02 Dec Common Types of Camera Lenses for Beginners
If I were to be honest, I would name this era – the mobile phone era, as we use it for everything but mostly to stay in touch with the world and take pictures. Or mostly to take a picture of everything around you that captures your attention. If you are anything like me than you literally have thousands of photos tucked away in your phone or uploaded somewhere out there in the vastness of internet space J.
But although most of the new tech phones might make you feel almost like a pro, there are those of us who really want to capture more and those that love and live for photography. And if you fall into this category and you are just starting out on this path, this small article is for you. I want to help you ask the right question before getting that perfect lens for you: what do I want to express?
It is said that lenses might be even more important than the camera itself. And they will help you get that perfect shot that you crave for. But when deciding for which one or ones to get, the first thing for you to consider is what type of picture you want to shoot.
For this aspect, you need to learn about the focal length and take into account whether you want to capture more or you need to focus and zoom in for details. The Focal Length is presented in millimetres.
In case you want to want to capture the world, people, and more light, than you need a Prime Lens. It only has a single focal length but they came in several types that will offer you an extra touch such as Wide-angle, Fish-Eye, Telephoto, Standard or Super Telephoto and will help you get that special effect.
And if your interest is more inclined to the capture of details and in-depth imagery, then you need to take a look at Zoom lens. They cover a larger range of focal lengths and come in as digital or optical zoom lens. The zoom lenses are designed to help you get that clear, magnified perfect shot.
This is indeed a very simplified way of cataloguing them, but you will get tons of information on what each of them can do and when it is best to use it, at a simple search away. I actually recommend you to do that and check with the producers of the camera to check its compatibility.
Another aspect or term you need to get familiarized, prior to acquiring a lens, is Aperture. The Aperture or the “f/number” will show how much light is allowed in. As a general rule, Prime Lens, allow more light in, compared to the Zoom ones. You will find lenses from very small aperture (narrower than f/22) to extremely large aperture (wider than f/1.4), normal aperture being between f/4 to f/8.
There are always a lot of factors to consider such as how much it weighs, the brand or the price but in the end, it’s all about you, how you view the world, what you want to express and your creative idea. Try several, experience more and just enjoy the process and show us your vision!