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    Default What lens use really important?

    Recently I got few PM asking me what lens I use to take some pics, and some times i saw some CS member post asking what lens to take the nice photos what they see nice post. I've tried to take portrait photo range from 11mm - 300mm, landscape photos from 11mm-300mm. It is the lens use really important?
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    I guess if your work is based on specific photographic effects like extreme wide-angle & shallow depth of field, no doubt having the best lenses for each characteristic would be the norm to go.

    However, if your work is about capturing moments, shapes & careful composition, the importance is diminished.

    There are types of photography that require specialised gear anyway. That includes macro, sports, birding etc which would be an obvious pain to achieve without specialised lenses & bodies. Not that you can't do it with simple gear, it's just going to be way more difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surrephoto View Post
    I guess if your work is based on specific photographic effects like extreme wide-angle & shallow depth of field, no doubt having the best lenses for each characteristic would be the norm to go.

    However, if your work is about capturing moments, shapes & careful composition, the importance is diminished.

    There are types of photography that require specialised gear anyway. That includes macro, sports, birding etc which would be an obvious pain to achieve without specialised lenses & bodies. Not that you can't do it with simple gear, it's just going to be way more difficult.
    Hello mervin, how r you doing? eh.. recently I received few PM a week asking me what lens I use for portraits.. In this case, can we narrow down to portraits photo in general... is it the lens use is important for portrait photos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyfoxy View Post
    Hello mervin, how r you doing? eh.. recently I received few PM a week asking me what lens I use for portraits.. In this case, can we narrow down to portraits photo in general... is it the lens use is important for portrait photos?
    Hi Danny, things are great, maybe we can go for simple photo-outing someday soon.

    It depends on what you want to achieve in portraiture.

    If you want shallow depth of field, eg. producing an isolated and/or pop-up effect of the subject from the background, a lens with a large aperture (more expensive usually) and long lens will help lots.

    If your portrait is shot with a small aperture and integrates a sharp background to showcase both your model and environment, even simple lenses can do the job. Though personally, I feel that any background in portraiture can benefit slightly from at least tiny bit of softness especially when your subject becomes smaller, inevitably a larger aperture won't harm.

    Depending on your subject/model, you can use colours to help too. So lens may or may not be so important case-by-case basis.

    If you like wide-angles, distortion is a concern especially for human subjects so choosing a good wide-angle lens might hurt your pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surrephoto View Post
    Hi Danny, things are great, maybe we can go for simple photo-outing someday soon.

    It depends on what you want to achieve in portraiture.

    If you want shallow depth of field, eg. producing an isolated and/or pop-up effect of the subject from the background, a lens with a large aperture (more expensive usually) and long lens will help lots.

    If your portrait is shot with a small aperture and integrates a sharp background to showcase both your model and environment, even simple lenses can do the job. Though personally, I feel that any background in portraiture can benefit slightly from at least tiny bit of softness especially when your subject becomes smaller, inevitably a larger aperture won't harm.

    Depending on your subject/model, you can use colours to help too. So lens may or may not be so important case-by-case basis.

    If you like wide-angles, distortion is a concern especially for human subjects so choosing a good wide-angle lens might hurt your pocket.

    Good explanation, I am learning to take portrait with fish eye lens now..
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    I am under the opinion that a huge number of CSers have the impression that good photos can only be taken with good equipment. If a photo is nice, the first assumption is that the camera is high end or the lens is high end. Hence, the large number of people asking "what lens you use...", "what camera you use..."

    Wrt your portrait question, the lens choice is important- this depends on the type of portrait you want to take. It has already been stated above.
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    Lens is the soul in photography, while body is just a body...
    So the most impt in photography is the specific lens for specific picture you want to achieve and of course the skills of the user.

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    Default Re: What lens use really important?

    for one, the focal lengths can determine what kind of photos you can take.
    of course other lens characteristics such as aperture can determine other technical aspects of picture taking.

    but if what they are asking is to get an affirmation to reproduction of a certain level of shooting by just getting that lens, then no la ..

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    some ask as they find their current equipment is unable to produce that kind of results, eg. amazing bokeh or ultra thin dof.
    some ask as they think if they get the same equipment, their photos will 'magically' become as nice without them upgrading their skills

    and other reasons as well
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    The gear is one thing...has anyone asked how much time spent learning Lightroom/Photoshop to produce the pictures?
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