Best first lens for Nikon Z6 beginner photographer?

1 year 3 months ago #750565 by Opto Fox
Didn't see this Nikon thread.  I'm new here and just made a post in beginner forum about shopping for my first lens.  I bought a used Nikon Z6 camera and it didn't have a lens.  I was told a 50mm was a good lens to get from guy at a camera store called B&H Photo.   My girl friend said sales people will say anything is good and that I should ask on a photo forum, which is why I just signed up here.  

If the 50mm lens isn't a good lens to get.  What would you say is a good lens for someone starting out?  

Thank you for your help. 


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1 year 3 months ago - 1 year 3 months ago #750580 by Razky

Opto Fox wrote: Didn't see this Nikon thread. I'm new here and just made a post in beginner forum about shopping for my first lens. I bought a used Nikon Z6 camera and it didn't have a lens. I was told a 50mm was a good lens to get from guy at a camera store called B&H Photo. My girl friend said sales people will say anything is good and that I should ask on a photo forum, which is why I just signed up here.
If the 50mm lens isn't a good lens to get. What would you say is a good lens for someone starting out?
Thank you for your help. 

50mm is one of my most used focal lengths for the 36 x 24mm format - gives pretty much a natural field of view. Depending upon your subject matter you may later want to go wider or longer, but 50mm is good for starters.


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1 year 3 months ago #750651 by Shadowfixer1
24 x 120 is a very versatile lens and I would consider it. I think you should think about going that route but a 50 is cheap and very usuable, just not as versatile.
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1 year 3 months ago #750791 by Crammer

Shadowfixer1 wrote: 24 x 120 is a very versatile lens and I would consider it. I think you should think about going that route but a 50 is cheap and very usuable, just not as versatile.



:agree:    very good point, and this will be a very good all in one lens, something you can use for a lot of applications.   


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1 year 2 months ago #751523 by Zach Mosher
I would go after a 24-120mm f/4 lens.  This will be a good all in one lens to have with you that will work in so many situations allowing your creativity to grow.


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1 year 2 months ago #752066 by J Photo Man
I think the first lens all photographers should start out with is a 50mm.  It makes you work for each shot. 


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1 year 2 months ago #752255 by EOS Man
True about the 50mm, but still if you have limited money, a good zoom is going to be best foot forward  

5D Mark II | 50mm f/1.4 EX | 24-70mm f/2.8L | 70-200mm f/2.8L | 430EX
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1 year 2 months ago #752403 by Opto Fox
Just wanted to thank you all for the heads up on the 50mm.  I've been using the lens now the last couple weeks and granted, I'm just starting to play around with everything, it's working out for me.  Thanks again! 


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1 year 2 weeks ago #753792 by CatherineW
Only lens I had for my first 3 years was a 50mm, absolutely love this focal length! 

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10 months 1 week ago #755841 by Spencer Posey
I'm shopping around for my first 'real' camera as we speak.  Do you have any regrets for buying a used camera?  Do you still get a warranty, or how did you work around that?


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10 months 1 week ago #755902 by Scuba Mike

CatherineW wrote: Only lens I had for my first 3 years was a 50mm, absolutely love this focal length! 


Same lens that came with most cameras back in the day!


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10 months 1 week ago #755913 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day OF

Speaking personally ... it will depend upon ones' vision > are you the sort of person who looks 'out there' and thus a good tele lens might suit; or are you the sort of visual who wants to include 'the whole world', thus needing a wide-lens??

For me from many decades ago, the 50mm was the most boring lens in the bag - I wanted a tele for my world

As to your friend / beginner of whom I / we do not know very much, perhaps a good zoom such as an 18-200mm would give them a good idea and starting point

Hope this helps
Phil

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