Best lenses for Sony a6000??

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  1. Kalinadenault

    Kalinadenault TPF Noob!

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    hello friends, totally new to photography.
    I'm into taking pictures of cars, people and animals.

    What are the best lenses for these types of shoots?

    Thanks:)


     
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    There is no such thing as 'the best'. Of anything. If there were, it would be the only one on the market.

    There's far too much that goes into these types of decisions to overly-generalize lenses into things like 'the best'. Size, weight, filter size, filter rotation, focus throw, autofocus, minimum and maximum aperture, presence of aperture ring, number of aperture blades and their shape, minimum focus, AF focus speed, quality of any AF motor, etc. All of these factors are going to impact your decision, and each will need to be analyzed as to how they affect the results you are wanting to acquire.

    Think of it this way. Suppose you were asked "What's the best vehicle?" and you answered "Porsche 911". Ever see a farmer hauling a hay rack with a 911? Or a family of 8 on vacation in one?

    And more importantly, your budget. "The best" lens may be $3000, but if you have only $750 to spend, it's kind of a moot point.
     
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    stick with the kit lens until you can answer that question yourself.
     
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    Yeah start with the lens that came with it. Then as you develop your foundation in photography move towards figuring out which type of pictures you want to shoot with cars, people and animals


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    Hi,
    it is indeed a difficult decision. Because you can shoot a car with an extreme wideangle lens and it can look really cool, and on the other hand you can shoot it with a long telephoto lens and it can look really cool ;).
    Anyway - one lens I recommend to anyone is a 50mm f1.8 lens. Sony/Zeiss have a few in that range, the most affordable one being SEL-50F18B for around 300 US$. This is a good modern portrait lens, especially on the a6000 and also a nice lens for photographing kids. Unfortunately E-mount lenses in general are not cheap.
    For the rest: if you can show us some sample image in regard to what look you´d like to achieve, we can tell you more.
    Plus: as mentioned a pricerange.
     
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    I, personally, prefer my Sony 18-135 SAM (it says SAL on the label). It never leaves the camera unless I need Macro<1:4 or Tele>135mm, which is seldom.
     
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    You are going to be a bit limited with zoom lenses for E-mount (as mentioned, if you got a lot of cash you can get some good glass). Fixed focal length is abundant from various vendors.
    If you already have the 16-50mm, then I suggest the 55-210mm in addition.
     
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    I purchased just the body then the Sony-Zeiss 24 1.8 separately. It works for me as an all purpose and surprisingly I can even get some decent macros because of the lens' high quality and the camera's 24 megapixels.
     
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    The 20mm 2.8 is supposed to be pretty decent for the price, and it's still relatively small.

    I tried the 16mm and it was no better than the kit 16-50mm, and resold it the next day.
     
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    Believe it or not, the 16-50 kit lens is hard to beat. I have a Sigma 30mm f2.8 on the way that I am hoping will push the 24mp sensor on my a6000 to its' limits. Sigma also makes a 19mm and a 60mm that get good reviews and are very reasonable in price. But, until you know all the limitations of your 16-50 kit lens you will be stabbing in the dark buying other lenses
     
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    If you bought from Amazon you could just return it and they come pick it up for free. :)
     
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    I'm sure that the Sony/Zeiss 16-70 would more than do the job but, it is like $1,000.00!!!. The 16-55 kit that comes with the camera is more than adequate for what you are doing. A lot of the time we are like little boys playing with our toys when it comes to our camera equipment. We just want something new to play with and it has little to do with actually taking pictures. No big deal, I have a Sigma 30mm 2.8 I haven't even unboxed yet. I love buying equipment I don't really need, I have a closet full of the stuff. But, I could do what I do photographically with one camera and 2 lenses.
     

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