The Lowdown on Camera Lenses

Welcome back to Yomi Rodrig Photography!

With a great passion for photography comes a great passion for your equipment and over the years I’ve found myself getting more and more obsessed with researching the latest equipment and gadgets for photography.

There’s a lot to take in when you delve into the world of photography equipment and for any novice it can feel a little overwhelming. One piece of kit that took me a long time to get my head around was lenses; I found myself getting lost in a world of different sizes and properties and never really understanding which ones I needed.

I’m going to be giving you the lowdown on all things camera lenses today. I’m going to clarify some of the technical terms, give you an insight on what you really need to know as well as sharing some of my top recommendations that can work for everyone.

Camera Lens Technical Terms

Focal Length – The optical centre of a lens is the point at which the rays of light from two different sources enter the lens and cross. The focal length of a lens is the distance between the optical centre and the camera’s image sensor. Shorter focal length lenses give a wider view but less magnification and lenses with longer focal lengths have a shorter field of view but with better magnification.

Aperture – The aperture is what determines how much light will be transmitted to the image sensor through the lens.

Image Stabilisation – Some cameras have image stabilisation built in, however if your camera doesn’t then you can get lenses that do. Image stabilisation technology works to ensure your images are as sharp as possible and reduces blurring.

What You Really Need to Focus On

Focal Length – the focal length varies with every lens and is what determines how much of a view you’re going to get through a lens. Normal lenses have a fixed focal length, whereas wide angle lenses have a shorter focal length which therefore enables you to capture a wider view. Zoom lenses have variable focal lengths, meaning they are more versatile and better for multiple kinds of photography.

Compatibility – one of the key things you need to consider when choosing a lens is how compatible it is with your camera. Not just in terms of the fit but how the focal length and aperture matches the shutter speed and functioning of your camera.

Top Recommendations

As my main focus for photography is outdoor and landscapes, wide angle lenses work really well for me. I use a Canon camera a lot of the time and like to stick with Canon lenses; although it was a real investment at nearly £2,000, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens is great for all outdoor photography.

Pancake lenses are great for travel due to being so compact yet still giving you normal/wide view, so I like to have one in my collection. To accompany my Canon camera, I like to use the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM.

I couldn’t give you my top lens suggestions without sharing a budget buy, so my top wide-angle lens for just over £200 is the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. This cheaper lens still has a great wide view and has built in image stabiliser.

I hope you’ve found this interesting if you’re on the hunt for a new lens or even if you’re just trying to understand the overwhelming world of camera equipment a little more.

Thank you for visiting Photography by Yomi Rodrig, I look forward to speaking with you again soon!

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