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    hi there i am Deric, i am trying to figure out what is the different between a wide angle zoom lens and a zoom lens? e.g. here like : 24-300mm and 70-300mm?

    which focal lengths of lenses good for intermediate photohgraphers like:
    -macro lens/prime macro lens
    -wide angle lens/wide angle zoom lens
    -prime lens/fixed focal length lens
    -zoom lens
    -telephoto lens
    -creative lenses
    etc...

    I'm going for shoots like :

    -wildlife
    -landscapes
    -buildings
    -sea-views
    -plants
    -insects
    -night views
    -scenery
    etc....

    any pros out there can suggest some types of lenses for those shoots that i had mention?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanwk4321 View Post
    hi there i am Deric, i am trying to figure out what is the different between a wide angle zoom lens and a zoom lens? e.g. here like : 24-300mm and 70-300mm?

    The 24-300mm is a super zoom lens and the 70-300mm is a normal zoom lens. The focal length and angle of view is different at different focal length. Kinda hard to explain, maybe you can read up a bit on the basics.

    which focal lengths of lenses good for intermediate photographers like:
    -macro lens/prime macro lens
    All macro lenses are good, just need to determine what you are shooting. For food/flower photography, a 50mm will be sufficient. For butterflies, a 180mm may be more desireable. It's really subjective.

    -wide angle lens/wide angle zoom lens
    For landscape I would use the 11-18mm or the 16-105mm. The 16-105mm is my walk about lens. It's great zoom and sharpness is simply awesome. At times I would use the Minolta 17-35mm as well since I cannot afford the CZ16-35mm.

    -prime lens/fixed focal length lens
    The standard would be the 50mm f1.8 but if you can afford it, get the 50mm f1.4 which is much better. Since you are a Sony user of course you can have the Minolta 50mm f1.7 lens which is pretty good as well.

    -zoom lens
    For a normal zoom lens I would recommend the CZ16-80mm, 16-105mm or the Tamron 17-50mm. These are all good lenses just get one within your budget.

    -telephoto lens
    For zoom lenses, the legendary Minolta beercan is the one to get. The colors, contrast and low price will blow you away. The big brother 75-300mm is also another awesome lens but the beercan is slightly better with a constant f4. If you can afford the price, the 70-200mm SSM and 70-300mm G lenses are great performers too.

    -creative lenses
    Not sure what are creative lenses. The only one that I can think of is the fisheye. Oh, there is also the lens baby.

    etc...

    I'm going for shoots like :

    -wildlife
    Which type of wildlife? How far are you?

    -landscapes
    What you want to achieve? There are people who use a 11-18mm, 10-20mm, 16-80mm, 16-105mm, 17-50mm, 18-55mm, 18-70mm, 70-200mm, 70-210mm for landscape.

    -buildings
    A ultra wide angle is preferable. You can try the 11-18mm, 10-20mm, 16-80mm, 16-105mm, 17-50mm, 18-55mm, 18-70mm.

    -sea-views
    Not sure what is sea view. I guess a general wide angle or walk about lens woudl do the job.

    -plants
    A general walk about lens or a macro lens, depending on what you want and how far you are.

    -insects
    What kind of insect? A macro lens is more desirable in general.

    -night views
    A tripod is more important and I guess a wide angle or walk about lens will do the job.

    -scenery
    A tripod is more important and I guess a wide angle or walk about lens will do the job.

    etc....

    any pros out there can suggest some types of lenses for those shoots that i had mention?
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    hello Galdor, mind be my photography friend? add me in msn: star_warrior89@hotmail.com Deric

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanwk4321 View Post
    hello Galdor, mind be my photography friend? add me in msn: star_warrior89@hotmail.com Deric
    finding a BPFF??

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    seems like your interests are very varied....
    for the things you listed that you like to shoot, you would need like the full range of the lenses that the manufacturer is selling...
    from macro to wide angle to telephoto....

    if money is no issue, then get the respective lens to do the jobs...
    else, you might want to determine what you really like before investing your money on the lenses that you are most likely going to use.

    if you are serious into photography, then getting the pro lenses in the first place might be good.... you do not need to keep upgrading...
    but wallet will hurt a lot more...
    Hope to learn from everyone here....

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    i would like to take shots like cityscapes,plants,insects,buildings,people that all

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanwk4321 View Post
    i would like to take shots like cityscapes,plants,insects,buildings,people that all
    Hello tanwk4321.
    Don't mind if I say... what you have listed seems to be almost the full genre of photography already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanwk4321 View Post
    i would like to take shots like cityscapes,plants,insects,buildings,people that all
    From your description, You covered almost everything already ... Except for Birds...

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    Nope.

    There's an "etc..." at the end of the post.

    THAT should cover EVERYTHING, including electronspectromicrophotography, medical, dental and scientific photography, astrophotography, XMM photography as well as ... birds.

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    omg...lol dream merchant..i donno what are those things u had listed lol..so chim :X

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanwk4321 View Post
    omg...lol dream merchant..i donno what are those things u had listed lol..so chim :X
    No nid to worrry, once you try electronspectromicrophotography, even nude XMMhohography will seem boring! especially is you have a HAWT lab asst helping you! ROTFL~!

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    i just wanna find friends here that can teach me photography skills

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    Maybe instead of listing everything here (it is really difficult to give you any answer, but Galdor has been really patient...), why don't you make photography friends by joining an organised photoshoot that you can easily find on ClubSNAP?

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    erm actually i don't have a camera yet but just wanna learn more about photography first before starting my photography lifestyle :X so when i get my camera i can immediately know what to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanwk4321 View Post
    i just wanna find friends here that can teach me photography skills
    The best skills you could ever learn, in order of priority, would be to learn about:

    1) The BASICS of LIGHT in photography. I recommend the excellent book by Michael Freeman - NLB
    2) The basics of exposure or any book covering the topic, and
    3) The basic functions of your camera, even if it means reading your instruction manual for three to six months, if this is your first forray into digital photography.

    THEN look into topics like the basics of photography and composition. And after that, get into whatever specific topic that interests you.

    Without a firm grounding in the technical basics, no matter how 'artistic' your mind is, you will never have the skills to really carry off your dreams and visions.

    All the best in this exciting, but often frustrating adventure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanwk4321 View Post
    erm actually i don't have a camera yet but just wanna learn more about photography first before starting my photography lifestyle :X so when i get my camera i can immediately know what to do
    Oh. I see. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    The best skills you could ever learn, in order of priority, would be to learn about:

    1) The BASICS of LIGHT in photography. I recommend the excellent book by Michael Freeman - NLB
    2) The basics of exposure or any book covering the topic,
    and
    3) The basic functions of your camera, even if it means reading your instruction manual for three to six months, if this is your first forray into digital photography.

    THEN look into topics like the basics of photography and composition. And after that, get into whatever specific topic that interests you.

    Without a firm grounding in the technical basics, no matter how 'artistic' your mind is, you will never have the skills to really carry off your dreams and visions.

    All the best in this exciting, but often frustrating adventure!

    No need to own a camera to learn these. Best of all, borrow from library FOC!

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    erm ok er..i bought a set of books from scott kelby the best seller photography book for 79bucks (u.p.99.85sgd) at popular yesterday

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanwk4321 View Post
    erm ok er..i bought a set of books from scott kelby the best seller photography book for 79bucks (u.p.99.85sgd) at popular yesterday
    I suggest going to Funan 1st floor in future if you needed additional reading materials

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnings View Post
    I suggest going to Funan 1st floor in future if you needed additional reading materials
    funan the IT mall? erm what do u mean by that? do they sell photography reading guides?

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