In this video, I go through 3 different lenses that form a complete kit that can handle most, if not all, types of photography. All 3 of these lenses are “entry-level” lenses, but be assured that you can shoot with these 3 lenses for many, many years without feeling the need to upgrade.
I’m going to be mentioning Canon lenses throughout this post because it’s the brand that I’m most familiar with (and shoot with myself) but you’ll be able to find similar lenses from other manufacturers as well.
Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens - A Great Do-It-All Lens
Most cameras today come equipped with an 18-55mm lens as part of their kits, but if you have the option and resources, I recommend spending the extra cash to purchase your camera with the Canon 18-135mm lens. The 18-135 gives you a massive focal range, going from wide-angle to telephoto. This makes it suited to shoot anything from landscapes, to portraits, to sports, and much more.
Fun Fact: My first lens was the 18-135mm and I shot with it for many,many years.
I think that having options is very important when you’re just starting off, and this lens gives you just that. It’ll allow you to experiment with different genres of photography and figure out which genres excite you the most.
If you already own am 18-55, I’d skip this lens for now and look at the next two lens options.
Canon EF-S 10-18mm - Wide-Angle Goodness
If you’re anything like me and love landscapes, cityscapes and travel photography, you’re really going to like this next lens. The Canon 10-18mm wide-angle lens will provide a new perspective to your photography. I love wide-angle lenses because they give you a perspective that feels unreal. They make the world feel so big, the results are just jaw-dropping. The Canon 10-18mm is great because it packs a whole lot of punch for a price that’s relatively affordable.
At less than $300, you an ultra-wide angle zoom lens with image stabilization. You even get Canon’s STM technology, making it a great choice for video and live-view shooting as well.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 – Your First Prime
Last, but certainly not the least, is the Canon EF 50m f/1.8 lens. This is a lens that you’ve probably heard of already, and it’s probably been recommended to you buy other people as well. I’m going to do the same. Buy it now.
Canon 50mm, especially on a crop sensor camera, makes a great portrait lens, and the f/1.8 maximum aperture will allow you to play with depth of field. If you were drawn to photography, in part, due to portraits with creamy, blurred-out backgrounds, this lens will give you that. I’ll say it one more time: Buy it now.
So that’s the kit. The 3 lens kit that’ll do it all for you. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm, 18-135mm and 50mm f/1.8 will give you everything you need, and more.