The lens the camera came with is the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens. It’s definitely not my favorite lens, but it’s the only one I have (at the moment) that will get the job done in most scenarios. That’s because it’s the only “wide angle” lens I own. This means I can “zoom out” with it to see a wider area than the human eye can see at that distance. I use it the most for:
1) Capturing people’s entire bodies, especially while indoors and/or in large groups (rather than just their faces)
2) Capturing buildings when walking down the street.
When I purchased a second lens, I was pregnant with Eva and couldn’t surf anymore, so I wanted one I could use for that. I chose the Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G. It’s a telephoto lens, and can zoom in to objects pretty far away.
I use this lens the most for:
3) Creeping on People
4) Portraits (sometimes). It’s really great for portraits, but the lens is just so large I usually don’t bother lugging it around with me. Also, you have to be fairly far away from your subject to shoot with this lens.
5) Anything that is really far away.
The third (and final) lens I have is the Nikkor 50mm f1.8. The reason I chose this lens is because I wanted to be able to take portraits with a nice blurred background. 50mm lenses shoot closest to what the human eye sees, which makes it a really popular lens. I use this lens the most (because I shoot my kids the most), but it’s not always convenient. It isn’t a zoom lens, so you have to “adjust the zoom” by standing closer or further away from your subject. This makes it not great to shoot indoors. It’s also not a great landscape or travel lens.
Here’s what I use it for the most:
2) Flora and Fauna that I can get really close to.
The next lens I want to add to my collection is a good travel lens. I want a wide-angle lens that can zoom out a good distance, but also zoom in pretty close. I want to be able to use it for both landscape and portraits, because it’s not always easy to carry around multiple lenses (and switch them out!) when you’re hiking up a mountain or getting lost in a new city. I have my heart set on a 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G lens, but it costs more than my camera did so I doubt I’ll be getting one any time soon, haha.
Santa? Are you out there?