Lindsay Weber Photography

So You Took the Plunge & Bought a New DSLR Camera…Now What?

19 October 2012

You did it! You finally buckled down and decided which DSLR camera to buy after hours and hours of research, trying to find the perfect fit for you. Now… the big question is, which lenses do you buy to suit your photography needs? There are so many to choose from now-a-days whether its a zoom, prime, macro, super telephoto, or even a tilt-shift. For a beginner who is just getting into photography, it can be very overwhelming to know how to pick the right lenses. Well relax, take a deep breath, I’m here to help.

First, I think you need to ask yourself just what type of photography you think you will most likely be shooting and start from there. Are you interested in photographing weddings? Portraits? Sports and action? Landscapes? One of the more popular lenses that photographers like to purchase when they are first getting started is a 35mm or 50mm f1.8 lens. These are prime lenses which means they have a fixed focal length which provides for excellent image quality. They are great for low lighting situations and taking portraits. Another thing I like about a prime lens is that it forces you to think more about composition and point of view because it can’t zoom. This lens also won’t break the bank either. It is extremely affordable usually ranging somewhere around $120 – $150. This is generally a great all around lens to keep in your camera bag for sure!

Next up, I’d like to talk about another great lens that I highly recommend, the 24-70mm f2.8 lens. This is a great mid-range lens that can be used for portraits, weddings, architectural shooting, events, etc. One of the nice things about this lens is that it allows you to take advantage of shooting at greater distances. And the flexibility of a fast zoom simply can’t be beat when shooting kids. Now, the fixed f2.8 aperture definitely hikes up the price quite a bit so be prepared to spend a bit more but personally I think it’s worth it. I use this lens all the time when I’m shooting.

Telephoto zoom lenses are commonly used for nature photography, sports, wildlife, etc. and can be great for capturing candid moments when you can’t get physically close to your subject. Telephoto lenses compress distance, making everything appear closer, as opposed to wide angle lenses which distort perspective and make things look further away. A telephoto zoom such as a 70-200 f/2.8 would make an excellent choice for your camera kit.

Wide angle lenses are primarily used for when you cannot step far enough away from your subject, but yet still want to capture all of the subject in your frame. This type of lens is great for architectural, interior and landscape photography. But you’re going to have to dig deep into your pockets when purchasing one of these. A 10-20mm can cost about as much as you paid for your camera.

There are so many different types of lenses out there. But just remember you can spend a ton of money and buy all the different lenses you think you might need, but that won’t necessarily make you a great photographer. They can however certainly help you take lots of different types of pictures. My advice to you is to keep on doing your research. Read as many reviews as you can. Also, test a few lenses out before you make such a big purchase. There are several places that rent out lenses now-a-days so that you can try out a few and see what fits your photography needs the best. Happy shopping..and shooting!!

2 Responses

  • JasminaMay 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm 

    This is really helpful! Thanks :)

    • Lindsay WeberMay 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm 

      Great! So glad I could be of some help. :)


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