Looking for a lens for close-up (1-5 feet) pet photography. Macro or wide lens?

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kgor93 Junior Member • Posts: 28
Looking for a lens for close-up (1-5 feet) pet photography. Macro or wide lens?

I have an A6300 with the 16-50mm OSS f/3.5-5.5 lens as my general use lens am
A bit of background, my main use for the camera is to take pictures and video of shelter cats in lowish light conditions. I post the pictures on social media to try and get these guys adopted. I've used my iPhone 8+ in a pinch for video but I think the A6300 can really shine with pictures.

Probably the biggest thing I need in a lens is a short focal length. So maybe a macro? I'm usually flying solo at the shelter trying to get pictures so if they're in my lap in a cute position, I need to be able to catch that. I've tried using a tripod and the app... it's not something that I find doable. So much lag. And the 50mm needs to be a good 3+ feet away to get a focus. So yeah, would a macro fit what I'm trying to do? Most of my pictures will be shot from a distance of 1'-5' from the cat with mediocre light at the shelter. Or maybe a wide lens?

Here are some pictures of a cat I took in below-average light at the shelter taken with the 16-50mm. I do like the kit lens, but in general I find that it has a very soft focus, even when there's adequate light.


I tried out the Sony f/1.8 35mm lens. It was okay. Couldn't get used to the crop factor though. So I returned it for the Sony f/1.8 50mm that I have now. It's weird, the 50mm has even more of a crop factor, but it has amazing sharpness and definition....

Here are some shots of the Sony f/1.8 50mm lens. Many of them are blurry but there are a few good ones.

So any advice?

Sony a6300
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