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Best lens for Photography of flowers, insects, etc.

Chris Rowe , Aug 09, 2008; 10:57 a.m.

I'm in a situation where I have DT -70mm zoom lens with a max aperture of 3.5. as my smallest lens. What is my best option as a wide-angle lens for photography of small objects, mainly small insects and flowers. I use a Sony A350... So I Need an A-mount Lens. Thanks, Chris.


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Paul De Ley , Aug 09, 2008; 12:11 p.m.

Hi Chris, Why do you specify a wide angle lens? Many of the most popular and fast macro lenses are in the 90-105mm range because those will typically provide greater working distance and isolate the subject better from background clutter.

Richard Harris , Aug 09, 2008; 02:14 p.m.

Chris, as Paul says, look for a macro lens. Any of them in the 50-105 range are (relatively) inexpensive and optically excellent. Some, like the 100/3.5 (of various brands) are very cheap, optically great... only let down by build quality (just handle it with care is all you need to do:)

Best of luck with this one...

Chris Rowe , Aug 09, 2008; 03:11 p.m.

Well guys... I was hoping to get a lens for small subjects, and one for getting all of a great landscape in a picture, get both in one package.... haha. Instead of having to buy 2 seperate lenses.. Think that's possible?

Chris Rowe , Aug 09, 2008; 03:17 p.m.

Also I'd like to be able to get real close to the small insects.... so I'd like a higher maximum aperture then 3.5. Maybe what I'm looking for can't be found all in one lens... and I'll have to comprimise on something.

Harry Lew , Aug 09, 2008; 03:42 p.m.

No, you can't do everything with one lense, at least do it well. For close up (macro) photography, I'd recommend either a used Minolta 100 2.8 macro lens or the Sony 100 2.8 version, which is available new. Minolta made several wider macros (50 2.8 and 50 3.5) as does Sony today (50 2.8). But with the wider versions, you have to get really close to insects, which can scare them off. Tamron makes a 90 mm Macro, which is well regarded, as well.

Chris Rowe , Aug 09, 2008; 03:52 p.m.

Thanks harry. I think I'll just forget the wide angle. and use a normal lens and take 2 pictures and merge them if I need too. I'll check out that Minolta 100 2.8

Richard Harris , Aug 09, 2008; 04:04 p.m.

"get both in one package"

Sounds like you need a point & shoot camera or a "bridge" camera. There are some decent brigde cameras out there atleast.

Chris Rowe , Aug 09, 2008; 04:44 p.m.

hehe.... I have a point and shot camera, that has 10X optical zoom, 5X digital, 10 MP, and manual mode... Excellent point and shoot.

Richard Harris , Aug 09, 2008; 05:17 p.m.

But its c**p at anything above ISO100 :). But if your hiking and doing landscapes, maybe you'll only be using ISO100...? But, if it has no stabalisation, you may struggle with sunrise/sunset scenes. Is that the reason you don't carry it with you instead of the Alpha?

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