Know Your Range

Know Your Range

Inspired by “What I Learned About Photography ” series by fellow Tumblelogger Pete (tvoom ), I want to share my experiences and lessons learned over the years. First up is about knowing your commonly-used focal lengths before purchasing a second lens.

Like most other fellow photographers, I started DSLR photography with a kit lens, Nikon 18-55mm (f/3.5-5.6), and didn’t take long to realize its limitation. Then I stepped up to get a superzoom, Nikon 18-200mm (f/3.5-5.6) as it seemed like a handy all-in-one solution that is ideal for travel lovers like myself. However, I soon found out that I rarely used anything longer than 30mm when I did a bit of study on focal lengths used for my archived photos.

It was no surprise, as I had grown my interest in cityscape and seascape photography, and shot almost everything at the wide end (18mm). The long telephoto reach was not only wasted, but did little good as the versatility and convenience in superzoom comes at the expense of outright image quality.

Know your range before purchasing a second lens.


So, know your range before purchasing a second lens. It’s no point getting a lens that covers the rarely-used range. From 18-200mm, I’ve upgraded to FX compatible Nikon 18-35mm (f/3.5-4.5) which perfectly suits my range, as I practically never shoot anything outside this range these days.


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