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05-02-2009, 03:57 PM   #1
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Which lens to use on botanical garden ?

Hi all

Question is: Which lens to use on botanical garden ?

DFA 100 ? zooms ? primes FA ?

Pick two or three lenses at the most and let me know why

Thanks

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Hi all

Question is: Which lens to use on botanical garden ?

DFA 100 ? zooms ? primes FA ?

Pick two or three lenses at the most and let me know why

Thanks
The last time I worked a botanical garden, I used the DA* 16-50 for most of it, with the occasional use of the M 100/4 macro. When I was shooting film, the FA 24-90 was the lens of choice, and again the 100 macro.
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Depends if you are shooting single subjects or landscapes, really.

I just went to Van Dusen with the DA 21, FA 43, and DA 50-135.
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It's often not easy to move around in a crowded botanical garden. So a zoom lens is a great help.

If you have to use flash, it will be mostly direct flash (vs bounce). So flash use should be limited. Fast lens helps available-light photography.

You may want to take some macro photos, not necessarily 1:1, but the ability to do 1:2 will be nice.

I'd bring my 18-50mm 1:2.8 and my 90mm 1:2.8 macro. If I could sneak it another small lens, it would be my 50mm 1:1.4.

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Last weekend I was in a local botanical garden and used my 18-55 and 50-200 kit lenses They worked fine, although I had to change lenses a lot of times (some flowers were too close for 50-200, others too far away for 18-55).
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I was thinking about FA31 and DFA 100 but maybe it's better to go tamron 17-50 f2.8 and DFA 100 since this way probably it will be easier
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I would take my DA 40 Ltd. Itīs a universal and sharp fixed-focal-lens for all activities. Off course, it doesnīt macro.
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Is moisture an issue here? Would you need the weather sealing of a 16-50mm star?

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Is moisture an issue here? Would you need the weather sealing of a 16-50mm star?

On this specific botanical garden there are also some areas of "hot houses" where humidity is really high due to flora inside.
I'm not changing lens inside those but only before entering or after exiting.

(edit: I don't have (yet) any weather sealing lens)
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On this specific botanical garden there are also some areas of "hot houses" where humidity is really high due to flora inside.
I'm not changing lens inside those but only before entering or after exiting.
It's not that big issue, really. I was also worried about the high temperature and humidity of the glass-houses. But there were no issues and I changed the lenses a lot in those. There were only 2 minor issues: after an hour I could see some vapour in the VF and the cheap LCD protector foil started to come off. Note, that neither my K-m, nor my lenses are weather-sealed.
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A 50mm Macro or 100mm Macro would be ideal for flowers and bugs. Personally I'd go with the 100mm macro as it can do nice portraits and candids too.
For a second lens, a moderate wide angle to shoot landscape or architectural type shots would be my pick. Even the kit lens can do the job here.
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Hi all

Question is: Which lens to use on botanical garden ?

DFA 100 ? zooms ? primes FA ?

Pick two or three lenses at the most and let me know why

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I shoot ALOT at the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I've probably used every lens I have except my 300mm! Of them all I'd say that the FA 20-35 is my favorite garden lens. Plenty wide enough most of the time and it is a close focusing lens with great bokeh. If you anticipate crowds a longer lens is very handy, I use anything from my A 70-210 to my 77 ltd, 90mm macro and the my 135 F2.5.
If you are going to take only one lens I'd say a zoom like the Tamron 28-75 F2.8 would be very practical.
Some characteristics to consider, I find close up ability is important, and secondly good bokeh to isolate your subjects.
If I'm going to shoot in humid greenhouses, I bring along a package of Nikon Fog lens wipes, they really do work, and don't forget to use them on your eyepiece too! I've changed lenses several times in humid greenhouses and I haven't had a problem but I set it up to be as quick as I possibly can.
I could go on and on so I better stop here!

edit:
Ok good thing to read the full post! :8). I bring a good zoom that has close-up capabilities like either the kit lens/ the above mentioned tamron, or something like that. I'd bring my favorite portrait lens because many flower shots are really portraits, and I'd bring a short/medium tele for some reach if I can't get as close as I want. The tele can be either a prime like the pentax 100 macro, or a zoom like either the 50-135 or the afore mentioned 70-210. If you bring a short tele/macro like the Pentax 100 you might think about a monopod if the garden allows it. (they mostly do for outside but usually not for inside).

NaCl(for gardens closer and wider is probably better)H2O

Last edited by NaClH2O; 05-04-2009 at 06:44 PM. Reason: didn't see the two to three lenses
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