To enjoy landscape photography with a better angle of view, a wide-angle zoom lens would be a great asset. For D500, I would choose DX-format lenses, which are light in weight and easy to use. It is my dream to mount them onto a light D500 body and compose my own hand-shot landscape photo. (Photo and report by Toshiya Hagihara)
Mounted onto D500
The bundled bayonet lens hood HB-23
Focal length: 10mm (equivalent to 15mm in FX- and 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority auto (f/11, 1/5 sec)/ ISO 50 / WB: Direct sunlight
Above a not-too large waterfall, I took a picture of a large impressive rock. My intent was to use the direct approach to depict the scene, and so I made an effort to ensure that I didn’t emphasize the rocks or waterfalls, even though they remain the main attractions in this image. This is a zoom lens with the most suitable picture angle which allows it to capture everything over a wide range within a narrow space.
Focal length during use: 10mm (equivalent to 15mm in FX- and 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority auto(f/11, 1/200 sec)/ ISO 100 / WB: Direct sunlight
This photo of white skunk cabbages by a boardwalk was taken by hand using the wide-angle macro photography technique, which allows you to take impactful close-ups with any wide-angle lens. The D500’s tilting LCD screen came in handy for shooting from that low position.
This is a genuine Nikon DX-format ultra wide-angle zoom lens that is able to achieve a wide picture-angle of 109°when mounted onto the D500. It has the widest angle of all the ultra-wide-angle lenses that can be attached with a filter on the front of the lens.
The lens has amazing closeup shooting capabilities with the closest focusing distance being 24cm when using auto-focus, and 22cm when using manual-focus. The maximum magnification is as high as 0.2x. The maximum aperture ranges from f/3.5 - 4.5, which varies according to the focal length. It uses seven rounded diaphragm blades, and allows you to achieve a creamy bokeh even if you were to narrow the aperture by 1 – 2 stops.
The structure of the lens is 14 elements in 9 groups, and there are many designs such as having 3 aspherical lens elements and 2 ED glass elements. The Nano Crystal Coat is not incorporated but you can expect excellent performance in backlight. The 77mm filter diameter can easily fit a polarizing (PL) filter or neutral density (ND) filter, which will enable the elimination of reflection from the water surface and support the creation of a motion blur effect with a slow shutter—very useful for landscape photography.
The weight is around 460g, which is very light, and makes it very compatible with D500. It doesn't come with an image stabilization mechanism, but it has an ultra wide-angle range that does not result in motion-blur so easily. In addition, when used together with D500's high-quality native ISO sensitivity, it will be possible to enjoy shooting landscape photography by hand.
The lens hood is an attachable flower-shaped bayonet hood. Since the hood is not that long, you will probably want to be careful to avoid ghosting and flaring when shooting in backlight.
Aspherical lens elements
For more details, click: AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
To get that impactful wide-angle feel, it is important to find the angle that comes with an intense perspective. The D500 LCD screen is movable, so the photos of the subject can be taken from many angles. While leveraging on high ISO sensitivity and ISO Auto, I would like to find that ultimate angle while shooting hand-held.
Born in Kofu City of the Yamanashi Prefecture in 1964. Hagihara joined an advertising agency and became involved in catalog production and event planning. Became a freelancer after leaving the company, and currently specializes in natural landscape photography, also actively writing for photography magazines. A member of the Japan Scenery Photographers Association (JSPA).