I’ve written a post in the past about the camera equipment I use to take my photos, but since then I’ve gotten some new lenses that I think have really upped my photo game.
Since I went over my first two lenses in a previous post, I’m just going to talk about my new ones today. I did a lot of research into the kind of lenses that would benefit me the most and wouldn’t require me selling an organ, and I managed to find two that were ridiculously cheap but still totally awesome.
As much as I love taking portraits, my first love was landscape photography. Initially I was just taking these photos with my phone, but as I upgraded to a DSLR I wanted a lens that would do a really great job capturing wider angles.
My other lenses are amazing, but way too zoomed to get a wide shot of the landscapes that I wanted – my phone was honestly doing a better job at capturing the kind of images I wanted.
After doing some research, I found that the 24mm would probably be my best bet. It’s a pretty wide lens so I can capture a lot in the image, but the f-stop is small enough that I can still achieve a nice depth of field. It also works well for outfit shots, and doesn’t do too badly at portraits in a pinch.
One of my favourite things about this lens is how small and light it is, making it perfect for travelling. I can go on hikes really easily with this lens and, because it’s a pancake lens, I don’t have to worry about getting shoulder/neck/back ache – which is always a plus.
I chose the higher f-stop as it made the lens a lot cheaper (the f/1.4 USM lens is £1420!), but it’s not too high that it’s not effective in low light. All in all I got the lens for £130, which is practically nothing in camera-world, and it makes a great, lighter alternative for the 18-55mm kit lens.
This is, by far, my favourite lens I’ve ever owned. If I could only keep one of my lenses to use for the rest of my life it would, without a doubt, be the 50mm. It captures detail like nothing else, has the most awesome depth of field thanks to the low aperture and it’s super compact.
The amazing thing about this lens is that it lets in a lot of light, which makes it perfect for shooting in lowlight and at night. It also makes it awesome for capturing lens flares, which are basically my favourite things in the entire world.
I love this lens because it really works for everything: it’s amazing for portrait shots and super detailed close-ups, but it works equally well for wider outfit shots (you just have to stand really far away).
Every time I use this lens I feel like a pro photographer, and it’s kind of my default lens I reach for during the majority of my shoots. I, once again, chose to get the higher f-stop rather than something like the f/1.2 or f/1.4 because of the price difference, but really I don’t think I’d need anything fancier than this. Since I’m only really shooting as a hobby rather than for a job, this does everything I want and more and it was insanely cheap.
I got this lens for £110 (for reference, the f/1.2 is £1339 and the f/1.4 is £384, so not crazy expensive but not necessarily worth the extra money if you’re on a budget), so it’s actually the cheapest lens I own and by far the best. If you’re looking to dive into lenses then I would highly recommend picking up the 50mm f/1.8 – it’s affordable and it’s a great all-rounder that will allow you to take some incredible shots.
So those are my two newest lenses that have really made all the difference to my photography. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful in understanding lenses a little more, let me know in the comments what your favourite lens is! See you next time,