The world of DSLR's has totally exploded in the last year or so. They're becoming more affordable, and people want to be able to get quality pictures of their own kids or of their fun travels. Almost all of the DSLR's come as a package deal, and you take home a standard kit lens for the camera. I know with Nikon, that it's usually an 18-55mm 3.5f. Of course, that lens takes a good picture...you didn't pay $500+ for nothin'! However, I get a lot of questions on how I get the pretty, blurry background. To get that effect, you're going to want a lens that has a lower f stop than 3.5. If you're taking pictures of your kids, I highly recommend investing in the 50mm 1.8 lens...both Canon and Nikon have one and they are relatively affordable. I promise, you won't take it off of your camera. I rarely do. You do have to get used to the fact that it is a prime lens, meaning you don't zoom, you have to move to get the pic...but you'll love it. I realize that I have a picture of the 50mm 1.4 here, because that's what I use and LOVE. The first place Joe and I always look at lenses is BHPhoto&Video.
Here's a recent pic of Trey taken with my 50mm 1.4
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