focus from near to infinity. Shooting between 50mm and 70mm allows me to get a bit closer and provides a perspective closer to that our own eyes see. As I am a big fan of panoramic photography – which is well-suited to many of the places I visit – shooting multiple frames vertically gives me both a normal perspective and covers the foreground to sky in each frame. While I shoot both wider and longer lenses depending on the needs of the scene, the FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA remains my “walking-around” lens of choice.