Which lens should I buy for my camera?
It’s such a simple question, but choosing the right lens or lenses is actually one of the most important photographic decisions you can make. Nothing affects the quality of a photo more than the lens. It’s no longer just about the megapixels-it’s the glass that makes all the difference!
Many first-time buyers of DSLRs don’t venture past the basic lens included in the box. While some are reluctant to spend more money, others are confused by all the buzzwords or are overwhelmed by all the choices out there. It’s really a shame, because interchangeable lenses give you amazing scope for quality photography.
Take in vast sweeping scenes with a wide angle lens. Capture faraway birds with a telephoto lens. Examine the tiniest detail of a flower with a macro lens. Record the perfect portrait with a prime lens. Anything is possible when you choose the right lens for the job!
This book isn’t a simple catalogue of available lenses. New products are coming out all the time, and comparing specific lenses can be difficult. Instead, author N.K. Guy gives you all the information you need to make smart buying decisions. Optical technology is demystified, arcane terminology is decoded, and practical tips are provided.
The Lens will help you build the perfect lens collection to suit your needs-now and in the future.
Mad scientist’s lair. Set design by Catie Max, Ed Saperia and the Clockwork Quartet, and NK Guy. Steamdrone by Will Segerman and Joe Schermoly. The Shunt Lounge and Theatre Company. London Bridge, London, England. 17mm full frame. f/6.3, 3.2 sec. ISO 100.
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Archer. This shot was illuminated solely by the two flaming light sources. A very fast lens set to f/1.2 was used, so the depth of field was extremely shallow. Highbury, London, England. 85mm full frame. f/1.2, 1/8 sec. ISO 200.
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Blast furnace 5 of the former Meiderich Ironworks. The site closed in 1985 and is now part of Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, a fantastic public park focused on memorializing Germany’s industrial heritage. Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Landscape architecture by Latz+Partner. Lighting design by Jonathan Park. 16mm full frame. f/7.1, 30 sec. ISO 200.
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Rainforest Tree, a 40 meter/130 foot sculpture designed by Wolfgang Volz and constructed by Clostermann Entertainment. Located within the Gasometer Oberhausen, a vast 100 meter/330 foot tall decommissioned gas storage tank in Oberhausen, Germany, now used for exhibitions and events. 16mm full frame. f/6.3, 30 sec. ISO 200.
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Meoto Iwa, the Wedded Rocks. A heavy rice straw rope links these two small near-shore rocks, representing the sacred bond of marriage. This is cool, but I have to say the woman rock is really unfairly small.Futami, Mie, Japan. In order to transform the ocean waves into a ghostly haze, an 8x neutral density filter was used along with a very low ISO and a tiny lens aperture. This allowed a comparatively long exposure of 20 seconds in full daylight. 50mm full frame. f/22, 20 sec. ISO 50.
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Valentine Cave is a lava tube formed over 30,000 years ago. Flows of molten lava created hollow tube-like caves when the surface crusted over while lava continued to flow below. Lava Beds National Monument, California, USA. The simulated anamorphic lens flare is described in section 9.11. 29mm full frame. f/5.0, 2 sec. ISO 100.
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The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer
Author N.K. Guy