kmg-630-lenses-flickr-richardfisher-630wPost by Katherine Gray: Okay, so you're ready to upgrade from a compact point-and-shoot camera to a digital SLR. You've decided on a camera body… and now a whole new, confusing world of lens choices has opened up. Zoom, prime, fisheye, macro… What the heck does it all mean? Read on for a basic primer on different types of lenses and the things you should look for when buying them.
First things first. What about the basic lens that comes with your camera body? Most entry-level cameras such as the Nikon D60 or the Canon Rebel XS come in a standard kit that includes an 18-55mm lens. These lenses are, generally speaking, perfectly fine for most uses. Their quality is good, they're pretty versatile, and they'll work for just about any situation except extreme close-up or distance photography. In short, if you're not sure what you're doing and how much use you'll actually get out of your new DSLR, go with the standard kit lens.
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