The first lens of many students who are new to photography will be the set lens purchased with the camera. After students have a deeper understanding of photography, it is time to start some other lenses! There are many types of lenses on the market. How should we choose a suitable lens? Here are 6 lens recommendations for different photo themes, suitable for all kinds of cameras!
(1) If you like to shoot … Portrait: 85mm f / 1.8 or 50mm f / 1.8
One of the reasons why many people buy DSLR is to take pictures for family or friends. In fact, the set lens is already competent, but if you want better quality and more professional, you need to start with a portrait mirror! For APS-C format cameras, the focal length will be approximately 1.5x multiplied, so a focal length of 85mm is required, and 50mm is sufficient (50mm x 1.5 = 75mm). For M4 / 3 systems, a 40mm lens is best. (40mm x 2 = 80mm).
When taking photos with a large aperture of f / 1.8 and a slightly longer focal length of 85mm, you can make the depth of field shallower, making people stand out in the background, which is very suitable for shooting portraits.
(2) If you like to shoot … Street photography / documentary: 50mm f / 1.8 or 35mm f / 1.8
Recently, the camera has become smaller and smaller, making “street shooting” more convenient, because when taking photos of this subject, it is often taken by unwitting passersby. The lens used is preferably small and unnoticed. The fixed focus lens 50mm is usually small and light, and the aperture is f / 1.8, which can be used in low-light environments without turning on the flash. The 50mm focal length is very similar to the distance seen by the human eye and is very suitable for street shooting
50mm for full-frame cameras, 35mm for APS-C, and 20mm for M4 / 3 cameras!
(3) If you like to shoot … Landscape: <24mm
Landscape photographers usually use wide-angle lenses to capture large scenes (of course, other lenses can also be used to shoot). Lenses with an equivalent focal length of less than 24mm can incorporate more scenery into photos. If you use a wide-angle lens such as 16-35mm, you can use the characteristics of lens distortion to make the scenery / buildings more magnificent and more spatial.
16-24mm for full-frame cameras, 12-16mm for APS-C, and 8-20mm for M4 / 3 cameras!
(4) If you like to shoot … Event / Concert: 70-200mm f / 2.8
Photographers usually have a distance from the stage of an event or concert, and sometimes there is insufficient light and a certain shutter speed (because of the freezing action). Therefore, a telephoto of 70-200mm plus a large aperture of f / 2.8 Is needed. Generally speaking, such large-aperture constant-aperture lenses are bulky, heavy, and expensive. But the quality is high, and it can be used for many years. If you really like to shoot this kind of subject and the budget is sufficient, start heartily!
(5) If you like to shoot … Macro: 100mm Macro
To shoot macro works, you can actually use a much cheaper “macro tube”, but if you really shoot macros, it is recommended that you start with a real macro lens. The 100mm focal length can be a little far away. The distance is 1: 1, and it is not too close to the subject, which is especially suitable for shooting small animals and insects. In fact, the macro lens is not only used for macro photography, it is also suitable for taking portrait photos!
(6) If you like to shoot … Sports / Bird: 70-200mm or 100-400mm
For APS-C format cameras, a 70-200mm lens can provide a focal length of 105-300mm. In fact, it can also be used when shooting sports or birds, but for full-frame cameras, 100-400mm telephoto is recommended. !! Choosing a zoom lens also gives you more flexibility in framing.
Author: Alex Tam