Updated: Mar 13
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When I first started out, I knew nothing about lenses. Then I opened that can of worms and was like "Whoa, what did I do?". I get it -- lenses can scare everyone who's just starting out. As someone who was also in that position and endlessly researching what lens I need, I want to share with you some lens choices that you should invest in before buying all the lenses you "think" you need.
I started to see what type of style I'd like to capture more than most. That came down to music, entertainment, portraits, and graphic design. Only then I was able to find the gear that completed my bag and the software I needed.
Since my first camera was a Canon, I started out with a prime lens 50mm –– Prime meaning: a lens of fixed focal length that is significantly sharper than zoom lenses. That is due to the fact that they don't have extra glass inside that moves in order to zoom and you'll have to physically move forward or backward if you want the subject closer or further away.
* Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 STM- All-purpose
It really helped me with sharp portraits and is the gateway to prime lenses with its fast aperture, and small form factor. These lenses help if you're on a budget and cheaper than most. However, I found there's a lot of chromatic aberration with this and if you don't what that is, it's color fringing (color distortion) that creates an outline of usually a purple color along the edges of subjects in a photograph. Nonetheless, it's worth having.
* Tokina 24-70mm F/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens for Canon EF- Concert photography
Considered one of the best Canon lenses for concert photography due to its wide range of focal lengths, the 24-70mm f/2.8L is a professional Canon zoom lens that packs everything between a wide-angle to a standard zoom in a sleek, premium body that is typical of Canon L series lenses.
* Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Zoom Lens - Events/ Weddings
If you're close to the action and want to fill the frame, this is a great option. It also covers a wide angle for scene-setting shots.
* Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art - Versatile
Most experienced photographers need or have a 24-70mm lens somewhere. I know it's one of my favs! It gives a great aperture (bokeh) and sharper photos. This is my go-to for everything.
You can never go wrong with any 24-70mm lens!
Now that you know a little bit about lenses, I hope it saves a little bit of your wallet and bank account. Shoot on beauties!
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