Decisions Desicions....Sony Lenses

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  1. Photo Phil

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    Well I have been doing some research on the Sony 50mm f1.4 and research on the Sony 11-18 mm f4.5-5.6. The thing is that I'm torn between the two. I understand that they are completely two different lenses. The 50mm is about $350.00 and the wide angle is $650.00. I like to take landscape photos and the wide would work well but i also like indoor shots and portraits. Price is not and issue as I'm about 3/4 of the way to the 650.00 mark. Is there a common point/factor. Can i use both lenses for taking the same pictures as to were i don't have to switch all the time. Can I still use the wide angle for portraits and others photos. I know its not as fast as the 50mm but, im trying to find a common point for the two and go with one for the time being. Any help would be great!

    I would definately like to have both lenses eventually.

    Hope I explained my self well enough. Thanks again.
     
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    I read your ideas and think i know what you mean by "a common point/factor" but there really isn't one, no.

    No, not really. The things that the ultra-wide is good for is different than what the 50 is good for.

    Case in point - You can take portraits with a wide but it's difficult (very difficult) to get a beauty or fashion look to them. 50mm is hard enough. Most portraiture is around 80mm somewhere. But I guess a 50 on the sony is pretty close to 80 anyway right? So maybe it's fine.


    From what you say you like to photograph I would get the 50mm 1st and then the ultra-wide later.

    BTW, you know of course that Minolta lenses will work on your Sony right? At least the Sony cameras i looked at could use Minolta lenses... :D
     
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    Well i guess i am going to have to weigh my options on what i like to photograph more. Thanks for your opinion. Ill take the comments into consideration and hopefully come up with something.
     
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    In the nature of FYI, the Minolta 50mm 1.7 is considered a much better lens than the Sony 50mm 1.4 at a lower price of under $100, if you are planning to put it on a Sony Alpha.

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