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Best lense/settings for shooting cars/nature?

ZiggyJeep
Apprentice

Hey yall, im new here and to photography in general. i recently got a Cannon Eos rebel t6 with EF-S 18-55m f/ 3.5-5.6 IS ll lense as well as EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lll lense. and im trying to figure out what all would be best for shooting cars mainly and nature as well (during hikes etc). I do plan on getting the "for dummies" book for camera as well as some online classes possibly but trying to get as much info as i can overall.

 

im assuming that the 18-55mm is for closer subjects while other is for longer distances? and would i need to buy any other accessories/lenses that i could get to optimize my shots? thanks

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"I will probably rent a wide angle to shoot some landscapes..."

 

Another thought came to me. The Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens is a absolutely top notch lens and its price is very reasonable.  It is the ony Tokina lens I recommend but I highly recommend it.   I think they are selling below 6 bills.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@khanh970 wrote:
Ebiggs - nice shot. I always love that kind of wide angle shot. Just don’t ever do them often.

I will probably rent a wide angle to shoot some landscapes that I have been meaning to shoot.

Not a fish eye kind of guy personally. I have the Tamron equivalent 150-600 lens and haven’t really gotten out to practice on that one.

Still learning and reading up about landscape shots and timing of those shots. I am trying to break away from my familiarity and shoot more landscapes and other scenes.

Lots of people say that wide-angle lenses are ideal for landscapes, so I tried that approach a few times. What I found was that I usually preferred a standard walkaround lens (24-105 mm on FF) instead.

 

But a WA lens can be a necessity for photographing buildings, particularly in a congested downtown area where the usual workaround (moving back a bit) isn't feasible. My moment of truth came the first time I was asked to photograph our City Hall at work. I'm standing on the roof of the building across the street (the only feasible vantage point), and I simply can't get it all in the picture! I had to climb down, confess my failure, and try to improve my equipment inventory. To complicate matters, the lens I wanted was out of stock at the usual New York stores. I finally found it locally (after a couple of months) and went back up to finish the job. It was an embarrassing experience, but it taught me the value of a WA lens!  Smiley Frustrated

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

"Lots of people say that wide-angle lenses are ideal for landscapes,..."

 

OK how about using a 70mm for UWA shots?

 

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EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@RobertTheFat wrote:

@khanh970 wrote:
Ebiggs - nice shot. I always love that kind of wide angle shot. Just don’t ever do them often.

I will probably rent a wide angle to shoot some landscapes that I have been meaning to shoot.

Not a fish eye kind of guy personally. I have the Tamron equivalent 150-600 lens and haven’t really gotten out to practice on that one.

Still learning and reading up about landscape shots and timing of those shots. I am trying to break away from my familiarity and shoot more landscapes and other scenes.

Lots of people say that wide-angle lenses are ideal for landscapes, so I tried that approach a few times. What I found was that I usually preferred a standard walkaround lens (24-105 mm on FF) instead.

 

But a WA lens can be a necessity for photographing buildings, particularly in a congested downtown area where the usual workaround (moving back a bit) isn't feasible. My moment of truth came the first time I was asked to photograph our City Hall at work. I'm standing on the roof of the building across the street (the only feasible vantage point), and I simply can't get it all in the picture! I had to climb down, confess my failure, and try to improve my equipment inventory. To complicate matters, the lens I wanted was out of stock at the usual New York stores. I finally found it locally (after a couple of months) and went back up to finish the job. It was an embarrassing experience, but it taught me the value of a WA lens!  Smiley Frustrated




"It was an embarrassing experience, but it taught me the value of a WA lens!  Smiley Frustrated" at least you had the opportunity to finish the job. 

 

Luckily for me right now its more of a hobby than a career. I did read a lot of great review of the Tonika lens. I will admit I am a Canon branded fan but I will always take suggestions especially then they are the 3rd of the price of the Canon 16-35mm. I usually don't mind to spend the money on a Canon L series lens. The value they hold over time is nothing short of amazing. 

 

"... they are the 3rd of the price of the Canon ..."

 

I see only two reasons to not buy real deal Canon brand lenses.  One and first off is Canon doesn't make one like it and you need it. Two, you can't afford the Canon.  It doesn't make a hill of beans if Canon makes the best lens in the world, if none of us can afford to buy it.

If I were a younger man perhaps I would consider the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens for example.  But I would have to figure hard and long if it could make me back eleven grand.  At this point in my life there is no way I can put that kind of money in a single lens. 

 

There is no question the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens is a better lens than the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens.  But is it that much better?  To some it is and more power to'em.  However, in normal use you will have to look carefully to see the difference.  Do you need the extremely better build of Canon L, you will want to buy the Canon. Or, is the lens going to rest comfortably in the bottom of your cushy camera bag most of its life?  To me in my profession the Canon makes sense. To the vast majority of hobbyists, the Tok just might fill the bill nicely.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"... they are the 3rd of the price of the Canon ..."

 

I see only two reasons to not buy real deal Canon brand lenses.  One and first off is Canon doesn't make one like it and you need it. Two, you can't afford the Canon.  It doesn't make a hill of beans if Canon makes the best lens in the world, if none of us can afford to buy it.

If I were a younger man perhaps I would consider the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens for example.  But I would have to figure hard and long if it could make me back eleven grand.  At this point in my life there is no way I can put that kind of money in a single lens. 

 

There is no question the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens is a better lens than the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens.  But is it that much better?  To some it is and more power to'em.  However, in normal use you will have to look carefully to see the difference.  Do you need the extremely better build of Canon L, you will want to buy the Canon. Or, is the lens going to rest comfortably in the bottom of your cushy camera bag most of its life?  To me in my profession the Canon makes sense. To the vast majority of hobbyists, the Tok just might fill the bill nicely.


The Canon 16-35mm f/4L is also a good lens, at a lower price than the f/2.8 version. At the time I bought mine, I believe it was considered a bit sharper than the f/2.8 II. But I guess the current f/2.8 III is sharper still.

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

Well for me there is a logic in buying and keeping the trio in the fixed f2.8 aperture.  It is a part of the equation I don't have to consider when the pressure to perform is on.  In that case less is best as it usually is.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!

My next most used lens is my Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM which is also a constant f2.8 aperture.

 

KISS ya know!  Smiley Very Happy

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!

khanh970
Contributor
My next lens will probably be the 16-35mm because it would make the most sense for me in terms of wide angle shooting and completing the ranges that I am
Most interested in.

Last night I just dusted off my 60D and EF-S 10-22 and took some shots outside. I realize I do miss the wide angle some and that is the reason for the consideration of the 16-35mm lens.

Go for it...................................

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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