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Originally Posted by sub50hz View Post
Bokeh doesn't make great pictures. Lots of times, wide apertures are just a simple way for beginners to remove an uninteresting background from a photo that would be mediocre if shot at, say, f/8.


Example (shot with a 645AF):



Composition is more than just blasting everything wide open.
While true.... What a silly thing to say. Can you imagine.... A professional photographer with their bag of lenses.... All of them F4 and higher?

So why not get 2 cheap lenses, and have the cheap best of both worlds? To say wide aperture is a simple way for beginners to remove a background could be true a lot of times... But then again "a lot of times" it is used for creativity, or bringing correct focus to your subject.

Wide aperture is probably the most used photographic "trait" in all of professional photography! Excluding landscape photography of course

Edit: p.s. I shoot landscape mostly, with a little macro.
Edit 2: I just saw your follow up comment, and I do agree completely.
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The 18-55 lens kit is great and all, but if you're patient, get like the Nifty-Fifty and practice taking pictures w/ that cause it's a prime, and then once you have more experience w/ the camera and have saved up some cash, get a nice walk around like a 17-50mm or something similar.
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It would be a good choice - if it weren't for the $300+ price tag. If he can find it for less than $200, then it'd be good.

That being said though, a 55-250 is useless if you don't have a 18-55 to start with.
Just an FYI, these are going for either $100 or $149 in store at Target at the moment... that being said, if you were to have one lens, as countless other people have suggested, the 18-55 is probably the ideal to start out with.
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