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3 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Lens

3 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Lens

When it comes to photography, just as important as it is to have the right camera it is just as crucial to have the right lens. There are a plethora of different lenses that are suitable for specific functions. Once you have determined the type of camera you have regardless of camera manufacturer, you can now see what type of lenses and the quality lenses you need for each photography situation. There are several camera manufacturers as in Sony, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron and Canon which make tremendous high quality lenses to go with their own camera body or other interchangeable lens cameras on their proprietary lens mount. Remember as each camera manufacturer may have their lenses sit on different lens mounts, if you are trying to use a lens from one manufacturer on another’s camera body, you may need a mounting adapter to conform the mounting of the camera lens.

With the lineup of lenses ranging from prime lenses, to zoom lenses and telephoto lenses, there are so may to chose from based on the type of photography. It is important to have the best lens for each type of scene, lenses that can handle low light conditions, compatibility with lots of cameras, and a tremendous field of view. Sharp images are attainable even for beginners with the wide array of lenses to chose from. Mounting a great lens onto a full-frame camera, APS-C crop sensor camera, and/or a DSLR mirrorless camera will help provide those sharper images and top notch image quality.

For example, if you are a into portrait photography looking to shoot with a shallow depth of field to get those beautifully blurred Bokeh effects, you want to shoot these scenes as well with a lower F-Stop or F number. A telephoto lens will allow you to zoom in on your subject while creating said bokeh effect and creating a great focused portrait photo of your subject. A great prime wide angle lens with good versatility would be a great all around lens for many photography scenarios and are geared to work extremely well in low light situations. These lenses will have different focal lengths as a zoom lens will have higher magnification than a standard prime or telephoto lens. Zoom lenses are great for shooting at the moon for those close up shots. These lenses will usually have longer focal lengths. Those long focal length lenses may be able to capture things that the human eye cannot until viewing the final exposure. Additionally, extreme close up shots of your subject would be greatly enhanced by using a Macro lens.

So, in essence, you want your different lenses to have the versatility and functionality to handle a variety of shutter speeds, a range of focal lengths including a fixed focal length, a tremendous angle of view and an image sensor providing great autofocus ability and high quality exposures. So you want to look at the factors effecting your choice of lens, you want a wide array of aperture settings, focal length and image stabilization. The in body camera sensor on your DSLR camera will also have a big impact on some of these functions. You will also want you lens to have good image stabilization to help with camera shake and blur. So, you have the camera you want now it’s time to explore some lenses that would match up well with your needs.



We would like to first take a look at the is the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS E-Mount Full-Frame Zoom Lens. This is a 24mm wide angle lens to 105mm mid-telephoto zoom lens with tremendous resolution. Some of the features that make this lens a must have in your photography equipment arsenal are as follows:

  • Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements, ED (Extra low dispersion) glass elements and Nano AR Coating help to reduce and eliminate ghosting and flare in your exposure.

  • The Extra low dispersion glass also helps deliver an gorgeous Bokeh effect.

  • Has the ability to achieve a minimum focusing distance of 14.9" and 0.31x maximum magnification, which is great for portrait photography, telephoto macro, and more.

  • Built in optical stabilization helps remove camera shake and blur often associated with handheld shooting.

  • This amazing Full frame camera lens a floating mechanism driven by a DDSSM (Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor) for high quality resolution still images and video recordings.

  • The Constant F4 maximum aperture maintains exposure and depth of field regardless of the different focal lengths to which you zoom your lens to. If you change the aperture settings, try shooting in a narrower aperture as a shooting in a wide aperture will allow for more light to enter the image sensor on the camera.

  • This lens is dust and moisture resistant for added comfort when using the lens as longevity of an investment like this is very important.

  • There is a shortcut button on the lens to easily switch from autofocus mode to manual mode for shooting. Shooting in manual mode gives you more control over the camera settings, whereas autofocus might be more suitable for beginners.

  • This lens is mounted on the patented Sony E-mount system, therefore if you are purchasing this lens for a camera from a different manufacturer, a mounting adapter will most likely be needed.

  • Weighing in at less than 2 pounds this lens should not add strain when carrying around and in use.

  • This is a high end Sony G lens which means it has undergone rigorous R&D and testing to ensure the highest quality.


Another Lens that we would be remiss without recommending is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom.

  • This fantastic telephoto zoom lens comes in a a great price point and is currently discounted at a price that’s hard to believe.

  • This is a Canon EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format providing high quality images and stills.

  • Takes extremely sharp and accurate photos and videos even wider aperture open at f/4.

  • 50 megapixels at full frame resolution, and although being a full frame lens, this works on crop sensor cameras as well.

  • This is a high end Canon “L” series lens. L series lenses are known to be fast, fixed-focal-length lenses with high performance zoom and magnification capability.

  • This lens provides some significant upgrades over the Canon L IS I lens which has better image stabilization capability over it’s predecessor. The new image stabilizer is rated for 5 stops of movement.

  • This lens is highly resistant to dust and water adding that layer of comfort you have when using this lens in harsh conditions.

  • The Fluorine coatings on front and rear of the lens offer resistance to dirt and smudges. This will help increase the longevity of the lens and make for cleaning it that much easier.

  • You can get the same angle of view regardless if the lens is mounted on a full frame camera or a crop sensor camera like an APS-C sensor.

  • There is no external movement during the autofocusing of this lens so no air or dust is pulled into the crevices of the lens effecting it’s performance.

  • Included in the lens package are 72mm front and rear caps a lens hood and case.

  • We do recommend looking into a sturdy tripod which can be purchased separately that will eliminate shake and blur.

Get your Lens

With the description of the different lenses handy such as a prime lens, telephoto lens and zoom lens, you can decide which one or more of these lenses fit your photography needs. Utilize the recommended lenses to get the most out of your image quality, regardless of light conditions with wide ranging compatibility for a multitude of cameras such as DSLR, full frame cameras and mirrorless cameras. Please note, that just having a great camera without the right lens to go with it won’t get you the perfect shot you are searching for. So go ahead and grab one of these fantastic lenses.


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