Having variety among lenses is a beautiful thing. If you’re just stepping into the world of photography, however, it can be easy to get a bit mind boggled. Strings of digits, letters, and technical talk you’ve never even heard of. That’s a lot of information being thrown your way at once. While all you want is to find the best compatible lens for your camera. What to do? Fortunately, this guide is designated to help even the newest of photography members upgrade their equipment.
Your main priority when determining the compatibility of your new lens is to determine whether it will physically fit in your camera. It should be noted that often cameras will only carry lenses from the original manufacturer brand. There are two main lenses you should know about: APS-C and full-frame. APS-C are often cheaper and usually come lighter in size. A camera with a full-frame sensor will only hold a full-frame lens. There is a wide variety of these type of lenses so you may elect to rent camera lens first before purchasing.
Those with older cameras may be surprised to know that you can sometimes use them on newer versions. When manufactured, lenses are typically designed to outlast the camera itself. For this reason, older models will surpass the technology of the original camera and transfer into the use of your new piece. This is often true with dated film cameras and digital SLR models.
The angled view of your camera lens is known as the focal length. It is used to determine how wide an image is. If a lens comes with a long focal length, then it will be able to zoom in on further away objects. A standard focal length is 18-55 mm, but for those looking for a more professional appeal you’ll want to aim for 55-300 mm. Those with cropped sensor cameras should bear in mind that the focal length will automatically be about 20 mm higher.
Sometimes referred to as a f-stop number, the aperture lets you distance the background of your scene from your original subject. A lens with a lower aperture will yield a more stylish look to your photos. For best results, look for an f/28 stop number. These will give you a greater blur on the background of your photos so that the object of your photo will be in greater focus. Professional photographers often use this technique to give their work an elegant effect.