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What's a good lens to start with for Landscape photography?


10 Sep 2020 2:46PM
Hi there,

Please excuse me for this post, I'm a newbie to using Nikon gear and I have a chance to purchase a D5500 body, but it does not have any lenses with it. So I'm looking for a decent general purpose lens that's compatible with this model and its not going to break the bank. I don't have a lot to spend, my budget is between 50-75 for a used lens.

If anyone can offer some advice on what might be a decent lens to start with that would be great. My intention is take seascape/landscape photos.

Many thanks
Paul.
10 Sep 2020 3:36PM
I think that your budget may be a bit too low - even used lenses, if they are good, command quite a high price. Are you just starting in Photography or have you already got some gear?
10 Sep 2020 4:06PM
Hi Tianshi_angie,

Thank you for responding to my post, I already have some gear but its old. I have an Canon 350D with lenses which my son is using at the moment.

I could push my limit to say 100 for a used one, not sure if that will make much difference.

Thanks again for your response.

Cheers
Paul.

capto Plus
8 6.4k 21 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2020 6:47PM
It's very possible to take great shots with 'older' equipment and even easier to take rubbish shots with the best gear available.
chase Plus
15 1.8k 441 England
10 Sep 2020 7:00PM
There are a couple of used Sigma 10-20mm on mbp.com, starting at 149
Or this on eBay
Google may well help.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 695 England
10 Sep 2020 7:04PM
I've just looked on the Wex site and there are a couple of used Nikon 18-55 lenses, at 61 and 71.
They are good performers and ideal for landscapes (wider and longer lenses are useful, in time) and are in your budget. I was a little surprised though I admit not to be familiar with current prices.
here are other used specialists to look at if you miss out at Wex, Mifsuds being one, and I guess others will be along with other suggestuions.
Jestertheclown 11 8.3k 253 England
10 Sep 2020 7:57PM
Nikon AF-P 18-55DX VR

Cheap as chips at MPB.

You can't go wrong with one of these.
Big Bri 19 16.6k United Kingdom
11 Sep 2020 10:09AM

Quote:It's very possible to take great shots with 'older' equipment and even easier to take rubbish shots with the best gear available.


But it's not possible to take great shots with *no* lens Wink

11 Sep 2020 12:11PM
Hi All,

Thank you for all your responses to my question in regards to what is a decent lens to start with for landscape/seascape photography.

I can't thank you all enough. I do have one other question in regards to the Nikon compatible lenses...what are all the different abbreviations. I've seen so many lenses and still unsure what they all mean.

AF-P
AF-P DX
AF-P FX
AF-S
AF
F

Its so confusing as a newbie to using Nikon kit.

Anyway thanks again for all your suggestions, lets go and buy myself a lens.

Many thanks
Paul.

lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
11 Sep 2020 6:26PM

Quote:But it's not possible to take great shots with *no* lens Wink

You can take interesting ones with no lens - a pin hole 😀 I've seen some lovely pix made with a pin hole and often more interesting than the usual amazing sky/ large thing in foreground sort taken with conventional wide-angle lenses.

I'd dispute the conventional wisdom that wide-angles are best for landscapes. A 24 Horizontal angle of view gives a natural perspective and doesn't diminish geographical features like a wide-angle does.
dcash29 14 2.4k England
11 Sep 2020 8:19PM
Jestertheclown 11 8.3k 253 England
11 Sep 2020 8:46PM

Quote: I've seen so many lenses and still unsure what they all mean.

It's quicker and certainly easier, to post a link in answer to that question.
Suffice to say that your camera will require that you use AF-S or AF-P DX lenses.
AF lenses (FX or DX) won't autofocus on your camera.
FX lenses are intended for use on full frame bodies (your's isn't one) and although they will fit and work, they're likely to be more expensive and not really necessary for your purposes.
Big Bri 19 16.6k United Kingdom
12 Sep 2020 10:15AM

Quote:You can take interesting ones with no lens - a pin hole 😀


Grin

Cheers lemmy, I bet myself someone would mention pinholes, so I just won a pint. Unfortunately I have to buy it for myself Wink
thewilliam2 3 1.5k United Kingdom
12 Sep 2020 10:15AM
I'm a great fan of the 18-55 kit lens as a walkabout because it weighs and costs practically nothing yet is an excellent performer and the VR2 version will focus down to about one-third of life-size.

When you have some experience with this lens, you'll know what else you need. It might help to invest in a notebook and record each time you hit a limitation in the kit lens. Your metadata will tell you what focal length and aperture was used for a shot.
lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
12 Sep 2020 11:36AM

Quote:Cheers lemmy, I bet myself someone would mention pinholes, so I just won a pint. Unfortunately I have to buy it for myself
That's not right. Since we are all living online now, if you will settle for a virtual pint, I will virtually buy it for you Smile

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