What lens to use?

DSCF5196At my photo club the other day a member of mine was trying to decide what lens to buy.  Lenses are an investment and take some time to consider before a purchase.  The choice was between a long lens and a macro.  He was wanting to know if he could try both of mine to figure out which he wanted to purchase.  My first thought was which one did he think he would use more and that would be the lens he should buy.

I have owned a macro lens for a few years and purchased it before I bought the 600mm.  The choice was easy for me because I love to take picture of flowers, moss and any object really.  I even took a macro photography class with Canon, which was invaluable.  However, I knew what I liked to take photos of and I would do it regularly.  The 600mm lens took longer for me to invest in because I felt I wouldn’t use it as much.  The price of a lens from Canon was equal to a decent used car for one thing.  A lens to use now and then wasn’t worth that kind of price.

The tipping point in my purchase was the words “Sale”.  Tamron was upgrading their 100-600 mm lenses and therefore a decent price drop on the lens.  Which was perfect for me, I didn’t have to break the bank for a lens I would use occasionally.  However, I would still have the option in my bag and get to take pictures of the eagles.untitled-0068-2What to consider than when making the next purchase?  Is this the camera line I am going to stay with?  Lenses are an investment and when your inventory increases it will be hard to change to a different brand.  Plus, you will have to sell all that you have to change over to the new brand and you won’t get your original investment back.  How much do you want to spend and how often do you plan on using it?  What are the reviews on the lens itself?  Is it worth the investment?  Once you answer all those questions and are pretty clear of what you want to do, buy it.

I have Canon and Fuji.  I have a nice variety of lenses for both but more for the Canon because it was the brand I started with.  The Canon remains my core equipment because of the investment I have in it and the quality of the brand.  I won’t be trading it off any time soon but the Fuji has it’s uses which was why I invested in both.  When I want something lighter to carry and adaptable I take the Fuji.  The color and the sharpness of the XT2 doesn’t disappoint and so I switch my gear around.

If you just starting out and own one camera and a few lenses experiment with what you have.  Does it meet your needs for your interests?  What really makes you want to take a photo.  The difference between landscape photography and portraits will be the lens.  The camera body can change in a brand but the lens you will have for quite some time.  The lens also improves the enjoyment of taking the photo.  The right equipment for the job will make a huge difference.




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