Different Lenses

deep battle [deleted] 3:26pm, 10 August 2010
After owning my A330 for a few weeks now i have come to think about the lenses i could use.

I love portaits and street photography and wonder what the best lens/MM would be to capture this.

Would a smaller MM give better types of images?

(feel free to look at my stream to critic my images)
For portrait pictures I think everyone in this group would recommend a 50mm. It's the "go-to" for portrait pictures. Sony has a nice one for cheep ($150 usd), or you could get one of the used Minolta ones off ebay for a bit cheeper ($80-100 usd). They will also be much faster in low light (f1.7 aperture). I have the Minolta 50mm f1.7 and absolutely love it. Quite often I don't need a flash for indoor pictures. They also get a good shallow DOF (depth of field) which gives you that blurred background look and nice bokah.
Once you play with one of these lenses for a while, you'll understand everything I just mentioned.
ßobby55 8 years ago
Looking at your stream, you are doing just fine with the 18-55mm, some nice pics there.
I have the same lens and I've found it sharpest at 18mm and f/5.6 or f/8
I also have the nifty fifty portrait and the 75-300 but I prefer to go for close up shots so the zoom is my personal choice.
As Jon says, the 50mm portrait is a nice lens but you do need to zoom with your feet and getting up close and personal can make the subject feel uneasy.
deep battle [deleted] 8 years ago
Thank you both for the reply.

I am heading to Borough Market in London tomorrow for some london market style street photography shots. Ill keep the 50mm on the camera to start and if needed go for the 18-55mm or 70-300mm when i get there.
Let us know how it goes.
ßobby55 8 years ago
Interested to know the results. keep us posted.
deep battle [deleted] Posted 8 years ago. Edited by deep battle (member) 8 years ago
So i went to the market today. Main problem i came across was the rain than was never ending. I managed to get some good images. I have noticed i am taking the same types of images, all be it slightly different.

I have loaded the better images and as ever all unedited.

ßobby55 8 years ago
The nifty fifty has served you well there Ryan, some very good shots. The old man has fantastic face, but a little tweaking to lose the plastic bottles would make a nice shot even better. Did you take any with the other lenses as a comparison?

deep battle [deleted] 8 years ago
I wanted to use the 300mm and the kit lens. Due to the rain it was alot harder than i thought to change the lens. I was worried that rain or water may enter the camera.

I will go back in a few weeks and try some more lenses.

As ever i am always happy for the thoughts and views

Some-one-else 8 years ago
I recently bought the SAM 50mm 1.8 I am very pleased with the lens. I would like to see the difference between that and the F1.4
nycckynyc PRO 8 years ago
I was debating between the 1.8 and the 1.4 also, and would also like to see the difference between the two? Anyone have something like that??
Blackriver Images 8 years ago
I tested both lenses before I went with the f/1.8. If your not going full frame anytime soon I don't think the f/1.4 is worth the extra money. The only other advantage is has is the metal mount... so if your rough with your lenses or want to go FF eventually you might want to spend the money to get the 1.4 otherwise stick with the 1.8. Optically it's just as good. Last thing is the 1.8 is a tad noisier.

Regarding the original post. Sounds like if anything you might want a similar lens to the 18-55mm kit but perhaps with a bit more range and a bit faster for those shaded shots.

Sigma has two 17-70mm digital only lenses that would work nice at roughly 600 and 700 respectively. The newer one is f/2.8-4 while the older cheaper one is f/2.8-4.5. Both would be a noticeable increase in image quality over the 18-55 kit.

Another great option for a walk around lens and nice upgrade from the kit lens is the DT Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5.

And... if you really want the speed to shoot in lower light there is the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II. This will also be a nice upgrade from the kit lens but wont give you range of the others but at f/2.8 you'll be able to shoot in darker conditions without a tripod.

Finally if your happy with the image quality of your kit but want a little more versatility you might want to look at the Sony 18-250mm. Not as fast as the ones I mentioned but you can basically walk around and get about any shot providing the light is fine. This lens will still be a an increase in image quality over your kit lens just wont get you to the top level.

My set of shots all with the Sony 18-250mm.
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