Which lens should I buy next after the 18-55 kit lens?

Well this is the first question that crops up in your mind while buying your first DSLR. If you are a pro-photographer then probably this blog post is not for you 🙂 as you would be having all required lenses in your arsenal.

This situations occurs with people who are new to photography or have bought a DSLR just for the sake of it. And later on comes to know about this due to limitations with their kit lens. So, some of them just go and buy lenses that they won’t require at all and later on sell them on some buy-sell-exchange sites.

Nikon 18-55mm kit lens

So, I would suggest “DO NOT” rush to buy your next lens just like that.

Wait for some time, give time to your first/new DSLR and kit-lens, play with it, learn about photography and various techniques. Try to come out of the AUTO mode, and start using the Manual mode. Play with ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed and Exposure settings, see what settings are best to shoot different subjects and in different light conditions, to best compose your photos.

–> This way you will develop interest on identifying what kind of photography you are interest in, like:

1. Marco: If you are interested in shooting macro/micro photos of small insects, flowers, etc, then go for Nikon 105mm f/2.8 (50-60k INR) or Nikon 200mm f/4 (~1.2L INR).

2. Street Photography: for not so closer and not so farther shots, go with Nikon 35mm f/1.8, the best and cheapest you could buy (~10k INR).

3. Landscapes: go for a wider lens like Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (both ~1.2L INR).

4. Portrature: you need a lens that has a wider Aperture, so the nifty-fifty is for you i.e. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 (~10k INR) or 85mm f/1.8 (~35K INR).

5. Wild Life: you need a lens that has high magnification as you cannot go near to wild animals, so go for extra-tele lenses, like the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 300mm f/4, Nikon 400mm f/2.8, Nikon 500mm f/4 Nikon 600mm f/4, starts from ~1.5L , and go upto 2-3L INR.
 

–> The above lenses are very expensive, but if you are on tight-Budget then you can go with those lenses that can double up for different types of photography, like:

1. The lens Nikon 35mm f/1.8 (~10k INR) will double up as Portraiture as well as Street photography.

2. Nikon 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 (~12k INR) or little bit expensive 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (~35k INR), or Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 (~30k INR) for wildlife.

3. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 (~35k INR) for Landscapes


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