Mandatory Lenses

@hcromer (2712)
United States
April 2, 2008 9:08am CST
I am getting ready to buy a digital SLR with my tax refund. I plan on getting one that comes with a lens already, but I am also wondering what other lenses are the basic ones that every photographer should have? I want a fisheye lens, and I have heard that a wide angle lens is a good one to have around, but I'm not even sure what that one really does. Any advice? Also, do digital SLRs usually come with rechargeable batteries or do you have to buy a special battery every time one runs out?
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@trickiwoo (2703)
• United States
2 Apr 08
I have a 28-300mm lens which works for most anything. It's got a wide enough zoom so that it's very versatile. Additionally, I have some creative lenses- a selective focus Lensbaby, a fisheye lens, and a pinhole lens. I plan on getting a macro lens, a wide angle lens, and a telephoto lens in the future. A wide angle lens is good for landscapes... so if you shoot a lot of landscapes, that is a must! If you don't... you can probably hold off awhile on getting one. Or you may even decide you don't need one at all. DSLRs have a rechargeable battery. And your camera should come with a charger. I would highly recommend buying at least one extra battery though! I always keep a fully charged spare battery in my camera bag... it has come in handy more times than I can count!!!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
4 Apr 08
the first question is if you have all these questions why are you buying a SLR camera? You are making a major investment and you will spend more on the lens than you will on the camera. I bought a Canon Rebel with an 18-55 lens. Since then I have purchased a 28-200 zoom lens valued at $695, a 50 mm f 1.8, and I just purchased a a 24-70 f 2.8 zoom lens valued at $695. I am not buying the top of the line lens. My advice is to put your tax refund in the bank and do some serious research into what you need for a camera. You may be able to have your needs met with a DSLR like camera. What type of photography do you plan to do? I like Action Sports and take a lot of photos of indoor sporting events. I need a fast lens. When I take photos of games outside I need a long telephoto lens. If I had to start with only one lens I would choose my 24-70 f2.8 zoom lens. When you do buy a lens buy the best you can afford. Go for Quality and not quanity.
• United States
3 Apr 08
A basic lens, that most people will start out with would be a 18-55. Most manufacturers sell them cheap, and sometimes include them with the camera body, if you buy a kit.