Beginner ( Do we need Zoom Lens )

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    If i a beginner photography do i really need zoom lens instead of regular lens include when buying camera >>

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    What will you be photographing? If wildlife, your camera bag will soon feel incompetent without a zoom.
     
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    Most cameras included "regular" lens is a zoom (variable focal length).
     
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    There is a reason that zooms have replaced primes.
    It is more convenient.

    With computers, the optical performance of zooms are MUCH better than they were in the 1970s.
    With digital cameras and higher ISOs, the slow speed of a zoom is not the penalty it was in the film days.

    Having said that, there is nothing wrong with shooting with a prime lens. That is how it was done for decades.
     
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    You are probably talking about a telephoto lens. As dsqcanada said, almost every kit lens is a zoom. But every zoom has a limited range. I would go with what you have at the moment until you find out what your preferred subject is in photography. Maybe you'd rather like to go ultrawideangle instead.
     
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    18-55 mm regular zoom,

    55-250mm sale saparately>>

    i only take photo scence when go trip or park
    dont know i need it or not /
     
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    What kind of photo would you like to take? Is it more landscape with a wide field of view, or rather animals, portraits of people,....
     
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    The 18-55 is just fine for a normal every day lens for shooting stuff close to you.
    If you want to shoot something in the distance, then you would want the magnification of the 55-250 or 70-300.
     
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    will picture brake if using zoom 55-250 ???

    i dont like take picture zoom , quality less original /
     
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    Once upon a time, the "kit" lens that came with a camera would be a non-zoom lens (aka a "prime" lens is any lens that has a fixed focal length... it does not "zoom") and that lens would provide the "normal" focal length for that camera.

    The "normal" focal length is the one where the focal length is the same as the diagonal measure of the film plane or digital sensor.

    For an APS-C camera such as the Canon EOS SL2.... that would be about 27mm. I don't think you could find a 27mm lens but there are 28mm lenses.

    Anything "shorter" will appear to have a wider than normal angle of view. Anything longer will have a narrower angle of view.



    But most cameras that come with a "kit" lens these days will include a "standard zoom". This is a general purpose lens. The most common is the 18-55mm ... it provides a moderately wide angle up through a moderately narrow angle (but nothing extreme in either direction). It tends to get along well in most common situations but it is not a specialty lens (you wouldn't use it to shoot wildlife hundreds of yards away... or a sports game, etc.) But it would work well for landscapes, basic portraits, family events, etc.

    One more thing... these "kit" lenses are usually designed with affordability in mind. They aren't particular expensive. But that also means the capabilities of the lens are pretty basic. Paired with the right lens and the knowledge of how to use... the camera can do much much more.
     
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    The lens is just fine for most uses.
    If you "pixel peep" then most any lens that you can afford will have flaws.

    If you don't want a zoom then don't get one.
    But today is not like the 1970s. You won't find many prime lenses to choose from.
     
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    There are still a lot of prime lenses. Looks like near every focal length you could want. Canon Primes.
     

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