A camera helps to capture the world around and a lens is what plays the main role to help you do that perfectly. The quality and the type of lens surely make a difference in the image captured. Whether it is about buying a dash cam or a nanny cam with audio, if you are deciding to add a new camera to your kit, just read these tips to help you choose the perfect lens.
- 1. What do you want to shoot?
This is the first and the most basic question that should be asked before you jump into the technical specifications of the lens. The type of lens you should buy depends on what you are going to shoot with it, whether it is landscapes, portraits, architecture, birds, wildlife, sports or other subjects.
- 2. Decide the budget
Cost is of course, always a factor to be considered. Cost of a lens depends on the aperture, focal length, and other specifications. An expensive lens has a fixed aperture i.e. no matter how much you zoom the aperture remains fixed, unlike the less expensive ones which have a variable aperture. A variety of lens is available to suit the budget and the aperture and focal length requirements.
- 3. Aperture of the lens
The aperture of a lens determines how much light can the lens let in and is a number written on the lens.
- Wide aperture: Smaller the number, wider the aperture. A wide aperture captures more light and hence can take photographs even when the light available is less but makes the image less sharp.
- Narrow aperture: Larger the number, narrower the aperture. In contrast to the wide aperture lens, it captures less light but provides a greater depth of the field.
- 4. Focal length
It determines how far can you zoom in. Larger the number more will be the magnifying power of the lens. It is a prominent aspect of a lens irrespective of whether you are going for a dash cam or a nanny cam with audio.
- 5. Stabilization
Having a stabilized lens is an expensive deal but it lets you take sharp shots even in varying lighting conditions and eliminates camera shake.
- 6. Perspective
Visual perspective is, of course, an important part when you wish to tell a story through your capture. It may happen that when you are shooting a tall building and you shift the lens upward, the building shape gets distorted showing a thinner top and a wide bottom, unlike the reality. This simply means the perspective being captured is not correct and hence a lens needs to be such that it can correct the perspective and show the true picture.
Buying a lens for your camera is a huge investment. Once you have invested in the camera, the next is the lens which should be chosen wisely and the above tips will definitely help. Follow the tips and save yourself from the regret which may follow a wrong purchase!
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