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    Posted: 12 November 2012 at 13:01
I went to shop yesterday to ask them to order Sony tamron 90mm said they would call me but didn't.. Thais don't seem to want to do anything at times...

So, I am wondering for a playing around lens and I m ow I have tomget close up of getting Sony 30mm macro there are Sony shops here and know they can prob order.l it's just a tad over 100 pound.. The prime 35 mm is also the same price almost 100 pound saving buying both..

I also saw a sigma inthink it was 35mm can't remember now which was in the shop..l

It's driving me mad that every lens u can buy is canon or Nikon but not Sony yet they see the cameras.. I am getting very frustrated lol and it seems a long wait until march 7 then land in uk..

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Don't suppose you could get some relative in the UK to post one over? I know tamron's releasing a new version of the 90mm so there could be availability issues. Good alternatives would be the 60mm Tamron or preferably the 70mm sigma. The 30mm Sony's too wide for macro imho and has a very short mfd which makes it more or less useless for macro work outside of a studio
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 November 2012 at 14:30
I really like the 30 macro - you are ridiculously close at 1:1, but there is a world of close-up stuff you can do before 1:1 and the little 30 never gives up.
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You might want to check Power Buy if there's a branch near you. I was in their store in Sakon Nakhon,(N.E. Thailand) last week and was VERY surprised at the number of Sony lenses they have on display.

These included the 30mm macro and at least 8-10 other A mount lenses, including some 'higher end' ones. I can check prices if you have trouble getting the info (I sense from your post that you already know that trying to order, or even get information, can be frustrating in stores here sometimes).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 November 2012 at 15:07
Thanks for replies.l

Itnis, our powerbuy now longer sells Sony cameras.. I did two years ago got my a500 there and was a bargain .. All nikon canon and Olympus sadly..

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I think in regard having lense sent over from uk .. The lens is almost 80 cheaper here and then there is postage ..

I will have to think about the 30 mm macro if itnis too wide but I did think the photos in samples were okay.. I will have another look in town tomorrow..

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I am wondering now is this a good lens for flowers close up? As this is goingnto be my main thing capturing tropical,flowers


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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 November 2012 at 15:41
Debra; it really depends on what kind of macro pictures you are after.

Are you concentrating on tiny insects or something large like the flowering part of a plant? The 30mm Sony is very useful for the latter but useless (pretty much) at the former. It is, however, a nice little walkaround lens too!

Going from reviews only, the 35/1.8 is no slouch either in terms of image quality.

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You should check over the entire Macro section in the lens database, there has to be something available there other than the 30mm.

Some suggestions:

Sony 50mm 2.8
Sigma 50mm 2.8 EX DG
Tamron 60mm 2.0 Di II LD SP
Sigma 70mm 2.8 EX DG
Sony 100mm 2.8
Sigma 105mm EX DG OS

Some of these are probably out of your price range but might be good to check anyway, something like the Sigma 50mm should be relatively affordable. All of these are current production models so you should, at least in theory, be able to find them new in stores.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure the 30mm is a fine lens, its just that the working distance is going to be soooo short with a lens that wide. I think 50mm is about as wide as you really want to go for a macro lens. Something in the 70-90mm range is better for flowers in my experience, at 30mm you're going to be trampling over everything just to get close enough to take the photo.

For the price though you really can't go wrong with the 30mm. Even if it isn't ideal, it is dirt cheap.
The 35mm 1.8 is also an excellent general purpose "walk around" prime lens, great for low light shooting.

One last thought, though they might not have these lenses in stock, is it possible for them to special order a lens for you?

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Hi earthquake

It is so hard buying lens here they just dont want to know I have even said Oder Bangkok I will try one more time.. I suppose if my d in law went may be different or they r just awkward lol..

The Sony lense here are expensive as is the tamron 60mm.l more than the 90 mm I think they are selling end of line big camera is the shop where as Sony lens from Sony shop are not cheaper..

I have my 35-105 macros hitch is passable but I really want a 1.1

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Balaacau more for flowers flowers here are not in flowerbeds especially orchids.. Although I would love to get some good photos of insects..

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From personal experience, anything 50 - 70mm is perfect for flowers on apsc. 60 - 70mm gives a good balance between working length and field of view. With a 90mm, I often found that I needed to back up more than was possible to get the whole flower in frame(shooting in a botanical garden).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2012 at 07:23
Went back into town today and zilch..

So I will wait u til march and either see if the 90mm has gone down or see about getting the new lens..

Also..

I will get a 17-50 or was it 70 so much reading I get lost in all the info..

I was also going to get the 70-300 tamron but came to the conclusion to buy a new beercan and a 100-300 apo Minolta.. Hopefully by next year will hope some members may be selli g some of these lens and the min 135 as it seems to have a good write up and lots of people seem to like it here that will be for portrait..

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Nappa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2012 at 08:47
With UK prices so high especially with the VAT what about a cheap flight to Penang. KL or Singapore?
Make a weekend of it by train!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2012 at 12:38
I have a visa run next month and have looked on line and the 90mm was expensive but I will,still look in the shops while there for the day just incase

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 November 2012 at 13:08
Originally posted by Debra Debra wrote:

I am wondering now is this a good lens for flowers close up? As this is goingnto be my main thing capturing tropical,flowers


Flowers tend to be a good bit short of true macro, as such the 30 would suit - a bonus of the 30 with flowers is that you can actually take pictures of flowers from underneath..
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