One lens everyone should have

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Ranger, May 7, 2007.

  1. Ranger

    Ranger TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2007
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    What is one lens you feel everyone should have in their camera bag?
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,817
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Probably the 50mm F1.8 (Canon)...if only because it's so cheap.
     
  3. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    14,491
    Likes Received:
    206
    Location:
    Europe 67.51°N
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    the lens which suits your needs best ... this varies from person to person ...
     
  4. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,598
    Likes Received:
    137
    Fast normal zoom.
     
  5. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,523
    Likes Received:
    344
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    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.
     
  6. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2006
    Messages:
    11,437
    Likes Received:
    2,095
    Location:
    Wichita, Kansas, USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit

    Thank You. It is good find someone else that thinks this way.
     
  7. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,523
    Likes Received:
    344
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    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.
     
  8. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    14,491
    Likes Received:
    206
    Location:
    Europe 67.51°N
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    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.
     
  9. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,523
    Likes Received:
    344
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    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..
     
  10. Ranger

    Ranger TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2007
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    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.
     
  11. xfloggingkylex

    xfloggingkylex TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,292
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Frederick, MD
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    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?
     
  12. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Messages:
    2,117
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Tottenville, Staten Island, NYC USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    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.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

inexpensive camera lens everyone should own