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A Beginner’s Guide To PENTAX Camera Lenses

An abundance of photography equipment, digital settings and advanced features makes even the most experienced photographer sigh and wonder whatever happened to breezy aim-and-shoot photography occasionally. It’s no wonder then that when newcomers to the industry are faced with our huge range of lenses for cameras, they’re often unsure which one will best suit their needs.

If you feel confused about which camera lens to go for, read this basic guide and take a look at our complete range of PENTAX lenses here.

What Camera Lens Do I Need?

You don’t need every type of camera lens, but every photographer will have their favourite ones depending on the perspective of your shot and your creative intention. In this lens guide we’ll take a look a look at different types of lenses and their strengths, so you can select the right tool for your photography project!

  1. Wide-angle

A wide-angle lens is one that simply fits more in – the perspective will be wider, which will allow more of the scene to be included. As a result, you’ll get a more complete view of your subject – whether this is a landscape, panorama, or a building. Lenses with a focal length under 35mm are considered to be wide-angle. A great example is the impressive PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited wide-angle lens, available in our great-value selection!

  1. Ultra wide-angle

These have even shorter focal lengths at less than 20mm, and allow for an even more expanded view. They’re perfect for landscapes, making the viewer feel almost as if they’re stood right behind the photographer (you) taking the shot on-scene. They’re also often used for taking commercial shots of interior rooms, to let the viewer see more in one single image.

  1. Fish-eye

Fish-eye lenses are a type of ultra wide-angle lens, however they distort an image significantly. This makes them brilliant for people who want to have a bit of fun with their photographs and create visually interesting, artistic compositions.

  1. Normal

Normal lenses are a standard, versatile lens, and are named as such because their field of view and images they render are similar to that of the human eye. It’s a great first lens, as with a focal length between 35-50mm, you’re sure to get a decent shot, no matter your subject!

  1. Telephoto

Professional photographers use telephoto lenses for capturing subjects from a distance. Unlike a wide-angle lens, they see a narrower, more magnified version of a scene – this is down to their much longer focal length. Generally, any lens longer than 50mm is considered to be a telephoto lens, however, there are different types of telephoto lens, such as short telephoto lenses (which make portrait photography easy) and medium telephoto lenses, which have a focal length between 100-300mm, and are perfect for shooting sports, wildlife and action!

  • Macro

Last but not least, the macro lens! These are ideal for extreme close-up photography. Whether your subject is a flower, still life or an insect, you’ll be able to achieve creative, magnified images, without losing lots of detail or a sharp focus.

Discover PENTAX Lenses At SRS

We’ve a great range of PENTAX lenses for all kinds of photography, and with over 30 years in the industry and free UK delivery on all orders over £100, you know can count on SRS to provide an exceptional service!

If you would like to find out more, get in touch with our expert team! Call 01923 226602 today, or email

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