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Where to buy digital SLR lenses

Whether you opt for a prime lens or the more versatile and cheaper zoom lens, this article will provide relevant information on where to buy camera lenses. It will look at just some of the places where you can pick up a new lens.

Interchangeable lens

When you buy a DSLR camera, it will usually come with a kit lens and this may suit some users. However, serious amateurs, semi-pros and professionals will want more control over their photographs and most models of DSLR cameras have a wide range of interchangeable lens which are available.

Prime lenses

Buying a new lens can be a pricey business, but there are also some real bargains to be had, if you know where to look. There are two choices of lens available: prime lenses and zoom lenses. Prime lenses have a fixed focal length and will give you superb image quality, though they are used mainly by serious semi-pros and professionals, as the prices of such lenses put them beyond the reach of most amateurs. For instance, a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 lens will set you back £1349.95. (Jessops 01.08.11). However, you can still pick up some prime lenses at low prices, such as the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens which is available for just £89.99 (Warehouse express online 01.08.11) which is a great lens for portrait photography. It is worth looking on eBay and other online auction sites since you may be able to pick up a real digital photography bargain.

Zoom lenses

The other option is the more common and cheaper zoom lenses.While the quality is not quite as good as the more expensive prime lenses, they make up for it with their versatility. Moreover, zoom lenses are the preferred option for most amateurs and semi-pros, if only for the price tag. For instance, a Sigma 50-200mm f/4-6.3 is relatively modest at £186.36 (Amazon 01.08.11) and the large focal length make it a very versatile lens that will cover both close-ups and long range shots. So, which lens you opt for is dependent on both your budget and intended use. You should always shop around before you buy a lens and if necessary, get some expert advice before you commit to a purchase.

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