Would you use a 85mm for landscapes?

2 months 1 day ago #666328 by F Anderson
I have chance to pick up a 85mm for a very good price.  Would you consider this lens/focal length a good lens for shooting landscapes?  I know it's awesome for portraits, just not sure about landscapes?  


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2 months 22 hours ago #666332 by Nikon Shooter
A scene is a subject and a subject is captured with a
lens… ANY lens. I shoot landscapes with any thing be-
tween 14 and 600 mm

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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2 months 20 hours ago #666342 by effron
"Would you use a 85mm for landscapes?"

Yes, of course.

Why so serious?
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2 months 20 hours ago #666343 by garyrhook
All it's going to do is magnify, which gives you some reach.

N.B. at my photo club last week we discussed an image that had been taken with a 400mm lens, because that's what it took to get the shot.

Suggest: stop overthinking it. You'll love an 85.


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2 months 17 hours ago #666385 by F Anderson
Thank you.  I wasn't overthinking at all.  Just a question as I don't have an endless pile of cash under my bed.  So would rather make buying decisions that give me the best shots possibilities for what I'm shooting.


Man 400mm and 600mm would be nice, but just out of my budget.  


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2 months 15 hours ago #666421 by Nikon Shooter

F Anderson wrote: … I don't have an endless pile of cash under my bed. 


Clearly, you need a bigger bed then!  :rofl:

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2 months 15 hours ago #666424 by garyrhook

F Anderson wrote: Man 400mm and 600mm would be nice, but just out of my budget.  


Yes, and they're even expensive to rent.

I was only trying to make a point: any lens can be used for landscapes. Coupled with access and hiking, you can get what you want.

All that to say, if you do any portrait work, you'll love an 85, for that and more.


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2 months 10 hours ago #666442 by Garbo
Amazing lens, are you after the f/1.2? 

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2 months 2 hours ago #666474 by Chester Foster
One of the best lenses to have in your camera bag that can not only be used for great portraits, but landscapes and product photography too.  Very versatile lens.  


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1 month 4 weeks ago #666606 by Studio Queen
i use my 85mm for just about anything.  rent one and see for yourself.


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1 month 4 weeks ago #666623 by Alex
I recently moved from Sony to Canon (still staying with Nikon for primary) and have my eye on the Canon 85mm.  I'd rather have this focal length than 100mm.  It's great for B roll lens, and portraits, but I don't shoot portraits, other than my son and wife.  So, I'd use it for what ever got in front of my lens!  Mostly video :)  

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1 month 4 weeks ago #666642 by michaelsmith
The 85 mm is a standard, versatile lens and it can be used for portraits and landscapes. Neat little lens!


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1 month 3 weeks ago #666888 by F Anderson
Just chiming in to thank you all for the answers here!  


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1 month 3 weeks ago #667010 by Soccer Mom
Ask most pro photographers which prime lens do they use the most, I'd bet a 85mm comes up more than any other prime.  Just saying. 

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1 month 2 days ago #669735 by Tom Henry
85mm is a very versatile lens that is much more than a portrait lens.  Yes, it would do very well as a landscape lens.  


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