Solving Lens Issues

Solving Lens Issues

One of the most important things that beginners in photography should pay attention to is the lens. This is because they can get so many benefits in terms of convenience and quality of photos if they are already familiar with this aspect of photography this early.

The common digital-camera lenses can be categorized into four that include Fixed-focal-length lenses, Retractable zoom lenses, Fixed zoom lenses, and Interchangeable lenses:

1. Fixed-focal-length lenses. These are those that do not offer optical zoom. It is advisable that you look for auto focus compared to fixed focus and selectable macro and landscape focus modes. This type of lens is suited for snap shooters and budget buyers because it comes in compact or ultra compact camera designs, easy and quick to use, usually inexpensive, and offer wide angle of view perfect for landscapes and group shots. Although fixed-focal-length lenses are easily operated, bear in mind that these can’t be used to zoom in faraway subjects, they are not compatible to different focal lengths or filters, and offers the lowest optical quality available.

2. Retractable zoom lenses. These are zoom lenses that retract into the camera body whenever it’s turned off and extended when camera is on. This type of digital-camera lenses is best for snap shooters, budget buyers, and undecided buyers. This is also perfect for trendsetters because it allows very compact and portable camera design, and a built-in cover that comes with the camera can protect lens. Though this lens can be quite slick, consider that retractable zoom lenses don’t support lens converters or filters and its zoom range is usually limited to 2X or 3X magnification. Aside from that, this type of lens may increase the start-up time of the camera and usually offers limited manual-focus controls in its buttons and switches.

3. Fixed zoom lenses. These refer to the lenses that are usually fixed to the camera body. These do not retract or extend into or from the camera whenever it’s turned on or off. Just like retractable zoom lenses, fixed zoom lenses are perfect for undecided buyers, serious amateurs, business users, and even trendsetters because the zoom can range up to 12X magnification and is usually threaded to accept lens converters, filters, and flash units. This type of lens is fit for cameras that have advanced control and offer more precise zoom and manual focus control through rings on the lens instead of switch or buttons. Although this type of lens offers better focus for digital cameras, consider that its design is bulkier compared to ones that have retractable lens and the camera controls can be complicated when you want to take a snapshot.

4. Interchangeable lenses. Usually, digital SLRs have these because it can be detached from the camera body and can be replaced with compatible lenses that are available. This type of lens is recommended for serious amateurs because it can deliver quality optics, it can provide flexible handling of various scenes, and there will be no need for you to buy a new camera just to upgrade the quality of the lens. Fallback may include the price range, convenience, and complication is camera operation.


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