The kit lens supplied with modern day entry level dslr cameras are okay to enter the world of digital photography however there will come a time when you outgrow the kit lens and want to take your photography skills to the next level. Many people argue “the kit lens is the only lens I will ever need for my photography) just like I did when I first started out. The thing is, once the photography bug has bit you will want to progress and the kit lens you got with your camera is only going to hold you back.
Entry level dslr cameras are pretty sophisticated and powerful and the basic kit lens supplied with the camera will not allow you to get the most out of it. If you want to get the most out of your entry level dslr camera you need to invest in a new lens or two. The million dollar question is what upgrade lens should you get?
The most suitable upgrade lens depends on the type of photography you want to pursue. Unfortunately, there isn’t a “one size fits all” lens however there are several lenses out there you can use for most types of photography (other than the specialist types like macro and fish eye to name just two) and get half decent photos. These lenses are typically a “jack of all trades master of none” lens and as such you will get acceptable photos but not great photos, which is fine if that’s what you want. If you want to capture the best photos you can you need to get the right upgrade lens for the right scenarios.
Landscape photography lens
"The Canon 16 - 35 f4L IS is my landscape lens of choice"
Landscape photography typically involves trying to get as much in to the frame as possible, which requires an ultra-wide angle lens. The lens most landscape photographers use is the 16mm – 35mm lens (full frame equivalent so 10mm – 20mm on a crop sensor camera) and this is plenty wide enough to get everything in the frame without having to worry about distortion. If you want to go wider than 16mm the only viable option is a fisheye lens (I own the Canon 8 – 15 f4L fisheye lens) but these are quite difficult to use and control because distortion creeps in.
When I used my Canon 7d for landscape photography I use the Canon 10 – 22 (see “Review of Canon 10 -22" if you are interested) and I thought it was a great landscape lens. When I upgraded to my Canon 6d I had to invest in a new landscape lens because the 10 – 22 works on crop sensor cameras only, and I ended up buying the Canon 16 – 35 f4L IS lens, which is another cracking landscape lens. After some reading, investigation and test shots I realised the Canon 16 – 35 f4L IS was better than the Canon 16 – 35 f2.8L lens, so I went for the f4L IS and saved myself a huge wedge of cash since it is the cheaper option. If you are interested you may want to take a look at the “Review of the Canon 16 – 34 f4L IS lens”.
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