NEEDS: street, portrait, low light, macro
SHORTLIST: 12-60mm, 50mm macro, 70-300mm
I've been looking for a new lens: 50mm macro, 12-60, or 70-300mm. A local store has an ex-display 70-300mm for the equivalent of $250 (around 33% here) which I'm going to test tomorrow.
There isn't actually much wildlife to shoot here in Korea, but what there is are lots of fantastic opportunities for street & portrait which I want to do more of, and I also want something better than my kit lenses for insect/flower macro. I'll keep my 2 kit lenses as they're so small & light for hiking and I know the limitations of the 70-300 in the top half of its focal range and also AF issues in low light, although I've yet to try it for myself.
Can someone tell me how useful the 70-300 is in their experience for my needs? Also, how bad is the focusing problems of this lense in low light/night time at the wider end of its range (70-100mm) as I also like to shoot low light street photography.
Aside from the macro feature, and additional weight & cost, I'm thinking that this lense won't add much more to my photography than the 40-150 I already have. The supertele ability of this lens would only be a small % of my photography, although there are times when my kit tele is a little short and the 70-300 is a little brighter at EFLs.
Any advice/suggestions on the 2 alternatives (12-60 & 50mm) would also be appreciated. I know they are much sharper, brighter, and more expensive than the 70-300, but I can only afford to add 1 lens for now.
Thanks for any input.
Panasonic G3: 9-18mm, 14mm, 20mm, 45mm