Which lenses should I buy?

Chris wrote:

Hi, I would first like to say that your show is very informative. There are things that I have definitely leanrned by listening to your show. As far as cameras and lighting for a begginner. That being said, I would like to get an insight from your point of view on lenses. With such a variety out their it’s hard to know where to start, or which would be a good investment for the long run. I realize there are different lenses for different jobs, but even going over the topic would help me better determine my choice for the camera I am getting. Which by the way will be the Nikon D200. Any help in this matter would be much appreciated. Love the show and Thanks.

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  1. StudioLighting.netStudioLighting.net Post author

    Chris,

    Wow, that’s a difficult question! Lens selection is determined by the type of photography you enjoy. I can say, however, that I am in the camp who believes in thinking of lenses as investments and as such should be versatile and of the highest quality. I recommend considering the fastest lenses you can afford as this allows them to be used in the most varied of light conditions.

    Also, there are many pros who would recommend the use of prime lenses rather than zoom lenses. This is due to their tendency to be sharper than zoom lenses at similar focal lengths. Of course, if you do not like the idea of having a bag of lenses, you can consider a zoom lens that covers all of the commonly used focal lengths. A popular one for Nikon owners right now is the 18-200mm f/3.5-5 VR Zoom-Nikkor. These lenses tend to cost more, but offer the advantage of replacing several other lenses in your bag.

    Shootsmarter.com [requires login] has a great article on lens selection and you can also read about almost any Nikon lens and their performance at KenRockwell.com.


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