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How to Know Which Lens is Best Suited for You

Something that not many people seem to fully realise is that most high-end cameras are not nearly as simple as the point and shoot variants that have become increasingly popular over the years. While they provide the same use, which is to take photos and sometimes even videos too, they also provide a wealth of additional features and components that allow you to make the most out of your shooting experience. It should be noted, however, that not all components are compatible with all cameras, requiring you to do the proper research on which camera and compatible parts would work best for you.

Besides the camera itself, one of the most widely talked about parts of this image and video capturing device would have to be the lens. The lens is something that you attach to the front of your camera which secures it onto the lens mount and allows you to see what is being captured through your view finder. These lenses come in all shapes and sizes in order to provide their own uses and benefits. While it may be difficult to find a lens that fits all the criteria you would need to film in any context, some lenses are at least able to provide more variability than others, meaning that you don’t need to buy an overwhelming number of different lenses, but can rather fill all your needs with ease through the use of only 2 or 3 options instead. A great combination of lenses to have would have to be a prime lens alongside an adjustable zoom lens too.

A prime lens, although incredibly limited in its field of view due to the lack of any zoom features, is still more than capable of impressing any camera enthusiast thanks to the increased image quality they can provide. This increase in image quality is only possible due to the reduced number of moving glass parts within the lens itself, allowing manufacturers to place their focus on an image that is as crisp as possible without having to account for the user zooming in and out continuously.

A prime lens may be best suited towards shoots that are incredibly controlled and planned out as its limited field of view needs to be accounted for. Shoots such as this would include adverts, television shows, movies, music videos, and more.

Zoom lenses, on the other hand, provide their users with far greater variability in terms of its field of view by giving the option of being able to zoom in and out on the fly. This does come at the cost of reduced image quality unfortunately, but with the right camera, this may not even be that noticeable. While zoom lenses are still being useful on all the aforementioned shoots, they can be highly beneficial in shoots that are not as strictly planned or organised from a video production standpoint. These would include various event coverage shoots such as sporting events, wedding videos, stage plays, and much more.

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