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Old May 4, 2011, 6:18 PM   #1
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Default 1st lens for a33 18-55mm or 50mm fixed?

Can't decide on a fixed or zoom lens for my new camera. I'm new to the world of dslr's (I've lived in point and shoot land for the past 8 years).
I mainly take pictures of my kids playing outside and indoors. I do take occasional landscape and nature pictures (flowers and birds).
I'm now looking at the a33 kit lens that is 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
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the SAL50F18 Lens - 50 mm - F/1.8

Which lens would be a better fit?

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Old May 4, 2011, 7:16 PM   #2
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How about both?

... and maybe throw in the 35/1.8 as well.

One advantage to an SLR (or SLT) is that you can use whatever lens will work best in that situation in which you find yourself.

Take the 18-55 outside, and mount the 35/1.8 or the 50/1.8 when you come inside.
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Old May 9, 2011, 11:16 PM   #3
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How about both?

... and maybe throw in the 35/1.8 as well.

One advantage to an SLR (or SLT) is that you can use whatever lens will work best in that situation in which you find yourself.

Take the 18-55 outside, and mount the 35/1.8 or the 50/1.8 when you come inside.
I would go with the 35 and the 50 too, i love my 50/1.4, the 35 I want is quite pricey though
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If you will have only one lens, go with the zoom for flexibility. You will want the option of a wider angle for landscapes. You can use the built-in flash indoors, if needed. You would need a telephoto if you want to photograph birds outdoors..
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The 18-55mm kit lens is pretty decent. You may want to play around with this lens first before you jump in buying new lenses. Sony does make a 30mm f2.8 lens which sells for $199 if the 35mm f1.8 is out of your price range. Used Minolta 28mm f2.8 can be bought for around $100 at Ebay and the 50mm f1.7 costs about the same.

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