Top 5 Lenses

“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! ūüėČ

¬†Canon EF 1.8 300p 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.
¬†Canon10-18mm ¬†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 8mm fisheye 300p 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. ūüėČ
¬†Tamrom 18-270mm 300p 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 300p 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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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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