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    Hi guys
    I am a newbie here in clubsnap and also a newbie in photography
    I am using a sony alpha camera and I am planning to buy a new lens
    I am torn though on what to buy, I am choosing between a macro and a wide angle lens
    Hope you can shed some light on my confusion

    Thanks
    [If you aim, you shoot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponkan13 View Post
    Hi guys
    I am a newbie here in clubsnap and also a newbie in photography
    I am using a sony alpha camera and I am planning to buy a new lens
    I am torn though on what to buy, I am choosing between a macro and a wide angle lens
    Hope you can shed some light on my confusion

    Thanks
    Totally different applications. Depends on wat you want to shoot.

    Shoot close ups -> macro
    Shoot landscape -> Wide angle

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    IMO get a wide angle converter that comes with macro to try on your current lens to try out first den choose?at least wont waste so much money to buy and then sell again if you find it not to your liking.

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    If you're not sure yet, look first at your photos. See if you have more pictures which are taken at wide angle, or zoomed in to get details. From there, it's much easier to make a choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponkan13 View Post
    Hi guys
    I am a newbie here in clubsnap and also a newbie in photography
    I am using a sony alpha camera and I am planning to buy a new lens
    I am torn though on what to buy, I am choosing between a macro and a wide angle lens
    Hope you can shed some light on my confusion

    Thanks
    think about both for 3 months,

    the one you forget after 3 months you don't buy

    the one you remember after 3 months you buy

    if you remember both, buy both..

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    Buy wide angle and shoot landscape and macro with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    Buy wide angle and shoot landscape and macro with it.
    i think easier to shoot landscape with macro lens..

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    i think easier to shoot landscape with macro lens..


    Landscape with macro lens


    Macro with wide angle lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponkan13 View Post
    Hi guys
    I am a newbie here in clubsnap and also a newbie in photography
    I am using a sony alpha camera and I am planning to buy a new lens
    I am torn though on what to buy, I am choosing between a macro and a wide angle lens
    Hope you can shed some light on my confusion

    Thanks
    Since this is your 1st post, let me be first to welcome you here.

    As for your question, your kit-lens can take landscape pretty well. So, I don't think you should be in a hurry for wide angle lens.

    For macro, I suggest you read this thread:

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492712

    There are some cheaper solutions for macro.

    However, since these two type of lenses are distinctly for different purposes, it would imply you have distinctly two different interest. You would need to ask yourself which one to do first, then you can make the decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post


    Landscape with macro lens


    Macro with wide angle lens
    Interesting, can tell us the lenses that you used?

    If you did not say is taken by a macro lens, I would thought the first one taken either by a tilted-shift lens or after PP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenrek View Post
    Interesting, can tell us the lenses that you used?

    If you did not say is taken by a macro lens, I would thought the first one taken either by a tilted-shift lens or after PP.
    The first shots is using 85mm PC Macro lens. The second shots is reversed 24mm.

    Taken with the same lens (85mmPC), btw, all the macro shots are uncropped.

    Last edited by Leong23; 8th April 2009 at 11:43 PM.

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    Btw, posting my comment was not mean to confuse TS, but one must understand what he/she need before buying stuff.

    Not easy to give comments to ppls posting question to ask what should him/her buy when we don't even know his/her needs.

    Lenses are just a tools, understand it and it will serve you well.

    just like, macro lens can shoot landscape and wide angle lens can be use to shoot macro.
    Last edited by Leong23; 9th April 2009 at 12:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    The first shots is using 85mm PC Macro lens. The second shots is reversed 24mm.

    Taken with the same lens (85mmPC), btw, all the macro shots are uncropped.

    Ok... Now I know how did you... Nice shots! My guess is correct, your 85mmPC has tilted-shift capability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponkan13 View Post
    I am torn though on what to buy, I am choosing between a macro and a wide angle lens
    Both are different kettle of fish erh ... you have to decide lor.

    Personally for me I would get a wide lens since I will almost always use it more often.
    The reverse is true for macro lovers

    Ryan

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    Thanks a lot guys
    Your comments put things in a better perspective now
    Thanks again
    [If you aim, you shoot!

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    btw hw u people use the flash for reverse mount??

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    just got this macro lens adaptor:


    test shot before the rain ruined my testing:
    "wisdom is not measured by the knowledge you know, but the knowledge you have"
    forever newbie: D60

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    think about both for 3 months,

    the one you forget after 3 months you don't buy

    the one you remember after 3 months you buy

    if you remember both, buy both..
    Dounch like that lah you like that say eventually shed the light all the 'shifus' and posers no lobang picchap lobang alleady! Dounch wrote so bug words lah some ppl only 'shiny' pianjiah only. my humble advice is hor use marcro lens take photos with tripod - stitch get wide angle shots lor
    use wide angle take insects - crop 100000% tadah - macro shots lor

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