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Upgrade Your Lens Not Your Camera

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Do You Need A New Camera?

Photographers always want new equipment and they will make up just about any reason to purchase new gear. The excuses they make to buy new gear sound so logical to themselves but they are only just feeding and making excuses for their gear lust. When gear lust takes over a photographer or a would-be photographer there is little anyone can do to dissuade them. This article is about where you should actually spend your money on instead of a new camera body.

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A Better Form of Gear Lust

Will a new camera body really help you take better images? I think that this is one of the most important questions that must be answered. There are some cases where buying a new camera body will improved the image quality that you get but this is only if you are upgrading to a larger sensor size. If you aren’t upgrading to a larger sensor size then you are unlikely receiving any noticeable image quality benefits from buying a new camera. The one area where you will see the greatest improvement in image quality is by buying higher quality lenses.

A Lens Into Reality

Experience photographers spend more money on accumulating quality lenses that they can transfer to camera to camera over a life time of image making because your lens is what really effect the quality of image you receive. To get the most out of the camera that you own or any new camera that you will purchase you need lenses that have a fast F stop, that are made from quality materials and that are free from imperfections. Once you accumulate high quality lenses you will likely never need to buy lenses again and high quality lenses will automatically improve your image quality. If you are going to engage in any form of gear lust direct it to buying quality lenses not wasting money on the latest and greatest camera body that is released.

Greater Expression

Quality lenses allow you greater expression. With fast glass you will have sharper images, you will have greater bokeh when you shoot wide open, you will have much better shallow depth of field performances. You will be able to blow out backgrounds get creamier back or foregrounds and isolate your subject matter to a much higher degree than you can with cheap lenses.

More Bang For Your Buck

You simply get more bang for your buck when you put your money towards high quality lenses. Your lenses will never go out of style, they will always perform well, they won’t be outdated by the next body upgrade. There are still people who are using the manual lenses they bought in 1985 because they are high quality so the only step they’ve needed to enter modernity was a quality camera. Do you know how much a quality set of lenses will save you down the line and how they will ensure that you have high image quality?

Conclusion

As you can see the best bang for your buck and the best place to invest your money is in buying quality lenses for your camera. We know how easy it is to get gear lust over new camera bodies but you should instead focus on the real thing that improves image quality and that is having high quality lenses. What is a high quality lens? One that is made for good material, that has a fast F stop and that is it. Purchase lenses that meet that criteria and you will be very happy.

Photography Basics: Long-Focus vs Wide-Angle Camera Lenses

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For those who are beginners in the field of photography, lens types can be a daunting topic to broach. With their rather opaque naming conventions and plethora of modifying adjective, it can be hard to get a grasp on even the building block basics of lens classification. Because of this, many newbies choose to put off learning about lenses until they’re a ways in. While this is certainly an option, knowing your way around lenses can help you achieve a pleasant diversity of shot styles, as well as making it possible to get your photographs to looks exactly how you want them to. With this in mind, here’s our beginner aimed guide to a basic distinction between lenses: the wide versus long debate.

Wide-Angle Lenses

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By Takashi Hososhima (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When distinguishing between wide-angle and long-focus lenses, the primary difference comes down to focal length. A wide-angle lens has a substantially shorter focal length than a normal lens. This means that the distance that the camera equipped with a wide-angle lens has to be from the object to be photographed is shorter than the distance a normal lens would have to be to produce a focused picture.

This kind of lens is perfect for shots of big objects that you can’t photograph from a long distance, as it will allow you to get a sharp image without putting much space between the camera and the object. It also produces an exaggerated distancing effect, where items close to the lens look disproportionately large while items far away look disproportionately small. This effect can be exploited to make the relative distance between objects seem larger than it really is.

Wide-angle lenses also capture a wider angle around the camera, which means that the image has “more” of the surrounding in it. This is evidenced by a fish eye effect, where the center of the image (what a normal lens would capture) is normal, while the edges are somewhat curved and distorted. Fish eye images have an interesting panoramic quality, and certain photographers express a great devotion to this whimsical style.

Long-focus Lenses

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By Keven Law from Los Angeles, USA (Peacock Suit….) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Long-focus Lenses have a longer focal length and a shorter depth of field than a normal lens. This means that they need a greater distance than usual to focus, and have a smaller range of distances at which objects will appear to be in focus at one time.

These lenses have the advantage of being able to focus over a very long distance, which makes them the lens of choice for shooting wildlife and other human-sensitive subjects. The short depth of field makes for an interesting, often cinematic effect, wherein the primary subject is in sharp focus while everything else is washed out and blurry.

Long-focus lenses also have the advantage of having relatively less distortion than regular or wide lenses. This means that they are good for taking pictures where the integrity of lines is important, like for technical photography or even portraiture. They are your go-to lens for documentation.