Should I have only one expensive lens or multiple?

1 year 3 months ago #586118 by Tejashri-Gandhi
I am very new to photography and I want to buy a camera mainly to click pictures of my newborn daughter and click pictures of my handmade soaps and other products. 
So one of my friends suggested me to buy Canon T6i with 18-200mm or 18-250mm lens. And for products 50mm lens. 
So I wanted to buy only body and then lenses, however, since I am going to use the camera only for hobby purpose I find the whole thing very expensive. In BJs, I found one deal when I get Canon T6i with 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses for $750. 
Now I am confused, Is this a good deal? If I go on an outing do I have to take both the lenses all the time with me?  What is the purpose of 18-55mm and 55-250mm and 18-200mm lenses? 

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1 year 2 months ago #592099 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Tejashri

Yes mate - it does sound as though you are 'confused' by it all.

You say "I am very new to photography and I want to buy a camera mainly to click pictures of my newborn daughter and click pictures of my handmade soaps and other products."

For this you do not need an expensive camera with many lenses ... all those extra lenses will do is a) allow you to change the size of the subject inside the image, and b) add a lot of cost to the purchase

For what you are quoting as your interest, I would seriously suggest you buy a fixed-lens camera with a good zoom lens. Have a look at Panasonic or Canon or Nikon for a camera with a 12x to 24x zoom lens, costing maybe $300 to $500

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder

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1 year 2 months ago #592124 by garyrhook
To the OP: Good grief, no one responded to this? You'll probably never see these answers to your questions, then.

I agree with the above, in that a decent point & shoot may be perfectly adequate for your needs. Yes, cameras are expensive. Tools to do more difficult jobs cost more money.

One thing you can also consider (if you haven't already made a decision) is to buy used. You could get a model that is 1-3 years old that may fully meet your needs.

But that said, since you're just starting out, I'd go with the P&S, and learn to use manual mode so you can control the camera, and wait until later for a DSLR (or mirrorless, perhaps).

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