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    New Sony user, A200

    Hi guys, new to the site. I recently picked up a 2nd hand A200 with the standard kit lens. I'm enjoying the camera very much (upgraded from a Minolta Dimage A200 fixed lens camera) and loving the freedom of features.

    I'm wanting to get another lens, something wider for better landscapes/senic photos. As I'm starting out, not after top of the line lens at this stage, just something a bit wider for the APS-C format, any recommendations on make / mm to get a nice perspective for sunsets/rises, beach/bush shots etc?

    Thanks in advance.

    Murray

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    Which lens have you got? the standard kit lens is 18-70mm which should be plenty wide enough.
    If not a friend of mine has a Sigma 10-20mm (Sony mount) seems to take some nice photos.

    A 35mm prime will take some nice landscape pictures as well and be cheaper than the Sigma.

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    Sorry, should have gotten specific with the lens. Yep, it's the 18-70mm that I have. Will have to get out there and see if I'm happy with the perspective at the 18mm end, seems a little narrow for me....but I haven't tried a good landscape with it yet so time will tell

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    Hi

    Welcome aboard. I've got an 11-16mm f2.8 Tokina that I'm very happy with if that helps.

    Bear in mind though that once you get into the ultra wide angle lenses you get more distortion.

    A technique I also use a lot for landscapes is to take several shots and stitch them together in photoshop or, in my case Kolor autopano. This technique also works if you shoot in portrait orientation

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    My spare camera is an A200 and it did a trip around Europe very admirably before I upgraded to an 850 full-frame. I kept the 200 though as it is very handy for those times when I don't want to drag the big sucker around.

    I have a Sigma 10-20 for the 200 and the images are brilliant. It equates to about a 16mm wide angle on 35mm body, which gives some fantastic distorted proportions in the right situation and at the other end of the zoom it is just a nice moderate wide angle. Mine spends most of its time at about 12-15mm.

    You can get them now for a bit over $500 I think. Good value.

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