How to choose the right camera lenses for every shoot
If you’re an iPhone photographer looking to invest in your first professional camera, or you want to hone your craft and move past auto-mode. We’re here to help you with all the tips and tricks needed to become BFFs with your camera. In this camera techniques blog, we’re giving a handy go-to guide on all things camera lenses so you can pick the right one for every shoot no matter the style.
1. Superwide (fisheye) camera lenses
Whether you’re a newbie, a professional or an iPhone photographer everyone has seen a photo taken with a fisheye lens. You might have even bought one to attach to your iPhone camera to give your selfies a little bit of a creative flair.
So what is a fisheye lens and what sort of images will it help you produce? A fisheye lens is one of those fun photography lenses. It is a type of ultra-wide lens that distorts the scene you are photographing to help you create a sense of scale, to create unique and interesting images.
Best shot to capture with a super wide lens:
Superwide lenses are great for capturing photographs of landscapes when you’re off living that wanderlust life and want to capture every aspect of your travel adventures (pre-COVID). With a 100-180 degrees angle of view, a superwide lens will help you capture the vastness of that amazing mountain range, or the entire cityscape from a rooftop.
Our favourite superwide lens: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
2. Wide-angle camera lenses
Wide-angle lenses, the go-to lens of choice for real estate photographers because they give you a 180 degree view of the scene you are capturing. Create listings that sell spaces and have clients wishing and dreaming they lived there. With wide-angle lenses you can really open up a scene, while maintaining crisp, clear, breathtaking shots that are focused from the foreground to the background.
Best shot to capture with a wide lens:
If you’re looking for a versatile lens then a wide-angle lens is the one for you. Shoot beautiful, vast landscape images, or capture enclosed spaces and fit an entire room in the frame with a wide-angle lens, perfect for real estate photography.
Our favourite wide lens: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens
3. Portrait camera lenses (mid-range zoom lens)
We’re living in the selfie era and it’s safe to say that everyone has dabbled in a little bit of portrait photography. Selfie anyone? But if you’re really wanting to up your portrait photography game and take shots that bring out the best in your models then you should definitely invest in a mid-range zoom or portrait lens.
Best shot to capture with a mid-range zoom lens:
Capture the perfect moments, and really show the essence of your model or subject with a mid-range zoom lens, while creating a sense of intimacy between your model and your audience. The best portrait images are the ones that tell a story and really capture the emotion and subtle body language of the model. If these sound like they’re the types of images you want to produce, then a portrait lens is the lens for you.
Our favourite wide lens: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
4. Zoom camera lenses
If you’re new to the world of cameras and lenses and you’re looking for an all rounder, versatile lens, then do yourself a favour and pick up a zoom lens. With multiple focal lengths, a zoom lens allows you to experiment with capturing images that are zoomed in or out of the scene.
Best shot to capture with a zoom lens:
Capture wildlife and sports games from further away, bringing your audience closer to the action. By using a zoom lens you’re able to capture far away quickly and easily without having to change lenses. Because of this, zoom lenses are perfect for wildlife, landscape and travel photographers.
Our favourite zoom lens: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master
5. Superzoom (telephoto) camera lenses
Looking to capture photographs from a great distance away? Maybe you’re wanting to capture some epic sporting event shots. If this sounds like you, then say hello to the lens that will be your new bestie.
Best shot to capture with a super zoom lens:
With over 400mm focal zoom, super zoom lenses allow you to get close to the action from far away, making it a favourite for wildlife and sporting event photographers, as well as street photographers who want to take their urban landscape shots to the next level.
Our favourite super zoom lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
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