What type of lens do I need?

Fortunately, photographing various kinds of objects and scenarios doesn't mean you'll need to buy a new camera all the time, since there's a suitable lens for anything you'd like to photograph. On this page, we'll highlight various types of lenses.

Wide-angle lenses

Wide-angle lenses

With a wide-angle lens, you'll photograph cities, nature, and interior. As the name implies, this is a lens with a wide viewing angle. The focal length is between 10mm and 35mm, which gives these lenses a wide viewing angle, so a lot will fit in the frame. A wide-angle lens might distort your subject: for example, straight lines may look bent. This is easily corrected in post-processing.

Macro lenses

Macro lenses

Ever seen a photo of a magnified fly? It was probably taken with a macro lens. Macro lenses allow you to magnify an object, so it appears huge in the photo. These lenses are mostly suitable for close-ups. You can also use this type of lens to take close-ups of a model. If you focus on an eye, the eyelashes will be blurred in the image. This way, you can create a dreamy effect.

Portrait lenses

Portrait lenses

There are various lenses you can use for portrait photography. Lenses with a fixed focal length have high optical quality and are preferred over lenses with variable focal lengths. Because there are no moving glass elements in the lens, this lens is good at focusing. Light sensitive lenses are often used for portrait photography, because they cause the background to appear blurry in the photo. This highlights the model, drawing extra attention to details and emotion in the face.

Telephoto zoom lenses

Telephoto zoom lenses

You've probably seen a telephoto lens at a sports game on television. This lens is often used in football matches or in nature. In these situations the subject is far away from you and you need a lens with a large optical range. A telephoto lens brings your subject closer to you so that you can capture it sharply. This type of lens is large and heavy. It is advisable to use a tripod.

Fisheye lenses

Fisheye lenses

A fisheye lens creates distortion on purpose. Imagine you're looking at a reflection in a traffic mirror or through a looking hole on a door. Everything looks convex. That effect is created with a fisheye lens. Photographers often use this lens at parties, when traveling, or when photographing various kinds of sports. A fisheye lens allows you to experiment with unique perspectives.


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