What would be a good basic lens collection?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
nelsonal Senior Member • Posts: 2,464
Re: What would be a good basic lens collection?

GreenMountainGirl wrote:

nelsonal wrote:

Yes, leaving a zoom at a fixed focal length is an excellent way to see if a prime fits one's needs.  It's obviously not as fast, but it's a great way to see if the limitations of a prime enhance one's creativity or cause one to feel bound by them.

Thanks nelsonal, think I will give that a try.


I didn't think of it before but you could do the same for 105mm, too.  I think the 18-105 hits about 1:5 magnification which isn't close to 1:1 magnification though it'd be a reasonably close to the portrait lens (you could add a cheapy close up filter to get a feel for higher magnification working distance though image quality may not be great).

Oh, and I don't think any of the third party 90 and 105mm macros leave much on the table to the Canikon lenses if you run across a deal on your B&H trip.

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