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Nikkor 50mm 1.8 (Photo by: Brittani Bowling/Towson University Student)

 

Starting out with a new photography venture can not only be intimidating and artistically challenging, but a little demanding on the ‘ole bank account too! As we all know, technology is expensive, however to be successful you don’t necessarily need to have the best, newest, priciest equipment.

However, even when making small purchases or upgrades, researching what other photographers use and started shooting with is an enormous resource that will save both time and money figuring out where to invest your precious dollars. Photographers such as Jasmine Star, Ravyn Stadick, and Amanda Pair are all candid in letting blog readers know exactly what is in their camera bag, why they love those lenses, and what type of lens they use for certain situations. Digital Photography School is also another great research tool, with up-to-date reviews and reader feedback on new and popular lenses.

One lens I have found and can personally vouch for that Ravyn Stadick also highly recommends is the 50mm 1.8. This lens is made by both Canon and Nikon, and at around $120.00 for the Nikon Lens and $99.00 for the Canon lens, it is an incredible asset at such a low price! With the large aperture opening of 1.8, the vast amount of light creates beautiful bokeh and creamy, light images, making it extremely suitable for portraits.

Also, another option worth mentioning is lens rental programs. Rather than dropping a large amount of money at one time on a lens you have no experience with, companies such as BorrowLenses.com, LensProToGo.Com, and LensRentals.com feature a wide variety of lenses available for rental and at a fraction of the price of actually making the purchase. Before making a huge investment, this is a safe and secure way to test the waters of new glass.

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Written by brittanibowling

October 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Posted in photography

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