Buffleheadbill wrote:I'm hoping someone will know. I have a Panasonic lumix g2 camera. What lenses would be best suited for taking shots of landscapes? Right now all I have is a 14-42.
Short answer. Generally wide angle lenses are used for landscape. The 14mm of your zoom would work fine and you should just shoot with it for now to figure out what you need. I had that lens and a Lumix. It was just fine and don't let anybody tell you anything different.
Long answer :
So in 35mm film days a 50mm focal length lens was considered a "normal" perspective. Meaning it's similar field of view as to what you see.
Anything significantly less than 50mm was considered "wide angle". and anything longer a "telephoto".
Typical lenses for someone shooting landscapes would usually be somewhere say 20mm to 28 maybe 35mm. That's not to say you could not shoot landscapes with a 50mm, just generally a wider perspective is often what you need.
A digital camera does EXACTLY what a film camera does only in place of the light sensitive film there is a light sensitive sensor. They make several different sizes of sensors for cameras these days. The most popular are going from large to small:
Full Frame the exact same size as 35mm film-
APS-C aka "crop sensor" Nikon calls it DX
Micro Four Thirds (basically Panasonic and Olympus)
So if you have a lens with a 50mm focal length regardless if it was made for a digital camera or a film camera, if you mount it on a digital camera with a full frame sensor it acts like a normal lens.
If you take this same lens and mount it on a camera with an APS-C sensor there will be a "crop factor". It's because the sensor is smaller and it crops out the outer edges of the image. Think of it like this, if you went to the movies and there was an image of landscape on the big screen. If you replaced the big screen with one half the size, you would only see the center of the image. Maybe this would illustrate it:https://cdn.photographylife.com/wp-cont ... -vs-CX.jpg
The crop factor for an aps-c sensor is 1.5 X and Micro 4/3 is 2X
So a 50mm lens acts like a 75mm lens on an aps-c sensor and a 100mm lens on a 4/3 sensor.
So your 14-40mm is the equivalent of 28-80mm in full frame. It's an ideal range for general photography. The wide end should be good. I don't own anything wider.
Just so you know a lot of my pics are multiple images combined. Those ice fall shots are about 9-15 shots each. Because the lighting was so harsh and shitty, I had to bracket 3 exposures stack those, then I moved the camera a bit to gain more view. Then I merged everything in LR (which you do all that in Lightroom classic- AWESOME.)
it's kind of like when you put your phone on "panorama" only a shit ton more work