Choosing the lens for your DSLR / interchangeable-lens cameras

After a while, you might start to think of adding another lens to be used with your DSLR camera. Choosing the correct lens for your DSLR / camera is trivial. It is only normal to add another lens. In order to make it easier for you, we differentiate the lenses based on the activities;

A. General Purpose Lens

Lens of this type is intended for general use, day-to-day photo taking, or as an upgrade to your kit lens. Note that some people stick with their kit lens as it is already enough or can be considered to be enough for the daily needs. However, better lens model is necessary to better quality pictures, wider range, faster focusing needs or brighter apertures (if you are a fans of low light photos or blurred background photos). These are the general reasons why people would like to upgrade their kit lens.

B. Close Up/ Macro Lens

As quickly mentioned above, you might prefer taking close-up photos of anything; models, flower, insects, or gadgets. Surely the kit lens will quickly disappointed you as they seems to refuse focusing on close range (if set in Auto Focus) and turning it into Manual Focus will directly ruin the photo too. Last, setting the camera into a Macro mode did not satisfy you or not close enough. Then you will need a macro lens or ‘Micro Lens’ as Nikon put it (it’s the same type of lens)

C. Wide Angle Lens

If you are an avid traveler, an outdoor enthusiast, or even an architect, most likely you will feel that the kit lens is not ‘wide’ enough to shoot the breathtaking views, the landscape, or the buildings. This is when you need to consider wide angle lens. This type of lens will enable you to take pictures with an angle wider than normal, thus capturing the large subject into one frame. Having a wide angle lens will also help you to take pictures in smaller spaces where you cannot step back any further.

D. Low Light Lens

Having a superior lens to be used in low light condition will quickly translate into lenses with large aperture to enable them to catch as many as light source possible to maintain a good quality photos. This will be essential if you want to take photos inside a room/ chamber with less light (such as cave or church) or where no flash is allowed. Note that where large aperture lenses can cost you more, your camera manufacturer should offers a wide selection of it with various f-values.

E. Telephoto Lens

If you enjoy taking photos from a considerable distance, either to capture moments in sporting events or take wildlife photography, telephoto lens should be in your wish list. In general, lens with focal length greater than 50mm is considered to be telephoto lens while lens with focal length greater than 300mm is known as super telephoto. Consider carefully about the focal length you need first when buying a telephoto lens.
Consider also: the focal length (do you take close-up photos or wide angle), the f-numbers (do you need a deeper depth of field to make a blurry background or not), and the VR (or Vibration Reduction) – very useful to compensate fast moving objects or camera shakes.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Amazon deal

There’s a great black friday deal for Panasonic Lumix FZ200 on Amazon ! Buy the camera before November 24, 2012 and you can save $50 instantly. It’s not much but at least you’ll get this amazing camera cheaper :) What i like about the FZ200 is that it has this amazing super focal range from 25mm to 600mm ! at constant f/2.8 aperture ! Other neat features like FullHD recording at 60fps , up to 12 fps burst shooting, image stabilization via OIS , and a tiltable LCD !


Current price is $550 ! ( check price at Amazon now )

Nikon D3200 Discount on Amazon – November 2012

There is a great offer from Amazon for Nikon D3200 buyers ! Get it while it last . Buyers can get an instant cut of $100 when buying the camera now ! Not only that , if you purchase the camera with selected lens / accesories , you can save up to $250 !! how cool is that. Here is the list of the lenses or accessories that you can combined with D3200 purchase :

Save $100 on the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Nikkor zoom lens.
Save $150 on the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor zoom lens.
Save $250 on the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II DX Nikkor telephoto zoom lens.
Save $100 on the Nikon 85mm f/3.5G ED Nikkor lens.
Save $30 on the Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight.
Save $50 on the Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight.

Quick , Offer valid through November 17, 2012, or while supplies last !!

My Recommendation

Buy D3200 with the Nikon 55-300mm ( save $150 ). The tele lens is great addition to your lens arsenal. You will have a complete focal range for your camera : 18-5mm + 55-300mm.

Check the offer here

Nikon D5200 book is availaible for pre-order

The camera is not yet available on Amazon but the book is already here :) The Nikon D5200 for Dummies is available for pre-order on Amazon.  According to the page, it should be ready to ship on April 1st , 2013 but from my experience , the book will ship earlier. Just stay tune for more infos and other books about D5200.

Topics include:

  • Fast Track to Super Snaps – getting the feel for the camera, shooting in Auto mode, managing playback options, basic troubleshooting
  • Taking Creative Control – adjusting manual settings to get better results from exposure, lighting, focus and color, then applying those settings to photo sessions. Also offers a full chapter on video mode along with the new autofocus features of the camera.
  • Working with Picture Files – sending images to a computer for organizing, editing, and sharing
  • The Part of Tens – tips on photo editing and select features

Pre-Order here