DSLR Lenses: 7 questions photographers must ask about their next piece of glass

DSLR Lenses: 7 questions photographers must ask about their next piece of glass

Getting the best from your DSLR lenses

Each of the three main types of lenses has its pros and cons. Here’s how to get the most from them

Getting the best from your DSLR lenses: wide-angle lenses

1 Use wide-angle lenses for… landscapes, distorted portraits, indoor photography
Traditional wide-angles range between 20-35mm. Composing with these lenses is challenging, as they capture so much of a scene. Check the edges of the frame for unwanted objects, and get close to foreground features to add depth.

 

Getting the best from your DSLR lenses: standard lenses

2  Use standard lenses for… portraits, documentary, travel, low light – everything!
A standard, 50mm equivalent prime will improve your composition skills, as you’re forced to find interesting angles by moving closer to and around your subject. Get a fast f/1.8 or f/1.4 prime and you’ll be able to use shorter exposures in low light, and blur backgrounds.

 

Getting the best from your DSLR lenses: telephoto lenses

3  Use telephotos for… landscapes, sports, wildlife
Telephotos are a good choice for flattering portraits and frame-filling landscape shots. They’re essential for getting close to timid wildlife, too. They’re prone to camera shake, so use a tripod during the exposure to ensure you get sharp pictures.

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