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Stepping into the world of lenses can be a daunting task so we have written this guide in hopes of making your buying decision relatively easy. The first thing to remember is: Making a lens selection is as personal as the style of the photographer. In other words, what you buy must first of all satisfy you. Second, you’ll get a chance to select from the wide variety of lenses available today – everything from fixed to zoom lenses, large telephotos, and even specialty lenses like fish-eye.
The vast array of lenses in today’s market offers new opportunities for photographers to expand their capabilities and make the most use of their cameras. Understanding the terminology and engineering of the lenses in today’s market will help you make a better decision in your camera and lens purchasing.
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Lens Buying Guide – Photography Style – Which Lens Should I Use?
Photography Style… What kind of photographer are you? There are more types of photography styles than we could possibly list here, but we’ve compiled a shortlist of the most common types and include suggested lenses and accessories you might want to consider.
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Understanding Macro Lenses
Macro lenses are important to photographers who tend to shoot close-ups. That’s because, although they’re quite similar to standard lenses in most ways, macro lenses are engineered to focus at much shorter distances. Most often used in nature photography, these lenses magnify small objects like insects and flowers and captures immense detail and clarity. Other applications of a macro lens are in scientific photography and product photography. You’ll find that macro lenses can also act as a standard lens.
These lenses tend to have a higher f-stop number (which allows in less light) and therefore are not always ideal in low lighting situations. For subjects that are sensitive to movement (insects and animals, for example), macro lenses with longer focal lengths can be used.
Some great lenses to start shooting Macro
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM LensCanon's newest "L" series lens is its first mid-telephoto macro lens to include Canon's sophisticated Image Stabilization.
Nikon AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VR LensThe AF-S VR 105 f/2.8G IF-ED brings the benefits of vibration reduction (VR) to the domain of Macro photography.
Sony SEL FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS E-Mount LensA floating focus mechanism has been implemented for optimum suppression of close-focus aberration.
Sigma ART 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Lens for Sony E-MountThe Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro is the first prime macro lens to be adorned with the Art badge. Optimal results at any focus distance.
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di SP VC USD 1:1 Macro Lens for CanonThe new 90mm is refined for higher detail and sharper photos with Tamron’s new eBand Coating.
Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra-Macro Canon EF Mount Manual Focus LensDeveloped for both professional and leisure macro photography, to be used on the field or in indoor set-up.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro LensBy achieving beautiful bokeh, this lens is optimal for shooting flowers and nature photos.
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro LensThis lens incorporates 13 lens elements in 10 groups with extensive use of special glass materials.
Understanding Prime Lenses - why everyone needs one
You’ve probably heard this term “prime lens” thrown around a lot when shopping for a lens, but just what does it mean?
A prime lens is simply put, a lens that is fixed at a specific focal length and does not allow you to zoom in or out. That’s it. Pretty simple right? Most prime lenses feature a maximum aperture opening anywhere from f/1.2 to f/2.8 (the exception to this is certain “super” telephoto focal lengths which max out at f/4 or slightly higher). When shopping for a prime lens, it’s important to understand that there are advantages and disadvantages to shooting with a fixed-focal length.
|Prime Lens Advantages||Prime Lens Disadvantages|
|More Light||No Zoom|
|Sharper Images||Typically More Expensive|
|Shallower Depth of Field|
Some great prime lenses
Sony SEL FE 35mm f/1.8 E-Mount LensFor shooting a wide range of subjects like snapshots landscapes, night scenes and more.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USMFeaturing a narrow depth of field and soft background blur so loved by photographers.
Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S LensA premium S-Line lens that blends optical ingenuity and artistic nuance.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R LensThe lens' new optical design featuring 11 elements in 8 groups delivers impressive results.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8 G LensThe AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED is an outstanding choice for your photo or HD video applications
Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Sony E-MountWith a large f/1.4 aperture, the Sigma 50mm 1.4 prime lens is pro level performer for shooting everything.
Sigma Contemporary 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Lens for Sony E-MountOffering an opportunity to experience the fun of shooting wide open, with f/1.4 brightness
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO LensAn ideal lens for creating images with beautifully defocused backgrounds and bokeh.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4 G LensHigh performance FX-format f/1.4 medium-telephoto lens is perfect for portraits, low-light applications offering beautiful Bokeh (background blur) and outstanding picture quality.
Sony SEL FE 85mm f/1.4 GM E-Mount LensThe perfect 85 mm F1.4 portrait lens with outstanding sharpness dissolving to magnificent bokeh.
