Irish Christmas Gift Ideas: Must have lenses

Looking for inspiration for this year’s Christmas shopping? We’ve made this blog to try help with some suggestions of what to get your loved ones this holiday season.

Whether you are buying for a budding photographer, or an already experienced photographer, then we have something for you here at the Galway Camera Shop.

We are the only family run specialist photographic store in the west of Ireland. Operating since the late 70’s we are conveniently located on 1 William St, Galway, and have had our new online store recently launched.

Our second blog of the festive season concentrates on Lens suggestions for Christmas 2023.

This blog is aimed at people that have a dslr or mirrorless dslr camera and wish to add to their kit. We are picking a handful of some of the typical lenses you would find it a hobbyist photographers camera bag.

  1. The nifty fifty:

These are what are an example of a prime lens, which means it has no zoom. The nigfty  50mm lens will typically come in either a 1.8 aperture or 1.4 aperture. The 1.4 aperture lens will be a bit more expensive and offers a shallower depth of field.

The 50mm prime lens is ideal for portrait photography. The lower aperture number give shallower depth of field which will blur the background making your subjects really “pop”.

Here are some suggestions of 50mm lenses:

The Canon EF  50mm 1.8 lens


The Canon RF 50mm 1.8 lens (for Canon Mirrorless R range cameras)


The Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens


  1. Landscape Lenses

These are lenses that have a wider field of view. They are ideal for beach photography where you want to capture a big sky, or for days out in the Burren or Connemara and you want to try get as much of the scenery in as possible. They are also a useful lens for interior or architechtural photography.

Here are some suggestions for landscape lenses:


The Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens


The Canon RF 16mm lens


The Nikkor 10-20mm lens


  1. Zoom Telephoto lenses

There are a wide variety of zoom telephoto lenses on the market ranging in price depending on budget. Zoom lenses are very useful for capturing wildlife photos, or sports photos from your local soccer, gaa, rugby club etc..These lenses are great for candid portraits. For example at a wedding you could take a photo of a group in conversation and the portrait would have a very natural feel to it.


Some affordable Zoom telephoto lenses beginners should have would include:

The Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens (For Canon EF mount)


The Canon RF-S 55-210mm lens (For Canon Mirrorless R Mount)

The Nikkor Z DX 55-250mmm lens (For Nikon Mirrorless Z mount)


We hope this blog has been of some help. If you have any further queries then feel free to contact us on our websites contact page or call into us in Galway. If you would like to do some further reading check out our “Introduction to digital photography” blog on our website.

Have a merry Christmas from the Galway camera shop.

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