03-10-2017 03:52 PM - edited 03-10-2017 03:55 PM
Choosing a new lens can be a complicated decision—there is such a vast range of options out there. There is a new camera lens buying guide on the blog. If there are any photographers or photography hobbiests and enthusiasts out there, share your tips and opinions with us, and comment below!
The following types of lenses are covered in the buying guide:
03-10-2017 10:55 PM
03-11-2017 08:40 AM - edited 03-11-2017 08:45 AM
Great buying guide.....
03-14-2017 03:11 PM
For people out there who take photos recreationally for a hobby, and who don't want to necessarily have multiple lenses, do you think there's a clear cut "go-to" lens that addresses multiple needs?
03-14-2017 06:45 PM - edited 03-14-2017 06:46 PM
When friends ask me about getting a camera, I often walk them into a store and ask them to try out different zoom lenses mounted on the display cameras.
03-14-2017 08:06 PM
Ah yes the age old question of whats the best do it all lens, @BBYTerence I see you're trying to start a war here lol.
This is definitely a difficult question to answer. I will also have to agree with @xl that the 18-55mm lens is a good do-it-all lens.
Also, if you plan on doing some various types of shooting that needs more zoom, such as nature/scenery. This lens isn't outlandlishly expensive and has great range. Low light performance will be decent at best, however.
Now if you wanted to buy one lens that will be good essentially forever, that has great everything and isn't telephoto (super zoom) then this would be a phenomenal choice. Keep in mind this is an extremely expensive lens, more than most cameras but it will likely never need to be replaced.
Would I suggest buying this lens for a starter photographer? Likely not, unless you were extremely passionate about photography, had the money to spend, and made good use out of it. Or at least 2/3 of those factors.
Remember, buying the most expensive camera gear will get you part of the way, but technique is just as (or more) important. You don't buy a DSLR to leave it in auto mode.
03-15-2017 01:30 AM
Great string on lens choice @BBYTerence
I agree with @xl and @Computers_Mike, the importance of the "go-to" or "Prime lens" is critical, and most do rely on 18-55, but there are those that would be ok with 18-200 and would be willing to sacrifice a bit of portability, to quality shots.
03-15-2017 04:55 AM