[UPDATE 2014]: I’m so bummed that the affordable Canon 35mm f/2.0 lens is no longer available. Canon instead came out with a newer 35mm f/2.0 lens with an Image Stabilization(IS). I personally don’t see a reason why a short focal length lens with a 2.0 aperture needs to have an image stabilization feature so I find that pretty useless, but if you’re looking the 35mm focal length, it’s going to cost you more than the older version I reviewed on this blog and like.
Small, compact, easy to carry around, I’m happy with the image quality it produces, 35mm is wide enough, but not too wide.
All around a good versatile lens. So, if you were to ask me for recommendation for one lens, 35mm lens will be my choice.
As you begin I want you to start out with the right gear to help you learn the basics of photography.
I also want to help you know that the most expensive equipment or the latest greatest gear won’t make you a better photographer.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking, “If I only had that lens I’d be better.” “I wish I had that lens…”
My philosophy with camera gear is: “Simplify”
Start out with one lens. Get really comfortable learning how to use your camera and one lens. Master it!
Hope you find the video helpful.