I was really excited when I saw this email about which lens to buy because I am trying to figure out exactly that right now but I was terribly disapointed when I read the article and it did not help in any way. I am glad to know now that the lens that I bought with my camera sucks but I really didn't find out which lens would work to shoot junior (actually I am taking it to pro basketball games to shoot from a distance).
Look at the 18MM to 200MM lenses. They are midrange all purpose more affordable lenses. Both Canon and Nikon has them and I am sure the other companies have equiv. They are not the fastest or the brightest but are a step up from a kit lens and should be OK for 80% of your photographic interests
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