DSLRs and compact system cameras usually include a kit lens, which is good for everyday shooting - but expanding your kit with more specialised lenses will enable you to get much more creative with your photography. Each lens offers a different focal length, which is measured in millimetres (mm). Each focal length will give you different visual effects depending on the type of sensor in your camera and the aperture size you are using.

Telephoto zoom lenses (such as 55-200 mm models) enable you to zoom in close to distant subjects. Wide angle zoom lenses (12-24 mm, for example) are great for landscape and architectural photography as they enable you to fit more of a scene into the shot.Fixed or prime lenses (like a 50 mm model) are best for portrait shots with professional soft-focus backgrounds.

Some lenses have built-in image stabilisation or vibration reduction, which can help achieve sharp images when you’re using slow shutter speeds and need the camera to stay very still. Stabilisation is also useful when zooming in very close to your subject, as camera shake is more pronounced.

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Camera manufacturers produce lenses that are compatible with the camera bodies they make, so it’s important to use the correct lens with your camera. Lenses are not often cross-compatible: you cannot use a Canon lens on a Nikon camera, without expensive adapters. As well as branded lenses, there are third party manufacturers such as Sigma who create lenses that are compatible with different camera brands, giving you more options when looking for new optics.
It is important when buying a lens to ensure it is compatible with your camera. There are 3 main things to consider:

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2) Camera type
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