Which lens should a photographer take? What focal length is the most versatile? Is it worth to replace the kit lens with a fixed one?

Most of the photoManiacs, when they bought a more serious camera, chose a SLR with a standard lens called a kit. The name of the latter was taken from the terms manufacturers and sellers – Body + KIT. Unfortunately, kit lenses are usually stuck. Their task is only to introduce the user to the world of photography, as we wrote more broadly in the text "Is it worth buying kitty lenses?". Sooner or later, in the life of every photographer comes a moment when kit glass wants to turn to something better. We have already advised on what to look for when buying a lens. Today I will tell you what lenses should be in the bag of every photo enthusiast.

50 mm

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fot. Joydeep/wikipedia.org

Bright fifty is available in every system. The new lens costs 600 zlotys. These are simple structures that we can photograph almost anything. Their advantage is lightening – f1.8 . Compared to the kit lens, this gives us almost double the light gain. Focal length of 50 mm on the APS-C, converted to full frame focal length, gives us 75 or 80 mm, depending on the system. Such focal lengths are assumed to be portraiture, so for 600 gold we have a nice portrait . My fifty Minolta AF 50 f1.7 I even made basketball photos with satisfactory results. >> Choosing 50mm lenses on Ceneo

35 mm

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fot. Martybugs/wikipedia.org

Another nice focal point. 35mm lenses are also usually bright and for decent money. Unfortunately for Canon there is no such focal length below 1000 zlotys, and the new Canon 35 mm f2 is about 2 thousand zlotys. This is Canon 24mm f / 2.8 STM EF-S , suitable for APS-C matrices. Sony and Nikon have lenses 35 mm f1.8, it is also Pentax DA 35 mm f2.4 , all adapted to small dies. The 35mm focal length is really versatile . For smaller matrices gives a range of about 50 mm. You can make great portraits, take on the reportage. It will be useful when you want to show something a bit wider, to show some context on the photo. For many people this is just the basic focal length. >> 35mm lens selection on Ceneo

85 mm

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fot. Ashley Pomeroy/wikipedia.org

Eighty-five is a more serious caliber. Such a focal length is the standard when it comes to portraits on full frame matrices . For smaller matrices the viewing angle is such as on full cages for focal lengths of approximately 130-135 mm. It is so narrow, but you can do narrow portraits. Classic 85 mm light with f1.4 brightness . Unfortunately, such bright lenses will be expensive. You can look for a slightly darker alternative like the Canon EF 85mm F1.8 USM, but for example, Sony has a f2.8 focal length, so it's darker for the EV. If you are not afraid of manual lenses, you will find a great price Samyang 85 mm f1.4, available in any system. Those with larger budgets may also think of Tamron 85mm f1.8 VC USD, also available on most systems. This lens was honored in the best lens category of 2016. >> Choosing 85mm lenses on Ceneo

70-200 or 70-300 mm

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fot. Christian Fischer/wikipedia.org

Although recently in the article "Stack or zoom? What lens to choose?" I wrote that the lenses usually outperform, it is worth to have in the telephoto zoom pack. You do not need to have 70-200 F2.8, because these are usually expensive, but slightly darker lenses of this range will be useful on walks or trips and will allow you to capture further objects. A good choice may be Tamron 70-300 VC . Remember to choose the more expensive version that comes with your own AF motor and has good optical properties. The cheaper version of this lens will be rather slim. >> 70-300mm lens selection on Ceneo

What glasses do I use myself?

I admit sincerely that I do not always carry such a set of lenses in my bag. Instead of 35 mm I have 28 mm , but that does not quite satisfy me. The backpack also hit the Sony 85 mm f2.8 , which replaced my telezoom. I have a Minolta 50 mm f1.7 , which was the first consciously chosen lens and which is absolutely basic glass. Without a focal length of 50 mm I can not imagine shooting , and often I even take only this lens, leaving others at home. And what focal lengths do you use most often? The above focussing proposals are prepared for photographers. For filmmakers we have already prepared a compilation of the best models for filming.