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Choosing The Right Lense16/03/2011 - 11:35 AM
Photography Lense Choices
How to choose a camera lense
Buying a lense for a camera can be an expensive purchase, so you want to buy what you need... Where to start?
Start by asking yourself "what type of photography will you specialize in".
Will you be doing portraits, wildlife, landscapes, macro photography primarily?
Is there a lense that is useful for those who are undecided or plan to do general photography as compared to specialization?
The good news is that a wide ranging lense can be useful for a wide range of types of shots, allow me to state that now before we go further.
Let's get started.
Depending on who you ask, a standard lense for the 35mm format is either 50 or 55 mm, this lense most closely sees as the eyes see.
Some say the normal lense is 35 to 70mm and best used for street or documentary photography.
Wide angle lenses could be less than 21 mm, best used for architectural photography while wide angle lenses of 21 to 35 mm are typically used for landscapes.
Telephoto lenses range from 70 to 135mm for portraiture photography, some people say 90 to 250mm is most popular for telephoto lenses.
135mm and up are typically used for sports photography, birds and wildlife photography also.
90mm is good for full face portraits.
Some say 50mm or less is good for macro photography if that is your specialty.
Many who photograph birds prefer 500mm or higher.
A good range, sometimes called muli purpose lense, could be a 18 to 270mm lense or a 28 to 300mm lense.
My favorite lense for wildlife is a 70 to 300mm lense, sometimes attached to a teleconverter that multiplies it 3x it's strength.
It's not as important what range constitutes what type of lense as much as what you will use your lense or lenses for most, you tell a sales person in a good photography supply store and they'll help you get the right lenses.
They don't come cheap though. Take your camera with you when you go to puchase and try it on your camera in the store to get a feel for it before you pay for it.
Do your research before you go to the store to buy and get a few different opinions from professional photographers if possible.
Last but not least, don't rush into a lense purchase, you don't want a camera bag full of lenses you'll not get much use out of.
Big lenses may need a stand to hold them and definitely a built in stabilizer.
This article isn't in depth not heavily technical, there are great websites that go into greater depth, well worth checking out.