Upgrading to a DSLR camera from a point-and-shoot comes with a learning curve. Not only do you need to learn how to use a camera in manual mode, you also have to learn a lot more about lenses to get the shot you want.
Canon has a number of different lenses that you can use with your DSLR to enhance your photos and your creativity. But if you’re new to the game and with so many options, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you and your photography needs.
To make your learning curve easier, we’ve put together a lens buying guide so you can learn more about lenses and what each one does. Whether you’re new to DSLR photography or you want to upgrade you own lens kit, read on to learn more about the different types of lenses:
This isn’t a type of lens, but rather a lens element. It allows you to adjust the focal length of your shot, so you can focus on a part of a subject or an object from a distance. Having a zoom lens rather than a fixed focal length prime lens gives you greater variety and creativity in each of your shots since you can adjust what the focus will be.
This type of lens has a longer focal length than standard lenses. This provides a narrow field of view and a magnified image. Telephoto lenses are typically used to photograph wildlife. They also come in handy at events and performances where you want to focus on a subject that’s farther away.
Canon has different types of telephoto lenses that range in focal length from standard to medium to super telephoto. Canon also has telephoto zoom lenses that allow you to focus on details that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Wide-angle lenses broaden the angle of view your camera has and increases the depth of field to bring more area into focus. In more layman terms, this type of lens allows more of the scene you’re shooting to be included in your photo. Wide-angle lenses can be used to emphasize the difference in size or the distance between objects – with a wide-angle lens, nearby objects appear very large and objects in the distance appear further away.
Canon also has ultra-wise zoom lenses. This type of lens brings more area into focus and provides a greater depth of field while the zoom range allows you to make minor adjustments to your shot coverage.
When you want to focus on really miniscule details or need an extreme close-up, a macro lens is the choice for you. This type of lens is typically used to photograph insects or flowers since it can focus on details that are so tiny.
Although this is a complicated lens that may take a while to use effectively, the photography results are worth the effort. A tilt-shift lens copies the way your eyes see something small from up-close to make objects in your photo look miniature.
This type of lens is usually used for landscape photography; it helps make buildings look straight in your photos and you can also combine multiple images to create a panorama without moving your camera.
What type of Canon lens is your favourite? Tell us in the comments!
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