Woodlands and forests are smorgasbords of colors, textures, and interesting light. But, what is the best lens for capturing the details with the most variety and versatility?
I have always had a lingering attraction to woodlands for photography. Where I live in the U.K is tremendously dull for landscapes, with mostly flat land and few landmarks of note. Nevertheless, I am fortunate when it comes to woodland areas. In fact, I have recently moved to a house that has acres of woodlands on my doorstep and I utilize it for both running and for the testing of camera equipment.
If I were to create a woodlands photo book as Nigel Danson has, I would likely have to ask the question in the title: what is the best lens for that purpose? While I love capturing the intricate details with macro shots or low depth of field, capturing in the interesting formations with branches and aging trees is difficult to do with the same lens. I gravitate towards prime lenses and they are rarely wide enough to make a complete image of anything large. This is where I would likely reach for my 24-70mm as it has the best versatility in focal lengths.
What lens do you usually pick when it comes to woodland photography?