So you have decided that you want a new camera lens and you are researching which one to buy. How do you decide? The first thing you should do is to ask yourself is – what type of photographer am I going to be. Buying a lens should be a well-thought-out process by you and not others telling you what they think you need. Nothing wrong with suggestions from fellow club members but decide first what your wanting to shoot and then start looking for a lens to get the job done. Everyone will find that they have outgrown their kit lens, even if they are within its focal length reach. An f1.4 lens is better than the f3.5 kit lens for portraits even it they have the same focal length. Maybe you want to do a little Nature photography and want a larger telephoto or maybe a macro lens for close-up photography. Decide what your wanting to do and then research for yourself. Once you know what your wanting to shoot asking club members for their opinions of different lenses is a good idea. Here are a few video links to help make lens selections as well as a few links to articles about lens selection. So what kind of lens do you need next -- a lens which with a little practice will make you improve as a photographer. .