complete n00b question on lenses.

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  1. Vicelord John

    Vicelord John TPF Noob!

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    I'm curious what different people shoot with different zoom ranges. I have my ideas, but I may not be right.

    wide angle lenses (10-20 range)
    mid (20-50 range)
    tele (50+ even up to 400)

    Is there a breakdown somewhere of all this?

    I would tend to think wide would be best for architecture and landscape. Mid for general purpose but I start to get foggy after that... I use my 70-300 for some portraits and long range skyline. Or anything I want to completely blur the background.

    What are they all for?
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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  3. Vicelord John

    Vicelord John TPF Noob!

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    I guess my terrible communication skills must have led you astray again. I am not looking for a list of lenses. I'm curious what people use specific zoom ranges for. What does one buy a 400mm lens to shoot? What are the favorite ranges for portraits? If one has a 10-20, what are they using it to shoot mostly?
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    This is in reference to APS-C:

    16mm for landscape
    50mm or 90mm for portraits
    stuff in the middle is general ...
    300mm or 400mm for wildlife
     
  5. TJ K

    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You buy a long lens for long reach. If you're shooting something that you don't want to disturb i.e. birds and other wildlife that's when you break out the 400-500-600 primes.

    If you want landscapes and things like that and want to capture great large scenes in one frame go super wide. If you're doing something like skateboarding a fisheye could be nice.

    If you are doing walk around general stuff then a 24-70 would be nice it gives decent wide angle on FF at least to short telephoto range.

    A 70-200 is a nice lens to walk around with and use for action and sports.

    Someone with 10-20 is probably doing architecture,landscape,even just fun walk around type stuff.

    Then of course there are people like me who will say there isn't really a lens for a specific thing. You can find a use for any lens and work with the limitations and be as creative as possible.

    TJ
     
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    Vicelord John TPF Noob!

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    great answer thanks. That's exactly what I was looking for.
     

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