One of the things I’ve learnt about photography and camera’s is that it’s not really good enough to just invest in a good camera. The camera is only half (or a third) of the story. The rest is all about lenses. Which is a bit of a bugger as they’re so darn expensive! But a friend told me that the camera is just the shell really – the nuts and bolts that processes the picture. The lens is the part that really captures the detail of what you’re seeing. A good lens on a rubbish camera will most likely take a better picture than a great camera with a rubbish lens.
My Sony Nex-3N came with a 16-50mm power zoom lens, which is pretty good. It lets you zoom in and out, and has a decent aperture range and shutter speed. But after a bit of research two lenses came out as being something worth investing in. Specifically the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 and the 50mm F1.8 E-Mount Lens.
These both cost about £200 on Amazon, so I started to watch a few on eBay, although I could only find one 50mm on eBay. I was actually at the hairdressers when I got the little beep-beep to alert me that the auction was about to finish. So I sat in the hairdressers chair, counting down the minutes and seconds. My hairdresser was equally addicted to eBay as me, so we started chatting about recent purchases etc… then suddenly I looked down and I had 4 seconds left on the auction!! Arrrggh! So I super quickly typed in my max bid, hit enter, then confirm…there was no way I had done it in time I thought, but lo-and-behold, I won! I couldn’t believe it. I got it for about £130. Which is still a lot of money, but I had some money in my Paypal account after having sold some bits on eBay a while ago, so I figure it’s a bit like free money really!
Anyway, so the lens arrived a couple of days ago and I love it! The photo’s come out so clear and beautiful. The depth of field this lens gives is amazing. Even pictures of the hubby playing his guitar look fantastic. It’s so quick to focus and has fast shutter speed, so taking pictures of my cat racing around like a lunatic is much more effective now!
Here are a few of my favourite photo’s I’ve taken with this new lens:
I’m shooting in RAW at the moment, so I think next week I’m going to focus on learning how to work with this type of image in the programme that came with my camera (a free Sony version of Lightbox I think). I’ve not dappled too much in that yet, but want to get to grips with it. Again, any tips would be gratefully received!