When I was first contemplating buying a DSLR, a very wise tip one of my friends gave me was, “Start by shooting in Manual mode. Otherwise, people will laugh at you if you’re always shooting in Auto and they’ll think you’re a poser.” Of course, there are certain times where Auto is necessary, but I find it more fun to experiment with different settings on your own.
I know I just got a new lens last month (8mm fisheye), but I already have my eyes set on the next one: a Canon 50mm f/1.4 (or maybe another brand with the same focal length). Considering the other things I’m saving up for right now, this won’t come until 2013 though. Then again, I do have some weddings I’ll be DJing in the next few months. Hmmm…
As for wanting a fixed/prime lens, I definitely agree with Reason #2 in the video (at 02:50) — It Makes You Think. After shooting with the same lens for a year (18-135mm) and finally using one with a fixed focal length, I realized just how lazy and dependent I am on having the ability to zoom in on a subject. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I started off with what I had, but it’s time to step it up.
After I get this lens, the next thing I’ll save up for is a really good tripod. Why do I always pick the expensive hobbies?! lol.