In the past, cameras with a variety of lenses to choose from were something that only professional photographers used. Now, thanks to the digital age, cameras are able to go way beyond the call of duty and virtually every amateur photographer is taking pictures that amaze, because they go beyond point and shoot to digital SLR cameras. The problem is, most of these camera lenses are a little confusing for anyone who has no clue what they really need from their lens. To help, here is a guide to finding the right camera lenses for what you want to photograph the most. Perhaps this will make your digital SLR life a little easier.
Understand Your Lens Specifics
Certain lenses are designed to capture certain things. Before choosing your lens, you first have to decide what you plan to take photos of. If you want a camera that can zoom far out away from where you are, you will find that the focal length is one of the most important factors. If your interests are closer to you, zoom will be less important, but you want to focus on things that are at your feet, you have to consider the micro lenses that are available.
If you think you will be taking photos later in the day when there is less light, the aperture will come into play more than anything else. The aperture that it has will tell you how much light the camera can gather up without a flash. The lower the number, the darker you can take a photograph and have it turn out decent. The highest aperture needs full light. When choosing a low aperture to take photos during the darker hours of the day, focus length may also play a part in it. Some focuses have different apertures for different lengths.
You should make sure that your new camera lens can mount to your camera as well. It should also have a format that works with your camera. The format is how much of an image you can get with that lens. Mostly this is going to be determined by your camera manufacturer and this is why it is important to stick with a lens that is usable according to your camera’s manufacturer. Not all cameras or lenses are interchangeable.
Choose the Lens Based On What You Want to Capture
If you want creativity to be a huge factor in your photograph, an Ultra Wide camera lens could be fun for you. Mostly these lenses are used indoors or when a person wants to take a photo of a landscape. There are two different types of lens and they are the fisheye or the rectilinear. These lenses typically produce very sharp images of things that are close and as things are further away, their images will distort to give the photograph depth.
The other side of this camera lens comes in with the Wide Angle lens. This works the same as the other, but with it, the images will be less distorted, even if the photo includes things that are very far away. Everything in your photo will be straight and reasonably sharp.
Basic photos can benefit from a standard camera lens. Superzooms and telephoto lenses mean that you want to take photos of things that are extremely far away and have them come in clear. From there, you need to consider the price range and weight as well as other features that you require. Some cameras and lenses offer image stabilization features which help you get a clearer photo.
In short, a basic lens is good for most all situations that you may have. They are ideal for vacations and times when you would rather not spend all day trying to change lenses. A long zoom lens is best for capturing kids or dogs when they are out playing in the yard. A faster lens and aperture will help you to take a variety of photos and improve the photos that you do capture.
Lenses are not easy to figure out when trying to learn an SLR camera. However, there is hope that this guide to choosing the right camera lenses have helped you to understand what you are truly looking for.