Thirsty bee at our local park. Macroish shots with a non-macro lens

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davect01
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Thirsty bee at our local park. Macroish shots with a non-macro lens
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A bee that I spotted at our local park getting a drink

Pretty great result for the 18-135mm (not a macro lens by any means) and A6400 and a bit of cropping

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DenverSteve Contributing Member • Posts: 774
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Great. Thanks for sharing.

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DenverSteve wrote:

Great. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. For such a "boring" lens the 18-135mm gets a lot of use from me.

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DenverSteve Contributing Member • Posts: 774
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davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

Great. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. For such a "boring" lens the 18-135mm gets a lot of use from me.

I don't think there are any boring lenses if they take great photographs.  For me the "boring" lens is the one not being used to take photos.

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DenverSteve wrote:

davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

Great. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. For such a "boring" lens the 18-135mm gets a lot of use from me.

I don't think there are any boring lenses if they take great photographs. For me the "boring" lens is the one not being used to take photos.

Some "experts" will say any lens that is not f2.8 or better is garbage.  😜

But ya, most modern lenses will do well if you understand their limitations.

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DenverSteve Contributing Member • Posts: 774
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davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

Great. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. For such a "boring" lens the 18-135mm gets a lot of use from me.

I don't think there are any boring lenses if they take great photographs. For me the "boring" lens is the one not being used to take photos.

Some "experts" will say any lens that is not f2.8 or better is garbage. 😜

But ya, most modern lenses will do well if you understand their limitations.

None of those "experts" earn a living from photography. I worked as a photographer for over 30 years for most major magazines, news agencies, advertising agencies and companies and have never turned up my nose at any quality equipment. There are a host of world-class 4.0 & 3.5-5.6 (and other) lenses. People who think you need specific equipment to make great photos are - not photographers.

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piticoto Regular Member • Posts: 468
Re: Thirsty bee at our local park. Macroish shots with a non-macro lens

davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

Great. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. For such a "boring" lens the 18-135mm gets a lot of use from me.

I have the 18-135 line and A6100. With its zoom range it's great for outdoor and indoor. I wished that it was included in the post comparing lenses.

Son Of Mustang Ford Senior Member • Posts: 1,053
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Great pictures Dave.

i'll add to the lens debate by saying that although i really want 12mm and 20mm primes. i can see that this lens could easily be my next purchase.

Cheers. C

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Re: good focus, good zoom range
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Some of my last pictures of 2020. I had no problem to get a focus lock in dim light. The first one was at 18 mm focused on the white painted pine cone between the flowers, probably 0.4 m in front of the lens, and the second one at 135 mm about 3 m away, showing focus on one of the eyes with the smaller green square. Definitely the keeper rate went up for me and I'm happy that I don't have to swap lenses. Yes, focus performance depends mostly on the camera, and that's the main reason I decided to get the A6100, but I wanted 18-135 for a while and I'm glad that I bought the lens too.

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Re: Thirsty bee at our local park. Macroish shots with a non-macro lens

DenverSteve wrote:

davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

Great. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. For such a "boring" lens the 18-135mm gets a lot of use from me.

I don't think there are any boring lenses if they take great photographs. For me the "boring" lens is the one not being used to take photos.

Some "experts" will say any lens that is not f2.8 or better is garbage. 😜

But ya, most modern lenses will do well if you understand their limitations.

None of those "experts" earn a living from photography. I worked as a photographer for over 30 years for most major magazines, news agencies, advertising agencies and companies and have never turned up my nose at any quality equipment. There are a host of world-class 4.0 & 3.5-5.6 (and other) lenses. People who think you need specific equipment to make great photos are - not photographers.

Being a good photographer (in my opinion) means that you can take great images even with basic equipment.

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The range on the 18-135mm is wonderful.  I had the 28-70mm previously as my everyday carry and it was great but 28mm on APS-C was really tight indoors.

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Son Of Mustang Ford wrote:

Great pictures Dave.

i'll add to the lens debate by saying that although i really want 12mm and 20mm primes. i can see that this lens could easily be my next purchase.

Cheers. C

To be clear, a wonderful prime with a f1.8 is a wonderful thing to have. I have a couple and greatly enjoy them as well.

But if I am going out for an adventure and unsure as to what I will be encountering, the 18-135mm gets the nod every time.

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davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

davect01 wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

Great. Thanks for sharing.

No problem. For such a "boring" lens the 18-135mm gets a lot of use from me.

I don't think there are any boring lenses if they take great photographs. For me the "boring" lens is the one not being used to take photos.

Some "experts" will say any lens that is not f2.8 or better is garbage. 😜

But ya, most modern lenses will do well if you understand their limitations.

None of those "experts" earn a living from photography. I worked as a photographer for over 30 years for most major magazines, news agencies, advertising agencies and companies and have never turned up my nose at any quality equipment. There are a host of world-class 4.0 & 3.5-5.6 (and other) lenses. People who think you need specific equipment to make great photos are - not photographers.

Being a good photographer (in my opinion) means that you can take great images even with basic equipment.

Amen to that.

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well captured Dave, the 18-135 is a great lens, a couple of mine taking some close-ups

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DNSJR wrote:

well captured Dave, the 18-135 is a great lens, a couple of mine taking some close-ups

Some more great results ☺️

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Very nice Dave,
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Great closeups indeed - regardless of lens!  But also a good example of how solid the 18-135mm is as an all-around extended kit. It's what's on my camera all the time when I'm not using a specialist lens such as the big birding zooms.

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Re: Very nice Dave,

I was pleased with how well it stood up to cropping down as well.

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Nice sharp detailed image of that bee. Several Sony zooms are quite good at producing "near" macro images and In particular the SEL 18-200 OSS is great at that with a very good magnification a 200 mm. However the FE 70-300 is no slouch either as can be seen in this image of a Robber Fly (I believe):

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Joachim Wulfers wrote:

Nice sharp detailed image of that bee. Several Sony zooms are quite good at producing "near" macro images and In particular the SEL 18-200 OSS is great at that with a very good magnification a 200 mm. However the FE 70-300 is no slouch either as can be seen in this image of a Robber Fly (I believe):

Another fine example ☺️

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