If you are a photographer looking to buy digital cameras, you may already be overwhelmed by the plethora of lens types out there. What most people don't know is that there are different lenses that cater to different photographer styles. This means that one lens is not better than the other, but that it simple enhances a certain style of taking pictures. You may already know what kind of style you like to take pictures, and if not that OK because we have put together a quick and easy guide to digital camera lenses.
Folding optical lenses are the type of lenses that fold back into the digital camera's structure. These lenses are great to keep things very compact but don't let you use converters that go on top of the lense to get a different look and feel to the picture.
Fixed Zoom Lenses don't retract, but they can magnify something by up to 18 times its original size. Business photographers use these types of lenses often. This type of lens is great for a serious amateur photographer.
Fixed Focal Lenses do not have an optical zoom feature, but they usually have a digital zoom feature. The best part about these lenses is they have easy settings and are great for taking wide angle shots as well as pictures of landscapes.
Retractable Zoom lenses are what you find in most of today's newer compact cameras. They retract into the cameras frame so that you can't damage the lens if you were to pack your camera around for travel. The settings and switches on this type of lens are very limited as well.
Interchangeable lenses are the grand daddy of them all. Any serious photographer will use these type of lenses as they save you money because you can buy different lenses and not different cameras to get a desired effect.