I have a T6i DSLR with a Canon 18-135mm lens. I'm looking for a suitable field handheld macro lens, not requiring a tri/monopod as I don't have time/patience for the setup when on my walks, and few subjects would remain for the photo. Recommendations for best lens for hand-held shots, often with somewhat limited light (in the woods)?
I shoot animals, insects, plants/flowers, etc.... and sunsets, clouds, and almost anything notable when I take my daily walk. With animals and plants, I'm actively documenting what I find living in my local habitat, so quality pictures, and close-ups for smaller critters, flowers and so on are important. Feedback welcome.
I've even given some thought to a bridge camera as I end up taking somewhat distant insect/bug pictures at times (can't get close enough), and am often much farther away from animals than I'd like. Tradeoff would be quality of super-zoom on bridge, vs. taking a 170mm shot and digitally cropping in so far that it becomes quite problematic as well. (I have also considered getting a 2nd camera so that I can always have the 18-135 ready, and have second camera with a macro or telephoto prime (~400mm) always ready as well... which also begs question about huge range of super-zoom bridge vs. inconvenience of multiple cameras and lenses)
Examples of shots I take can be found at Crazy About Nature
(I educate/inform locals on what I see when I'm out walking, helping more people appreciate what lives in our local habitats).
CRAZY ABOUT NATURE