Re: Help a newb with a lens question...please
The lenses you have are almost certainly "good enough"! They may not be entirely suitable for some subjects, but throwing money at a lens upgrade isn't going to make you a better photographer.
Also taken a few other pictures that I'm really happy / proud of. However my question is...are the lenses enough? By that I mean, is the kit lens an ideal, everyday lens, or should I now be looking at getting something else?
Get a tripod. A good one. There are several good brands but you should be concerned about not buying one which is too light to support your kit properly. A 300mm lens requires quite a lot of support. If you need to carry it around a lot weight is an issue, a lighter one will cost more money.
Iíd like to have a foray into the world of macro photography. My main concern is that I donít want to go out and spend a huge amount of money on a couple of lenses when I may not really use them. I am also looking into a tripod...I know, still havenít bought one yet!
A good tripod is a lifetime investment, spending upwards of £200 is very reasonable. A cheap one is likely to be about as much as a chocolate teapot and will probably fall apart in months if not weeks. Some are easier to use than others, and handling is rather personal: some people love Benbos, others find using them like wrestling with bagpipes. Either find someone near you who will let you play with theirs, or go to a really good camera shop with your camera & tele zoom & try a few.
After you've got the tripod: get a cable release to enable you to use it effectively (the electronic variety are not particularly cheap, but far more convenient than a cable release with modern cameras which have no cable socket), then consider a decent macro lens (the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro comes highly regarded by a number of users on this forum, including me, and is really rather good value for money).
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