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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for camera lenses for beginners.

Whether you're a professional photographer or a hobbyist, a good lens is one of the most important investments you can make in your camera kit. And with the dizzying array of lenses available, it's hard to know which is best for you. To help you navigate the world of lenses, we've put together this list of our recommendations for camera lenses for beginners.

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  1. Sony - Alpha 7C II Full frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (Body Only) - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "My Dream Camera!...The small form factor makes it just that much easier to take around, throw in my sling bag, and keep on me as my every day carry camera. The 33MP Full-Frame sensor creates sharp images and allows a lot of head room for cropping if (1) you have a prime lens and couldn't get close enough to your subject, or (2) you plan to use an APS-C lens with this camera which can make this set up even SMALLER! ...The auto mode having different presets for what you’re shooting is a huge help for beginners. You can’t go wrong with this one."

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    Sony Alpha 7C II – Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera with 33.0 MP sensor, 4K video, AI based subject recognition, Log shooting, LUT handling and vlog functions.
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    "My Dream Camera!...The small form factor makes it just that much easier to take around, throw in my sling bag, and keep on me as my every day carry camera. The 33MP Full-Frame sensor creates sharp images and allows a lot of head room for cropping if (1) you have a prime lens and couldn't get close enough to your subject, or (2) you plan to use an APS-C lens with this camera which can make this set up even SMALLER! ...The auto mode having different presets for what you’re shooting is a huge help for beginners. You can’t go wrong with this one."

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    Sony Alpha 7C II – Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera with 33.0 MP sensor, 4K video, AI based subject recognition, Log shooting, LUT handling and vlog functions.
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  2. Sony - Alpha 7C II Full frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera with SEL2860 Lens - Angle_Zoom
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    "Most notably, the 33mp sensor allows for excellent picture capture and the addition of 4k 60p - 10bit makes it a great option for video as well. Great camera in a small package....Great Camera 4 Beginners & Upcoming Photographers...I'm learning photography and I really appreciate having both modes available. The camera and any memory cards, lenses, etc, that you might want to buy, such as a telephoto lens, are on the more expensive side, but if you can afford it, it's worth every penny. "

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    Sony Alpha 7C II – Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera with 33.0 MP sensor, 4K video, AI based subject recognition, Log shooting, LUT handling and vlog functions.
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    "Most notably, the 33mp sensor allows for excellent picture capture and the addition of 4k 60p - 10bit makes it a great option for video as well. Great camera in a small package....Great Camera 4 Beginners & Upcoming Photographers...I'm learning photography and I really appreciate having both modes available. The camera and any memory cards, lenses, etc, that you might want to buy, such as a telephoto lens, are on the more expensive side, but if you can afford it, it's worth every penny. "

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    Sony Alpha 7C II – Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera with 33.0 MP sensor, 4K video, AI based subject recognition, Log shooting, LUT handling and vlog functions.
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  3. Fujifilm - XF50mmF2 R WR Midrange Telephoto Lens - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Excellent lens but......This 50mm is so cool, sharp, very nice lens but it was just too much for my needs. In a beginners perspective, i bought the product with poor judgement. ...Great portrait lense...The lense is great, gives you a decent zoom and has great bokeh."

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    Minimize photographic distortions with this Fujifilm 50mm F2 lens. It has a special aspherical lens layer to prevent color fringing and spherical image distortions, and the fast, quiet stepping motor of the autofocus won't startle wildlife or draw unwanted attention. This compact, lightweight Fujifilm 50mm F2 lens is easy to carry and handle.
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    "Excellent lens but......This 50mm is so cool, sharp, very nice lens but it was just too much for my needs. In a beginners perspective, i bought the product with poor judgement. ...Great portrait lense...The lense is great, gives you a decent zoom and has great bokeh."

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    Minimize photographic distortions with this Fujifilm 50mm F2 lens. It has a special aspherical lens layer to prevent color fringing and spherical image distortions, and the fast, quiet stepping motor of the autofocus won't startle wildlife or draw unwanted attention. This compact, lightweight Fujifilm 50mm F2 lens is easy to carry and handle.
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  4. Nikon - NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 Standard  Zoom Lens for Z Mount Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Lens review...Great lens for sports & close up shots. Low light also works well....A perfect distance and low light lens...Amazing during the daytime as well. For novice and beginners this lens is very forgiving."

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    The NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 combines one of the popular focal lengths/aperture combinations in a lightweight and compact size, at an affordable price. The lens offers enough focal length reach for wildlife, sports, events, portraits, landscapes or everyday shooting. Beautiful background blur and outstanding low-light performance.
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    "Lens review...Great lens for sports & close up shots. Low light also works well....A perfect distance and low light lens...Amazing during the daytime as well. For novice and beginners this lens is very forgiving."

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    The NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 combines one of the popular focal lengths/aperture combinations in a lightweight and compact size, at an affordable price. The lens offers enough focal length reach for wildlife, sports, events, portraits, landscapes or everyday shooting. Beautiful background blur and outstanding low-light performance.
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  5. National Geographic - 114mm Achromatic Reflector Telescope - Left_Zoom
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    "Great beginner telescope!...Great beginner telescope! Seems to be built very well!"

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    Observe the sky with this National Geographic 80-20114 carbon fiber wrap reflector telescope. The 500mm focal length and 114mm aperture provide an excellent definition of deep-sky photography, while the interchangeable Plossl eyepieces and a 2x Barlow lens deliver enhanced magnification. This National Geographic carbon fiber wrap reflector telescope has an adjustable tripod with an accessory tray for convenient stability and storage.
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    "Great beginner telescope!...Great beginner telescope! Seems to be built very well!"

