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A stan­dard lens, gen­er­ally speak­ing, is one that stretches from a mod­er­ately wide an­gle field of view to mod­er­ate tele­photo, and as such they are pretty good at shoot­ing most sub­jects. Shoot land­scapes at the wide end, por­traits around the mid­dle of the zoom range and close ups by zoom­ing right in.

If you bought your DX cam­era bun­dled with a kit lens, then chances are that it has an 18-55mm fo­cal length range. For FX bod­ies, 24-70mm is the clas­sic stan­dard zoom. But while they’re pretty good for shoot­ing most things, more spe­cial­ist lenses will be bet­ter. Ded­i­cated wide-an­gle lenses go much wider, por­trait primes of­fer shal­lower depth of field, and tele­photo lenses will get you much, much closer to your cho­sen sub­ject…

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