DSLR & SLR Lenses

DSLR Lenses for Professional-Quality Digital Photography

Outfit your digital camera body with DSLR lenses that let you capture a wide range of shots. Whether you're shooting casual vacation shots with a Canon camera or creating portraits using a Nikon DSLR, lenses from Walmart Canada help you turn the image in your mind into professional-looking photographs.

DSLR Lenses for Every Camera

When you're looking for a DSLR lens, you need to choose a model that fits onto your particular camera. Most camera companies have proprietary lens mounts, so you need to find a lens that fits that mount. Third-party lenses are made by companies other than the camera body manufacturer but are designed to fit a particular camera mount, so these can be an economical option for expanding your lens collection. If you really want to use a particular lens that isn't immediately compatible with your camera, lens adapters could help. These slim bands slip between a lens and camera body to let you use an otherwise incompatible lens.

Lens Types for Every Situation

Lenses come in a vast array of sizes, but they can generally be divided into a few main categories. The kind of lens you need depends on the type of photography you want to do. Wide angle lenses offer a wide field of view that makes them ideal for capturing expansive landscapes. Portrait photographers tend to choose telephoto lenses with a single unchangeable focal length. Telephoto zoom lenses have an adjustable focal length that lets you zoom in to get details of a scene or zoom out for a wider shot, so they're often used for travel photography and everyday shooting. Depending on the type of photography you plan to do, you might also need camera accessories, such as a tripod, camera shutter remote control or external flash.

Autofocus and Manual Lenses

Some zoom lenses have autofocus capability built-in, so you can aim at your subject and the lens automatically adjusts to the right focal length. Manual lenses require physical adjustment of the focal ring to get the right focus, but they also let you manually create specific effects such as blurring out part of the background or creating the shimmering circles of light known as bokeh. Many lenses offer the ability to switch between auto and manual focusing, so you can choose manual for precisely controlled shots and turn on the autofocus during casual photography sessions. Whether you're using a manual or autofocus lens, ensure that your lens is clean before taking your first shot, because dust or debris on the lens can make it more difficult to focus on your subject. A lens cleaning kit should be on your list of essential camera gear to keep your lenses operating their best.

Fast and Slow Lenses

When you're taking pictures, lighting makes a big difference in how your shots come out. While external camera flashes and ring lights can add extra light to your scene, sometimes you're dependent on the ambient lighting of an indoor or outdoor setting. You can't always control the lighting in a room, but you can alter how your camera responds to light by changing the lens. Different lenses have different lens speeds, and the speed of a lens determines how well it handles low-light conditions.
The aperature, the number next to the letter f on the lens, indicates how much light gets into the camera and determines lens speed. Lower numbers indicate a faster lens speed, so a camera lens with an aperture of f1.8 captures clear images in a dim room, while a lens with an aperature of f5.6 needs bright light to create a good image. If you plan to do a lot of night photography, a fast lens helps you capture more detail after dark.

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