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Two "Must Have" lenses

I'm going to buy a DSLR camera. Right now I can afford two lenses. What two lenses would be a good starting point for a novice photo enthusiast?

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more info?

It'd kind of help to know what brand you have. There are different lenses for each lens mount. If were talking general then a prime lens between 35mm and 60mm, for indoor/low light, and a telephoto zoom, which those can range from crap to fantastic.

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yes, more info

agree with Kale...also when you say you can afford 2 may want to put the max you can spend on two (Im eye balling two lenses that will run in total $6000+)

Yes, primes are best...but I also have a great zoom - 24-70 f 2.8 (canon)

What are your interests- portrait, macro, landscape??

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2 must have lenses

For most people, the 2 must have lenses will be a general purpose lens and a mid range tele lens.

For the APS-C size camera body, the general purpose lens is usually 17-55mm range. For the full frame camera, it usually covers 24-70mm range. This is the lens that you will use the most.

For mid range tele, it usually covers 70-200mm or 70-300mm range.

The aperture will determine the cost of the lens. A large aperture zoom lens with f/2.8 will cost a lot more but you need this large aperture for low light action shots. You have to determine whether the extra money is worth it. I got both with f/2.8 aperture, and I use these 2 lenses >90% of the time.

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Kit Lenses

If you are a novice, you are probably best served by buying the two kit lenses most (all?) manufacturers offer. That is the general purpose and telephoto zoom lenses that hjfok talks about. The kit lenses are of course not as good as more expensive lenses, but they are bargain priced when you buy them with a body. When you have truly determined that you want/need better "glass," you can sell them and upgrade.

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