I tried a few searches, but the results were a little overwhelming to sort through and many were not specifically what I'm looking for.
I'm a total newbie to DSLR cameras, having only ever had a P&S and so never had to think at all about the lens really (besides if it had a good "zoom" or not).
Since I'm trying to learn mostly by reading up on stuff, and then going out experimenting, I'm finding that the results from some of the experiments are leaving me more confused than they are educating me. This could be from trying too many different things at once.
So as a start point, what should I not be trying to make this lens do, so that I don't waste the little bit of camera-in-hand learning time that work and life allows me, by getting conflicting results that only confuse the learning experience, or by trying things the lens just isn't going to be suitable to do?
Basically if I get a rough idea of what this lens isn't able to do, and even better some ideas of what it might do reasonably well, I can limit my practice sessions to those things, and have a better chance of learning something from the results, so any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
- Can this lens be used away from town to get night skies with say 30second exposures, or will they be really disappointing (I have a programmable remote for longer exposures if that would work)?
- Is it going to be suitable or not suitable for indoor photography - (I have a 430EXII speedlight I can use) - such as my daughter's graduation etc?
- I'm guessing it has limited macro capability? So I'm guessing that I'm limited to not much more than the odd close-up of flowers etc?
Thanks in advance