Buying my first camera and lenses

3 months 1 week ago #676311 by WilliamES
Hi, so I'm looking to invest in some starter photography equipment. Based on my research, I think a 50mm lens would be my best bet, as I'm looking for an all around lens that's best suited to street and portrait photography. However, I've been seeing a lot of deals for the body I'm looking for with a 15-45mm lens floating around ebay, and I've been wondering if given its cost effectiveness, this might be a better option. I'm wondering if this kind of lens would meet my needs, and whether I'd be better off just coughing up an extra 200 bucks for a 50mm. Thanks in advance!


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3 months 1 week ago #676352 by garyrhook
The problem is that, until you start shooting and figure out your aesthetic, you don't really know what you want.

Some thing a 35mm is better for street. Many swear by 50mm, but what if you decide it's not interesting?

All that said...

You don't mention which system you're considering, but there's something to be said for a kit 18-55 for a crop sensor body, or comparable for smaller sensors. Having a zoom gives you choices, and you can always tape the zoom down into one position (gaffe tape) and treat it like a prime. From there, you may figure out what appeals to you.

But lots of folks start with a 50, so you probably just need to make a decision and commit. You'll learn along the way.


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