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    jusejuse TPF Noob!

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    I'm really new into all this digital SLR talk :p
    But hmm... I was wondering what's the difference between a standard zoom lens and wide angle lens?
    Well I understand that a wide angle lens speaks for itself.
    What I really want is if anybody can show me pictures of how different pictures look using both lenses? Anybody care to share some examples?
     
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    If you really wanna feel the difference go to a camera store (or even best buy) and try out some display models. The lens will be labeled and you can see what each mm looks like,
     
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    You have to be careful of the catch words that are used to sell lenses. A lot of the time, words like 'Macro' and 'wide angle' are used, when they are not entirely accurate.

    You need to go by the numbers. A lens's filed of view is a result of it's focal length, and the camera that you are using will also have an affect.

    So if you are thinking of a camera like a Canon EOS Rebel (XT, XTi, XSi) or a Nikon D40 or D60....then a focal length of about 18mm will be wide (but not really wide). The 'normal' range on these cameras is about 18mm to 50mm. You might find a lens that is 35mm or 24mm and called 'wide angle'...which might have been true on a film camera...but not on these cameras.

    As mentioned, go into a store and play with the cameras and look at the focal length markings on the lenses.
     

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