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Camera House : Better Pictures 10
Through the Lens So you’ve bought a spanking new DSLR, but what lenses should you add to your kit? even those that are new to photography understand that the type of lens you require depends a lot upon the sort of images you wish to take. Portrait, landscape, scientific photography and action shots – while you could shoot each of these subjects with a general purpose wide angle zoom, you will get better results if you tailor your lens to suit your subject. Portraits If you plan on shooting headshots you’ll need a lens that has a good bokeh so that the background will disappear and give you that lovely defocused look. A fast, fixed focal length lens (f/2 or f/2.8) at 2-300mm is great for getting out among it and shoots wonderful portraits, thanks to its wide aperture. LandscaPe Nothing beats an ultra wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes. If you want to achieve a ‘majestic look’ to your photographs you need to opt for a 14-24mm lens for full frame sensors, and 10-18mm for cropped sensors. A wide angle perspective adds depth and gives a real three- dimensional feel to your images. It’s particularly useful when shooting landscapes with a strong foreground subject. An 18-55mm (cropped frame) or a 28-70mm (full frame) also work well when you want to achieve a more natural looking landscape. sPorts A telephoto zoom or superzoom is an invaluable tool for the photographer that wants to capture their favourite sports in action. Since you will often be shooting a subject that is some distance away, you need a lens that is able to zoom in on the action without sacrificing detail. It also needs to be highly responsive and able to freeze the action, since most sports move at a whip-cracking pace. A good choice would be a fast aperture lens (f/2 or f/2.8) with a motor drive to allow for fast focus (like Canon’s USM lenses and Nikon’s SWM). Generally, you should aim for a 300- 400mm lens if you plan on shooting sports like football, baseball or rugby. If you need greater distance, you can always buy a teleconverter. Macro In love with nature? Then you need to add a macro lens to your kit in order to really capture the minutiae of plant and insect life. Some people assume that if they want to shoot macro photography that they will need a lens that is able to focus from just a few centimetres away. This may not necessarily be what you desire though, especially when shooting insects, as you don’t want to scare away your tiny subject. Instead consider a 100-110mm lens rather than the 50-60mm macros, as these will mean you need not get quite so close to your subject. ■ “You will get beter results if you tailor your lens to suit your subject” A superb ultra wide-angle lens ideal for crafting breathtaking landscape images with wonderful depth of field. It is an incredibly sharp lens with great image clarity from edge to edge and minimal chromatic aberration. The HSM allows for fast, silent focusing. Sigma AF 8-16mm F/4.5 - 5.6 DC HSm LenS feature lenSeS aware 21 021_Bpics10_lens.v2_subbed.indd 21 3/09/12 10:59 AM
Better Pictures 9
Better Pictures 11