A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DSLR CAMERA LENSES FOR BEGINNERS.
In this blog post I will be sharing with you a brief introduction to DSLR camera lenses and some helpful tips if you are planning to buy one.
To me, the most common 3 types of lenses are:
Wide angle / Super wide angle lens: This lens is great for panoramic, architecture, and interiors. It is also used to capture large group of people in one photo.
Standard Lens / Kit Lens: Usually this is the standard zoom lens that comes along with the camera body in the box. This lens is good for everyday photography and the best part is that it is FREE.
Telephoto lens: This is a long range lens that is great for sports and action activities, wildlife, portraits, even micro photography. They can reach far subjects and make them look larger and closer.
What does focal length mean?
Briefly, The SMALLER the focal length of the lens "XXmm" shown on the lens, the WIDER is the field of vision. A super wide angle lens with 11mm focal length can take in one shot more subjects than a telephoto lens with 200mm focal length.
You can also check out this video for more explanation about camera lenses:
There are two categories of lenses:
Prime lenses: They have fixed focal length and don't zoom in and out. They are lighter and cheaper than zoom lenses because they contain less glass and movable components.
Zoom lenses: They have variable focal lengths and can zoom in and out. They are more expensive than prime lenses because you get many focal lengths in one lens and there is more glass in these ones. However, the quality of the images will vary depending on the manufacturer and quality of glass used in building these lenses.
What are the third party lenses?
Camera manufacturers manufacture their own lenses. They are of high quality, compatible with their cameras and of course more expensive than third party lenses.
Sigma, Tokina, and Tamron are three examples of third party lens manufacturers. They produce cheaper lenses that are compatible with Canon, Nikon, and other camera brands. Some third party lenses are of high quality and are strong competitors if not better than Canon or Nikon's own lenses.
So what shall you buy? Zoom or prime? Canon / Nikon lenses or third party lenses? Well only you and your budget can decide, but I'm here to give you more tips if needed.
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