All purpose lens set for beginner?

Started May 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
Helena777
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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?

Enjoy what you have, that is a state-of-the-art piece of technology (for the mass market). IMHO the more enjoyable lenses are:

- Kit lens 18-55 (a must): like the 16-50 but with "manual" handle. My favourite. This is no Macro lens, but you can use the max focal (55) at very short distances, and later crop the photo. You can't take all in a lens, you have to choose between qualities, and then this is a useful lens.

A web that shows images taken with the 18-55:

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/sony-nex-7-review/

- 18-200: If you want versatility AND weight dont discomfort you.

- 50 f1.8: For extreme DOF pics, and low light.

- Yasuhara Nanoha: interesting if you want to make micro-photography (or what is name is):

http://www.yasuhara.co.jp/nanoha/index-e.html

Enjoy your camera!

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