Do you really need an f2.8 aperture on a wide angle lens? Let's explore this further..........
One of the most popular lenses among landscape photographers is the 16mm – 35mm f2.8 zoom and I struggle to see why. I get the 16mm – 35mm focal length range, after all you want to get as much in the frame as possible. I also get using a zoom lens as opposed to a prime lens, after all a zoom lens is more versatile and gives more framing and composition options. What I don’t get, and fail to understand, is the f2.8 maximum aperture.
Landscape photography involves shooting at narrow apertures to get a good depth of field and ensure there is front to back sharpness. Okay, there are times when you will use wider apertures for landscape photography, but f8 or f11 is considered a wide aperture when capturing landscape shots. An aperture of f2.8 is totally useless for landscape photography, and in reality you would never think about shooting landscapes this wide, let alone actually doing it. In the real world you will be using apertures of f16 or even narrower so a lens with a wide maximum aperture doesn’t matter.
If you only need a 16mm – 35mm lens for landscape photography an f2.8 model is going to be an overkill, as well as an expensive option. A better solution is a slower 16mm – 35mm lens, like the Canon 16mm – 35mm f4L IS lens.
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