talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

lens reviews

Published 28 Apr 2014 – Updated 29 Nov 2017

and why they suck

Camera lens reviews are terrible to read, but they're the bread-and-butter of gear addiction. Here's some basic facts about lenses, that should not detract you from using your camera:

A clearly insufficient number of lenses

All that said, there are some things that are actually important when picking a lens, things that will affect how you use the lens on a regular basis.

When reading a lens review, it's easy to get distracted and forget what I'm doing there. I'm a photographer, I'm there to take photos, not analyze optical performance of different pieces of glass. People have been shooting better photos than mine with worse equipment than mine since the dawn of photography. Sure, a new lens design is faster, clearer, smaller, sleeker, whateverer, but the only thing that should impress me is how the lens can help me take better photos. No tool is perfect, but someone can perfect using a tool.

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".