Lenses for Dummies?

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  1. Bakko

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    Is there a website and/or book that teaches you the basics of lenses?
    you guys use all these lens terms and give out lens suggestions and i dont know what they mean ahah =(

    so, where is a good place to start learning about lens technology?
     
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    Whenever I found that my current lense wasent doing what i'd like it to do, I would do the reasearch for what lense I would need to do it. so as others have said, I turned to google.
     
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    smart ass:lol: (i was gonna say the same thing lol)
     
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    Why do people do the Google snark? Is it not possible that the OP ALREADY Googled his question, but lacking a fundamental understanding of what they are asking about, wasn't able to form a solid enough query or interpret the results they got?

    OP an example of something you find confusing would help in being able to form a recommendation - as much of the acronyms and nomenclature associated with lenses is absolutely irrelevant to real world shooting.
     
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    just a little friendly cynicism.
    offending the OP was not the intention im sure.
     
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    No I'm sure it wasn't, and this isn't a denouncement of Bitter - but just an observation in general, because I do see some of these comments that ARE meant that way; and in this case the OP may not recognize that its not meant in that regards.
     
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    fair enough.
    and you;re right...sarcasm is tough to read in text form.
     
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    I have a really snarky reply to that, but will refrain.


    Feel free to call me out on my behaviour. It's fair. This nails one of my peeves that I have seen so frequently. Part of learning is doing research. The OP didn't give enough info to even be helpful. Through my snark, I was helpful though. A good way to learn, even on this forum, everytime you come across something you don't know, or understand, google it. I grew up with parents who, when I asked a question, told me to look it up. The they would ask me what I learned. This was before the internet.

    Google also has search suggestions as you type, so typing the subject "camera lenses" yielded "camera lenses explained".

    I will refrain from posting snarky google replies, or using www.letmegooglethatforyou.com again.
     
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