While I’m definitely no photography expert, I have enjoyed practicing taking photos with my Canon 70D ever since I purchased it about a year ago. To be honest, buying a camera was a little intimidating for me. One of the biggest hurdles when I started was finding starter lenses that were relatively inexpensive. Since I’m not a professional, I knew I didn’t want to start on a lens with too many bells and whistles or a $2,000 price tag.
Luckily there are plenty of options for beginners on a budget. In fact, my brother-in-law gave me a great tip when I was about to make my first purchase: buy refurbished cameras and lenses! They work exactly the same as brand new ones but for much less than retail price. I have never run into problems with any of my refurbished equipment, so this was a good piece of advice.
As for what to purchase, here are 3 great starter lenses for Canon DSLRs:
- The 50mm lens.
Best use: Portrait and product photography. This is my go-to lens at the moment. When I first started snapping photos, I was confused on how to create a shallow depth of field through aperture settings. This lens produces that beautiful soft background naturally, which makes it a perfect choice for portrait photography. I also use it frequently in my product photography as it creates great compositions with a clear focal point. One con is you do have to be standing pretty far away from your subject to get a shot, so you’ll have to get into some pretty creative positions if you plan to use it for products. Refurbished, the 50mm lens costs about $100. Not bad!
- The 24mm lens.
Best use: Landscape and flat lay photography. When I used to make YouTube videos, this lens was perfect since it’s wide-angle. It also makes a great choice for flat lay photography as everything will be in focus. Unlike the 50mm, you can stand much closer to your subject. It’s also more compact which makes toting it around much easier. The 24mm goes for about $120 refurbished. It’s a good choice if you need something a little more versatile!
- The 35mm lens.
Best use: Portait and landscape photography. Now I don’t actually own one of these since it’s the most expensive of the three, but it has been on my wishlist for quite awhile now and I do plan to purchase it in the future. Apparently this is a very versatile, artistic lens, and the sample images I’ve seen are just gorgeous. My primary use for this lens would be portrait photography, but I would be excited to see how it handles products as well. The price is a little steep ($470 refurbished), but if you have the money it sounds like it’s worth every penny.
Which Canon lenses do you own and love? Let me know in the comments!