The never ending question about lenses

I suppose it’s pretty obvious that I am an avid photographer although, I haven’t had a chance to pick up my gear properly ever since I got here. Truth be told, my lens collection is pretty limited consisting of only 18 55 AF-P lens and 50 mm prime. I am in dire need of an addition because my current selection limits me to reasonably wide angle shots and portraits.

Now, if I was a rich guy, I would have bought all the lens there is in this world. But, since I am on budget, I have to be super cautious. Besides, my previous camera just went for a dive. So, things are just not looking so bright. Not to mention, the difficulties in choosing the right lens.

Also, I’m trying to detach myself financially from my parents as much as possible. So, there are a hundred questions rushing through my head. Of whether I should monetise my blog but, that’s totally an uncool idea.

I’ll probably end up doing an internship but, I barely get time to do stuff and I laze a lot so, there’s a lot of consideration to be taken before that decision.

Now, I’m writing this post hoping that other aspiring photographers can benefit from this. My opinion is based on data from plenty of websites but, I can safely say that this is the one that influenced me the most :

The First Nikon Lenses You Should Buy

The first lens I had picked up besides the 18-55 VR kit lens that came bundled was 50 mm prime which is just an awesome performer although, the field of view falls short. I want to pick up the 35 mm but, that’s not my need right now.

After going through it, I realised that I’m definitely looking at an zoom lens but, I’m confused over the 55-300 VR and 70-300 VR. The 55-300 VR is slightly more expensive but, from personal experience, as lens complexity increases, image quality takes a hit as more lenses means light may tend to get reflected and refracted more within, bringing in a lot of noise and aberrations.

If possible, I would always recommend a VR lens as it always helps with reducing vibration especially when you’re dealing with lenses of high focal length.

Note: This is my theory. Please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong. 

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Nikon 70-300 mm VR AF-P
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Nikon 55-200 mm VR AF-S
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