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    Landscape lens recommendation?

    Iíve just bought a 5d Canon (mk I) to complement the 40d (yes Iím so cutting edge, but the kit is still better then me). Iíve got 24-70, 70-200 (and x2 extender), and 90mm that fit the 5d. I wondered if anyone could recommend a cheap s/hand lens for landscapes to play with, manual only focus fine, donít mind getting suitable adaptor to fit it. I know some of you are good at spotting gems, have an awesome lens knowledge, anything I should keep an eye out for?
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    OT, but my 5D is in great need of a sensor clean. Cloning out spots has become more wearisome than cleaning will be so I intend to get some bits and do it myself, I'll put a thread up when I get around to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    OT, but my 5D is in great need of a sensor clean. Cloning out spots has become more wearisome than cleaning will be so I intend to get some bits and do it myself, I'll put a thread up when I get around to it.
    Thatíd be great thanks, my 5D came from LCE, cosmetic a bit tired but 6 month warranty and internals looked clean from my brief function test. Not bad for ~£250, hope to get some time to play at the w/end.

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    Are you looking for a lighter lens specifically? If not, you have two lenses with excellent focal lengths for landscape (24-70 and 70-200). You could look out for a 16-35 but need to be careful when composing with a WA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane View Post
    Are you looking for a lighter lens specifically? If not, you have two lenses with excellent focal lengths for landscape (24-70 and 70-200). You could look out for a 16-35 but need to be careful when composing with a WA.
    Renting cottage for summer holiday that I will have time to play in the evening/ early am, will be taking tripod and fancied playing with a WA lens. Looking for cheaper/ good value one as realistically I tend to use the 24-70 as the go too lens when out and about and donít want to heave the full range around/ being the family pack horse on trips out.

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    A left field option is to get a used 50mm f1.8 and take multiple shots and stitch together in your editing software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Pox View Post
    Renting cottage for summer holiday that I will have time to play in the evening/ early am, will be taking tripod and fancied playing with a WA lens. Looking for cheaper/ good value one as realistically I tend to use the 24-70 as the go too lens when out and about and donít want to heave the full range around/ being the family pack horse on trips out.
    I use my 17-40L on my 5D for wide angle shots. Compared to my next lightest lens, a 24-105L at 670g, it feels small and light at 475g. Stopped down it's a good performer, and to get better you have to go up a lot in weight and cost. If these weren't a concern then the Tamron SP 15-30 f2.8 Di VC USD would be well worth a look, the only wide angle with stabilisation and that fast constant max aperture, sadly though a whopping 1100g! Ffordes have some used 17-40Ls in stock, £349 seems to be the going rate, so probably a lot more than you are looking to pay. I got lucky with mine several years ago, just before Jessops went to the wall. You could convert Tesco clubcard vouchers into Jessops vouchers at a rate of 4 to 1, and when I turned up to pay for the lens at Jessops they honoured the online reduced price I'd reserved it at!

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    Your 24-70mm is more than adequate for landscape photography … especially if prepared to 'stitch' a few images together .. which is a simple process with Photoshop Elements and similar software

    Gavin Hoey videos are excellent ref the methodology for stitched wide angle panoramic landscapes or cityscapes … but note he uses the camera in 'portrait' (vertical) format rather than 'landscape'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xji5MKk-S4c … his viaduct panorama is an extreme example but shows what can be achieved with simple equipment … he's using a 5D Mk II and the 24mm end of his zoom lens

    Easy to adapt his ideas to PS Elements

    If you have the opportunity to attend any of Gavin's 'live workshops' / 'presentations' they are well worth a trip … I've attended two and the 'how to' CDs he offers at minimal cost are excellent value

    It's not the lens which makes the photo … it's you and how you use the lens /camera

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    Thanks all. As Iíve got the evenings clear on holiday the plan was to play with existing glass (I do have a nifty fifty). Just fancied trying a cheap (but good) WA in the mix for learning purposes. I recognise that I lack natural talent and landscape have always been my weakest area/ least interest so thanks for the links and lesson tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    Gavin Hoey videos are excellent ref the methodology for stitched wide angle panoramic landscapes or cityscapes Ö but note he uses the camera in 'portrait' (vertical) format rather than 'landscape'
    I like Gavin Hoey's videos, I watches some re off camera flash a while ago. I found the one you linked to was very informative re what controls to use in Photoshop when processing the panorama shots. There's still a learning curve involved, but a least you know what to learn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    I like Gavin Hoey's videos, I watches some re off camera flash a while ago. I found the one you linked to was very informative re what controls to use in Photoshop when processing the panorama shots. There's still a learning curve involved, but a least you know what to learn!
    BTW Ö last time I attended a Gavin Hoey presentation he'd stopped using Canon and was using Olympus Ö He's now an 'Olympus Ambassador'

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    OT, but my 5D is in great need of a sensor clean. Cloning out spots has become more wearisome than cleaning will be so I intend to get some bits and do it myself, I'll put a thread up when I get around to it.
    Ditto. I look forward to your tutorial!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    OT, but my 5D is in great need of a sensor clean. Cloning out spots has become more wearisome than cleaning will be so I intend to get some bits and do it myself, I'll put a thread up when I get around to it.
    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Ditto. I look forward to your tutorial!


    After a search on TP, which is where I was sure I'd read about this method, I eventually found the thread. I cleaned a different camera with a pack of four pre-made swabs, bought from TP SC, and they worked fine but were expensive at full price, and I know I'll need more than four for my dust magnet that is a Canon 5D! This is the method I'll be using Tony . . .

    https://www.talkphotography.co.uk/th...cleaning.9766/
    https://www.talkphotography.co.uk/tu...e-cleaning.50/

    Perhaps not for the faint hearted, but taking the external AR off my Sinn 656 with a Dremmel wasn't too difficult so nothing ventured etc. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    OT, but my 5D is in great need of a sensor clean. Cloning out spots has become more wearisome than cleaning will be so I intend to get some bits and do it myself, I'll put a thread up when I get around to it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Pox View Post
    Thatíd be great thanks, my 5D came from LCE, cosmetic a bit tired but 6 month warranty and internals looked clean from my brief function test. Not bad for ~£250, hope to get some time to play at the w/end.
    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Ditto. I look forward to your tutorial!

    While I was looking around for where to buy the bits to clean my sensor (of course it's a filter we clean, not the sensor itself) I chanced upon a thread elsewhere in which someone had (he thought) ruined his sensor. I read the thread through for any info, and it turns out that Eclipse withdrew their E2 fluid as it had been having a very bad effect on some sensors. It seems that the coating must have been changed on different batches as not all were affected. Canons have a 10 digit serial number and the common thing with the affected cameras was that the 1st and 6th digit in the serial number was 0. See here .

    You can of course still buy Eclipse fluid, but I think I'll buy my pads and fluid from here . The spatulas required can be bought for £1.35 for 10 post free from ebay.

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