Which Camera Lens Should I Buy - resource website


casio

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Hi guys!

I developed a website to help newbies find which camera lens should they buy next as an upgrade or 2nd lens.

Here's a list of questions you can ask yourself that can help you identify which camera lens is suited to your shooting style. You may click on the different camera lens categories to find the available lenses for you.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

Do you hate changing lenses when shooting? Do you want just one lens to shoot everything?

YES: Get yourself an "All-in-One Zoom" lens
NO: Proceed to next question

Are you happy with the range of your kit zoom, but want a lens that provide sharper images and handle better low light situations?

YES: Get yourself a "Fast Midrange Zoom" lens
NO: If you want a different range of focal lengths, proceed to next question.


Look at your shooting pattern. What kind of photos do you really love to shoot? See the different categories you love to shoot below. There may be some overlaps so answer all the questions that apply.

PORTRAITS
I'm on a budget:
-Consider a "Fast 50mm" lens
-or a "Kit Tele-Zoom" lens

I can stretch my budget:
-Check out a "Fast Short tele" lens
-or a "Fast Tele-Zoom" lens

SPORTS
I want to shoot games such as football, baseball, basketball and other sports from the sidelines:
-Get yourself an "All-in-One Zoom" lens
-or consider a "Kit Tele-Zoom" lens
-Better yet, use a "Fast Tele-Zoom" lens

I want to shoot racing, skiing or other sports from long rage:
-You're best bet are "Super Tele-zoom" lenses

LANDSCAPES
I want to shoot wide-open spaces, beaches, buildings and big landmarks:
-Purchase an "Ultrawide zoom or Prime" lens

I want to zoom in on interesting subject matter in the landscape:
-Buy an "All-in-One Zoom" lens
-Spend less on a "Kit Tele-Zoom" lens
-Get more from a "Fast Tele-Zoom" lens

I want to make big-sun shots:
-You're best bet are "Super Tele-zoom" lenses

WILDLIFE
I want to take photos of animals in parks and wildlife reserves:
-Get yourself an "All-in-One Zoom" lens
-Spend less on a "Kit Tele-Zoom" lens
-Get more from a "Fast Tele-Zoom" lens

I want to shoot wild animals from afar:
-You're best bet are "Super Tele-zoom" lenses

I want to shoot small animals or insects from up close:
-You need a "Dedicated Macro" lens

CLOSE-UPS
I want to specilize in photographing small objects and small subjects:
-You need a "Dedicated Macro" lens


LOW LIGHT CANDIDS
I want to take pictures in low light without using flash and avoiding noise from high ISO:
-Consider a "Fast 50mm" lens
-Check out a "Fast Short tele" lens

I want to have the flexibility of a having both a zoom and wide angle lens
-Get yourself a "Fast Midrange Zoom" lens
-or purchase an "Ultrawide zoom or Prime" lens

THE URBAN LANDSCAPE
I like to go wandering around the city, night and day, shooting the streets and the people:
-Get yourself a "Fast Midrange Zoom" lens

IMPORTANT: Do take note that some lenses only work on cropped sensors (APS-C). Make sure you check with your camera manufacturers on the compatibility of the lenses with your DSLR Camera.
 

casio

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I'd like to ask help from Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus users on what are the highly recommended lenses for each category so I can add them there.

Thanks!
 

casio

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Here's a good second lens to gt: Fast 50mm lens

Fast 50mm Lens
The Fast 50 lens is a fixed focal length lens at 50mm and often have large apertures (f/1.2 to f/1.8). The 50mm focal length is great for portraits where the background softly blurs on wide apertures.

The 50mm f/1.8 versions are most popular because of it's good optical quality at a very affordable price.

PROS:
- 50mm f/1.8 versions are very affordable!
- great for portraits due to soft background blur
- fast lens due to wide aperture
- good for low light shooting

CONS:
- fixed 50mm focal length will be tight on cropped sensors (80mm equivalent)
- 50mm f/1.2 versions are very expensive

Here's a list of recommended 50mm lenses.
 

casio

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Thumbs up for you!! :thumbsup:

good effort!!
Thanks so much!

I've been asked the same question many times so I thought it would be easier to just put everything in a website.

Thanks again!
 

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