“It all comes down to the glass.” That’s what a wise veteran photographer once told me. And in many cases, he was right. Whether your brand is Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Rokinon, or Lensbaby, the right lens can make your photo shine. So, here’s a guide to five of my favorite lenses and what I use them for. See if your ideas line up with mine. Maybe you’ll find your next purchase here too! 😉
|Canon 50mm EF 1.8: A great portrait lens. As you’d expect from a prime, the image quality is better than that of a zoom. An aperture of f-stop 1.8 is quite fast and great for hand-holding. Fast focusing as well, but I wouldn’t use it for videos as the motor is noisy.|
|Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM: One of Canon’s newer offerings, this lens is perfect for panorama or simple wide angle shots. Be aware that some vignetting will occur below 12mm if you use a lens hood. Also a little fisheye distortion starts creeping in at that focal length too.|
|Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5 Fisheye: Even wider field of view and very easy to focus, despite being a completely manual lens! With a minimum focus distance of only 12 inches, it can create deep depth of field landscapes very easily. Not to mention it turns a broom closet into a suite. 😉|
|Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 VC PZD: The jack of all trades lens, it provides a wide range of shots. While its versatility comes at the expense of the image quality of a more specialized lens, it’s great for settings where the conditions keep changing.|
|Lensbaby Spark: Some have called this a purely for-fun lens. Personally, I think all fine art photographers ought to give this inexpensive manual lens a try. Part prime lens, part funky gadget, it creates very interesting bokeh effects.|
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