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What Lens Should I Use For...

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I follow a ton of photography groups on Facebook and Instagram along with countless websites where I here questions that start out, "I just bought this (brand) mirrorless camera and I wonder what lens I need to shoot, (XYZ)..." When it comes to landscape, nature, wildlife, and macro photography with mirrorless cameras, there are several lenses that are well-suited for these genres. Here are some recommendations:

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1. Wide-angle lens: A wide-angle lens is essential for capturing expansive landscapes. Look for lenses with focal lengths between 14mm and 24mm. Popular options include the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L.

2. Telephoto lens: For wildlife and nature photography, a telephoto lens with a longer focal length is ideal. Consider lenses with focal lengths between 200mm and 600mm. Examples include the Nikon NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S and the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

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Colorado Blue Columbine

3. Macro lens: To capture intricate details of small subjects, a dedicated macro lens is a must. Look for lenses with a 1:1 magnification ratio and focal lengths around 90mm to 105mm. Recommended options include the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS.

4. All-in-one zoom lens: If you prefer versatility and don't want to switch lenses frequently, an all-in-one zoom lens can be a good choice. These lenses offer a wide focal length range, allowing you to capture a variety of subjects. Examples include the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD and the Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS.

5. Prime lenses: Prime lenses offer excellent image quality and wider apertures, which can be advantageous for low-light conditions or achieving a shallow depth of field. Popular prime lenses for these genres include the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM and the Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S.

Remember that lens selection also depends on the specific camera system you are using, as different manufacturers offer various lens options. It's essential to consider factors such as image quality, autofocus performance, and your budget when choosing the best lens for your needs.

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