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What lenses do I need when I am first starting off?

Don't know what to buy when you are first starting off of your photographer journey?

There are so many different choices depending on what you want to shoot.

When you are starting out, always make sure that you get a 35mm 1.8 or a 50mm 1.8 for general purpose or portrait photography since they are fast, fairly inexpensive and great in low-light situations.

If you want to shoot architecture, real estate, buildings or cityscapes, then getting a wide-angle lens is going to be your best choice.

They tend to bloat or distort the image, so it's a NO NO to use these type of lenses for a portrait shoot or headshot.

Wide Angle Lens for Nikon


Wide Angle Lens Sigma


Wide Angle Canon Lens


If you want a great little walk-around lens for general-purpose photography, street photography or even vacations, this is my favorite angle on a crop sensor camera. Using this type of lens will act as a 50mm on your Canon Rebel or Nikon 3200


35mm Nikon lens


Canon 35 mm lens


If you are getting into portrait photography, then using a nifty fifty _the 50mm) or a 85 mm would be a great way to capture images and faces that aren't bloated or distorted.


50 mm Nikon lens


50 mm canon lens


85mm lens canon


85 mm Nikon lens


If you want to get into sports, event or nature photography, then getting a telephoto lens will be your best bet.

When you get into weddings and more expensive venues, then making sure that you get lenses that are f3 or less so that you don't have to rely on flash so much. Cheaper lenses are going to be f3.5 or above since it's really expensive to get lenses that are f1.8, f2 or lower.

Canon Telephoto Lens


Nikon Telephoto lens


Hopefully, our little guide will get you into the right direction

Here is a little free guide to get you to compare the focal lengths and their use

The wider the angle, the more distorted the picture and the better for nd architecture and real estate.

The bigger the focal length, the better the picture will be for portraits, since facial features will NOT appear bloated.


Christal Marshall is the owner of Virginia Photos and Films,



Virginia Marketing and Media



Virginia Beach Photobooth Company



She lives, breathes and does media and marketing pretty much 24-7 for over 14 local business through social media management, website design, photo, video or media coverage or graphic design.

She is a homeschool mom of three, cat lover, sushi eater and poke fan! She started her business in 2011 with nothing but a $400 camera from Amazon, now she is has been published in over 60 different blogs and websites for her media work and rank top Wedding Photographers in Virginia


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