Which is more important, camera or lens?

Which is more important, camera or lens?

This is possibly one of the most asked questions and has a relatively simple answer, however before you can answer the question you need to ask yourself a question first.

What will be your primary subject matter and environment when shooting.

Before getting into that a quick explanation on lenses and the terms used for them.

So what is a slow or fast lens?

A fast lens is one that will give good results in low light by allowing more light to reach the image sensor and a slow lens being the opposite of that.

You can tell a fast or slow lens by the “f” or aperture value.

For example, a fast lens would be anything from or below f 2.8 IE: f 1.4 – f 2.8

A slow lens would be something like f 3.5 – f 4.5

The lens itself is not slower which makes it a strange term to call it however the fast lens would just work better in low light than the slow lens.

Naturally we would assume that the fast lens is the best choice, who would’ve want to shoot in low light right?

Well yes and no, if you spend all your time shooting in a studio or in extremely well lit environments you  don’t really need a lens capable of shooting in low light, maybe you are better off spending that extra cash on a better camera body or some lighting equipment.

If you shoot on location or do night photography or any kind of photography where light is limited and you will not be using flash or any other artificial lighting then spending money on a fast lens vs spending all your money on a camera body would probably make more sense.

If you shoot in studio or well lit environments a kit lens such as f 3.5 -f 4.5 with a more expensive camera body would probably be the better option.

One other deciding factor into this is if you are in love with bokeh “background or foreground blur”

If the answer is yes, you are in love with bokeh then you should definitely be considering the fast lens. The reason for this is because the wider your aperture the more bokeh you will get in your image.

For example shooting at f 1.4 will blur everything but your subject, where as shooting at f 14 would have either everything or almost everything in focus “depending on your distance from subject when framing the shot”

For more bokeh you should also consider a longer focal length IE: 85mm will produce more bokeh than a 35mm lens.

As always this is a choice only you can make for yourself when it comes to buying your next camera and / or lens, but given the information above you can maybe make a more informed decision when coming to buy your next piece of gear and spend more and the relevant equipment.

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