If you’re a budding photographer who wants to take your hobby to the next level, it’s likely that you’re eyeing on buying a good set of lenses for your camera. The quality of your camera lens can make or break that shot, that means you know just how important camera lenses are to your line of craft. This goes without saying that they come with a high price that far too often you may not be willing to spend or may not be ready to buy just yet. And with so many to choose from, how do you know which ones will work best for your needs?
There are 9 tips that guide even the professional photographers when making a selection of lenses for their cameras. Consider them a reliable foundation for your own search.
Speed: Primarily, you want your lenses to give you the sharpest image possible; second to that is speed. When it comes to camera lenses “fast” represents the speed of the shutter that you would need to take continuous shots of an action-packed event or activity. Likewise the speed will not compromise the quality of light of the shot as these high-speed lenses have maximum apertures allowing more light to pass through for each shot you make.
Minimum Focus: Isn’t it frustrating when you want to take a distance shot only to fail because you have a very limited near focus? Depending on your needs, hobby-wise, you should get a telephoto lens that will provide huge magnification so you don’t have to run fast to where the action is, you’ll just have to let the lens do it.
Floating or Fixed Aperture: There are times when you need to suddenly shift focus from near to distance or back; in this case you’d need a lens that can hold the same aperture as you zoom out. This is referred to as the floating aperture. While this proves beneficial for the on-the-go photographer, the downside is that for the lens to maintain the same exposure, the shutter speed needs to become a bit slower.
Handling: Of course, the key factor is the overall weight in your hands as well as how well you can hold it. Likewise, you need a lens that has an image stabilizer just in case your hands might get tired and shaky.
Rotating Filter Ring: Buying cheaper lenses will make attaching filters a bit difficult because of their rotating front element; the result is that your filter will have changes in effects as you take the shot. Should you settle with this kind of lens, make sure you focus first before making adjustments to your filter.
Optical Quality: No matter how someone else may put it, in a camera lens “quality” means sharpness, vignetting, able to handle flare, minimize (or absence) of aberrations. You want to make sure the lens is made of top quality glass.
Distance Scale: Useful for landscape photography is a lens that can “intelligently” calculate depth of field for a sharp front and back shoot.
Zoom Type: Choose between push/pull type (trombone) and the ring type depending on your need, as far as ease of use is concerned.
Lens Hood: This is obviously extra cost for you but they are as essential as the lenses are. They help block “unnecessary” light or flare that causes discolored spots in your shot.