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).
The standard range of lenses are found in the 35mm – 85mm these lenses typically cover portraits, candids and street photography.
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).
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:
- They usually offer great low light performance
- Easier to carry (smaller size)
- 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
Speedo at the YMCAThis image was taken back in 2007 with the Canon 20D and a 135mm Lens.
Family TimeThis 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.
Soho RideThis 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
Wedding FlightThis 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.