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How to choose your next camera lens

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With the myriad choices of camera lenses available in the market, deciding which lens to purchase next would certainly put every photo enthusiast in a quandary. Secondhand or new, it all really depends on your requirements, i.e. the type of pictures you want to take, the price, and the weight.

Landscape – If taking pictures of sunsets and cityscapes sends your heart racing, ultra-wide angle, wide angle, normal, and telephoto lenses are your best bets. Commonly used ultra-wide angle lenses are 11-16mm, 14-24mm, 20/21mm; wide angle options are 24-35mm, 35mm, 24-70mm; normal lenses are 85mm, 135mm; and telephotos can be 70-200mm, and others.

Portrait – Experts say lenses that best capture the beauty of the human form can range from 50mm to 100mm, and can either be affordable or pricey. Examples of portrait lenses that fall within everyone’s budget are Nikon/Canon 85mm f/1.8 and Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Macro, normal, and telephoto lenses also qualify for this type of photography.

Street – This involves shooting subjects as discreetly as possible, so bulky and long lenses are a no-no. 30 to 50mm lenses work best to capture the drama of everyday life. Recommended lenses include Canon/Nikon 35mm f/2, Sigma 35mm f/1.4, and Canon/Nikon 50mm f/1.8.

Walk-around/travel – When on a trip or simply walking around, you don’t want to be lugging many lenses and changing them every time. A good all-around lens must be light and versatile, a landscape-portrait-telephoto kind of thing. Some options are 17-55mm, 18-200mm, 28-80mm, but 24-70mm perfectly fits the bill anytime.

Handy Hints
• For portraiture, 50mm to 100mm lenses work best
• Use 30 to 50mm camera lenses to capture everyday drama
• An example of a good all-around lens is 24-70mm




Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer