3 Must Have Lenses in Your Camera Bag

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Which lens should I invest in? We usually come across this question from our friends when they purchase their first digital camera. Back in the past, you must have also sought advice from professional photographers regarding the must have lenses you should be investing in.

Well, it’s obvious that a lens with better optics usually comes with a considerable price tag. But as a beginner, one cannot invest a huge amount of money that easily, exceptions are always there.

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So, which are those three must have lenses which an amateur or a beginner photographer must put their money on? Let’s check them out:

1. The 35mm lens

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Did you know that 35mm focal length is the closest to the field of view of human eyes, which helps the photographer to capture much more realistic frames and make them come to life. You can easily carry your camera on your shoulder with a 35mm lens attached to it, as the lens is light and compact.

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Another advantage of a 35mm lens is that they are super fast prime lenses, allowing more light to enter through the lens and lets you click in low light conditions. This is a versatile lens as it makes you clicks from portraits to group photos and from the streets to landscapes.

For more details on recommended 35mm lenses:

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

2. The 50mm lens

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If you love clicking portraits and closeups, 50mm f/1.8 is the best lens available at a price of $100-150. With some bright lights in the background, you can create amazing bokeh using this beauty prime lens. With an aperture value of as low as f/1.8, you can click some really cool portraits indoor, using the available light, no use of any flash or external light source.


Trust me when I say you can click professional quality photos using a 50mm f/1.8 lens, if used to its full potential. This should be the first lens in your camera kit, without any doubt.

For more details on recommended 50mm lenses:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM

3. The telephoto lens (55-200mm & 55-250mm)

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A telephoto lens is always considered as a lens used for wildlife photography, but that’s not the only use of this category of lens. You can use it for clicking beautiful portraits, eliminating the disturbance from the background. The more the focal length, the more it compresses your background allowing you to capture that dreamy and blurry background.

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Using a telephoto lens you can capture candid moments at a wedding or a celebration without letting the person spot the camera, that’s the beauty of this lens. Though you will need to compromise a bit on the light sensitivity of a telephoto lens, but who cares till the time you are getting good focal length.

For more details on recommended telephoto lenses:

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Lens

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens

Do you think we missed out any must have lenses which should have been listed in the post above, please let us know in the comments below.

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Kunal Malhotra
Kunal Malhotra is a socially renowned photographer with 10+ years of practical photography experience. He started his journey as a photography enthusiast in 2011 while pursuing Mass Communication. After working for 5 years as a Digital Marketing professional, he quit his job to become a full-time Photography Mentor. Kunal is currently associated with Canon as a Canon Maestro, and is also working with Amazon to generate photography-centric informative content. He is also a staff writer at Digital Photography School, a leading Photography blog read globally. Kunal specializes in teaching, influencing and motivating photography enthusiasts by the means of his Photography YouTube channel ‘The Photography Blogger’, one of the biggest in the country. His aim is to spread the knowledge about photography across the country, by making videos in Hindi language. Kunal has conducted 50+ photography walks and workshops on various genres of photography. Kunal holds expertise in multiple genres of photography in order to further share his knowledge with 500,000+ people connected with him on digital platforms. Street, Fashion, Wedding and Product are among his favourite genres of photography.

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