Ever find yourself in front of a sweeping, magnificent landscape, only to realise that your camera can’t fit the whole scene in the frame? That’s why we recommend the following ultra-wide-angle lenses that allow you to accommodate more of the scene in your frame, while also offering you the flexibility of being able to zoom. We picked the best ones from Amazon to help you out.
Typically, ultra-wide lenses tend to be in the 16-35mm range, however, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR offers a whole lot more focal length, going all the way to 80mm. If there was only one lens you were allowed to buy, this should be it for its versatile focal length. The Nikkor 16-80 f/2.8-4 also comes with vibration reduction, a method developed by Nikon for its lenses to remove any kind of handshake that might cause your shot to be blurred.
Tamron’s 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD wide-angle lens is ultra-compact, and extremely light. It’s widest 17mm end delivers sharp images across the entire frame, and the wide f/2.8 aperture throughout the focal length and a reliably fast autofocus system make this a great lens for shooting landscapes in the daytime and at night. The lens is merely 5.5-inches tall and weighs just 550g, making it super light and compact enough for it to be carried everywhere.
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is an incredibly popular lens amongst Canon users. It features an incredibly wide perspective with very good distortion control and the USM ensures completely silent and fast focusing. The lens also comes with image stabilisation built-in which makes shooting with slow shutter speeds a breeze with this lens.
The Sony 16035mm f/4.0 lens incorporates Zeiss optics and coating, which leads to extremely well-controlled barrel distortion at the widest end, along with very good internal reflection suppression. The lens is designed to be dust and moisture resistant, an essential feature for anyone looking for a nice landscape lens. Given all these qualities, the Sony 16-35 is a great choice for beginner landscape photographers using a Sony mirrorless camera.