8 reasons why cheap kit lenses are the perfect lens

8 reasons why cheap kit lenses are the perfect lens

The low-cost kit lenses you get with digital SLRs or compact system cameras don’t have much of a reputation, but is that fair? They might be cheap, they might be light, they might not have earth-shattering specifications, but they do have some qualities and advantages that are all too easily overlooked. Here are eight reasons why cheap kit lenses are the perfect lens.

Full-frame lenses: 4 quick tips for the first-timer

Full-frame lenses: 4 quick tips for the first-timer

All lenses create a circular image, and your camera’s sensor simply records a rectangular portion of this. A full-frame compatible lens creates an image circle the covers the full-frame sensor, and provides a cropped image with a smaller ‘crop-factor’ sensor. In this quick guide we offer four must-know tips for getting to grips with full-frame lenses for the first time.

How to buy a flashgun: the most important features every photographer should have

How to buy a flashgun: the most important features you'll want to have

A full-sized flashgun delivers the potential for versatile lighting techniques in wide-ranging conditions. In this quick buyer’s guide we’ll explain how to buy a flashgun by revealing some of the most important features every photographer will want to have.

Abstract self-portrait photography: get creative with your camera’s focus ring

Abstract self-portrait photography: get creative with your camera's focus ring

Taking an intentionally blurry photo? It may sound sacrilege, but sometimes it can be fun to break the rules of photography. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to take an abstract self-portrait that will make you look like a genius. Which you are.