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How to buy a camera lens (from Macworld)

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I think I’ve posted this one one of my sites, but don’t think it was here. Macworld has a nice little run down on picking out a camera lens for your DSLR (and it has nothing to do with “Mac” per se, so the silly Microsoft users can learn something as well).

If you purchased your digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) as part of a kit, you already have a basic lens that takes pretty good pictures. However, part of the attraction of this type of camera is that you can switch out lenses to get the best shot in any situation. From powerful zooms that get you up close to high-speed lenses that specialize in low-light settings, you have plenty of options for your second lens. While some lenses may go for more than you spent on your camera, you don’t have to pay a lot to get a great lens. The real question is: how do you find the right one for your needs?

[From Macworld | How to buy a camera lens]

I’ve bought into the “regular” lens phenomenon with the cheap 50mm 1.8f lens for our EOS Rebel XT. If you look to the right at my flickr feed almost any of the portrait shots you see were shot with this lens. The basic lenses I have, and like having, are that 50mm, the kit 18-55 zoom, and the 75-300mm. I’m looking to replace the 75-300mm just because it’s so old and the auto-focus is a bit dodgy (I’ve had it since the early 1990s and my days with a 35mm EOS Rebel.

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July 30th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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