Lenses have an important role in photography.
Like the retina of the eye, when the condition of the retina is impaired, the quality of vision will be reduced.
Similarly, the lens. The resulting image quality is more or less influenced by the quality and condition of the camera lens itself.
However, sorting out and choosing a DSLR camera lens is indeed not an easy matter. Many things must be known and understood before deciding to buy a DSLR camera lens.
Moreover, the price of the lens is not exactly cheap, especially for manufacturing brands. There are even many manufacturers’ output lenses that cost more than the price of an entry-level DSLR camera set.
So that no one chooses to end up disappointed, here are five tips for choosing a good DSLR camera lens.
# Understand Your Needs
One source of confusion for novice photographers when buying a lens is that they do not understand or understand what lenses are needed.
Do you need a telephoto lens, a wide lens, a fixed lens, or a macro lens? All types of lenses have their respective advantages.
Generally, DSLR cameras sold in stores already offer kit packages. This means you will buy a full camera body and lens like Canon, which always includes an 18-55 mm lens in every entry-level camera sold.
If it’s just for taking family pictures, the kit lens is enough. Now, where is your passion for photography going? Are you happy to take photos of animals, like human interest, or are you interested in macro photography?
Each type of photography will determine what type of DSLR camera lens to buy. Photographing animals or birds need a telephoto lens, while for those fond of insect photos need a macro lens.
Understand first which type you are on. Thus, the lens to be purchased can support the maximum photography activities that you do.
# Know the Difference between Manufacturing Lenses and Non-Manufacturing Lenses
When you enter the camera store to choose a DSLR camera lens, it will be presented with various brands.
Not only the manufacturer’s brands such as Nikon, Canon, or Sony. There are also non-factory or aftermarket brands that are offered by shop sellers.
The advantages of non-manufacturer lenses are usually in terms of price. Aftermarket lenses such as Tokina, Tamron, or Sigma are sold cheaper than the manufacturer’s lenses for lenses with the same focal length.
But of course, there are consequences. That said, the quality of aftermarket lenses is not as good as the manufacturer’s lenses. Because the quality control process of production is not as strict as the manufacturer’s brand.
After all, in many forums, many have mentioned if the quality of non-manufacturer lenses also began to match the manufacturer’s lenses.
Another difference is in terms of features. Non-manufacturer lenses usually don’t have complete and good features as a manufacturer’s lens. Maybe that’s why the price is cheaper.
# Lens Condition Test
In the process of choosing a DSLR camera lens at the store you are aiming for, don’t forget to bring your camera. At least bring the camera body so that the lens to be purchased can be directly tested for conditions.
The part that was tested included the ability of autofocus. How fast the lens can get the focus must be known with these tests. Also, make sure the lens does not fail to focus, i.e., place the focus behind or in front of the object.
The. Feels drag or lighter, or even loose because it starts to wear out.
Also, make sure the optical condition of the lens is not moldy. Even though the lens is new, but because it has been stored for too long, the fungus may have begun to settle inside the lens.
# Pay attention to the Technical Specifications of the Lens
The point that you should consider before buying a lens is the technical specifications you have. These technical specifications include optical quality, resistance to water and dust, power of the lens’s focus motor, and image stabilizer capabilities.
Some lenses can find focus quickly, and some are slow. Likewise, with the ability of the image stabilizer, some can withstand shocks with a large percentage are small. Remember, the better the specifications you have will be directly proportional to the high selling price.
# Get a warranty
If you buy a new lens, make sure you get a manufacturer’s guarantee. Not a shop guarantee.
Warranty manufacturers such as Canon or Nikon ensure that if there is damage due to production failure, take it to an authorized service center without being charged.
Even if you can only buy a used lens, still ask for a guarantee from the seller. Try to ask for a warranty of at least 1-2 months. Thus, you will have enough time to test all the capabilities of the lens.
If you are actively taking pictures, a 1-2 week guarantee is enough. Why? Because you will try the lens often and immediately find out if something is wrong.
Like finding a match, choosing a DSLR camera lens must be done carefully and carefully so as not to choose the wrong one — no need to be dazzled by the brand and the expensive price.
Most importantly, it can get a lens that fits with your camera. And, finally can give maximum results from every moment that is photographed.