Everything You Need to Know About Camera Lenses

It doesn't matter where you are in your photography journey - just starting out or a seasoned old timer - lenses will always be important to you, since they are pretty essential tools in digital photography! So I figured it would be a good idea to put together a post that brings together all the posts I've written about lenses over the last year or so, so everything you need to know  is all in one place for easy reference.  

Whether you ready to buy your first lens or just looking to add to your lens collection, there should be something for you here! . 

What the Lens Numbers Mean

Just starting out and the lens numbers don't mean too much to you yet? This post breaks down the numbers and explains what they mean, what you should look for, and how to work out if a lens is for you.  This will really help you make an informed decision when purchasing rather than relying on the store advisors! 

Focal Length Comparison

You may be wondering what the actual difference is between a 50mm and an 85mm length and so on. This post has compared different focal lengths (35, 50, 85, 100, 135 and 200) so you can see how each one affects how much you can fit in the frame, and the differences between lenses.  (I'd also take a look at the post on lens compression too - it helps show the affect that the different focal lengths have on your background) 

Zooms Vs Primes

At some point you will have probably wondered whether to invest in a zoom or a prime.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages - this post lists them out for you so you can decide what is right for you. 

Starter Lens Recommendations

If you are wondering which might be good lenses to start off with, this post introduces you to some lenses you might want to consider when you are just starting out, and why. 

Tips for Using the Canon 50mm F1.8

It is a lens universally acknowledged as one of the "best" starter lenses, due to it's rather decent optics for a very good price, and this post gives you some tips on how to get the best from the lens dubbed the  "nifty fifty" (and the "plastic fantastic"!)

Canon 50mm F1.8 vs Canon 50mm F1.4

You may also have wondered whether there is a big difference in quality between the 50mm F1.8 and the more expensive 50mm F.14 - this post gives you examples from the two lenses and gives my opinion on the two. 

Next Lens Recommendations

Once you have had your DSLR for a while, there will come a time when you start to feel a bit restricted with the "starter" lens you bought to start off with, and you may wish to upgrade or add to your lens collection. I'm listed some ideas that you might want to check out!

Why Get a Fast Lens?

You will probably have heard of photographers speaking of fast glass or fast lenses - this post breaks down the actual differences different lens choices could have on your camera settings. 

Guide to Buying a Macro Lens

Some of you might also be interested in buying a macro lens at some point, here we look at what to look for, and what type to get based on your camera body. 

In my Camera Bag

If you want to know what's in my camera bag then you can sneak a peek here. Bear in mind I collect lenses instead of shoes, and have FAR too many, and some are going to be sold for sure!  If you just want to see what I consider my essentials, you can read about that here too. 

The next thing I'll be doing is reviewing my lenses and the pros and cons of each, and how the fit in with shooting lifestyle photography or portraits, so you have a "real world" review and images from each one that I own, rather than a pixel peeping one. Here's one to get you started: 

Thoughts on the Sigma 35mm Lens

If anyone has any specific they want to know about lenses, please leave a comment below or get in touch and I'll try to help :)