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Sony alpha a6000 lens options

Discussion in 'Photography Chat Forum' started by Happy Camper, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper New Member

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    I am a total newbie and just purchased a Sony alpha a6000 as I wanted a better camera, not bulky, and in my price range. My husband and I go camping and hiking a lot in the mountains and national parks etc. so I love taking photos of landscapes, wildlife, plants, and wanting to start night sky photos. I have the 18-50 lens and the 55-210 that came in the bundle. I have been looking on amazon and I am now at a loss on what would be the best options I found an 18mm wide angle and 14 mm but not sure what would be better for what I want to do. I definitely need some affordable options as sonys lenses are so stinking expensive. Any advice or suggestions would be fabulous. Again a newbie so I have nothing!
  2. MikeB

    MikeB Always on Premium Member

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    Hi, You have a very nice high resolution camera that is best served by high resolution lenses.

    The Samyang 12mm f/2.0 wide-angle lens (18mm equivalent) provides an excellent wide angle of view and is a nice fast lens for astrophotography. This is a fast, inexpensive lens. However, it is all manual - focus and aperture and provides no communication with the camera (no EXIF). Manually focusing a wide angle lens is fairly simple, and when shooting the night sky you will want to use a tripod anyway.

    An inexpensive approach for getting great lenses at low cost is to pickup some used m42 lenses and using an adapter to the E-Mount. The lens will need to be manual focus and apeture, but there are some great lenses available for unbelievable prices.

    If you want to have autofocus and camera controlled apeture, you can pickup some used lenses for the Canon EF mount (Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Samyang, etc.) and use the Metabones adapter to the E-Mount. The adapter is a bit expensive but opens up a world of great lenses. For example the Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens is one of Canon's best lenses, it is a macro lens, and great for portraits.

    By the way, this thread should be under the "Photography Chat Forum" as this is not actually a review. Also, stop in to the "Who Are You" forum and tell us more about yourself and your photography.
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  3. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    There is no need to create two identical threads in two different sections. One will do.
  4. Gate Keeper

    Gate Keeper Here a lot Premium Member

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    Apologies to the OP for piggy backing the thread. I am seriously considering getting a mirrorless camera and found Mikes advice most helpful, thank you Mike for writing it up.
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