How do you find the perfect dslr lens? When shopping around for the right dslr lens, there are a few factors you need to consider. The most obvious being cost and compatibility; if you can’t afford the lens or if it is not compatible with your dslr camera, there’s really no point to purchasing a lens, no matter how incredible it is.
While cost and compatibility are important factors to keep in mind, the key to finding the perfect lens is to know what you want the lens to achieve. Are you planning on shooting portrait photography? Sports photography? Product photography? For example, if you are planning on shooting sports photography, you’ll be looking for a telephoto lens that will allow your subject to fill the composition even from a distance. A macro lens will work great for product photography to capture tiny details with excellent focus. A wide-angle lens works well for landscapes because it can take it all in.
However, it’s not just the type of dslr lens that you need to be considering (though it’s a great place to start). Not all dslr lenses are created equally, even if they are in the same category of lenses. For example, the Sony Alpha line has two excellent macro lenses, the SAL50M28 and the SAL100M28. Both dslr lenses allow you to capture small details in excellent focus, but they also have their own individuality. They have different focal lengths and as such would be used to capture different images; (the SAL50M28 can get more background in the picture; the SAL100M28 allows you to get detailed shots from a distance).
So when looking at the speculations of a lens, really consider the details of it! Keep in mind the zoom range (how far can you zoom in and how far out can you zoom out), the depth of field (a deep depth of field means most or all of your image will be in focus, even when zoomed in) and any special needs you have or special additions the lens can offer (a lens designed to work in low-light like the Sony Alpha SAL50F14, for example).
In the end though, it’s not just about finding an appropriate dslr lens. There are many dlsr lenses out there that can meet your needs. But it’s also about finding a reliable and special dslr lens! Consulting online reviews of products, checking out the company’s website and seeking out word of mouth will let you know not just what is popular, but also what photographers (both amateur and professional) really love! If a particular product is loved enough by its consumers, they will let you know.
While keeping cost and compatibility in mind, as well as what you want to shoot and what your needs as a photographer are, along with a little help from fellow photographers, you’ll be able to find the perfect dslr lens for the job.