Basic Photography Tip: How to Choose The Best Lens for Your Camera

A Photograph lets you see things from the perspective of the Photographer. Therefore, if you are seeing a nice and brilliant shot, you are seeing the work of an artist.

beautiful-mountains-and-lakeImage Credit: samuelbitton

However, this is only made possible because he was able to handle and make use of his weapon, the DSLR Camera, the best way possible.

The DSLR Camera can be bought by anyone and be used by anyone who can afford it. However, only a skillful photographer can use it to yield perfect and amazing shots. Therefore, a photographer should know its parts and functions, especially its Lens.


Image Credit: ChromaticBokeh

When you buy your first SLR camera, it will come with its own lens. This lens allows you to take better quality shots than those you get from your point-and-shoot camera. However, if you are really serious about making a career or business out of Photography, then you need to invest in those they sell in the market. But with an array of choices, deciding which lenses to buy can be a daunting task.

Take note of these tips so that you can buy the best quality lens for your DSLR.
1. Determine your Budget and Purpose.

If you just cannot afford a high-end lens today and if your purpose is just for personal entertainment, then you can settle for the cheaper ones like the 50mm lens. Or, you may also first try to rent camera lenses to determine if you really need them. As you get better and your purposes change, then you can always upgrade to a better one.

2. Determine the Lens’s  Focal Length.

This is concerned with how far your lens can Zoom Out or Zoom In without ruining the shot. It is measured in millimeters so the higher the number, the greater is the camera’s magnification. For example, if your lens is 18mm, it can take wide shots and if your lens is 250mm, it can take a close shot of far away objects.

3. Determine its Aperture.

The Aperture of your Lens is important especially when the light is not natural.  When the number is low, the aperture is wider and more light is able to hit the sensor. This will be helpful when taking photos where there is not enough light.

A low aperture lens enables you to shoot  with blurrier backgrounds giving you more dramatic and professional-looking photographs.

4. Consider Getting a Telephoto Lens.


Image Credit: CJSutcliffe

A Telephoto Lens can be very amazing if you know how to use it. With this lens, you can take splendid portrait shots and shots of distant objects without having to move your Camera.

Telephoto Lenses can be commonly found on sporting events as they capture action even from a distance. Wildlife Photographers also rely on these lenses to take pictures of Animals without the need to get closer.

Most Pro Photographers nowadays carry two cameras with varying Lenses at the same time. One Telephoto Lens for distant subjects and normal Lenses for wider shots.

5. Consider Getting a Macro Lens.

If you watch Discovery Channel, you can see very crisp close up photos of bees, flowers and other small things. This is made possible through the use of a macro lens that works just like a microscope.


Image Credit: dkomov

Your lenses are one of the most important parts of your camera. It can be an extension of your eyes to make your audience see what you see. 

Leave a Reply