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Are you planning of buying a new lens for your camera? If the answer is YES, you are at the right place. When you are looking to buy new camera gear, one of the biggest confusions is regarding the type and use of lens. Questions such as: Why do you need a new lens? What is the best lens? Which one should you buy? and many more pop-up in your mind. Once you have more clarity on these points, it is easier to decide which lens (or lenses) to buy for yourself. Let’s look at some of the best types of lenses and their use before you buy your new lens.

Types of lenses and their use

Here are some types of lenses that photographers can use. To help you understand them, our experts will look at each of them:

Wide Angle lens

Wide angles have typically three types of lenses: wide, ultra-wide, and fish-eye. You can guess a fish-eye lens looking at the front piece leans outwards, allowing it to see 180 degrees. Further, an ultra-wide angle lens has a focal length of less than 20mm but is equipped with internal lenses to correct fish-eye distortion; these are frequently referred to as "aspherical." Lastly, anything shorter than 35mm is considered a standard wide-angle lens. These cameras have a substantially greater depth of field and can record vast subjects (more will be in focus, from the foreground to the background). This, along with their broad perspective, creates a powerful combination.

Fish Eye

The fish eye lens is extremely useful for shooting extremely wide ranges. In other words, the fish eye lens provides the iconic fish-eye effect, which bends all straight lines in the image around the centre and creates a circular effect. These lenses are great for specific things, but they're commonly overused for no reason, so use them with caution. A fisheye lens can be beneficial for capturing shots that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to get with a standard extreme wide-angle lens. Consider images in which distorted lines genuinely lend meaning to an image, such as vertigos from rooftops or images in which distorted lines truly give meaning to an image.

Standard lens

As the name rightly suggests, a standard or normal lens has a focal length that is roughly equal to the image diagonal (the negative). We can also say that in terms of angle of view, this lens is the most similar to the human eye. They have a fixed focal length of 50mm and a view angle of 46° in general. Our field of vision's centre is roughly 40-60 degrees, and this is where we get the most information. A 50mm lens also feels natural without being overly distorted. A prime lens, such as a 50mm lens, is lighter, faster, and produces higher image resolution. A wide aperture (f/1.4 or f/1.8) on a 'nifty fifty' makes it ideal for low-light situations. Standard zoom lenses such as 24-70, 28-75, and 17-55mm are also available. Lastly, the normal or standard lenses, as their name implies, are adaptable and are suitable for nearly any type of photography.

Telephoto lens

Telephoto lenses are technically defined as lenses with a focal length greater than 50mm, though the term is more commonly applied to lenses with focal lengths greater than 100mm. The ranges between 50 and 100mm are more commonly referred to as "portrait lenses" because that is what they excel at and are primarily used for. Telephoto lenses shorten the depth of field in the opposite direction as wide-angle lenses, allowing you to isolate your subjects from the backdrop with shallow focus; this is when only a short plane is crisp, and everything in front of or behind that plane blurs quickly.

Macro lens

The macro lens has a high magnification level, allowing it to pick out the tiniest details and magnify them greater than we can see with our naked eyes. They are designed and curated for close-up photography and have a different internal construction from normal lenses offering great contrast and sharpness. Such types of lenses are extremely useful for capturing objects at very close range since the detailing is great. The usual subjects for photography include insects, animals, and plants, and are also popular for taking extremely detailed photos of other everyday objects.


A tilt-shift lens, also popularly known as a perspective control lens, shifts the lens' position in reference to the image sensor of a camera. The plane of focus varies and the depth of field changes when the lens tilts so that it is no longer parallel to the camera's image sensor. The image entering your camera is recentered when the lens shifts, allowing you to shoot photos from what appear to be different perspective points without having to move the camera body.

Photographers that capture architecture, landscapes, or want more control over their camera's depth of field will typically benefit from a tilt-shift lens. These lenses are great for perspective correction, maximizing/minimizing depth-of-field, and panoramic photography, and one (or more) tilt-shift lenses could be an excellent addition to your equipment.

Where to buy these camera lenses online in Australia?

If you're new to photography, the enormous selection of lenses available can be intimidating. There are not just a variety of focal lengths, ranging from super-wide to super-long, but also multiple variations on a single focal length, as well as zoom lenses of various types. Depending on your needs and requirements, you can narrow down your research and selection to a handful of suitable products. 

We, at Zumi, have a wide range of all types of camera lenses online in Australia from different brands. Whether you are looking for canon lenses, or lenses from Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic, we have some of the best brands for camera lenses and we have it all for you. 

So, what are you waiting for? Shop online for the best and great collection of camera lens in Australia at Zumi, available at attractive prices! Shop yours now. 

Tip: If you can't come to a good lens within your budget, fight the urge to get something less expensive that doesn't quite achieve what you want. It's usually wiser to save up until you can purchase the one you really want since camera lenses last for years.