As a film photographer for more than 35 years, who just went digital, I feel your pain and have some advice for you.
1. As wonderful as today's lenses are with their long zoom ranges and close-focus capabilities, one lens can never do it all. Although they come damn close!
2. These kinds of lenses can close-focus on something, but cannot get close enough for detail shots. For that you need a dedicated macro lens, which can be costly (I am going to save my pennies for one of thiose, since I photograph other's Braille Scale models for them...try getting detail photos of those tiny tanks!!). You may also wish to see if there are add-on lenses (that screw on like a filter) which will allow you to get closer to the subject.
3. The same goes for wide-angle lenses that can focus closely. The zoom lens that came with the camera cannot do it all (mine can't!). So, you may also wish to consider a fixed-focal length wide-angle lens, which MAY have such a capability (my old Nikon 28mm lens has "floating elements", which allows it to do just that). But these things are not cheap.
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