Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras, or DSLRs, have several advantages over the camera in your smartphone or point and shoot, including faster speeds and higher resolutions, but they also come with a major extra feature – the ability to add additional lenses.
Even the most reasonably priced Canon DSLR comes with the option of dozens of different lenses which can really enhance the abilities of the camera in a number of remarkable ways. Here are some examples.
Also known as the ‘nifty-fifty’ this lens is very useful for photographers of all levels. It’s extremely light, making the camera more portable, and also has a very wide aperture of f1.8. What this means for you is strong photographic performance in low light.
It also create a strong depth of field effect – that’s when one part of the picture taken is in sharp focus and the rest is blurred. It can be a gorgeous effect for taking portraits, effectively blurring the background, or when working on macro shots. A 50mm lens makes for mouth-watering food photos too.
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5-6 IS STM
Sometimes it can be hard to cram in everything you see with a smartphone or regular camera – for example when taking a picture of a building, landscapes or a group of people. You can fix that with a wide angle lens on a DSLR.
The 10mm end of this lens is extremely wide, potentially taking in more than even your eyes can see. It’s perfect for being able to get a better view of a large space and also works to make cramped areas (like small rooms) feel larger. And you’ll never miss those faces at the edges in a group shot again!
Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS STM lens
Another very versatile lens is a zoom. It allows you to get closer to your subject without having to move, and also importantly doesn’t result in any loss of clarity as the zoom is all controlled by the optics inside the lens.
At higher zoom levels it can be difficult to hold the lens steady, so this Canon lens comes with built-in image stabilisation which counters the shake of your hands and helps you to get the perfect shot. Zooms are ideal for picking out details in a cityscape or grabbing a shot of skittish wildlife from afar. You can even use some zoom lenses in macro mode as well!
These are just a few examples of how extra lenses can really be of benefit to photographers of any level, and they’re so versatile it can sometimes feel like you’ve got a whole new camera!