Lens Guide

One of most important advantage of digital SLR camera is ability to change lenses for different purpose, for example to shoot sports we will need different lens than to shoot food or products. The problems are, there are so many lenses out there in the market. Some lens will work well with a particular camera body, but not all will compatible.

These post is written to help digital SLR camera users to find their best lenses. By the way, if you have any question, please feel free to post comments on that article directly. I will try to answer as soon as I could.

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joel February 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Hi there! im beginner in photography what is the best site for beginner like me in photography, to learn how to shoot, which lens is the best. many thanks

Enche Tjin February 24, 2010 at 12:04 am

Thanks Joel, happy shooting!

alain April 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Hi all, I am newbie just purchase my camera 2 days ago. Any sites that you could recommend and tips as well. Thanks all…

Enche Tjin April 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Hi Alain, please check out my link page, and check out my tips/techniques category.

Tammy October 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

What about the Sony Alpha 300 or 350 series camera? What lens do you recommend for this camera?

Jennifer November 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Hi, I have a Nikon D3000 with the kit lenses I’m looking to upgrade to another lens but not sure where to go since there are so many options. I mainly take photos of my toddler – I want a lens that is good indoor (in low light situations) and ocassional outdoors. Any suggestions?

Enche Tjin November 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

@Jennifer Please check out this article: Recommended lenses for Nikon D3000 I am sure it will answer your question.

Yvon Forest December 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I have Minolta Maxum 5 and two lenses ,( Minolta AF zoom 28-100 3.5(22)-5.6 D) and ( Minolta AF zoom 75-300 4.5(32)-5.6 D ) all In very good conditions. Iplan to go digital and I look at Sony A500 and A 550, and at Nikon 90D, I need some help, should I sell Minolta and start with a new brand , If I go with Sony, what about the picture qualIty with the Minolta lenses ? should I buy new lenses 18-55?

Enche Tjin December 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

The Minolta lenses that you mention here are beginner/consumer grade lenses. So the image quality is average to below average. Whether you want to change system or get Sony is entirely up to you. You will able to save some money with staying with Sony. And I think Sony A550 is actually a bit better than Nikon D90. However, if you want to sell the lenses and get a high quality ones, you should research more on Sony and Nikon system to see which system suit you best.

jandon January 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

I just purchase a nikon d3100 digital camera and would like to purschase a lens for shooting closeups. I have a nikonFM I purchased back in the 80’s and a 55mm macro lens I use all the time, but was told it will not work in my new camera. I looked at your site and see you suggest a 60mm AFS . Can you tell me the difference between a AFS and a AF ? Will a AF work on this camera? I’ve been looking at lenses and notice theres a big difference in price for each of these. I want to purchase the one that is the easiest to use , as I’m just a novice and don’t know alot about these new cameras. thanks jandon

Enche Tjin January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

AF-S means the lens has built-in auto focus motor. Nikon D3100 and several others Nikon beginner SLR cameras do not have auto focus motor. So When you use AF or AF-D lenses, you will be stuck with manual focus. Therefore I recommend AF-S lenses for Nikon D3000, D3100, and a few others.

Zen February 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Its the Lens that make the SLR what it is. And they definitely should be chosen wisely and carefully. Testfreaks is one place I go to to read more about Lens so that I can make more informed purchase everytime.

Artist April 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Hi, Thanks for posting such useful information. I have recently purchased Nikon D7000 and I am completely new to the world of SLR / Photography. I got the NIKON 18-105mm kit lens and additionally bought Nikon 50mm f/1.8 based on suggestions from a friend of mine. Could you recommend lenses for D7000?

Enche Tjin April 15, 2011 at 10:48 am

Alright will do :)

виктор December 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

Уважаемый ты отстал от жизни предлагая такие объективы – или ты заведомо кому то играешь на руку, либо ты вообще ничего не понимаешь.

Enche Tjin December 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

Я вас не понимаю, английски, пожалуйста

MARILYN September 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm


Enche Tjin September 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Watch this tutorial video

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