Choose your lenses wisely, like these people at the recent Imaging Show, where I spoke about lenses through the three days:
Your camera is just a box. The lens makes it into a great tool. So, be prepared to spend on your lens; and look at properties like:
- Aperture – the lower the f-number, the better
- Sealing against dust and moisture
- Distortion: the lower the better, of course
- Sharpness (both wide open and at, say, f/8)
- Mechanical construction
- Image Stabilization
- Chromatic aberration
- Resistance to flare
- Focus system speed and noise – and accuracy
These properties, and more, determine the quality, and cost, of your lens. And high cost is OK because the lens determines the shot – and a lens lasts decades, both in terms of usage and of value.
Now I am off to go shoot softball kid portraits!