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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (December 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598634550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598634556
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduction CHAPTER 1: A WORLD OF LENSES How a lens works What "normal" lenses do What telephoto lenses do What wide-angle lenses do Zooming with multi-focal-length lenses Prime lenses How F/stops work Variable and Constant f/stops Sharpness, Resolution and Acutance The Need for Speed The Ubiquitous Crop Factor CHAPTER 2: TYPICAL LENS CONTROLS AND FEATURES Focus rings Focus limiters Depth-of-field scales Hyperfocal indicators Zoom controls Filter threads and why you need them Do filters "protect" your lens? Lens hoods and why you must use them Vibration Reduction/Image Stabilization controls CHAPTER 3: FILTERS AND LENS ATTACHMENTS Using Polarizing Filters Using Neutral Density Filters Working with Color Correction Filters Special Effects filters Split Density Filters Close-Up Filters Fish-eye Attachments CHAPTER 4: RAISING THE BAR ON QUALITY Your lens' best aperture Depth-of-field tradeoffs Diffraction Testing your lens for sharpness Shutter speed and lens sharpness Testing for motion blur Tripods and monopods to optimize lens sharpness Optimizing your lens' focus Focus modes Autofocus assist Mirror lockup Backfocus/front focus CHAPTER 5: USING TELEPHOTO LENSES Long lenses vs. true telephotos What's magnification? Importance of telephoto aperture range Autofocus glitches Using selective focus Avoiding telephoto distortion Pincushion distortion Compressing distances Zoom or prime? What's bokeh? CHAPTER 6: USING WIDE ANGLE LENSES Telephotos vs. wide angles How wide angles work Choosing a wide angle Chromatic aberration Barrel distortion Perspective distortion Making size distortion work for you Emphasizing the foreground Wide angles and flash Wide angle depth-of-field Wide angles and polarizers Avoid vignetting Zoom or prime? CHAPTER 7: ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM Pros and cons of zooms Typical zoom ranges Using wide angle zooms Using long telephoto zooms Superzooms Varifocal vs. true zoom CHAPTER 8: MACRO LENSES AND PRIME LENSES Magnification vs. focal length Choosing a prime lens Perspective considerations Depth-of-field up close Specialized macro lenses vs. general purpose lenses Close-Up Attachments Using extension tubes Using a bellows Using a reversing ring Mini-Glossary Index

About the Author

With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks Nikon and Nikon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital Photography, Second Edition, and Digital Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's All Tech Considered. When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.

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With nearly 1.5 million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Compact Field Guides, David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography, and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides.

Most of his hugely successful books for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. His advice has been featured on NPR's "All Tech Considered."

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he has illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photographs and articles have been published in magazines as diverse as PhotoGraphic, Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed digital cameras for CNet Networks and Computer Shopper.

As a writer, photographer, and contributing editor for ten magazines, he has more than 130 books and 2500 articles to his credit. A PR consultant for Eastman Kodak Company's photography divisions for nearly 20 years, Busch has published photography articles under his by-line in Popular Photography & Imaging, PhotoGraphic, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer and other photo magazines. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

The graduate of Kent State University operated his own photo studio and was a principal in CCS/PR, Inc., one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles. In addition to Kodak, CCS photography clients included Hewlett-Packard. He sold his interest in CCS in 1992 to become a full-time author, photographer, and reporter.

Since then, Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors in the United States. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Amazon.com Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of About.com named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. Several of his digital imaging books have sold in excess of 50,000 copies.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show in 2005, was the keynote speaker at the Dayton Computerfest, and has been a call-in guest for 22 different radio shows nationally and in major markets, including WTOP-AM (Washington), KYW-AM (Philadelphia), USA Network (Daybreak USA), WPHM-AM (Detroit), KMJE-FM (Sacramento), CJAD-AM (Montreal), WBIX-AM (Boston), ABC Radio Network (Jonathan & Mary Show).

His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. his web site is http://www.dbusch.com.

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Excellent book for beginners.
Dennis J. Marko
Almost everything written by David Busch is outstanding and this book is no exception, the book is very informative a would easyly recommend.
Gabriel C. Ruiz
Well written and easy to understand.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By tachi1 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2010
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This is my first "Quick Snap Guide" and I have found it extremely well-organized and informative. It goes into just enough depth, not technical, but thorough and well-explained both in the text and in the many well-captioned photographs and illustrations. Not only does it describe each type of lens (its function, design, strength, and limitations) but it goes into detail about how the size and type of lens is a factor--but only one factor--for the qualities you might want in your photographs. So, for example, depending on the depth of field you want, you choose a certain type and size of lens, and then a certain aperture and shutter speed combination. The relationship between your choice of f stop, your ISO, your shutter speed, and available light are all as important as your choice of lens. So, with relatively few lenses you can cover just about any effect and any type of photograph.

It should be noted that this book is aimed at owners on non-pro digital slr's (in other words, owners of cameras which don't have a full 35mm sensor) since, in his recommendations and guidelines for the lenses are already based on a multiplier of 1.5 or 1.6. This takes some adapting for those of us used to taking a lens labeled 50mm and automatically thinking of it as a 75mm lens, or that if we want 50mm we have to buy a lens marked 35mm. There is no need to do that, it is already factored in, which threw me at first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on December 26, 2008
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This is exactly what I have been looking for. I am not new to photography, but I have been away from it for a long time. I needed a refresher course on a few things and this was it. It did not go in to long drawn out descriptions, but had just the right amount of information.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Child on September 24, 2008
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Excellent book. Well written and easy to understand. Being a beginner in the area of digital SLR's, this book gave me the information I need to understand the different types of lenses and what to look for when I buy new ones. The information in this book makes it easy to determine which lens to use for which purpose. My photography has improved greatly after reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel C. Ruiz on December 8, 2011
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Almost everything written by David Busch is outstanding and this book is no exception, the book is very informative a would easyly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Turney on June 24, 2011
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A good basic guide to using lenses a must for any novice photographer. Well explained in a simple to understand manner. Busch is a good author on photography and is well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on December 18, 2010
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I really love this book. I have learned more in 2 days of reading this than I have in the past 2 semesters in Photography class. This book, simply and easily explains lens, controls and features, filters and attachments, image quality, and the different types of lens like telephoto, wide-angle and macro. He explains what the lenses can do, how to choose, when to use which lens, etc. I am highly satisfied.

My only complaint is that a link in the book for [...]is incorrect. I cannot fin the chart.gif on the website he refers me to in the book. I have looked on his website also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis J. Marko on October 18, 2010
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I just finished reading this great book on lenses. I feel it taught me what to look for when buying lenses and how to get the most for my money. Excellent book for beginners. I have several of Mr. David Busch's book and find them all extremely useful for learning about digital photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Munson-siter on March 10, 2012
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I love this author's various 'how to' books on cameras, lenses, photography. Unlike most user's manuals included with your new cameras, lenses, and so on, he explains things so it is easier to understand. Being able to buy them as eBooks makes it much easier to take them along on not only photography field trips, but also when deciding what new lens I want to buy next to get the kind of photos I am going to be taking.
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