which lens are for newbie


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I like to take macro stuff and landscape and being a newbie to DSLR which lens should i get 1st :embrass:
 

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macro and landscape tends to use different lens because macro typically needs longer focal length. i would recommend getting cheap screw in macro filter with kit lens if you are short or cash, or an older non-AF macro lens depending on your camera brand. if not, you can get a dedicated macro, though this will cost a lot.

if you are asking which you should get first, it depends on what you want to shoot. dedicated macro lenses can normally be used as a long portrait lens (eg. 55/60mm -> ard 80mm on crop sensor), but harder to be used for normal snapshots. wide-angle for landscape can be used for that.

on the other hand, the normal kit lens (for nikon and canon) is the 18-55 which is adequate for most landscapes alr. just get a screw on macro filter (eg. marumi close up filter, available in mass sales section) and you get both a landscape and a macro lens, for only $50. hope it helps :)
 

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I believe TS belongs to the Canon Camp as I notice he has a special interest for Canon 500D.
Anyway, for Macro you may like to not spend too much first. Buy a Kenko extension tube. I am still using that, with an eye to buying a dedicated Macro lens later when I am ready.
For landscape, any of the kit lens can be used as long as the shortest focal length is around 17mm or 18mm.
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You should probably be looking for Sigma's 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro. It offers a good range and it has macro. Good for people who do not want to haul many equipments or for you who's just starting out!
 

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You should probably be looking for Sigma's 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro. It offers a good range and it has macro. Good for people who do not want to haul many equipments or for you who's just starting out!
but sigma's macro tends to me 'fake' macro? like the 18-50 2.8 "macro" i used to have was only 1:3... plus it was really really heavy, made my camera over balance all the time xD
 

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I believe TS belongs to the Canon Camp as I notice he has a special interest for Canon 500D.
Anyway, for Macro you may like to not spend too much first. Buy a Kenko extension tube. I am still using that, with an eye to buying a dedicated Macro lens later when I am ready.
For landscape, any of the kit lens can be used as long as the shortest focal length is around 17mm or 18mm.
My opinion.
yes you are right. Just bought Canon 500D not long ago. Kenko Extension tube...that is very new to me...will google to find out more ...thanks :)

You should probably be looking for Sigma's 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro. It offers a good range and it has macro. Good for people who do not want to haul many equipments or for you who's just starting out!
will check this len ;)

that will depend on how much u willing to spent...

n which camp u r in...
as mentioned i am using Canon 500D ... well i am not sure how much lens cost in general so cant really say how much i am willing to spend... but if really wanted something i will try to save as much as possible to get it ;p

macro and landscape tends to use different lens because macro typically needs longer focal length. i would recommend getting cheap screw in macro filter with kit lens if you are short or cash, or an older non-AF macro lens depending on your camera brand. if not, you can get a dedicated macro, though this will cost a lot.

if you are asking which you should get first, it depends on what you want to shoot. dedicated macro lenses can normally be used as a long portrait lens (eg. 55/60mm -> ard 80mm on crop sensor), but harder to be used for normal snapshots. wide-angle for landscape can be used for that.

on the other hand, the normal kit lens (for nikon and canon) is the 18-55 which is adequate for most landscapes alr. just get a screw on macro filter (eg. marumi close up filter, available in mass sales section) and you get both a landscape and a macro lens, for only $50. hope it helps
pardon me for my ignorance...i din know there is such macro filter :embrass: but that is a good idea too ... will check out the mass sales section ... thanks ;)
 

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mm well, extension tubes will work for all your future canon lenses, no matter what their filter sizes are, but the cheaper extension tubes will not allow you to AF or meter properly. they will also remove 1 stop from your lens (make it slower). more expensive ones ($150<) will let you use most of your lenses features though. they are a bit chunky to carry.

close-up filters are very thin and portable (can put in any pocket), but will affect image quality a bit. also, if you change to lens with different thread size, you won't be able to use.

the best IQ is true macro, but they are also the most expensive and most bulky.

more macro alternatives are
1) reverse mounting your lens- unmounting it and hand-holding it backwards over the hole in your camera/buying a reverse mounting ring
-high magnification
-free
-troublesome to focus and very fiddly (hard to hold steady)

2) double mounting your lens- buy a double male ring to mount 2 lens, one reverse mounted on another
-high magnification
-can use AF, metering etc
-light, only need to carry around double mount ring
-hard to hold still... very heavy

i'd suggest reading up/trying (the free) techniques before you go out and buy anything :)
 

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Can join some nature outing in CS, can see what the other CS bro/sis are using for reference
but the budget is another factor, haha.. :bsmilie:
 

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