Need help choosing a lens. TIA!
I'm a beginning photographer, only been doing this for about 2 years now. And let me tell you, even though I'm a graphic artist, who SHOULD understand stuff like this, it has NOT come easily to me at all!!!! I'm working hard through every bit of knowledge.
So, I recently decided that I should pick a 'family' to stick with, and upgrade my gear. Even though I still struggle, I've never loved anything quite so much! So I know I'm in for the long haul now. And I chose Nikon. I got the D5200, which I think is going to be a camera I can grow with for a very long time.
I'm starting to understand that it's really the lens that makes the difference, though. I had been using a Tamron 18-270 for my previous Sony, and I got the same lens for this new Nikon. Someone here pointed out to me that may not be the best choice. But if I thought understanding CAMERAS was like learning a new language, understanding lenses is just - I can't even go there yet!
I know you seasoned pros will want to know how the type of photography I do to answer this question. Mostly landscape and candid people shots. I like to capture excellent references for the fine art I do, and I particularly like to have some decent zoom so total strangers aren't feeling like I'm getting in their face when I shoot. As I've gotten better at this, I've started doing corporate photo shoots, mostly static things like products or machinery.
I'd love to hear ALL thoughts. Brand, focal length, if I should broaden at this point into 2 lens categories. 1 thing I really need is a lens with image stabilization. I know the best photos happen with a tripod, but I'm also a mom of an 11 year old, with 2 dogs, so frequently my 'photography walks' are already laden with additional 'stuff' to carry. And since I do love my candid people shots, you kinda lose the element of surprise if you set up a tripod first!!
Thanks for reading through all this. What I love about photography and art is that, no matter how good you get, there's always a lifetime of information still to learn ahead of you. I find that exhilarating. To get some insight from those ahead of me is such a gift.