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What lens should I buy?

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Depends on what you like to shoot! I hesitate to give specific lens recommendations because there are so many different models and kinds out there. But generally speaking you’ll be better off buying specific lenses for specific purposes rather than one lens that purports to do everything. The lines are blurring more every day, and there’s no rule that says you have to use a certain lens for a certain purpose, but very generally speaking here are the kinds of lenses you should be looking at if you’re interested in:

  • Landscape photography – most landscape shooters prefer wide to ultra-wide lenses for their immersive views and ability to provide extreme depth of field. Usually, these lenses are in the 14-35 mm range. Middle range telephoto lenses in the 70-200mm range are also excellent for shooting intimate landscapes, abstracts, and picking out patterns.
  • Portrait photography – mid range lenses often work well for portraits because they accurately depict facial features without exaggerating or compressing them. Anywhere from 35 mm to 200 mm.
  • Wildlife / Sports – lenses for this category are big and expensive because they let you shoot your subjects cleanly from far away. 200 mm to 600 mm or more.
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