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Photography 101: Choosing a Lens: A visual comparison

Thinking of purchasing a new lens? here is a visual guide to focal lengths.

Choosing a lens, can be a hard thing. If you are like me, you think you need EVERY SINGLE lens.  It’s one of those questions I always ask my favorite photographers and I always look to see which lens was used on photos I like.

But when I was starting out, it would have been helpful, if I could see the same photo, taken with different lenses. Just to understand exactly what I would be getting into. And to help me decide exactly what I might want.

In these photos, I stood in the exact same spot for each photo with the exact same settings: Shutter Speed: 1/400 Aperture f/4 ISO: 1250

I am using my Canon 7D and all lenses are Canon Models.   My subject was being bribed with my iPhone……


28mm focal length

35 mm focal length

50 mm focal length

100 mm focal length




What did you notice about each focal length?

I like how the 28 mm shows me EVERYTHING.

I like how the 35 mm  gives me just enough.

I like how the 50 mm gives me the perfect snapshot( not too much background, sharpness, a little bit of bokah)

And I like how the 100 mm gives me a creamy background and that I could be standing so far away, but get such a great close up.  Not intrusive at all.

So what is your favorite lens? And why?




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    August 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I like how the 100mm gives the perfect closeup and so clear. I like them all of course.

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    Reginia {}
    August 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

    For creativity, I like the 100mm lens because it’s a clear subject and blurred background. For the traditional shot, I like the 50 because it’s more concise.

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    Cam | Bibs & Baubles
    August 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    What I like about ALL of them is Pookah! lol

    Aside from that, I like the 35 – it’s standard and gets the job done. I like the clarity of the 50 and the sharpness on the subject with the 100.

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    August 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Lawd….I don’t know which one I like I think the 50mm is nice…I have no idea….we need to get a challenge going to help us with some of these photos….I may start one *puts thinking caps on*

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    August 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    OMG THANK YOU for this post!! Being on vaca I love my 35mm but I wanted something that could catch Chunks running all around without being right on him so I love the 100mm!

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    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    August 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    First, I saw the website and I haven’t been able to comment properly because of these children, but one word. YES! *insert praise hands emoji* its so perfect and so you.

    I think I want the 100mm Thanks for doing this because I’ve been wondering which lens I wanted next!

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      August 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      And the 100mm is acutally a MACRO lens! But it’s such a great lens that it can do double duty!

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    August 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I agree with Cam – Pookah for the win! But for real the 100mm is amazing because he looks almost 3D like he’s coming right off the screen. This inspires me to practice more (and would help when I don’t forget my SD card and/or battery which has been happening lately ughhh). Great post!

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    March 18, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I might have to look into that 100mm, I guess I’ve never thought about that lens! I wanted the 35mm because it allows me to get more in the frame when my children are small and need to be closer to me (as in when we are out in public), but I just put the 50mm back on my camera a week or two ago and am in love with it again. For me it depends on how much space I have to work with. Of course, these are all adorable! 🙂

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    What Camera Lens Should You Buy First? - Everyday Eyecandy
    April 21, 2016 at 6:39 am

    […] Focal length is the distance between the center of a lens or curved mirror and its focus. In plain speaking, it is how “Zoomed” in your lens is. The larger the focal length, the more zoomed in your photo will be. So for instance, a 200mm lens will zoom in closer than say a 50 mm lens. Lenses with focal lengths less than 50mm are referred to as wide-angles lenses because they offer a wider view.  Lenses with focal lengths greater than 50mm are known as telephoto lenses, and these offer a much narrower view.   […]

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    October 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

    This post has been very useful as I am trying to decide on a new lens to purchase!

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