Using different focal length lenses, camera kits
If you are using an SLR or view camera the camera itself is only part of the ‘tool box’ you need for taking photographs. Ability to interchange lenses means you will soon want to explore use of different focal lengths. Even if you work with a compact camera permanently fitted with a zoom it is worth understanding how its range of focal lengths influence picture making. Remember too that there are dozens of accessories – from tripods and other supports to flashguns and camera bags – worth considering as useful practical kit for your kind of photography.
Why change focal length?
Lenses of fixed focal length (i.e. not zoom) regarded as standard for cameras reviewed in the last chapter are typically ...