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Which Lens Should I Buy?

When giving advice on “Which lens should I buy” this is one of those do-as-I-say-not-as-I-did and learn-from-my-mistakes sort of things.

This question comes up again and again, in moms’ groups on Facebook, in photographers’ groups, and in emails and messages I receive from clients and other photographers seeking advice.

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If any of the following apply to you, listen up!

  • you want to get out of auto or program mode on your camera
  • you want to able to take photos in low light
  • you want to be able to get those blurry backgrounds
  • you want to be a pro photographer
  • you already are taking clients as a photographer
  • you know you’re already outgrowing that kit lens

Which lens should I buy? Often the question is phrased something like, “Is it really worth spending the extra money on the Canon/Nikon lens when I can get the *insert lower-cost brand here* for so much less?”

And the answer is YES.
Invest in quality lenses from the start, and you will likely never need to replace them.

If I could go back and change anything about my journey into photography, I would have invested in better lenses from the start.

See, I had the kit lens that didn’t open wider than f4.5 (not good for low light or blurry backgrounds – known as bokeh), and I had the budget brand zoom lens that would back-focus on one side and front-focus on the other. And I had the budget prime lens that started out amazing… then eventually wouldn’t focus at all.

And then guess what I had to do? Replace those lenses, essentially buying the same thing twice.
Another 24-70.
Another 35mm.
Ouch.

You know what I’ve never had to replace? My Canon lenses.

Well, except for the 50mm 1.8, because I keep dropping them, but that’s a story for another day. And that’s the one lens I’d say – if you’re a Canon user – go ahead and grab it because it’s cheap, and actually performs well, if you don’t throw it down the stairs. ;)


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