We get this question A LOT!! "What lens should I get for my DSLR camera?" Well, you are in the right place, friend! We are going to give you all the best advice on which lens would be the BEST first investment to begin documenting your family's life.
One advantage of most DSLRs is the ability to switch lenses. This allows you to choose from a variety of different focal lengths. There are two kinds of lenses: prime lenses and zoom lenses. A prime lens is a lens with a fixed focal length. Which means you have to move closer or further away from your subject. A prime lens typically has a larger maximum aperture so they perform better in low light situations, also creating a better depth of field (your subject in focus and the background blurred). A zoom lens is just as described. You can "zoom" in and out from your subject. The complexity of the zoom lens makes them a bit less sharp and they are prey to greater amounts of lens problems such as distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting. Ideally, you want the sharpest, cleanest, lowest light shooting lens which would be a prime lens.
Most DSLR cameras will come with one or two "kit" lenses. These are typically zoom lenses. Your BEST first investment would be a prime lens to get the best quality images. We love to share about what we call the "nifty fifty."
Introducing the 50mm 1.8 lens! It is small and compact, but it is a beast when it comes to quality, and at around $100-200 the price can't be beat! Both Canon and Nikon offer a "nifty fifty." They have recently also come out with a mirrorless camera 50 mm prime lens option as well! For this post we'll be showing you a Sony option, but there are many other options of lenses when it comes to mirrorless camera systems.
If you click on the description below it will take you straight to a link where you can purchase your very own "nifty fifty"!
As always, we are happy to answer any questions you have about your camera and lenses! We hope you found this helpful and we hope this has offered you options of your next camera investment. These lenses make great Christmas, Mother's Day, and birthday gifts!