Lenses for beginner up to 1000 dollars

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techie takes pics Contributing Member • Posts: 757
Re: Lenses for beginner up to 1000 dollars

Buy a course for $60-$100.  Possibly specialized on your camera brand.

Get a vintage manual prime lens (I will suggest three, around $60 each) and matching adapter ($10).

These are perfectly usable. They'll give you the low-light advantage of a prime, the manual focus will slow you down and make you think about a shot and composition - far better than sifting through 1000 nearly identical photo's in post-production.

Also, a 30-year old lens looks really cool.

I suggest:

- a standard plain old boring basic 50mm.

- Any 135mm f/2.8 or f3.5.  Pentax, Minolta, Practica, Chinon, Tokina - who cares. They're cheap and widely available.  Very good as a portrait lens!  Looks very cool on any camera.

- Oh yes. A Helios-44.  Everyone should have one.  Google 'swirley bokey'.  No modern lens can do what the Helios does, because modern lenses are all perfect. The effect is unique and it'll only cost about $50.

 techie takes pics's gear list:techie takes pics's gear list
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Olympus E-M1 II Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro +4 more
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