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Using a Manual Lens

After the introduction of adapters and the ability to choose between different kinds of lenses, manual lenses are becoming more and more popular. Not only do they help you develop your skills as a photographer, but you can get some unique shots that you can adjust yourself. Tokina offers manual focus lenses that you can use with your DSLR and experiment with fun photography styles.

What Are Manual Lenses For?

There are a number of situations where having a manual lens on your camera can help you with your photography.

  • Capturing candid human moments: When capturing candid moments, autofocus can often focus on the wrong spot. By using a manual focus, you can set the focus based on the distance between where the subject is going to be and your camera.
  • Panning : In order to pan well, you need to use a manual lens to spot focus. From a distance perspective, you can understand where your subject will be, then use the focus dial to sharpen as necessary.
  • Shutter dragging: Similar to panning, you can use the dragging the shutter technique in low-light conditions.
  • Nature shots with bokeh effect: Using manual focus with a wide-open aperture allows you to create maximum bokeh shots of flowers, plants, and trees with your camera.

What Do I Need to Consider Before Choosing?

  • What lens do I want? You will need to go through almost the same process of choosing an autofocus lens with choosing a manual focus lens. Many photographers say that no matter what focal length you would prefer, the faster the better. Since prime lenses are usually sharper than zoom lenses, with a wider aperture and smaller dimensions, they are a popular choice.
  • What adapter do I need? Tokina lenses work with many name brand cameras, and it is possible that you won't need any adapter. However, you should double check through the specifications to see if you will need an adapter so the lens can fit onto your camera.

What Size Lenses Can I Find?

You can find different sizes of lenses with manual focus, so there will be an option to suit your style of photography needs. Some of the options you have are:

  • 28 to 70 mm
  • 35 to 70 mm
  • 100 to 300 mm
  • 16 to 28 mm
  • 90 mm
  • 150 to 500 mm

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