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Most moms start with the kit lens that came with your camera – but it’s woefully inadequate for wide f-stops or shooting indoors… both of things moms want to do!
Here’s what I recommend instead. You need a “fast” lens – meaning – it needs to go down to at least f/2.8 or f/1.8. A f/1.8 lens will let in 4x the amount of light the kit lens does.
There are plenty of lenses that are fast, but the best bang for your buck is a fixed prime lens. This means it will NOT zoom- but you can work around that by learning to be more intentional about “zooming” with your feet.
There are also fast zoom lenses out available, but they are in the $1000+ range, so my guess is you’re not ready for that.
CANON – BEST “BANG FOR YOUR BUCK” LENS FOR BEGINNERS
You should get this 50 mm f/1.8 prime lens.
If you are ready to spend a bit more and invest in your photography, then I love this lens too (it goes down to f/1.4!)
If you have a very small house, you might be frustrated with how far you have to step back to use the above lens, since it’s a 50 mm.
This 35 mm lens gives you a bit more room indoors, and this 24mm lens gives you even more space. However, these lenses are definitely on the more “wide angle” spectrum, which is great for lifestyle shots in a house, but will definitely cause distortion if you shoot portraits up close. You can compensate for this in post-processing, but if you’re not a regular editor then you might be unhappy with a wide angle lens.
NIKON – BEST “BANG FOR YOUR BUCK” LENS FOR BEGINNERS
I recommend this 35 mm f/1.8 lens because the focal length makes it easier to use indoors on a crop sensor camera.
This 50 mm f/18 lens is good too, but it will feel more “zoomed in” so if you have a smaller house, you might be frustrated.
These two lenses are a CRAZY STEAL for their low prices. They will make a huge difference in your photography, especially if you’re trying to shoot portraits with a blurry background, or need to get brighter pictures indoors.
If you don’t have any camera at all (like you’re just using a camera phone) then I recommend checking out this link for my DSLR Buying Guide.
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