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Lens Buying Guide Pt.1

June 20, 2008 - Dave Hecei
Choosing the right DSLR camera is a daunting task. There are the two giants, Canon and Nikon, and the contenders, Pentax, Sony, and Olympus. If you already have a Nikon or Canon auto focus film camera, then the choice is obvious, stick with what you know. If you are new to digital photography and want to go SLR, then you need to make your decision on more than just the camera, you need to choose a system. That system consists of the camera body, lenses, flashes, and other accessories.

While choosing the right DSLR is more a choice of aesthetics and ergonomics (how it feels and handles), lenses play a more important part in making a quality image. While the camera may take the picture, the lens makes the picture. Once you have decided on the system, the next step is buying some lenses.

Your First Lens

When I first started shooting seriously, I had a great camera but I could only afford basic lenses, most of which were not made by the manufacturer (I think the first zoom I had said JC Penny – a quality piece). While I thought I was getting good pictures, when I compared them to other photographer’s photos, they lacked depth, or what I call ‘snap’. Cheap lenses just don’t have the snap that a good lens has.

When you get ready to buy a DSLR, whether you go with Nikon or Canon, take a look at the lens that comes with it. Some DSLRs come with what is called a ‘kit’ lens. This is usually an inexpensive and slow, meaning small maximum aperture, zoom lens that is fine for snapshots, but will lack that ‘snap’ when made into an 8 x 10 or larger. If you can afford it, why not buy just the camera body and put the money you saved towards a lens that you want, instead of the lens they want to sell you.

If you go with Nikon, take a look at the 18-70mm G ED DX zoom lens. It’s not too big, and is fairly fast for this range, f/3.5-f/4.5. It’s also an ED lens so it has better glass giving you better color, sharpness, and contrast. If you go Canon, instead of the slow 18-55mm f/5.6 kit lens, check out the 17-70 f/2.8-f/4 zoom from Sigma. Buying a DSLR this way is a little bit more money, but the return is well worth it.



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The Sigma 17-70mm zoom.