Essential landscape photography gear: The best cameras, lenses, tripods and more – imaging resource

Essential landscape photography gear: The best cameras, lenses, tripods and more – imaging resource



Making great landscape photographs requires more than just a high-quality camera and lens. While you can capture beautiful images without high-end equipment, high-quality gear never hurts. Further, while you can capture stunning shots with a mobile phone, we’re considering interchangeable lens cameras for this article.

We’ll be discussing a range of equipment, photo-specific and otherwise. You don’t need every piece of gear for every landscape situation, but having most of the equipment will undoubtedly offer photographers an extremely well-rounded kit and provide a solid foundation for aspiring landscape photographers.



Camera: What kind of cameras are best for landscape photography?

When it comes to cameras, it’s difficult to go wrong in 2021. However, that isn’t to say that there aren’t better choices for landscape photography. The qualities that make for great landscape cameras include:

  • A high-resolution image sensor, optimally full-frame or larger
  • Weather-sealed, or at least weather-resistant, camera body
  • Accurate and reliable autofocus
  • Good battery life
  • Access to a wide range of high-quality lenses
  • A lightweight camera body is a bonus

It’s a substantial list. Fortunately, many cameras tick most of these boxes. The Sony A7R series, for example, fulfills all the above requirements. The Canon EOS R5, Nikon Z7 series and Z9, Panasonic S1R, Sony A7R IV and Sony A1, and Fujifilm GFX 100S and 50S II handle all these demands, too. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and you’ll notice that I haven’t listed any DSLR cameras. That’s not because DSLRs aren’t well-suited to landscape photography – they are – but DSLRs are a bit of a dying breed, and the case for buying into a DSLR system in 2021 and beyond is a tough one. You also don’t need the newest model of camera in most cases. Some newer cameras use the same sensor as older models but add bells and whistles that aren’t necessary for landscape photography, such as faster shooting speeds, improved autofocus or better video specs. The sensor is critical to landscape photography, so you can sometimes save money by eschewing the latest and greatest and focusing purely on image quality performance. 


There are many amazing cameras you can use for landscape photography, including the Fujifilm GFX 100S seen here.

Of course, you don’t need a full-frame image sensor (or a medium-format one, in the case of the GFX series) to capture beautiful landscape images with rich detail. Cameras with APS-C sensors have some advantages, including smaller native lenses, often more compact camera bodies and lower price points. All else equal, you trade a bit of resolving power by opting for an APS-C camera. However, I’ve made great large prints from cameras with smaller sensors, such as APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras.

You also don’t need to tick every one of these boxes to build a reliable landscape photography kit. If I had to prioritize traits from the above list, I’d consider a high-resolution sensor, a weather-sealed design, and lens selection as the three most important.

Lenses: What lenses are best for landscape photography?

While there’s a lot of …….