On the Importance of a Good Lens
Glass (Part One) – OnTakingPictures Photographer Bill Wadman has a post out talking about the importance of lenses.
“OK, listen up. The most important component of your camera is the lens. If there is a place to spend the money, it’s on the glass. I’d take a 5 year old 20D with a good lens over a top of the line 1Ds MkIII with a crappy lens any day of the week. I can’t tell you the number of people I see who have this all wrong. Last year at the Grand Canyon, I saw a girl with a high-end Gitzo tripod, 5D body, and some crappy consumer level zoom lens on the front. Honestly, I almost pushed her over the edge.”
Bill knows his stuff. He is one of the best portrait shooters around today. A lot of people ask me what camera to buy all the time. My answers always come back with a camera body *and* a lens. Kit lenses suck. If you’re going to spend dough on a Digital SLR, do yourself a favor and at a minimum buy a cheap 50mm prime to go with it.
My favorite lens personally is the Canon 135mm f/2 telephoto.