I am a new member of the forum and a new a6000 owner. I am currently trying out the 16-50 kit lens, but wondered what you all with more Sony experience might recommend for me. I mainly take photos of flowers and gardens for my magazine and newspaper articles and blogs. I also like to shoot landscapes. What do you think! Cheers and Happy New Year.
Lens for flowers, gardens, landscapes
Posted 30 December 2016 - 02:39 PM
I'd use two different lenses.
For flowers get a good "macro" lens made for such. 70mm+
For landscapes the 16-50 kit lens isn't top of the line but you can still do a lot with it. 16mm on an APSC sensor is pretty wide. Any wider will cause distortions in the landscape photos. If you're OK with this or this is what you want, Sony has several super wide angle prime lenses for very low prices.
It's always difficult to answer these questions because it really depends on how much you're looking to spend. The Zeiss lenses are higher quality but you'd mainly notice the difference in the macro lens.
Posted 30 December 2016 - 07:04 PM
Thank you so much Dollanganger. I am looking to stay under $500 for the moment. I can save up and splash out on a better lens next Christmas. I have read about the Sony 35 1.8 lens and wonder if that might be a good choice for me. It gets enthusiastic reviews. And the price is right. I'm still doing some research. I will also look into the macro you suggested. Take care and Happy New Year.
Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:04 PM
In addition to Dollanganger's suggestions, have you looked at the FE 50 f/2.8? https://www.bhphotov..._2_8_macro.html
It would work out to 75mm on the A6000 APS-C and come in just under your $500 limit.
I don't have any experience with it but I've seen some positive reviews. Personally I shoot with the A7II 90mm f/2.8 macro.
One benefit of using the 50mm macro on an APS-C camera is that it works out as a nice focal length for portraits if you're into that. I regularly used my 50mm f/2.8 Minolta macro on my A700 with great results.
I'm not really a landscape shooter so I'd deffer to Dollanganger's advice.
Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:06 PM
Though it's not a favorite lens of many because of the soft borders, the Sony 30mm macro lens is an amazing lens because of how close you can get to the subject 3.74" (9.5 cm). I do a lot of wildflower photos. Since the wildflowers are smaller than domestic hybrids, the lens does a nice job. I like it better than my Sony 90mm macro lens, even though the 90mm lens is far superior glass. The 30mm center sharpness is pretty good. Since it's 45mm equivalent on the a6000, it can be used for some landscape shots, though the soft borders don't make it the best for that.
Here are a couple of photos using the a6000 and the 30mm macro lens:
Posted 05 January 2017 - 02:58 AM
I am a new member of the forum and a new a6000 owner. I am currently
trying out the 16-50 kit lens, but wondered what you all with more Sony
experience might recommend for me. I mainly take photos of flowers and
gardens for my magazine and newspaper articles and blogs. I also like
to shoot landscapes. What do you think! Cheers and Happy New Year.
The 16-50 doesn't get a lotta online love, but it's a fine lens,
and the OSS is helpful for lying on your belly to get shots that
aren't very tripod-friendly. It's not a superb lens. It's just a very
good lens, and great as most any at it's best f/stops. Moreover
since I'm gonna suggest that you simply apply some dioptre
close up lenses to it, it matters not in the least whether it's a
prestigious lens or not. CU dioptres are the great levelers ;-)
Despite the [minor] IQ loss with dioptres, the loss is least with
the least powerful dioptres, and since the 16-50 focuses damnt
close all on it's own, you don't really need the stronger dioptres
[+3 or +4]. And if you happen to actually find a use for stronger
dioptres, you're gonna be at a magnification that demands f/22
just to get a modest dose of DoF ... so the dioptre isn't really a
major drag on IQ. Some will tell you the big drag is diffraction
at f/22. They're correct, but ignore them. They're pixel peepers.
Before you spend REAL Money, spend some pocket change
on my suggestion and see how it goes realworldwise :-) You
won't tend to find 40.5mm threaded dioptres on the hoof. I'd
suggest a 40.5 > 52mm stepping ring as regular daily wear for
for you kit lens. You can easily find old dioptere sets, linear
polarizers, and other fun filters for cheap in the very common
52mm [classic Nikon] size. Mirrorless Sony live view cameras
[every E or FE mount body] do not need circular polarizers :-)
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