aikijoe12 wrote in post #17593028
Hi guys... "hatchling" here, wanted to ask for some of your recommendations/ suggestions on what essential lenses I will need beside/ or to replace my current kit lens that came with my camera: Canon 18-55mm STM lens, and Canon 70-300mm lens. I currently have a Canon EOS Rebel SL1...
Lenses that I have in mind to get right now are the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens from Tamron, and a 50mm f/1.4 lens from Canon...
Appreciate anything else that you guys can recommend/ suggest...
There is no essential lens for everyone. What's more important is to figure out what you are shooting and what properties of a lens are useful to what you shoot and focus on them (du-dump-tsssssss!).
So what do you shoot?
What's the end result of what you shoot? (print, web, just for self, clients, etc?)
What's your budget?
What do your current lenses not do that you really want them to do differently?
You'll see a bunch of "must have" lenses type threads, and there are really inexpensive good quality lenses out there that will also get labeled "must haves." But it's all relative. For me, an essential lens was a 600mm lens, because I do a lot of birding and wildlife in general. Hardly something that everyone wants/needs, but it was essential to me. You've got to boil down all the mumbo-jumbo and focus on yourself and what you shoot and what your goals are from your photography.
To me, the essential thing for a beginner is to learn photography, before worrying so much about gear. Having a camera and a lens to work with is all that is essential. From there, it's about learning photography and getting experience so that you will have an actual basis that is your own to figure out the next step in equipment (if any is even needed) based on what you actually shoot, or will shoot.
Also, don't get caught up in the idea of the lens being the ultimate thing you should be considering. You may find that the look you like, is the result of post processing. Or you may find out that you're a budding strobist and you're more interested in light.