papa-dash [deleted] 12:11pm, 21 July 2013
Recently upgraded from A-300 to A-65. Fantastic camera. I have three lenses, Sony 35mm 1.8, tamron 70--300 4-5.6 di, and the sony 85 mm 1.4 (Zeiss design). Leaving in three days on Alaskan cruise. I actually have two questions. Given my available lenses, what would be the best lense for the expansive landscapes that I will be capturing. I am thinking the 35mm as it is my widest angle lense. However, my other lenses are better quality (glass). Suggestions appreciated. Second, any recommendations on wide angle zoom lenses would be appreciated.
kinekt 3 years ago
do you still have your A300?....if so, take both cameras and all three lenses.
but yes your 35mm would be the best for landscapes as it's the widest....unless you want to take some panoramic images with your other lenses
papa-dash [deleted] 3 years ago
Thanks for the input . I did think about taking some pano's - I would think the 85mm would be the best for the panos just based on the quality of the lens - Why would you suggest taking the a300?
Simon Lawrence Photography [deleted] 3 years ago
Your 35mm will be the best lens for landscapes but if you want to find the abstract in the landscape your tamron 70-300 should be your lens of choice. With only three days to go you are not leaving much time to get another lens but take a look at Tamrons 10-24mm and 17-50mm zooms.

As for taking your A300 if you can fit in your camera bag and are happy with the extra weight why not take it?

papa-dash [deleted] 3 years ago
Thanks for the responses. I purchases the 85mm primarily for portraits but I wasn't sure about using it for landscapes. So 35mm generally. I will likely try all three depending on the perspective I'm looking for but the comments certainly help with a starting point. As you mentioned Simon, I don't have time to obtain a wide angle zoom prior to my trip but looking forward to adding it to my bag in the near future. Thanks for the advice.
photobuf PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by photobuf (member) 3 years ago
Best lens, is the one you didn't mention, the Sony 16-50 F2.8, which has an SSM motor in it, and it's dust and moisture sealed. On the cheap a Tamron 17-50 F2.8, but it has a weaker build (build isn't it's strong points or durability over time) and known issues (considered it at one time, but issues with the lens kept me from buying it, glad I waited for the Sony 16-50 F2.8, pricier but much better lens overall). Also the Sony 16-50 F2.8 is supported in the Sony lens profiles for distortion correction (in jpeg mode). Recently used it a a classic car show and it performed very well in tight quarters. 16/17-50's are also handy for portraits, full body shots, group shots or in tight quarters. Very versatile range, worth checking out if you are into portraits.

For landscapes also the basic Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 is a very good lens for the price (I also use this lens). IMO better built and better than the bulky Tamron 10-24 that has a very bulky lens hood to take up lots of extra space one's bag. UWA's are a special purpose lens, and can distort, but IMO give the feeling of width in landscapes in a normal frame size, panoramas have an unusual shape, but capture everything in a even wider plane.

In the lenses you listed, you don't have one lens that I'd classify as a wide angle on a c sensor camera with a 1.5X crop factor. Your widest the 35mm, has a FOV of 52.5 on a FF camera, so it's close to a 50mm on a FF camera.

An easy option with what you have is to use your 35mm, and do panoramas, that way it's a quick fix and something you have already. Just learn how to use the panorama feature on the A-65, if you haven't already.

Too bad you didn't purchase your A-65 with the 16-50 F2.8, usually the lens is cheaper in a bundle with A-65/77.
papa-dash [deleted] 3 years ago
Thanks photobuf. I will likely stay with sony for my next lense and the 16-50 2.8 is tops on my list. Only started getting serious about photography about 6 months ago. When i purchased the 35 mm i didnt fully understand the crop factor on aps-c sensors. Its still a useful indoor low light lense but when i originally got it was for landscape purposes. lesson learned. Maybe not a true wide angle but i think it will suffice for the time being. I have been practicing pano's but had not tried with the 35mm. I"ll give it a shot and see how it turns out. Thanks for all of the helpful comments from all.
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