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    Canon lenses: what you need to know

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 28/04/2012 07:00am
    Canon Lenses: main

    The most important piece of kit in your camera bag isn’t your Canon DSLR; it’s the glass you put in front of it. This might be a cliche, but it’s true. A high-calibre lens attached to a beginner-level camera will always produce better quality images than a top-end pro body fitted with a cheap kit lens.

    That said, there’s an incredible amount of creative potential in the versatile 18-55mm kit lens that came with your EOS camera, and the chances are you may not be fully exploiting it. This guide will give you all the confidence you need to start doing just that. We’ll explain how you can get the best from the lens you own, whether that’s a standard zoom, a wide-angle, telephoto zoom or specialised macro lens for close-ups.

    We’ll show you how different focal lengths can transform your photographic results, and explain how best to deal with optical problems you might face in the field. Get ready to see things more clearly…

    DO or Di? Your lens markings explained

    | Photography Tips | 02/04/2012 13:58pm
    DO or Di? All your lens markings explained

    Does your lens has more letters after its name than a retired rocket scientist. What do all these lens markings mean? You can refer to a lens simply by the name of the manufacturer, the focal length, and its maximum aperture – a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6, say, or Canon 50mm f/1.4. But as lenses have often evolved from decades of development, they usually have a line of additional letters after their names, stamped on the barrel or printed on the boxes.

    Some lens markings are about manufacturer branding – defining a more recent range, or a lens that’s built to higher standards than another. Others are to do with the optics themselves, and to highlight specific technologies used in the lens construction. In the jargon-busting guide below, we’ll translate these lens markings for you.

    New Tamron lens for Sony E mount

    | News | 08/12/2011 15:18pm
    New superzoom lens for Sony E-mount cameras

    New Tamron lens for Sony E mount announced: the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC

    Choosing a lens

    | Photography for Beginners | 08/12/2011 11:03am
    Choosing a lens

    One of the main reasons for getting an SLR is the ability to change lenses. Here are the main points to consider when buying a new lens for your camera

    6 common camera lens problems – and how to fix them

    | Photography for Beginners | 13/05/2011 11:35am

    Some of the most common digital camera lens problems can be solved with a bit of know-how. Here’s a list of the best lens fixes, from chromatic aberration to vignetting

    Lens Review: Nikon 55-200mm F/4-5.6G AF-S VR DX IF-ED

    | Reviews | 22/01/2010 14:31pm

    Also, like the Canon, this Nikon lens lacks a focus distance scale. On this lens the manual focus ring looks almost like an afterthought tacked on to the front end of the lens.