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The 3 Best Lenses to Buy for New Photographers

What lens should I buy?  This is a common question a lot of new photographers have.  Some lenses are better! Learn here what lens you should buy first as a new photographer to see change in your photos!

If you are new to photography, you are probably wondering what your first lens purchase should be.

It’s a lot of fun to start trying out new lenses to see how they work and what types of images you will be able to produce with them. It can be very overwhelming though when you start to browse through all that there is to offer. Keep reading and I will break down the lenses you should start with now!


50mm.1.8

The 50mm 1.8, also called the nifty fifty is where you want to start, especially if you are only using the kit lens that came with your camera.

This is a favorite among photographers of all levels. Most pro photographers will tell you that they have owned this lens at sometimes during their career. Why? Well, simply because, it’s a great starter lens! ( this was also my very first lens purchased after my kit lenses!)

Here are a couple of the best features

  • It’s inexpensive
  • You can take great photos both indoors and outdoors
  • The focus is sharp
  • It’s light and easy to carry
  • Versions for both Canon and Nikon users
Photo taken with the 50mm 1.8 lens

50mm .1.4

This lens is a step up from the nifty fifty. The 50mm 1.4 will give you the same focal length as the 1.8, which will work well both inside and outside. In addition to the previous lens, this one has a wider aperture, which comes in very handy when you want to achieve a blurred background. This lens is also fast and sharp. The only downfall is that it is about 3x more expensive than the 1.8 version. This is available for both Canon and Nikon users. Fits on both full frame and crop sensor cameras. (This was the second lens I ever bought!)

Photo Taken with the 50mm 1.4 lens

85mm 1.8

This lens is another great one to start with. The longer focal length of the 85mm will also help you achieve those fantastic blurred backgrounds.

This lens is better suited for outdoor photography, since you do have to be a father distance away from your subject.

The cost of this lens is similar to the 50mm 1.4- making it a difficult choice to choose between the two. This lens is available for both Canon and Nikon users. Fits on both full frame and crop sensor cameras.

best lens to buy for new photographer

I hope this gave you something to think about when purchasing your first new camera lens! It is so fun and exciting to see what these lenses can do. Once you’ve upgraded your lens, tag me over on Instagram @cozyclicks so I can see what you created!

What lens should I buy?  This is a common question a lot of new photographers have.  Some lenses are better! Learn here what lens you should buy first as a new photographer to see change in your photos!

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  • Susan AppleApril 20, 2021 - 10:11 am

    Which of these lenses would be best for outdoor group photos?  Group of 6-10 people. Thank you. ReplyCancel

  • R.August 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm

    Hi Emily,
    I want my pictures to be rich, warm and natural and really have that professional look. Right now I’ve got the 50mm 1.8. So my question is do the pictures I see that are all those things I want,  that way because of a lense, expodisk, photoshop, or some mad skills I have not yet acquired?!ha I’d really like to figure out how to get that look and what I need to focus on to get there. ReplyCancel

    • Cozy Clicks PhotographyAugust 19, 2017 - 7:23 pm

      Hey!
      You are on the right path shooting with a 50mm. That is a great starter lens. Really, to get a professional look, it takes practice and patience. With time you will develop the style that you are really wanting. Photoshop and great editing skills will helps too:) If you check out my youtube channel here I have several free Photoshop tutorials you might want to check out;) Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Onyekachi adrianDecember 20, 2016 - 1:00 pm

    Dear Emily,
    Thanks a bunch for all information you have beend dishing out free of charge. May continue to bless you and your family.
    Please,I aquired a nikon 70 – 300 mm recently and have been experinces some challenges using it indoors on my nikon D7000 . The pictures always appear blurry or and the subject out of focus. But when used outside, it is super.
    What could be the possile cause and how can I correct it.

    Thank you.

    Adrian.ReplyCancel

    • Cozy Clicks Photography LLCDecember 20, 2016 - 7:21 pm

      Hi Adrian! I have found sometimes that when I use my camera indoors the photos are less sharp than outdoors. Make sure that indoors you have enough light and that you are exposed properly. Even with proper exposure inside, if your ISO is high, it could cause some extra grain that you do not see when taking picture outside. Hope that helps a little! EmilyReplyCancel

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