What LENS should YOU BUY?!

Choosing the right camera lens can be a daunting task for both amateur and professional photographers. With so many options available on the market, it can be overwhelming to narrow down the best choice for your specific needs. Whether you’re looking for a lens for portrait photography, landscape photography, or everyday use, it’s important to understand the different types of lenses and their unique features. In this blog, we will explore the various factors to consider when purchasing a camera lens, including focal length, aperture, and compatibility with your camera body. By the end of this blog, you’ll have a better understanding of which lens is the right choice for you.





What LENS should YOU BUY?!

What LENS should YOU BUY?!

What’s up everybody? Peter McKinnon here, and today, whoo, we’re talking about lenses and which lens you should buy. Because let’s face it, so many choices. Super wide, wide, medium, closeup, (gasp) (snap) intro. There’s three questions that you need to ask yourself before you can start to really figure out what it is that you need. Number one, are you shooting photo or video? Number two, what’s your subject? And number three, what’s your price range? And when you answer those three questions, that’s gonna set you on the right path, a little bit closer to figuring out what it is that you need. So the first things that you might be saying is, Pete, how do you have so many lenses? That is thousands, and thousands, and thousands Of dollars in glass. None of us have that kind of money, and myself included. I don’t either. My friends at Henry’s Cameras, downtown Toronto, lent me all of these lenses for nothing. I just called them up and said hey, I need to make a video about lenses, can you guys help? And they said, sure, come in, we’ll give you whatever you want. So, shout out to my friends at Henry’s, downtown Toronto. I actually used to work there back in the day, so we’ve got a little bit of history and it’s where I go to buy all my gear. So, thank you guys, I appreciate it. Before we dive into answering those three questions, and talking about stabilization and all that stuff, I want to show you what I have today that we’re gonna be talking about. Okay, we have a 14 mil super wide. We’ve got a 24 millimeter prime, A 24 millimeter tilt shift. 16 35, we’ve got a 35 mil, 50 mil, 24 70, a 135, a 100 mil macro lens, 100 mil macro lens L version, a 24 to 105, a 7200 zoom, 100 to 400 zoom, 200 to 400 zoom, and a 1.4 times teleconverter. Now, these are all Canon L series lenses that I’m showing you. Pay no attention to the fact their L series. They’re the lenses that I happen to use, but they are very expensive. It’s Canon’s pro line. This isn’t the lens type I’m telling you definitively to go get. However, they’re just what I have as examples today. But keep in mind the focal lengths and the F-stops, because those are important, despite what brand you actually end up going with. Being able to answer the question of if you want to do photo or video, why that’s important is because Some lenses are better for video, and some lenses are better for photos, and some lenses are perfect for both. Here’s a great example. This 50 millimeter 1.2 lens from Canon L series is a very expensive lens. Now, this is what I’ve found when I used to own it. It got rid of it because I felt that it sucked for photography. When I shot wide open at 1.2, I could never really get a super crisp image. Now, you can go into your camera settings and do what are called micro adjustments. You can print out a document online. I might even put the Dropbox link below if I can still find one. And you can micro adjust every single lens so that you know it’s perfect, spot on focus, every single time. So even after micro adjusting the 50 mil 1.2, I just didn’t find it consistent with getting sharp images. However, when it came to video and doing interview stuff and talking head stuff, bokeh, the depth of field, the speed of the lens, it was phenomenal. I couldn’t justify keeping it, because it didn’t work for photo as well, because that’s something I also do. So, I sold this, along with an 85 that I never used, and I bought a 70 to 200. 70 was close enough to 50 for me, 85 was covered in that focal range, and the 200 gave me even more of an extended range. The lens is also image stabilized, So the money from those two lenses went into one lens that overall feeds both my photography and my video in a better, more cost effective way. That’s why it’s important for you to figure out if photo is your focus, or video is your focus, or both. Because those three spectrums will dictate Which type of equipment, which type of lenses, that you buy ultimately at the end of the day. I did a little test outside to show you the difference that lenses make shooting the same thing at different focal lengths. Keeping in mind the distortion and the compression that different lenses have. So we did portraits at 16, 24, 35, 50, 85, 100, 130, all the way up to 400 with that huge bazooka lens. Matty stayed in the same place. I kept him in the same spot in the frame, but just moved back depending on the focal length I was shooting on. And I did this because I want to show you how it completely distorts his face going from a 16 mil lens all the way to a 400 mil lens. Take a look at this. I’ll throw them on the screen as we go through it. Here is Matty with 16 millimeters, 24, 35, 50, 85, 100, 135, 200, 300, 400 mil. Huge difference. The lines in the alley completely open up, then they vanish completely, and you only got that background. So, you can see how that lens choice drastically changes the subject. If you’re gonna do portraits, Maybe shooting them at a 400 mil is not the best idea. Maybe shooting them at 16 mil isn’t the best idea. Unless that’s what you’re trying to go for. And that’s where video intercepts, and film makers use these same principles to tell stories and make you feel different things, and convey different messages. Because maybe they want that super wide alleyway to show the grandeur of a fight scene. Or maybe they’re gonna use that 400 mil to get in real close to a humming bird for the Planet Earth series. So these lenses aren’t just things that people want and end up buying because They’re cool to have a whole bunch. People are allocating specific jobs, thoughts, stories, messages, to the lenses that they’re choosing to shoot with. Maybe you don’t want to shoot the bride on her wedding day with a 400 mil and make her look like she’s got 20 pounds on her. Might not be the most happy. Subsequently, you don’t want to shoot her with a 14 mil and make everything look super, super wide and warped because you don’t want her to look like she tried a little bit too hard to fit into that dress. Just saying. So just to touch on this, because there are people here that have never heard about this before, and I want to address your needs as well. When someone refers to a lens as being really fast, or shooting wide open, that means the aperture is as open as can be and the most Amount of light is coming in. Now, why they say it’s fast is because due to that amount of light coming in to the sensor, you can make your shutter speed faster. So you can take pictures, (hand smacks) and the shutter is gonna open and close faster than it would if it wasn’t Getting enough light. Now, because that aperture is wide open, that gives you the nice blurry background. That gives you the bokeh, the out of focus elements. Now, typically, if you’re gonna buy a faster lens, or you want a lens that’s good in low light, or you want to get that depth of field, Those do cost more money inherently. As an example of that, this 50 mil, if we’re talking about this again, Canon makes three versions of this. They make a 50 millimeter 1.8, a 50 millimeter 1.4, and a 1.2. So this lens opens up the widest, lets the…


