The quality of a photograph depends largely on the quality of the lens; not the angle of capture, not entirely the intensity of light rays, just the lens quality. A simple camera with a high-quality lens is always going to be enough to capture remarkable pictures, while a sophisticated camera with a low-quality lens would transcend to low quality pictures. Thus, when it comes to photography and the ensuing gadgets, one of the best things you can spend your money on is a quality lens.
There are certain things to look out for when choosing a lens for photography. First off, you should know there are two types of lenses used in modern day photography; the zoom and prime lenses. Zoom lenses usually have a variety of focal ranges (such as 24-70mm, 70-200mm, etc.), and this makes the lens extremely flexible with quality at specific displacements. With the zoom lenses, it is easier to take a wide variety of photos without switching your gear. Prime lenses on the other hand, have a fixed focal length (24mm, 35mm, 50mm, etc.) and provide quality images with high clarity. It is for this reason most photographers prefer the prime lens which are also more portable to carry around than the zoom lenses. There are host of factors to consider when picking out a lens for your photography. A good factor to consider is the exact focal length that would be just appropriate for your needs. One more factor to consider is the location where your photography expedition is going to hold. You must consider things like the area of the space, the number of people allowed to bomb your shot, and how much of the surrounding you want to include in the photo. If you want to travel light, then you must be wary about the number of lenses you want to carry around. The zoom lens can work from a variety of displacements and they don’t have to be in pairs to function. However, if you want a more professional shoot, the prime lens is preferable. It does mean have to carry multiple lenses, but the sophisticated photos are going to be well worth it.
Some of the lenses to check out in the New Year are:
- The new Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM prime telephoto lens is the pick for photographers that prefer longer focal length primes for portrait photography. They produce pictures with very high clarity and perfect compression.
- The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens increases the speed, performance and optical quality of your photography. This obviously makes it a “must have” for professional photographers and advanced amateurs. This lens will let you isolate your subject and allow you capture sharp handheld images even at 200mm.
- The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is the best Canon portrait lens for photographers who want to try prime lenses. Since a lot of photographers consider 50mm to be the perfect focal length for portrait photography, a 50mm f/1.4 lens is your best shot to meet price and quality halfway.
- Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is the ideal lens for environmental portraits, detailed shots at weddings, and as a walk around lens at events. On a crop sensor camera, this is effectively a 50mm lens, which makes it the most suitable portrait lens for crop sensor cameras.
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM may be the best Canon portrait lens for photographers who shoot in a variety of settings and lighting situations. The 24-70mm focal length is very flexible, it is wide enough for environmental portraits but long enough to get a decent amount of zoom. This 24-70mm features Canon’s legendary L glass, sharp optics, and fast autofocus.
- Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is a wide-angle to normal-length zoom lens that features a fast, bright constant f/1.8 maximum aperture. It is specifically designed for use with APS-C-sized sensors and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-52.5mm.
- Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is a fast standard-length prime designed to achieve high optical performance through the incorporation of both three Special Low Dispersion glass elements and one molded glass aspherical element. These elements, coupled with an advanced optical design, work to minimize sagittal coma flare and chromatic aberrations in order to provide high image sharpness and clarity. It is so much better than the kit lens as the clarity and focus are so clear. This lens is worth every penny and is recommended for photographers looking for a fixed focus 50mm lens.
- Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM brings excellent performance in a super telephoto zoom lens, it is designed for Nikon F-mount cameras, is optimized for full frame sensors and has a weatherproof construction. The lens features an aperture range from f/5-6.3 to f/22 and utilizes two FLD and three SLD elements for control over aberrations and distortion. It has been tested at a range of f/stops and shutter ranges and also various focal lengths and focus distances the lens has performed according to high standard.
- Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is a wide-angle to medium telephoto zoom lens with a constant f/4 aperture. It is designed for both full frame and crop sensor Sony A DSLR cameras. Using it on a Sony A99II, it performs admirably with its high pixel density and its focus is very sharp at the wide end although one might have to apply some micro focus adjustment at the telephoto end.
- Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is an all-in-one zoom for APS-C cameras, its contemporary Lens from Sigma provides users of Nikon F-mount cameras with an extremely versatile focal length equivalent of 27-450mm. This version also offers optical image stabilization for reducing the effects of camera shake at longer focal lengths and slower shutter speeds. It is a great carry around lens, its light and it takes very good shots as well.