In the digital age, it’s easy to get so caught up in cool post-production effects and techniques that you forget about what can be done in-camera with the right lens. If you’re a long-time film shooter, then you’re possibly well-trafficked in the realm of specialized lenses, but if you’re new to digital SLRs, then you may know what is possible to achieve inside your camera, with a simple lens change.

Fast lenses, fisheyes, ultra-wide – there are lots of options for achieving very different photographic effects than what you can achieve with a “conventional” lens. In this article, I take a look at several different options, and explain why you might want them, and what they can do for you. As amazing as an image editor can be, don’t forget that there are some effects that are best achieved the old-fashioned way.

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