Which Lens Should I Buy?
March 3, 2012
You have a Dslr and the Kit Lens for sometime now, the next question most new comers has is which lens should I buy next. To the more experience photographer this is quite easy to answer, because they already know what they want, they already know what type of photo they want to create, however to the less experience, deciding on what to buy next is not easy. It’s overwhelming to look at those specs, the focal length, the F/stops, fix aperture or not, to IS or not to IS etc.
In a beginners perspective, the best way to approach this is to see what subjects you love to shoot most. That’s the start. Let’s say you feel like, you love taking portraits of your relatives and friends, this now limits your choices to entry level portrait lens, like for example the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8, Canon EF 85mm F/1.8. This are just examples and only you can determine which lens is best for your style of shooting. Here are some things to consider in deciding which lens to buy:
- Subjects – Which subject do you love to take photos? If you like to take photos of events, you should consider getting a Telephoto Zoom lens.
- Budget – When buying lens, I always consider the saying “You Get What You Paid For”.
- Quality – If you are planning on keeping the lens, you may want to get the best.
When I got my first DSLR, I used the Kit lens(EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) for more than two months, until I got my next lens. Two months, gave me some time to learn and know what I wanted. The next lens that I bought was the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8, and a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens. The Sigma is an ok lens for the price, but is also a good example of “you get what you paid for” it is a cheap lens, overall it’s not a good buy, I have since upgraded to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.
I suggest spending some time with your camera and the lens that you currently have, which is probably the 18-55mm kit lens. During this time you’ll slowly learn what style of photography you want to shoot and with your kit lens, you’ll learn how to cope up with it’s limitation. With this experience and knowlendge, you can now easily decide on what lens you’ll need as you go along.
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