Uses for different lenses

Uses for different lenses - student project

I would like to thank Justin for the great class. I knew a lot of the things he discussed already, but through his class I managed to bring everything together. It was especially useful for me as I am now getting the jargon right and I really wish that I could have taken this class 4 years ago. I have three different lenses, which I use for different projects and settings, but I am really missing a macro lens. 

My smallest lens is a 12-42 mm, which I use a lot for street photography, landscapes and close-ups. I also use this lens at home to take pictures of my family and pets. It is a very versatile, small lens and I always have it with me. The nice thing is that I have a wide range of options for field of view, but it does get a bit tricky when I want to focus on a specific object relatively far away. Here is a picture of the London Eye, which I took with this lens at a 14 mm focal length (ISO 160, f7.1, 1/500 sec).

Uses for different lenses - image 1 - student project


My second lens is a 45-150 mm. I do not use it a lot, but like to travel with it as it much smaller and lighter than my biggest lens. I primarily use it to get things like this gargoyle closer and to take pictures of wildlife when I have the option of moving closer. The gargoyle was taken at the maximum focal length for this lens of 150 mm (ISO 160, f7.1, 1/500). 

Uses for different lenses - image 2 - student project


My third lens is a 100-300 mm. I use this lens the most as I primarily take pictures of wildlife in South Africa. As this is done primarily from a car, I do not have the option to get closer or I do not want to get closer in case of lions etc. Although this lens already gets me very close to my object, it is always baffling how far this little bird right next to the car is actually away and I often wish for a lens which offers me an even closer look. Here is a bee eater photographed at 197 mm focal length (it was very close to the car). ISO 160, f5.6, 1/1000 sec

Uses for different lenses - image 3 - student project