What's best lens to learn photography

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What's best lens to learn photography
Dec 16, 2011

Hello, I am new to dpreview and also pretty new to photography. I bought some books by scott kelby and bryan peterson to learn photography and they have been great. I also just purchased a 60d body only and will need a good lens to learn photography. FOr my first lens purchase I am lucky enough to have about $800~900 to spend.

As of now I enjoy shooting at sunset and sunrise. I like how I am able to capture the stillness when the world is still asleep. As of now, I am split between the sigma 30mm f1.4, the 24-105 f/4 IS, and 24-70 f/2.8 L. With the L lens, I will not miss the wide end too much on a crop sensor because I have found myself primarily shooting in the 30~50mm range with my friend's lens. If I need a wide zoom, I would consider purchasing another lens later.

I do also enjoy shooting in low light (in the streets at night with no flash) and was wondering if the 24-70mm would suffice with its 2.8 aperture. I was also considering the sigma 30mm + 24-105L combo (the sigma for night and 24-105 during the day). I believe I have read somewhere that primes are good for learning the fundamentals of photography and was wondering if that was true. Are there any other lens you would suggest? I am trying to stick with lens that I will not outgrow too quickly. Any suggestion would be appreciated!

Dan

Canon EOS 60D
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