Choosing a Lens

For those of us who have invested in photography, choosing a new lens is a big (and expensive!) deal! So, how do you do it?

First, you need to know what your goal is. What are you trying to shoot? Wide open landscapes? Or close up flowers? Portraits or big groups of people? Will you be in small spaces or wide open ones?

Second, who important is shooting wide open to you? Do you love – or hate – those pictures where one thing is in focus and the rest is blurred out in the background? Really fast lenses (those that can get you an aperture of 1.2 or 1.4) tend to be much more expensive than those that only go to 2.8 or 3.5 for example. So if you need the 1.4, go for it. If not, you may want to consider something else. This is especially true for zoom lenses. While zoom lenses typically have different aperture capabilities at different focal lengths, there are great lenses that have a consistent aperture throughout. But they’re really expensive.

And finally, how long to you plan to keep your lens? If you are experimenting with a lens, there are less expensive (but not cheap) versions. The ones made without plastic will last a lifetime.

Speaking of experimenting, cameral shops frequently rent lenses and other equipment out for a few days/weeks at a time to give you the chance to try it and see if you love it.

As always, at Pollack Photography, we’re Focused on You.

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