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The answer to “what lens to buy?” will vary greatly depending on if you like to do landscape, macro, portrait or street photography. Some suggestions on lens types / focal lengths by purpose are listed below.

Architecture:
Wide (17-19mm) Tilt-Shift Lens
17-40mm
28mm Prime
40mm Prime
50mm Prime

Astrophotography:
A telescope and camera adapter for distant celestial objects.
Telephoto (200mm or longer) for nearby celestial objects (such as the moon).
Wide-angle (14mm) with a large aperture (f/2.8 or lower) for night sky photos.

General Use:
18-55mm
24-70mm
24-105mm
35mm Prime
50mm Prime

Landscape, Cityscape:
10-24mm
17-40mm
18-55mm
70-200mm

Macro:
A macro lens. Ideally with at least 1:1 reproduction and a longer working distance (usually found in lenses 100mm and longer). Or use extension tubes in combination with a shorter focal length lens, or close-up filters in combination with a longer focal length lens, or reverse a lens.

Portraits: (Wider apertures are better. Look for f/2.8 and below)
50mm Prime
85mm Prime
100mm Prime
135mm Prime
70-200mm

Products, Food, Still Life:
50mm Prime
85mm Prime

Real Estate:
11-24mm
12-24mm
15-30mm
16-35mm
17-40mm
18-35mm
18-55mm
20mm Prime

Sports, Wildlife, Nature:
70-200mm
70-300mm
100-400mm
150-600mm
300mm Prime
400mm Prime
600mm Prime

Street Photography:
35mm Prime
50mm Prime
85mm Prime

Travel:
50mm Prime
70-200mm

Lens choice depends on what you want to shoot. Different lenses are suited for different purposes. Hope this article has helped you understand what to look for when you feel confused to buy lens. 

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