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    Observe the sky with this National Geographic 80-20114 carbon fiber wrap reflector telescope. The 500mm focal length and 114mm aperture provide an excellent definition of deep-sky photography, while the interchangeable Plossl eyepieces and a 2x Barlow lens deliver enhanced magnification. This National Geographic carbon fiber wrap reflector telescope has an adjustable tripod with an accessory tray for convenient stability and storage.
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  6. FUJINON XF 35mm f/1.4 R Standard Lens for Fujifilm X-Mount System Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Satisfied with the quality of the pictures. I am a beginner and don't know the technical terms yet, but so far, I am liking the shots this lens produce. ...Must buy first lens for your Fuji System...This was my first purchase after getting my X-E2 camera. The reviews on it are amazing and comparable lenses from other manufacturers are upwards of $900+. "

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    Compatible with Fujifilm X-Mount system cameras, this Fujifilm FUJINON 35mm f/1.4 standard lens creates striking bokeh in out-of-focus areas and offers precise in-focus reproduction for stunning snapshots.
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    "Satisfied with the quality of the pictures. I am a beginner and don't know the technical terms yet, but so far, I am liking the shots this lens produce. ...Must buy first lens for your Fuji System...This was my first purchase after getting my X-E2 camera. The reviews on it are amazing and comparable lenses from other manufacturers are upwards of $900+. "

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    Compatible with Fujifilm X-Mount system cameras, this Fujifilm FUJINON 35mm f/1.4 standard lens creates striking bokeh in out-of-focus areas and offers precise in-focus reproduction for stunning snapshots.
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  7. Sony - FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens for Most a7-Series Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Love this lens.The photos are sharp and it is a hood lens for a beginner...Nice lens. Would recommend this lens for any beginner photography"

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    Utilizing Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, this dust- and moisture-resistant Sony SEL2870 zoom lens helps you achieve sharp images with minimal blurring while shooting with your compatible Sony a7-series full-frame camera.
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    "Love this lens.The photos are sharp and it is a hood lens for a beginner...Nice lens. Would recommend this lens for any beginner photography"

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    Utilizing Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, this dust- and moisture-resistant Sony SEL2870 zoom lens helps you achieve sharp images with minimal blurring while shooting with your compatible Sony a7-series full-frame camera.
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  8. NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Standard Prime Lens for Nikon Z Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Limited for beginners...Being a prime lens, it has its limitations but its hard to complain avout it at the price....Great Lense...We recently bought the Nikon Z FC and this lense is a great addition to it."

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    The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 excels at the capture of daily snapshots comfortably and intuitively. What’s more, you can respond immediately to the fast changing moments of street photography; and more. Get excellent image quality with its street smart 28mm perspective—42mm on DX cameras (35mm equivalent) and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture.
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    "Limited for beginners...Being a prime lens, it has its limitations but its hard to complain avout it at the price....Great Lense...We recently bought the Nikon Z FC and this lense is a great addition to it."

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    The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 excels at the capture of daily snapshots comfortably and intuitively. What’s more, you can respond immediately to the fast changing moments of street photography; and more. Get excellent image quality with its street smart 28mm perspective—42mm on DX cameras (35mm equivalent) and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture.
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  9. XC35mmF2 Prime Lens for Fujifilm X-Mount System Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great lens!...Great beginner lens, and great for carrying around if you don’t want anything big!...Nice lens for the price...I checked out the product specs for this 35mm lens and thought it would be good to have with the camera. "

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    Take crisp still images with this Fujifilm XC 35mm f/2 camera lens. The precise arrangement of the nine lens elements lets you capture stunning high-resolution pictures that look crisp and sharp from edge to edge. This Fujifilm XC 35mm f/2 camera lens has an advanced autofocus system that operates silently and achieves optimal focus quickly.
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    "Great lens!...Great beginner lens, and great for carrying around if you don’t want anything big!...Nice lens for the price...I checked out the product specs for this 35mm lens and thought it would be good to have with the camera. "

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    Take crisp still images with this Fujifilm XC 35mm f/2 camera lens. The precise arrangement of the nine lens elements lets you capture stunning high-resolution pictures that look crisp and sharp from edge to edge. This Fujifilm XC 35mm f/2 camera lens has an advanced autofocus system that operates silently and achieves optimal focus quickly.
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  10. Panasonic - LUMIX S-S85 85mm F1.8 L-Mount Lens for LUMIX S Series Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Affordable quality lens...Great quality for a great price this lens is perfect for beginners...Great lens...Excellent lens. I got this for free with the camera. It is such an amazing lens for the value."

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    The LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 is a large-aperture medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens, compatible with all L-mount cameras for maximum versatility. The S85 enhances portrait photography with its beautiful bokeh effect in a compact and lightweight body. Comprising of 9 elements in 8 groups, the 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppress both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. The LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 provides smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image as well as smooth, round bokeh of point light source without vignetting. It also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography. The rugged dust/splash-resistant* design withstands use under harsh conditions even at 14 degrees Fahrenheit. * Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water. • L-Mount is a trademark or registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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    "Affordable quality lens...Great quality for a great price this lens is perfect for beginners...Great lens...Excellent lens. I got this for free with the camera. It is such an amazing lens for the value."

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    The LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 is a large-aperture medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens, compatible with all L-mount cameras for maximum versatility. The S85 enhances portrait photography with its beautiful bokeh effect in a compact and lightweight body. Comprising of 9 elements in 8 groups, the 2 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppress both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. The LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 provides smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image as well as smooth, round bokeh of point light source without vignetting. It also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography. The rugged dust/splash-resistant* design withstands use under harsh conditions even at 14 degrees Fahrenheit. * Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water. • L-Mount is a trademark or registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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