Photography is a subjective art. Plus, being a visual art form, it’s open to interpretations that are as varied as the number of people who happen to see an image. As a photographer, your choice of camera and lens is subjective to the genre you shoot and the perspective you’re looking to capture. Despite that difference in approach, there are a few trendy lenses, and many photographers love to have them in their camera bags. Today we’ll discuss three of such lenses –
The 50mm f/1.8 is one of the best-selling lenses of all time. So popular is this particular focal length that even crop camera users prefer to have one despite the effective focal length becoming 75mm (80mm on Canon systems).
The 50mm is a standard prime lens. That means it captures an angle of view roughly the same as the human eye. Additionally, it’s a prime lens, meaning you cannot zoom in and out when shooting. If you’ve to zoom, you’ve to use your feet. This is why it’s known as a prime lens.
On a crop camera, the focal length becomes very close to 85mm on a 35mm format camera and, therefore, the right focal length for shooting portraits.
I love the fast f/1.8 aperture that captures a lot of light and crushes low-light situations.
The 24-70mm is an excellent lens for shooting everyday photos. The 24mm is a wide-angle focal length. You can use this for shooting landscapes, cityscapes, astrophotography, architecture, weddings, group shots, and anything else where a wide angle of view is required.
The 70mm is the tele-end of the lens. At 70mm, you can shoot portraits, travel, headshots, etc. The 70mm is neither too long nor too broad; therefore, this lens can be used for several different purposes.
The fast f/2.8 aperture is constant across the focal length. Many of the 24-70mm lenses are weather sealed. That means the lens isn’t affected by moisture and dust in the air.
The 70-200mm f/2.8 is the perfect companion to the 24-70mm f/2.8. Many photographers buy these lenses along with the 14-24mm f/2.8 to cover the entire focal length from 14mm to 200mm.
Because the 70-200mm is a constant f/2.8 lens across the focal length, there is no visual jerk when you’re shooting videos and deciding to change the focal length.
The 70-200mm is an excellent lens for shooting portraits. It covers all the prime focal lengths for shooting portrait images – 85mm, 105mm, and 135mm. The f/2.8 aperture ensures that a shallow depth of field can be achieved. This provides beautiful background and foreground blur.
The ability to shoot with the same aperture from 24mm to 200mm greatly benefits videographers. Otherwise, visual jerks would have been each time the aperture dropped due to the increased focal length.
The 70-200mm f/2.8 has built-in image stabilization in most parts. Image stabilization ensures that you can hand-hold this lens and shoot with a slow shutter speed without the effects of image shake coming into the equation.
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