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Selecting the right lens to use – 5 tips

In the previous post, we were talking about Portrait Photography and clothes. Now, we move onto a new series of posts.
If you have a compact camera, then you have a given lens that is part of the camera. However, if you have a SLR or the new series of mirror-less cameras, then you have the option of selecting the desired lens, and this is where there are a lot of options. People can get pretty confused about which lens to have, which can be confusing in multiple ways. You may want to select 1-2 lens which meet all your needs, or you may have multiple lens, and want to select 1-2 lens to carry with you while you are on a trip. How do you select the right lens to carry ? This post might be simple for those who have some experience, but I have come across many people who don’t have this much information.

Tip 1291 (Using macro lens): Why would you want to use macro lens ? Well, suppose you want to get details of objects at a small scale, say want to get a good close up shot of the pollen on a flower, or items on your table, or other items at a such close up ? A macro lens will help you get such a photo. However, do check on the minimum distance for a macro lens to be able to focus effectively, as well as the weight of such a lens. Once I had a great macro lens, but it was heavy and totally prevented me from being able to take stable hand-held shots.

Tip 1292 (Kit lens): When you typically buy a SLR camera, you will get a kit lens. If you are new to photography, or primarily don’t shoot in specialized situations; or if you do street photography, person / travel, then the kit lens would suit you well. Use this lens till you are more comfortable with more specialized lens.

Tip 1293 (Wide lens): When do you use a wide lens ? Well, a wide lens is meant for you to get more of the space in front of you in the camera frame, and can be seen by the front glass of the lens projecting outwards. A wide lens gives you a increased depth of field and also when you are taking architecture and buildings, when you are looking to get a wide angle of view.

Tip 1294 (Fish eye lens): A fish lens is an extreme type of a wide lens, and produces distorted pictures, with convex images. A fish eye lens can be seen with the lens bulging outwards, and you might wonder why somebody would want to get distorted images. Sometimes, in wide angles of views, such distorted images can come out great.

Tip 1295 (Telephoto lens): A telephoto lens is used for getting images of distant images. For example, you could be at a sporting event, or looking for wildlife, and you need to be able to shoot images from a distant. It is in such cases, that Telephoto lens show their usefulness. The variation in such lens depends upon the magnification possible and also the aperture level. Good telephoto lens can be very complex and be heavy.

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer How to Choose a Camera, Lens How to Choose Yor Camera Lenses

Videos on selecting the proper lens for the DSLR:

How to Choose a Lens for a DSLR

Choosing Your First Lens for a DSLR Camera

Photography Techniques : Selecting a Camera Lens

An overview of digital SLR lenses

Read more about how to select the right lens (Part 2)

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