The idea of interchangeable lenses will become important when you purchase your first DSLR or MILC. In fact, when you decide to take your digital photography to the next level and upgrade to one of these more advanced types of cameras, it’s important to understand that the camera is only part of the story. The lens is just as important to the pictures that you’ll be shooting.
When it comes to digital photography, interchangeable lenses are one of the biggest advantages to shooting with a DSLR MILC. That’s because interchangeable lenses allow you to change your camera’s lens to suit your particular purpose. And, a new and different lens can open up a whole new world of photographic possibilities…
Many DSLR’s geared toward beginning digital photographers come in a “kit” that includes one or two basic lenses. And, while these kit lenses will suit you when you’re just learning to use your new camera, you will probably want to move beyond them pretty quickly. That’s because kit lenses are often made of less than high-quality glass and they are frequently slow, meaning that they require more light and react slowly when it comes to focusing and shutter movements.
But the good news is that there are dozens and for some cameras even hundreds of lenses available. And, while many are geared toward pro photographers (and priced as such), there are still lots of lens options that are perfect for the casual photographer.
So in this series of blog posts, we’re going to talk about the different types of lenses offered on the market today. We’ll give a brief introduction and overview of these lenses and, along the way, introduce you the terms you’ll come across when out looking at lenses.