Digital cameras have become so common that none of our occasions pass without it. We all just love to capture reality, don’t we? And we also want to make our photo collections look as natural as possible. Different digital cameras come with different specifications to match our needs. Now you might have seen blur or faded pictures of certain events due to some bad camera result. All this depends on the type of camera lens you are using, because lens is used for focusing all near to far objects. So, lens need to be chosen really carefully. No matter how expensive your camera is, if its lens isn’t good, it’s worthless.
Before choosing a lens for your camera, you might want to consider a few factors. The focal length of a lens is its view angle and hence depends on camera size. This parameter is mainly used by a zoom lens which typically has a focal length of 18-55mm. Cameras like Canon and Nikon has a famous lens size of APS-C to indicate their standard. Aperture, light gather capability of a lens, is another common parameter to be kept in mind.
Image stabilization is another significant factor that needs to be catered for, while taking a picture. Different brands have different mechanisms for image stability. For instance, Nikon has vibration reduction, Sony has optical steady shot or OSS and Sigma has optical stabilization. Whichever lens you buy look for these factors as they not only affect the camera size but also your image quality. Also, buy the lens that suits your need.
Generally, there are three major types of lenses named after their use. There are zoom lenses used to manage optical and digital zoom. Optical zoom is for varying the focal length of the camera to get a magnified image. Digital zoom doesn’t change the lens length, it merely enlarges the image. Then there are interchangeable and converter lenses that are used in DSLR and compact cameras respectively. Interchangeable lenses are usually specialized professional lenses that vary with the light and scene to be captured. On the other hand, Converter lenses are just to assist a built-in compact camera lens.
Looking at old times, the zoom cameras were developed for telescopes in 1834. The first camera lens came in early 1900s and brought a whole revolution in the camera industry as the lens had a near sharp focusing capability. After that, advancements in not only different camera types, but also their lenses have been progressive. Looking at DSLR results, you might wonder what more can the future of cameras can give us. Technicians and optical engineers all around the world are working to make camera lenses reach perfect results. ‘Perfect’ means nothing less than original; ability to capture the exact color, exact pattern from any distance.
Talking of perfection, for weddings and low light photography, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is one of the best they have to provide.
It is both cheap and gets the job done. Its has a focal length of 50 mm, aperture of f1.8, a micro motor, weighs 130 g and its size is 68 x 41 mm. It also holds the title of being Canon’s lightest and shortest lens up till now and best of all is that this lens is as cheap as $104 in the market. On the other hand, Nikon’s 50mm camera lens, having same specifications and price, provides much better results.
Once you have a camera lens, you need to learn as to how to use it. The lens guide would be your perfect helper. Not only does it tell you the difference between different zooms, but also the distance and light conditions in which specific lens has to be used and set. Get hold of the right lens for your camera and make each occasion memorable.