Consider what you’re shooting, a nature photographer will need different lenses than a portrait photographer, who will need different lenses than an event photographer and so on. Keep in mind that different camera brands need specifically designed lenses, so a Nikon lens will not work on a Canon camera and vice versa.
However, there are also lens brands such as Sigma and Pentax, that make lenses for most major DSLR brands, just make sure you’re buying one with the appropriate mount for your DSLR.
Here are some suggestions:
The first lens you will usually end up with is your kit lens, which is optionally included with the body of your DSLR when you buy it. Because this lens is bundled with the camera, it will be cheaper than buying it separately, so it’s a good idea to add it to your purchase. It is typically an 18-55 mm zoom lens, which allows you to get a subtle wide-angle effect as well as zoom in on subjects further away, this makes it a versatile lens that is perfect when you are just starting your lens collection!
Typically around 14-24mm, the wide-angle lens lets you capture more of the image by broadening the angle and increasing the depth of field. This brings more of the area into focus. Making it ideal for shooting dramatic landscape scenes, events, or nature.
If you’re looking to get up close to far-away subjects, the telephoto lens is the one for you. These hefty lenses feature a range of 70-200mm and allow you to zoom in and capture details of a distant subject, making it ideal for nature photographers. It’s also great for sporting events when the action is in the far field.
If you want to bring small things into full sized view then a macro lens is what you’ll need. It can uncover details that would be impossible to detect to the naked eye, from the tiniest of insects, flowers or even the iris of the eye.
There are fantastic lens options available for most DSLR cameras, but for photographers looking to step up their game, the greatest selection of lenses will be designed to work with either a Nikon or Canon camera, the two leading brands in DSLR photography.
So, before you rush out and and buy a new lens, regardless of the brand, do your homework read some reviews and have a look at pictures taken with the lenses you like. Make sure you get value for your money as well as quality lenses, and rest assured you’ll be able to get some fantastic shots with your new lenses.