If you’ve taken the plunge into the wonderful world of DSLR photography, you probably quickly learned that your choice of lens is nearly as important as the camera you buy. Tech blog Tested offers a few tips for picking the perfect lens.
Naturally, if you’re really serious about your photography and you’ve got oodles of disposable income, you could pick the perfect lens for any occasion. But if you’re just getting started with your DSLR and want a versatile lens that’s a bit nicer than the one that came with your camera, Tested’s tips offer a good starting point. The post covers the basics of lenses (explaining things like f-stop and focal length), then jumps right into a few different suggestions for what you might want to try for your first lens—starting with the budget basics:
Chris Gampat of The Phoblographer knows his lenses, and brings up a handful of options for replacing the mediocre kit lens that came with your SLR. There are many, many different lenses available, but Gampat recommends that first-time DSLR owner start off with a simple 50mm prime lens. Canon and Nikon offer 50mm, f/1.8 lenses for $99 and $125 respectively, and they can get you started shooting sharp, vivid images on a shoestring budget. If you can afford to spend $300 to $350, you can pick up an f/1.4 lens that’s even sharper and brighter, but for the moment it’s best to take baby steps and ease into the photography game.
Hit up the full post for more details and other lens suggestions, and if you’re a DSLR junkie, share your advice and tips for a good first-timer lens in the comments. Photo by Claudio Matsuoka.