What would be a good basic lens collection?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
nelsonal
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Re: What would be a good basic lens collection?
In reply to GreenMountainGirl, Mar 28, 2013

35mm fov (on a camera like your D7000) is sort of a jack of all trades master of none type of lens.  The field of view does have a long association with street photography, so perhaps master of one.  It's very good covering subjects that look best when rendered most similarly to how our eyes see them (indoor outdoor events, groups of people, things and scense we encounter on a daily basis, etc).  It seems to me that most photographers find that they either really enjoy the limits and speed a prime lens offers or prefer the flexibilty of a zoom lens, and once they find it they tend to prefer it at other focal lengths as well.

I suggested a 35mm prime as a cheap way to find out (before you invest heavily in either zooms or primes) which one prefers or if one is agnostic about the two.  Though, if you rarely use your 18-105 then a longer prime would probably make sense.  A 105mm macro makes a fine portrait lens.  If you primarily use your 55-300 you'll probably find it more useful than a 35mm prime.

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