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I have purchased a couple of sporting optics items (rangefinding binoculars and a spotting scope) from Camera Land over the past 2 years. Doug really knows his stuff and has been extremely helpful with all my questions. I highly recommend them and plan to give them my future business. Thanks for making the experience a great one guys!More
A 50mm camera lens may seem redundant if you already have an all-purpose lens, but it may be just the thing you need for high-quality street compositions. Take a look at this video to see why.
It’s easy to make your photos look too busy with a simple 35mm lens or too soft with telephoto zoom. A fixed 50mm can force you to focus on the overall composition of the piece, and its thin depth of field offers splendid bokeh.
Camera Land of New York City is your one-stop shop for all of your professional photography needs. With a wide selection of lenses and bodies, we’re here to help you save money on high-quality camera supplies. Just call (646) 789-4830 and follow us Facebook and Twitter to learn more about our latest specials.
Most photographers know that skill usually matters more than the camera brand, but it’s a different story when it comes to camera lenses. A poor lens can and will affect all of your photos regardless of skill level or camera body, but name-brand products can easily cost twice as much as aftermarket kits. So how do you find the best balance of quality and cost? Read on to find out:
About OEM and Aftermarket Lenses
Even though original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products feature a brand logo and are typically high-quality, most parent companies only design the lens and then outsource the actual production. Aftermarket manufacturers can later take advantage of these initial designs and release them under various aftermarket monikers such as Tamron, Quantaray, or Sigma.
Deconstructing the Cost Differences
The major differences between aftermarket and OEM lenses typically boil down to the quality of individual components used in production. Manufacturers tend to overdesign their products anyways, so an aftermarket part of like fit, cost, and quality will generally perform as well under normal shooting conditions, albeit with a lower life expectancy. And of course, a premium aftermarket manufacturer such as Zeiss will generally perform better than even OEM lenses.
What to Buy
If you’re a frequent photographer and you plan to use a certain lens on a regular basis, then it’s perfectly worthwhile to invest in a quality OEM lens. However, if you’re looking for a specialty lens for rare occasions, then it might be worthwhile to save on an aftermarket lens and put the savings towards a new camera body or another lens. Most manufacturers produce both gems and lemons, so be sure to look up product reviews beforehand.
Whether you’re looking for a camera lenses, bodies, or some accessories to make your life a little easier, we here at Camera Land are here to help. We’ve been providing New York City with a wide selection of camera supplies and hunting optics since 1957. Take a look at our online specials and call (646) 789-4830 for more information.
Stopping by? Yes, it is such an incredible camera that we are sure it will fly off the shelves before we can get more in. Come by and check it out and at the same time check out the new Sony A58 and Nikon Coolpix A. Think of us for the latest in photo technology!
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