Beginner help with lens

Started Nov 4, 2011 | Discussions thread
AnandaSim Forum Pro • Posts: 13,422
+1 wmsson

wmsson wrote:

Kit lenses are a low cost way to find out what you really need for lenses.

Kit lenses are cheap, light, disposable / expendable. They can be used to test whether the camera works, they plug the hole in the camera. Not buying the kit lens sometimes saves you little. They may not protrude into the built-in flash shadow.

You can practise your lens cleaning skills with the kit lens, how rough you want to treat a lens.

If your kit lens is cheap, I would rather buy the kit lens than buy a UV filter of the same cost - you learn whether a UV filter is any good.

You can't take a photo with the UV filter but you can take a photo with the kit lens

Using kit lenses will not only tell you the ideal focal lengths you may need for primes, they will also tell you how fast those primes should be to get IQ you are happy with.

I hear the Canon nifty fifty prime is real cheap. Get that to learn what a prime is and whether it works for you. Get it to learn what and how to use f/2

Photography is a journey. Enjoy the journey, smell the roses. The destination is another thing.

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