All purpose lens set for beginner?

Started May 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: All purpose lens set for beginner?
In reply to trax87, May 9, 2013

trax87 wrote:

I consider myself a beginner photographer and most certainly a beginner with respect to interchangeable lenses.  I was going to buy a DSLR when upgrading from a P&S, but as a good bit of my photos are taken either when traveling or when just out for the day I thought a NEX made more sense because of the size, weight (especially) and convenience and so I went that route.  I do really like my NEX 6.

It was suggested to me that a good initial set of lenses for a beginner would be a fast zoom (e.g., f/2.8 18-50) a telephoto (e.g., 70-200)  preferably with a max aperture around F4 and maybe a macro lens.  This makes some sense to me as It would cover in a general way most typical shooting situations and then someone could get specialized lenses based upon their learned shooting preferences.

I have the kit 16-50 pz and the 55-210 tele zoom.  Unfortunately neither of these lenses are fast and the are no E mount zoom lenses that are faster that I am aware of.  For a beginner on a NEX system, what would be considered a good "get you feet wet" set of lenses?

With zoom, you're going to have that trade-off. A fast zoom will be bigger and heavier and more expensive. A faster but variable zoom lens (like Fuji's f/2.8-4) will be slightly better but then consider whether even that premium is worth the advantage. We're looking at about 1-stop advantage, that isn't much.

Instead, consider coupling your zoom lenses (you have 18 to 210mm covered), with a fast prime or two. Either Sony 35mm f/1.8 (fast, small and light but more expensive) or Sony 50mm f/1.8 would be good choices.

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