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Lenses can serve a very specific purpose – excelling at one style of photography but falling short in others. There is no one lens to rules them all which is why I am recommending 3 types of lenses that will satisfy the majority of your photography needs; macro, wide-angle, and telephoto lenses.
While the lenses below are specific to the Canon EF mount the recommendation for a macro, wide, and telephoto lens stands true for all body types.
Macro lenses are strong at background blur and close-ups which makes them best for shooting food, flowers, products, portraits, and night photography.
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The 50mm is esteemed as one of the greatest lenses of all time, this lens is truly as nifty as they claim. I often recommend the nifty 50 as a great starter lens for new photographers, however, it does have some limitations and is not the only lens you’ll ever need.
The Sigma 70mm lens packs a lot into their lens for a far better price than competing lenses. While it’s not perfect, it provides great image quality and is a huge step up from the 50 mm lens.
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A focal length of 35 mm or less is generally accepted as wide-angle, so you’re getting a lot bang for your buck with this 17mm lens.
Sigmas have built a reputation for sharpness and sturdy builds, and the ultra-wide Sigma 12-24mm lens is no exception.
Telephoto lenses typically refer to lenses with a focal length of 100mm or more and make objects closer than they appear. Telephoto lenses are great for shooting subjects where getting physically close is not an option, such as wildlife, sports, and concerts.
After many years of research, I have determined this lens is just too hard to compete with. It has the longest focal length available before a significant price jump and the image quality will make it hard to believe its a budget lens. Seriously, I highly recommend this lens.
Sigma’s 600mm lens is one of the longest focal lengths available, so you are sure to never miss a shot again. Be sure to have a tripod or monopod handy as shooting handheld with a lens of this size may get tiresome. But, using a lens with a 600mm focal length is a great way to shoot wildlife without interfering with their habitat. Or, you know, getting too close to a bear.