Tip: Use a Good Lens

Perhaps the most important part of a photographer's equipment bag are the lenses. You can do a lot more with a decent camera using a good lens than a top-of-the-line camera with a poor quality lens. The lens is the essential element.

Some general things to consider:

  • Make sure the lens is from a reputable manufacturer.
  • Get a fixed focal length lens, generally speaking, zoom lenses create inferior images.
  • The exception to that rule are high end (aka expensive) zoom lens, which probably aren't an option for anyone who isn't a professional. If you really want a zoom lens, you should make sure it is a good zoom lens. However, even when using high end zoom lenses, you will still probably get better results from high end fixed focal length lenses.

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