Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Ranger, May 7, 2007.
What is one lens you feel everyone should have in their camera bag?
Probably the 50mm F1.8 (Canon)...if only because it's so cheap.
the lens which suits your needs best ... this varies from person to person ...
Fast normal zoom.
A fast "normal" prime of either 50mm or 35mm depending.
Close viewing field of a human eye which is nice when learning composition.
Fast enough for night time shooting.
Relatively compact lenses (will unless you are talking f1 or f1.2 lenses)
Most are relatively inexpensive.
Short enough focal length to get by with relatively slow shutter speeds.
I could walk around all day shooting almost all lighting conditions with ISO 400 with an 35mm f2 (or faster) lens.
Thank You. It is good find someone else that thinks this way.
What camera do you think I should get? > answer > the one that feels good to you.
What bag should I get? > answer > the one that fits all your stuff
What zoom should I get? > answer > the one that fits your needs
What prime lens shoud I get? > answer > the one that fits your needs.
While I agree... its not really helpful for beginners in photography.
So shop teacher, what tool do I use <insert task here>? If the teacher responds with "The tool that suites your needs". i would take freakin hammer to their head.
not really helpful to suggest something that beginner might not be happy with in the end since the person giving advice did not know about his/her needs.
defining what you call "the task" will make things more easy. ... photography is a very diverse thing.
well... the post did make it very general purpose when he said "everyone".
You can't argue that a normal zoom or a normal prime is pretty much general all around use. So pretty much my answer along with fmw's and Big Mike's are far more helpful....
Common... we are talking a beginner's forum here. I used to work retail photo (not a speciality shop)... 9/10 the person walking through that door isn't going up to you and say I need a 24mm wide angle lens with an M mount with an aperture faster than f2 with excellent contrast. Nor will most people walking through that door stating they need a lens for picture of architectural stuff that has minimal distortion. Nope.. you get something like this:
I need a lens that I can use on a vacation...
i need a lens for school to start out with...
i need a lens for all around general use....
If I pressed for more details on what they shoot, I usually get "a bit of everything". As the initial response..
She. . .
Anyways, I was more going for what is everyones favorite lens they have. That was more what I was looking for.
Or better yet, which of your lens do yall use the most.
I use my 50mm 1.4 the most simply because it is the best optically that I have, and it is very fast for low light shooting.
What kind of pictures do you like taking most?
The original question was wide open. People working in 35mm film would give one group of answers. Those using Hassies another. The 4x5 gang would weigh in [choice of words intentional] with yet a third. And the dslr'ers? A still different set of replies from them.
In general, would not beginners be better served by suggesting cameras that fall within their price range? Then, as they learned more about their camera and about photography in general, they would know what additional gear they needed for the type(s) of prints they wished to make.
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