3 ESSENTIAL lenses for landscape photography (and how to use them)

3 ESSENTIAL lenses for landscape photography (and how to use them)

Nigel Danson

In this video share 3 landscape photography lenses that I love. They have help me improve my photography over the years and I go through some top tips on how to get the best photos out of them.

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The Lenses featured in this video


Nikon – Nikon 16-35mm f/4 –
Fuji – Fuji 10-24mm F4 –


Nikon – Sigma 50mm ART f1.4 (new version)
Fuji – Fuji XF35mm F2 –


Nikon – Nikon 70-200m f/2.8 –
Fuji – Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 –


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Great bag for hiking – Tenba 24L –
Super light Benro Travel Tripod UK –
A must have for tripod
Filters I use – Formatt Hitech Firecrest – use NIGEL10 to get 10% off

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  1. the best videos are not on channels with millions of subscribers, this is one amazing video. very amazing, it's not for the mass, it's for those really passionate about photography and nature

  2. Let me tell you all a secret, but you have to be able to afford it shhhh. The Nikon 50mm lenses all suck in my opinion, and I don't buy Sigma lenses but the Nikon 58mm 1.4G is incredible when it's stopped down and much sharper and more contrasty than the 50mm 1.8g or 1.4G. It's also one of the best portrait lenses ever made so it's double awesome! For landscapes or anything else that needs lots of depth of field, the 58mm 1.4G is hard to beat and when you need F2 or wider aperture it's also amazing.

  3. OK GREAT, I have a 35mm and a 50mm, love these wide frame lenses 🙂 I got one zoom lens, but it's like a standard lens but I do'nt like the framing and quality (it's an older lens without stabilization)

  4. I really appreciate all the effort that went into this video. Super informative and helpful for someone getting into this hobby (or profession). Thanks so much, Nigel.

  5. You don't really have to calculate hyperfocal distance with a wide lens. Just focus about half way out and stop down, you'll be close enough. Focusing on infinity is wasting half your depth of field.

  6. Man..Ive learned more about ladscapes photography in two days watching your channel that in my several years attempting through trial and error. Thx for the content.

  7. Hey Nigel,
    I have a nikon D7500, which is crop sensored. Do you recommend I buy a FF body first? I'm interested in landscape photography but I'm worried I won't get the full grasp of my future lenses.
    I already have a nifty fifty ..and been handling it a lot for the past 8 months or so…but now I'm bored of my basic 18-55mm.
    I want to experiment with lenses

  8. Yes my favourite lens is my 70-300 mm Tamron with macro. I love to be able to cut out the clutter with this, and getting close with flowers and abstract stuff is cool too.

  9. I am so glad you did this video! I never thought of using a telephoto lens for macro photography & I will definitely try this technique out as I have admired photographs that, now I know use that technique, and I always struggled to reproduce a similar effect with aperture and other lens and it just has never worked out. Thanks so much for your channel! I really enjoy your videos and have learned so much!

  10. You constantly produce some of the finest photos I have seen and I have seen many, even if post processing is used , you use it well. Excellent photographer and eye.

  11. Another helpful video, thanks. Agree about using a fast prime, did that last year with 35mm and 65mm and found they covered 95% of what was needed. Currently taking a break from the extra light and sharpness in favour of range…

    This year trying a telephoto zoom and finding it more fun, especially when layering shots e.g. OOF near and far and sharp middle. Using the Fuji 50-230mm and loving the range and weight. Light enough for a walkabout lens to scout locations. Its going to inspire me to finally get the old Pentax 80-200mm f4.5 out for that extra thin DOF.

    Have only dabbled in UWA wider than 24mm, but I guess that is next. The Fuji 10-24mm is a bit out of budget, so going the budget route with a used 15-45mm used instead, for 22.5mm FF eq. (already happily using the 16-50mm). A used Samyang 12mm seems intimidating.

    I am finding your channel is a great companion to my slowly improving landscape game. 👍🙂

  12. Fave Lens for mega-landscapes = Nikon 24mm f/1.8. Fave prime for "nifty 50" and macro is an old Nikon 55mm manual focus macro. Want to try other lenses as I become able to acquire them, but these are long-time stalwarts. (Dog def. makes your videos more fun). = ;- )

  13. I just bought my first camera the Sony A73 and don’t get it till the 27th December. So my first and only lens right now is a Tamron 27-75mm f2.8. It will take me quite a while to work my way up to a 70+mm lens given how pricy they are or even 12-30mm range lens as well. That’s outside of other photographic gear. In time I guess while working at it all to get better. Enjoyed the learning video.

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