Camera Lenses - Buyer's Guide

This camera lens section takes you through the different factors you may wish to consider when buying camera lenses. It kicks off with a general overview before a more in depth look at buying your first lens, lens types, brands, crop factor, lens sharpness, lens faults and the pros and cons of buying second hand lenses. There is also a camera lens FAQs page.

Sometimes people are surprised at the cost of a lens. A single lens can cost more than the price of a Digital SLR, but the quality of the lens you use can have a bigger impact on the quality of your photos than your camera has. That is why top level professional photographers pay out for the best quality lenses. If photography is more of a hobby for you than a way of making a living you are unlikely to need ultimate quality, but there are a number of factors to learn about so that you can buy lenses that are the best fit for your requirements.

Planning ahead can make a big difference. If you have a good idea how you are going to use your camera before you buy, it makes it easier to decide what lenses you will need. This in turn will help you divide up your budget to get the best balance of equipment to match your style of photography.

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Camera Lens Overview

My Camera Lens Overview runs through the basics of buying camera lenses. The overview looks at lens types, focusing options, quality and price. Also discussed is the number of lenses you need and why you may look to add extra lenses to your camera bag. If you are not sure what a lens mount is then read this overview before you buy or you might end up buying a lens that is not compatible with the Digital SLR you have.

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Buying a Lens With a Digital SLR

When you buy a typical, consumer level Digital SLR you will have the option to buy the camera in what is known as a kit. This means that your camera will come with at least one lens to get you started. This article talks you through what to consider when you are buying your first Digital SLR to ensure you get the right lens or lenses to go with it to get you started. It also discusses why and when you might consider buying lenses that are not part of a kit.

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Camera Lens Types

To get the most out of your photography matching the right lens to the right photo opportunity is vital. For example if you are planning to take wildlife photos then you will need a certain type of lens in order to produce the best possible pictures. The same goes for all specialist types of photography including architecture, portraits, landscapes and sports. This article walks you through the different types of lens available and when to use them.

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Camera Lens Brands

What camera lens brand should you buy? Did you know that although you need to ensure your camera lens is compatible with your Digital SLR lens mount you are not restricted to buying lenses made by the same company that made your Digital SLR. For example if you own a camera Digital SLR you can buy lenses from companies such as Sigma, Tamron and Tokina. Buying third party lenses is usually a cheaper option. This article runs through the different brands on the market and how to make sure you buy a lens that is compatible with your Digital SLR.

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Buying Second Hand Lenses

Camera lenses can be very expensive. If your budget is tight a great way to make it go further is to consider buying used equipment. If a lens has been well cared for by its previous owner you can find yourself picking up a lens that works just as well as a new one for a much lower price. This article looks at the pros and cons of used lenses and where you can find the best bargains.

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Lens Sharpness

This article looks at camera lens sharpness. Although it is true that the more you spend on your equipment the sharper your photos are going to be, there are a number of other factors that play a role in producing crystal clear images. If you are struggling to produce pin sharp shots this article offers tips to help you produce the crisp photos you desire.

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Digital SLR Crop Factor

Most Digital SLRs have a crop factor. This has an impact on the focal length of the lenses you use. This article explains what crop factor is and what it means for you when using lenses. In some instances crop factor can work to your advantage, for example in increasing the focal length of a telephoto lens. Against that there can be downsides when you are looking to take wide angle shots. Find out what crop factor means for your Digital SLR in this article.

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Caring For Your Camera Lens

Camera lenses are fragile and expensive. This article discusses how to care for your lens to make sure you keep it in pristine condition. Just by taking basic care you can prolong the life of your equipment and make sure your photos are not blighted by problems such as dust spots.

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Common Lens Faults

When buying a camera lens there are some common lens faults you need to look out for. Faults explained include Chromatic Aberration, Barrel Distortion Vignetting and blur. Cheaper lenses tend to suffer more and it is always wise to look out for any signs of damage if you are buying used lenses.

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Camera Lens FAQs

This article covers the 10 questions I get asked most often about buying camera lenses. It includes What Lenses Do I need to Get Started? and What is a Lens Mount?

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