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM LensWith a superb combination of optics, performance, advanced features and a durable design, the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM is an outstanding L-series medium-telephoto lens.
Sigma ART 85mm f/1.4 DG DN HSM Lens for Sony E-MountLarge-diameter, unparalleled optical performance, compact and lightweight, and high-speed AF ─ all in your hand.
Understanding Zoom Lenses
It makes little sense to purchase several fixed focal length lenses; your collection would be massive and expensive, not to mention very heavy to carry! Instead, zoom lenses are a smart alternative. Obviously, zoom lenses are designed to cover a range of focal lengths to accommodate a wide variety of shooting without having to change the lens.
Some small tradeoffs go along with using a zoom lens. For example, although they can cover a range of focal lengths and can be set at in between lengths like 33mm or 165mm, they are usually not as fast as fixed focal length lenses.
Clearly, their advantages far outweigh any potential disadvantages. They’re more portable and convenient; and they allow you to shoot distant subjects and bring them closer to you. Higher end zoom lenses offer a maximum aperture that remain constant through the focal length range, while less costly ones change their aperture through the range, resulting in a more compact lens.
Wide angle zoom Lenses
Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD LensExcellent out-of-focus bokeh is achieved thanks to the design of the molded aperture diaphragm blades.
Sony SEL FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM E-Mount LensShoot close at F2.8 to capture sharp subjects with dynamic, painterly backgrounds.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM ultra wide-angle zoom lensBoth still and moving images can be captured with consistent edge-to-edge sharpness.
Panasonic Lumix S PRO 16-35mm f/4.0 L-Mount LensA versatile wide zoom lens that provides high resolution images despite its compact, lightweight profile.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED LensDelivers edge-to-corner sharpness that can surpass that of equivalent fixed focal-length lenses.
Sigma ART 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Lens for NikonThe ideal ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the most demanding photographers.
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO LensA seven blade circular aperture produces pleasing background defocusing effects.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR LensControls various forms of aberration to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range.
Standard Zoom Lenses
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom LensLarge aperture L-Series standard zoom lens that combines high image quality and enhanced durability
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 E ED VR LensPhotos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and soft blur effects.
Sony SEL FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM E-Mount LensConstant F2.8 24-70mm zoom, with an unprecedented union of high resolution and creamy bokeh.
Panasonic Lumix S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8 L-Mount LensA standard zoom lens that boasts high descriptive performance across the entire zoom range.
Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USMDesigned for the EOS R, this compact L-series lens combines a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture.
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S LensDelivers stunning sharpness all the way to the corners of the frame, even when used at its maximum aperture.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR LensA broad range of focal lengths that can be used for everything from street photography to high-end portraiture.
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di SP VC USD G2 Zoom Lens for NikonQuicker, more precise AF performance and more consistently powerful VC (Vibration Compensation).
Medium Range Photo Zoom lenses (up to 200mm)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 E FL ED VR Zoom LensA powerhouse for low—light, sports, wildlife, concerts, weddings, portraits, and everyday shooting.
Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USMThe f/2.8 maximum aperture enables fast shutter speeds and beautiful background blur across its zoom range.
Sony SEL FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS E-Mount LensOffers unsurpassed rendering, blazing AF, and extraordinary image stabilization performance.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR LensA perfect choice, not only for portraiture and snapshots, but also to capture fast-moving subjects
Sigma SPORT 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for CanonAllows photographers to push the boundaries of their sports, landscape or portrait photography
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO LensThanks to 5-Axis Sync IS, the world’s most powerful image stabilization system.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS LensCapture dynamic landscapes, bring subjects up close or shoot impressive portraits with beautiful depth of field.
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di SP VC USD G2 Lens for NikonFast telephoto zoom lens with faster autofocus and Vibration Compensation exceeds your highest expectations
Long range Photo Zoom Lenses (above 200mm)
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM LensCompact, high performance L-series super-telephoto zoom makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography.
Sony SEL FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS E-Mount LensConsistently high corner-to-corner resolution at any focusing distance throughout the lens’s zoom range
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 E ED VR LensFast f/5.6 constant aperture gives your shots beautifully out-of-focus backgrounds
Tamron 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3 Di SP VC USD G2 Lens for NikonCapture the power and beauty of wildlife, birds, travel destinations, and exciting sports action close-ups.
