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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Lenses for a Sony a33

So I'm going to be going to Australia and New Zealand for a month and I figured I would have some great opportunities for landscape and wildlife photos. However, I just know that the stock lense is not going to satisfy me.

What should I look for when shopping for wide angle and telephoto lenses?


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Re: Lenses for a Sony a33

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So I'm going to be going to Australia and New Zealand for a month and I figured I would have some great opportunities for landscape and wildlife photos. However, I just know that the stock lense is not going to satisfy me.

What should I look for when shopping for wide angle and telephoto lenses?
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Re: Lenses for a Sony a33

I think I would be too sad to give it up when finished

Plus, I really want to keep working on photography as a hobby, and having to keep on renting the same lens just wouldn't make sense to me.


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Re: Lenses for a Sony a33

renting in my opinion is only worth it if your need a lens for a project or job for a weekend or something that is drastically out of your price range (like canon L series for me)

I dont know that much about the alpha's but i know they can use some minolta lenses too. As for landscapes a wide angle would be awesome if you can afford it. Telephoto's you can usually pick up pretty cheap because theyre not the greatest or crispest quality, but they get they job done for wildlife. I have a 70-300 that i got for 350 a few years ago for my film slr and it actually works pretty well for what it is. I suggest picking up a 1.8 50mm too, or something close to that for low light and walking around. I absolutely love my 50mm lens especially for portraits and really shallow depth of field shots.

How much are you looking to spend.


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Re: Lenses for a Sony a33

I'm thinking about this one. Two for one, and I haven't read a bad review yet.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...f_3_5_6_3.html


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I'm thinking about this one. Two for one, and I haven't read a bad review yet.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...f_3_5_6_3.html
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If you have the 18-55mm, get the 70-300 for the wildlife. Lenses with a huge focal range like that tend to sacrifice image quality for the convenience.

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Re: Lenses for a Sony a33

I don't have any wide angle or telephoto lenses yet, but I do have a Sony a300 and two lenses in addition to the kit lens. One is a 30 mm macro (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._f_2_8_DT.html) and the other is a 50 mm (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._f_1_8_DT.html). Both are primes because I can't afford any nice adjustable lenses.
The macro is obviously much better with extremely close objects, but really hard for me to focus on anything 10-20 feet away because of how small the adjustment becomes to focus at that distance. I find the camera can't even focus itself at that range when set on auto focus. The 50 mm takes amazing pictures everywhere. The website even claims a minimum focus distance of 5.1", but I don't know about that. Be prepared though, you might need to take a few steps back when using the 50 mm, because it has a much narrower field than the 30 mm. It's an awesome lens though, for only $150. When it's wide open (f1.8), it takes great pictures with low light, and creates a lot of depth. Judging by the 18-250mm lens you linked, your budget might be a lot higher than mine, but I like both of my primes far better than the kit lens, and would certainly recommend the 50 mm between the two of them.

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Re: Lenses for a Sony a33

yea i wouldnt spend 500 on that lense, a wide angle and super zoom telephoto should be different lenses. Chances are if the focal range is 18 all the way to 250 the image quality isnt gunna be as great. Kit lenses at 18-55 can take pretty decent landscapes. 50 mm is great for low light, portraits, DOF, and as a walk around lens, 70-300(ish) is a decent starter lens for telephoto. Id start with those three bc a good wide angle is expensive for low budget and has specific uses(which you might no use very much). After you get used to those three than you might choose to sell one of yours if you dont find a use for it very much, or then you'll be able to know what kinda lens you want to upgrade to next to fit in with your others or you feel like is missing from your kit. I'd love a wide angle but i cant spend 600-700 on one right now. My 18-85 does great with landscapes.


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Re: Lenses for a Sony a33

My only qualm is that I don't want to be hauling around 3 or 4 different lenses around the outback or wherever else we'll be going on my trip. I'm still somewhat of a beginner too, and I don't feel like I need oodles of lenses at the moment. Although this one is heavier than the stock lens, I think it should fit my needs reasonably well. All of the reviews I've read of it have been great.


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Trust me, you will get disappointed with the 18-250. If you don't mind the severe distortion you'll get, then I guess its fine. You said you want to work on photography as a hobby. Better start it the right way. And you don't need to lug around 3-4 lenses, you're stock lens plus the 70-300, or even Sony's 55-200, would cover most of the range you'll need. They're not that heavy either.

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