Camera Lens Accessories
Different lenses and lens accessories provide you creativity and practicality when shooting. Accessories and add-ons can help you shoot close-ups, use various effects, switch out lenses, and much more. Take advantage of these options to customize your photo shoots.
Selecting Lens Filters
Lens filters protect your camera, correct or enhance colors, optimize exposure, and can create a range of exciting effects. Drop in-filters are ideal for use with telephoto lenses because of their larger front elements. Simply insert the drop-in filter into a specialized compartment at the rear of the camera lens and you're ready to shoot. Drop-in filters include circular polarizer filters and ND filters.
Polarizing filters function in the same way as sunglasses. They saturate images, add depth, and reduce reflections and glare, making them ideal for shooting outdoor landscapes, skies, and bodies of water.
Otherwise known as natural density filters, ND filters reduce the amount of light that passes through the lens while maintaining the natural colors of the image. These features make ND filters an excellent choice when shooting with harsh sunlight or overpowering discharges from your camera flash.
Lens adapters allow you to attach different lenses to your camera even if your camera isn't explicitly designed to work with them. They eliminate the need for an entirely new camera, and allow you to take many different lenses on a shoot.
Types of Add-On Lenses
Add-on lenses include super macro lenses, fisheye lenses, wide-angle lenses, and more.
Super Macro Lens
A super macro lens helps you capture extremely close-up images of insects, flowers, and even your own fingerprints. This kind of lens allows you to take high-quality, high-resolution images of these tiny objects and subjects. Most macro lenses have a ratio of 2:1, which means they can reproduce images at double their life size or "standard size."
Fisheye lenses create an interesting visual effect where the image at the edge of the frame stretches outward in a curved manner. Fisheye lenses are useful if you want to get as much of the surrounding landscape as possible.
If you want to capture a wide landscape without the added effects of a fisheye lens, then choose a wide-angle lens. Wide-angle lenses offer superior depth of field as well.