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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?:confused:

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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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?:confused:

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?:)
Please see my reply in red.
 

erictan8888

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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... :)
 

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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. :bsmilie:
 

Dream Merchant

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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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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?
 

Dream Merchant

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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!
 

Dream Merchant

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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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