A DSLR camera is a good start to taking awesome pictures, but that is just the first step – the item that has significantly more control over the quality of your photography is the glass in front of that sensor, and if there is one market that is about as oversaturated as markets can be, it is camera lenses.
In the interests of making your future decisions easier, however, allow me to introduce you to LensHero.
Feed it your camera body, budget, and intended use for the lens, and it will throw back a collection of ranked options, differentiating them on such variables as focus motor, magnification, aperture, minimum focal length, length, max focal length, weight, and diameter. If you find one option you like, click through to its specifics page, and you will find reviews, an explanation of how the lens will work on full-frame, APS-H, and APS-C sensors, a more comprehensive listing of its pros, cons, and specifications, and, of course, a purchase link.
For a free webpage, that is a pretty impressive amount of information at your fingertips, and presented in a relatively easily-understood fashion to boot.
This kind of thing would be wonderful for firearm-related optics as well… *nudge*
In other news, completely free-handing one’s camera (i.e. not using any viewfinder or screen) can create some interesting shots… Unfortunately, most of the ones I took were of people, so I am probably not going to share them, but I will have to try that more in the future.
(Courtesy of Lifehacker.)