So here we have three images, shot from the exact same place, showing three very different scenes. Sure my subject (the blond woman) moved a little too, but you can see how much range each lens gets; we move from very wide (11-18mm) where you can see the ceiling and table in foreground to medium range (18-55mm) and finally to the close up of the couch with the woman leaning on it (60mm). Neat huh?
I think a whole lot of images can be achieved with just a kit lens to any entry level DSLR, or even a point and shoot. However, the wide angle shows a lot more content in the scene — which can be great — and the 60mm macro is working as a portrait type of lens in this case, showing almost none of the environment the woman is in.
So depending on what you shoot most often, this can help sway you one way or another. And comfort level is big too — are you going to be bogged down by a heavy lens and not want to photograph? Do you like the cropping of a fixed 50 mm or macro lens, which forces you to move your body all around your scene? Or do you like an all–purpose lens you don't have to worry about? These are all questions to consider and food for thought when thinking about lenses.
Leela the Photo Magician
(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)