When I bought my dSLR camera (Nikon 5000), it came with an 18-55mm lens which is a very good lens. It gives me sharp pictures and I didn’t really have any complaints besides that it couldn’t give me closer shots. There were times I wished I had a more powerful lens to enable me to zoom on far away objects better and when I couldn’t take it anymore, I decided to buy myself a Sigma 70-300mm DG APO lens. See the difference in zooming capabilities for yourself:
The pictures speak for themselves and as you can see there’s a massive difference from the shot at 55m to the one at 300mm. Although the Nikon lens is a better lens than the Sigma and you can see that clearly in the images above because the one taken from the Nikon lens appears to be sharper, I opted for the Sigma lens because for the price (£160) that I paid for, it was a real bargain to obtain a lens with such a zoom. I’ve included pictures taken at 200mm as well so that you can have an idea how far the lens is going to reach as well.
Once you’ve bought your dSRL, you will soon outgrow the standard lens that comes with it and if you want to get great shots at long distances, then investing in a powerful zoom lens is a must. Many people choose to buy a 200mm lens and they’ve very decent as well but if you want to bring that far away object very near, then you would need a longer lens. You can go to as much as 1200mm if you can afford it.