Webinar: HDSLR Filmmaking for Beginners – Basic Camera Movement

Dan Eitreim

March 29, 2015

If you’re just getting started in digital photography, the only thing that is more confusing than choosing the actual digital camera is – choosing a lens for your new camera. Photography experts say that it’s the camera lens that you choose that determines what camera brand and make you will stick with in the future. Some go so far as to say that the lens quality beats camera quality. In any case, a well-chosen, quality lens should last you for a very long time!

That’s why it is not a good idea to get the cheapest camera lens available. Using a cheap lens, you could be faced with a host of unexpected and difficult to solve problems, such as poor autofocus, chromatic aberration (purple fringing), or blurry edges on your photographs. Photography experts believe that the quality of your camera lens depends greatly on the quality of the glass it is made of. Therefore, the heavier the lens, the more likely it is that a lens is a quality one.

If you decide to invest in a high-budget, quality lens, it is a good idea to protect it with a UV filter: it is easier to replace a scratched UV filter than the lens! When it’s windy outside, put the lens on your camera before you leave the house. If you need to change a lens in windy conditions, face the camera body downwards to protect the sensor from dust. Be careful not to touch the mirror inside the camera body while the lens is off, because the camera sensor is as costly to repair as it is sensitive.

The ability to change the lens is what gives your new DSLR an edge over a point-and-shot camera. However, the terminology (and numbers) having to do with the camera lenses can be very confusing to the newbie photographer. There are different types of lenses. Photography experts seem to prefer fixed focal length lenses over zoom models.

A zoom lens is the one where the focal length can be set from seventeen to eighty-five millimeters by a retractable zoom ring. Zoom lenses are cheaper than the fixed focal length lenses, and are the type most likely to come with the camera. This type of lens can be recognized by the hyphen between the two numbers expressed in millimeters. Fixed focal length lenses cannot be adjusted this way. However, the photographs taken with this type of lens are sharper, and less prone to distortions.

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