What LENS should YOU BUY?! – FAQ

Q: How do I know which lens to buy for my camera?

A: The best way to determine which lens to buy for your camera is to consider the type of photography you will be doing. If you’re interested in portraits, a prime lens with a wide aperture is a good choice. For landscape photography, a wide-angle lens may be more suitable. Researching and understanding your specific needs will help you make an informed decision.

Q: What is the difference between a prime lens and a zoom lens?

A: Prime lenses have a fixed focal length, meaning they do not zoom in or out. They typically have a wider maximum aperture, which allows for better low-light performance and shallow depth of field. Zoom lenses, on the other hand, have a variable focal length, allowing you to adjust the zoom level. They are more versatile but usually have a smaller maximum aperture compared to prime lenses.

Q: Should I invest in a high-quality lens or stick to a budget-friendly option?

A: It ultimately depends on your photography goals and budget. High-quality lenses often produce sharper images with better color and contrast, but they can be costly. If you are just starting out, a budget-friendly lens may be a suitable option until you can invest in a higher-quality lens. Consider your long-term photography goals and how much you are willing to invest in your equipment.

Q: Can I use lenses from different camera brands on my camera?

A: In some cases, you may be able to use lenses from different camera brands on your camera with the use of an adapter. However, it’s important to note that not all features may be compatible, and there may be limitations in functionality. It’s best to do thorough research and consider the potential drawbacks before investing in lenses from different brands.

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