Karlon Cromwell

Karlon Cromwell

January 2018
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Choosing the Right Lens

With all the Lenses out there, it's hard to make a final decision.

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Before you begin the process of choosing the right Lens, you have to first consider the type of photography your doing such as: lifestyle photography, editorial photography, fashion photography, Landscape photography, or food photography. Once you’ve decided on your style, you’ll be in a better position to make the right choice. Lenses are generally categorized into 3 parts.


These type of lenses usually cover the landscape side of photography. The range of wide angles typically start at 14mm – 24mm (with numbers in between).

  1. Canon 24mm (highend)
  2. Nikon 14mm (highend)
  3. Canon 24mm Pancake
  4. Rokinon 14mm (Nikon)


The standard range of lenses are found in the 35mm – 85mm these lenses typically cover portraits, candids and street photography.

  1. Nikon 35mm
  2. Canon 50mm
  3. Rokinon 85mm
  4. Nikon 35mm (highend)


Most people usually gravitate towards these lenses simple because they bring you closer to the subject with little or no movement. The range typically found in his category are 100mm – 800mm (and higher).

  1. Nikon 200mm
  2. Nikon 300mm
  3. Canon 135mm
  4. Canon 70-200mm 2.8
  5. Nikon 70-300 f4

It should be noted that the categories mentioned above are a general rule and lenses aren’t confined to just what’s listed (see below).

Finding Your Lens

Now when I think about lenses, I focus on 2 words primes or zooms. Prime simply means that these lenses don’t zoom they have a fixed focal length (or range). Zooms on the other hand have variable focal lengths (or ranges). I typically lean towards the prime lenses for 3 reasons:

  1. They usually offer great low light performance
  2. Easier to carry (smaller size)
  3. They offer Higher Apertures

It’s important to note that when it comes to photography I focus on portraits, so I chose primes because they can be used for my portrait work. Now I say primarily because a lens can be used for any type of photo. If the lens you choose isn’t designed for a particular purpose, (say a fisheye lens being used for portraits) it will then mean you have to work harder to achieve the look you want.

My Top 5 lenses on any camera system are

135mm – Excellent Depth of field (good for portraits).Speedo-135mm
Speedo at the YMCA
This image was taken back in 2007 with the Canon 20D and a 135mm Lens.
85mm Lens – Compact & nice depth of field (great for portraits) Family-85mm
Family Time
This image was taken in 2013 with the Canon 5D Mark II & a 85mm 1.2 lens with a shutter of 4000 an f-stop of f1.6 and an iso of 250.
50mm Lens – Good for street, portraits or on the run photography.SohoRide-50mm
Soho Ride
This image was taken in 2011 with the Canon 5D Mark II and a 50mm 1.8 with a shutter of 8000 an f-stop of 2.2. and iso of 2500
24mm – Nice for landscape photography or group shots


Wedding Flight
This image was taken in 2010 with the Canon 5D Mark II and a 24 - 70mm 2.8 at 24mm with a shutter of 1000 an f-stop of 4 and iso of 100

35mm – Great for medium to wide portraits

 Lenses Hold Value

It is good to note, that the type of lens you choose will make a difference in the quality of the images you capture. It is also important to consider what your shooting, so you can choose the best lens for the job. The topic of lenses is a very in-depth one
for even more details on lenses follow the link to part 2 of this post.

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