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS LensThe Lens pulls distant activities so close they appear to be happening right in front of your eyes.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR LensA super telephoto zoom lens that covers a 35 mm focal length equivalent of 152-609 mm.
Sigma Contemporary 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens for CanonMacro function for close-ups and distance shots, and push/pull focal zooming for ease of use.
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4.0L Fisheye LensDelivers 180° diagonal angle of view images for all EOS SLR cameras with imaging formats ranging from full-frame to APS-C.
Nikon PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4.0 E ED LensControl perspective, focus and depth of field like never before with the first NIKKOR PC lens that can be tilted parallel or perpendicular to shift.
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO LensThe new M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 fisheye PRO – the world’s first fisheye with an extremely bright f/1.8 maximum aperture.
Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye mFT Mount Manual Focus LensThe Laowa 4mm f/2.8 fisheye lens can create a circular fisheye perspective on Micro Four Thirds (M43) cameras.
This lens will allow every photographer a new striking perspective to shoot.
This is the world’s first consumer-grade probe lens which focuses from 2:1 macro to infinity and with a compelling wide-angle ‘Bug Eye’ perspective. This wide-angle design results in greater depth of field at close focusing distances than is possible with conventional macro lens. The background details are now recognizable.
The front lens barrel is water-proof affording the ability to obtain unique perspectives. The LED ring light, mounted at the tip of the lens, provides light to reduce unnecessary shadows.
The package includes a white USB cable dimmer (with power adjustment), black USB cable (no power adjustment), lens bag and metal case. Please note that the LED is powered by an external battery (not included in the package).
Lens Filter Buying Guide – What They Are & Why You Should Use Them
You own the perfect lens and create stunning images, is it possible to make those pictures even more wonderful? You might find the answer to this by using a filter. Filters are accessories that are added to the front of your lens that emphasize, eliminate, or change the colour density of the image. Typically made out of glass, resin, or polyester, the transparency of the material allows for correction of light or colour balance. Want a special effect? Many filters are designed to add bursts of colour, soften edges and make light sources sparkle.
Understanding the different types of filters will allow you to manipulate, correct colour, add effects, and enhance your images prior to print. So the big question is, why don’t you just add these effects in editing software like Photoshop afterwards? Although it is possible to colour correct and add special effects to your images after shooting, it takes much more time to do this then using a filter in the first place. There are even some corrections that are done through a filter that are nearly impossible to replicate in digital software applications.
A clear protective filter shields your lens from moisture and rain, scratches and abrasions, as well as flying debris. In addition to eliminating discolouration due to light pollution, UV filters offer a similar layer of protection. And you’ll feel more secure wiping dust, dirt, and smudges off a filter than the lens itself. A protective filter is also an economical investment, far more easily replaced than a damaged lens.
UV or Ultra-Violet Filters
One step up from the clear filter is the UV or Ultra-Violet filter. While ultraviolet light is invisible to the human eye, it can nevertheless show up on a film image as an undesirable blueish cast; it can even result in a blurring effect. Ideal for photography of expansive spaces like mountains and sweeping landscapes.
Neutral Density (ND) Filters
A popular filter for outdoor photography, these filters are neutral grey and reduce the amount of light passing through the lens. Used to prevent overexposure or washed out images when the light is too bright or the ISO is too high; it also allows you to lower the intensity of light so you can shoot at a slower shutter speed and achieve a blurring effect.
Common accessories for screw-in round filters are step up or step down rings. Stepping rings allow you to use on filter on two different-sized lenses and avoid the need to buy a separate set of filters for every size of lens you own.
Reflections of water and other reflective surfaces, like glass, can cause major problems for your images. Polarizing or polarized filters can fix them because they remove glare from non-metallic surfaces, ensuring a crisp, clear, more colour saturated image.
Graduated filters are half clear and half coloured allowing you to position the filter so that only a part of your image is affected. They are available in neutral density and colour varieties in screw-in or drop-in filters.
Lens Mount Adapters
Nikon NIKKOR FTZ Mount Adapter for Z7, Z6 & Z50On a Z camera with the Mount Adapter FTZ, compatible F-Mount NIKKOR lenses retain all of their sharpness and superb rendering power.
Canon EF-EOS R Control Ring Lens Mount AdapterThe EF-EOS R is a no-compromise way to incorporate your EF and EF-S lenses into the EOS R system.
Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter (Canon EF Lens-Sony E-Mount Body)Designed to allow compatibility between Sony FE and APS-C cameras and Sigma Canon EOS mount and Sigma mount lenses.
