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11-05-2010, 08:28 AM   #1
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What lens for flowers and landscape

I want to start taking photos of flowers and small flower gardens also some landscape shots.
What is a really good lens for that. I know nothing about the small lens and this work.
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11-05-2010, 08:38 AM   #2
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Without knowing your budget or what you mean by 'Small", The DA12-24 f4 is a nice all around lens that will get you what you want.

Pentax DA 12-24 - a set on Flickr

Actually any wide angle will probably do because you can get real close to your subject with them but this is one instance where I actually like a zoom.

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I like the 12-24 for a lot of things, but it only focuses to about 1 foot, so single flowers will likely not fill the frame, if that is what you are looking for.

The Sigma 18-50 macro or similar may be a (cheaper) alternative if getting really close is important. It is barely wide enough for landscape, I would say, however.
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I use a 16-50 DA*, which is good for landscapes and OK for flowers. I think for flowers you will really want a macro lens, so that you can get in close and focus sharply on details. Most macro lenses wouldn't really be all that suitable for landscapes - maybe see if you can borrow or rent a lens or two to try, and find out what works for you. Good luck!

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The kit lens does reasonably well. Use it the way you'd like to, and see where the limitations are - not enough magnification, say, for flowers, etc. What you might do is use the kit lens as benchmark and then see which lenses have a greater maximum magnification.

For much landscape work, the kit lens range is good as well. Again, see what the limitations are relative to how you want to shoot and that will give you the additional info you need.

The 16-45 is another good choice.
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One of nifty things about the DA14mm is its short focal distance (~ 5"). While a tad bigger then the DA 15mm, it is fast (f2.8), and relatively cheaper (~ $450 used). One aspect of this lens I like (other then clarity and good color rendition) is the ability to shoot an item as a straightforward object when it is in the middle of the image or somewhat distorted if it is at the edge of the capture. It provides some interesting flexilbity in composition....

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What about the 35mm LTD macro? It's as sharp as sharp could be, can do wonderful macro for flowers and such, and is still wide enough for landscape work. Not a wide-angle, sure, but it would strike a good middle ground for both kinds of shots.
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on a budget, DA16-45.

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Landscapes can be shot with manual focus lenses and manual focus lenses can be put on tubes for macro.

A few older primes (28 3.5, 50 2.0, 135 3.5) some tubes and you will have something that is not only is inexpensive, but covers both of your objectives.

Takumars are wonder manual focus lenses. This landscape was taken on a lens made in 1964. It is a 135 3.5 Takumar Preset lens on a tripod with a longer exposure to smooth out the tide. I splurged on this lens and spent about $50.



This was taken with the same 135 3.5. It is rather large flower in our garden. Both photos were taken this summer/fall.


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Nice shots stover98074.
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The da 21mm makes a great flower and landscape lens. If you practice with it, the lens can be used for a practical all purpose everything lens. As long as you don't expect miracles with short telephoto or extreme low light.
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Since the da21 has such a close focus for a non-macro lens, it makes for a pretty good semi-macro like lens too for small things.
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Da 10-17 is pretty good.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I like the 12-24 for a lot of things, but it only focuses to about 1 foot, so single flowers will likely not fill the frame, if that is what you are looking for.

The Sigma 18-50 macro or similar may be a (cheaper) alternative if getting really close is important. It is barely wide enough for landscape, I would say, however.
While that may be true, it is still quite a nice floral photography lens.





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what about the da18-55 II? maybe it's the cheapest choice


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