The Functions of a DSLR Camera Lens

Cameras come in all shapes and sizes and so do their lens. Each lens has a different function and will determine the result of your picture. When looking at a lens, you have to determine if you want your picture to be more for portraits or sceneries, action or still, etc. Depending on the shot you want, that’s the lens you will be using.

The Types of Lenses:

  • Wide Angle
  • Standard
  • Telephoto
  • Fisheye
  • Macro
  • Tilt-Shift

Of course, these aren’t all of them. These are just the main ones. Below are two lists of different lenses, their lengths and what they are used for.

Typical Length of the Lenses:

  • Wide Angle: 21-35mm
  • Standard: 35-70mm
  • Telephoto: 80-300mm
  • Fisheye: 8-16mm
  • Macro: 40-200mm

 What the Lenses are used for:

  • Wide Angle: Architecture and Landscape
  • Standard: Street Photography and Documentaries
  • Telephoto: Sports, Birds and Wildlife
  • Fisheye: Curves image to cover 180 degrees.
  • Macro: Close-ups and Portraits.

Choosing the right lens is important. If you don’t have the right lens, it can change the entire look of the photo. Lenses can determine if your pictures come out blurry or make it look like a professional took it. The information listed above, are the very basic of lenses. If you are taking pictures professionally, not only would you have to use the information above, but you would also have to consider the focal length, aperture, image stabilization, etc.

Choosing a lens is hard but once you’ve bought one, you can use it for so many different occasions and the picture quality that you get from it, makes it all worth it.

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