Sony LAEA3 A-Mount Lens Adapter for Full Frame E-Mount CamerasFit A-mount lenses on a Full Frame or APS-C camera. An aperture mechanism supports auto exposure for sharp images.
Canon EF-EOS R Lens Mount AdapterThe Mount Adapter EF-EOS R gives you the ability to utilize any Canon EF or EF-S lens with the EOS R camera
Laowa Nikon-Fuji X AdapterExtend the capability of your Laowa Nikon F mount lens onto a Fujifilm X camera body. It's like buying a new lens at a fraction of the cost.
Sigma MC-21 CL Mount Converter (Canon EF Lens to L-Mount Body)Attaching the MC-21 to your collection of SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA’s CANON EF mount compatible lenses allows them to be used as L-Mount system lenses
Fujifilm H Mount Adapter G for GFX SeriesBy attaching this adapter to the FUJIFILM GFX 50S, a total of 9 SUPER EBC FUJINON HC interchangeable lenses and 1 teleconverter developed for the GX645AF can be used.
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Canon EF 1.4X III ExtenderThe Extender EF 1.4X III increases the focal length of a lens by a factor of 1.4x while still delivering superb image quality..
Sony FE 1.4x Tele-Converter for E-Mount LensesOutstanding performance for sports of wildlife photography in a compact, lightweight kit. Multiplies focal length by 1.4x with only a 1-stop light loss.
Fujifilm XF 1.4x TC WR Tele-Converter for XF 50-140mm WR & XF 100-400mm WR LensesFeatures an excellent optical design with a construction of 7 elements in 3 groups to maintain the optical performance of the original lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital MC-20 2x Tele-Converter for ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO & ED 300mm f/4.0 PRO LensesUtilises the high optical performance of the master lens while doubling the focal length.
Fujifilm MCEX-16 Macro Extension Tube for XF Series LensesFor Fujifilm X-Mount Lenses and Cameras. Shortens minimum focus distance of the lens.
Sigma TC-1401 1.4x Tele-Converter for Canon (Art, Sport & Contemporary Lenses only)Created exclusively for the Global Vision lenses, these tele-converters ensure the utmost in compatibility, even for large diameter lenses.
Tamron Tele Converter 1.4x for NikonAlthough the maximum focal length is increased, the minimum object distance remains nearly the same, so the magnification ratio during close focusing is enhanced.
Panasonic DMW-TC20 2.0x Tele-ConverterWhen mounted, the minimum f-number will be set to a value two steps greater than the original value. Allows the HES200 to extend to 400mm (800mm equivalent)
Lens Storage and Protection
Tenba Tools Lens Capsule 13x9 cmA durable padded lens pouch with extra protection in the form of molded EVA caps on both ends where the lens is most fragile.
Lowepro Lens Case 11cm x 26cmBuilt from tough nylon, this case offers you weather-resistance, portability and excellent protection for your valuable lens.
Matin Deluxe Multi Rain Cover (Ordinary)When it's raining, drizzling, and even scorching, you can protect your cameras and lenses effectively with this cover.
Matin Deluxe Lens Pouch Pouch 50: 110x130mmStylish in design, this high-quality lens pouch is made of durable dust- and moisture-resistant 600 denier nylon. It also features a secure lace-up closure.
Manfrotto E-702 PL Rain CoverThe simple, intuitive design allows you to easily view and access all camera and lens controls.
Peak Design Shell Rain and Dust Cover for all Cameras - MediumShell’s unique form-fitting design uses stretchy fabric with a waterproof membrane to keep your camera safe without adding bulk or impeding your workflow.
Matin 77mm Lens Cap with Cap KeeperThis 77mm snap-on lens cap from Matin features a built-in elastic strap to tether it to your camera body.
Matin Optics Cleaning Set, LargeThese quality items can be widely used on optical products, such as camera's, lenses, filters and other fine optical products.
Matin Microfibre Lens Cleaning Cloth 18x20cmThe cloth consists of a nylon-polyester blend that removes dirt, grease spots and moisture reliably and completely.
Lenspen DSLR Lens Cleaning PenPerfect for cleaning camera lenses, binocular lenses, small aperture spotting scopes and telescopes, eyepieces and other optical items.
Matin Lens Cleaning Tissue 50 Sheet PackThis tissue will provide you with an outstanding effect in removing fingerprints and stains on lenses.
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