Photography Equipment

Chris As I've already made clear I'm new to photography after moving to southwest Florida needing a new hobby. Things have changed quite a bit so I did a lot of reading and decided to buy a Sony α6300 E-mount camera with APS-C Sensor which is a mirrorless model. I went with a package deal with the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/ 16-50mm and 55-210mm Power Zoom Lenses. I am pretty pleased with all aspects so far but have a lot to learn and rank myself as a base amateur with realistic expectations that I will improve.

I learned rather quickly that the kit approach isn't the best way to go because the lenses provided aren't all that good and the lens quality is directly proportional to the quality of the photo. I'm not saying a top quality lens will create top quality photos but I do know a poor quality lens will make a well composed photo appear poor.

I would really like to have a Sony FE 100-400mm with a reach that would be ideal for wildlife photos but $2500 is way too steep for me for a lens. Hell, it's way too much for me to spend on a camera and lens! It's hard not to get serious "lens envy" when visiting popular rookeries or sanctuaries and seeing equipment that costs more than my vehicle.

10/24/18 - I bought a Sony 18-200mm which is pretty ideal for a single lens to always have on the camera since I really dont like to carry more than just the camera. It's not ideal for wildlife but it's pretty darn good and an improvement over what I had.

04/13/19 - I have been bitten by the bug to get a lens with more reach and have decided 300mm should be a good length and have ordered a Sony FE 70-300mm lens. I'm looking forward to how it performs and hopefully exceeds my expectations.

More later...

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