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Old Feb 17, 2013, 2:36 PM   #2
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You're approaching this wrong. You want lenses, but you're focusing on the camera. Pick the lenses that will do what you want, and find a body you can hang them on. That will narrow down your selection quickly. (I'll add that the days of using AA batteries in a dSLR are gone. Rechargeable batteries can hold a greater charge longer than any 4 AA batteries.)

You want to shoot wide-angle indoors. By far, the best lens for doing that is the (unstabilized) Tamron SP 17-50/2.8 Di II, which is also very good for landscape. Because it's not stabilized, you might want to consider a stabilized body from either Sony or Pentax. None of the equivalent, stabilized lenses are nearly as good, but one that you might be happy with is the Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS HSM. It will be stabilized on a Canon or Nikon body, but it costs a lot more.

For macrophotography, you usually pick a lens by it's focal length/angle of view. A longer focal length will generally give you more working distance between you and the subject. That's useful for shooting animate subjects that you might frighten away if you get too close. Something around 100mm would be good for bugs, but you might want something longer for wasps and hornets (or something really long for rattlesnakes and crocodiles.) If you think you might need to hand-hold, you might consider a stabilized macro lens, or a less expensive, unstabilized lens on a stabilized body.

For longer lenses, there are some good OEM lenses in that category, as well as Tamron's SP 70-300 Di USD, stabilized for Canon and Nikon, or not for Sony.
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