The best standard zoom lenses in 2024: an essential lens everyone should own

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The best standard zoom lenses are some of the most versatile tools a photographer can carry in their arsenal. Designed for day-to-day shooting, a good standard lens will cover a focal range that provides a relatively natural perspective, neither too wide nor too long. They're often bundled in with cameras as a starter lens – though, as we'll see, there are much better standard zooms out there than these ones.

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