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NK Guy is a Canadian writer and photographer living in Britain. He specializes in travel photography and event portraiture, is the author of the Photographer's Dictionary and is the creator of PhotoNotes.org, a popular online resource for photographic education. He no longer lives aboard a barge on the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal in London, but wishes he still did because it makes for great book bio copy.

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  • Perfect Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (October 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952970
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writer. Photographer. Canadian.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Jacobson on November 15, 2012
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This book appears to be a coffee table book. Full color photographs, expensive paper, text interspersed with photos on every page, Wide text margins. One might think the publisher was trying to stretch inadequate text and fill the remaining spaces with photos. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This is a serious book about a serious subject, the camera lens. Almost any topic that deals with the lens is covered in this book. Starting with a historical perspective, it then explores the wave action of light, explains in moderate detail the physics of lens, and then goes into a description of why most modern lens are compared to the lens of 35 mm cameras.

Aperture, F stop, lens elements, fast lens, slow lens, metering, mechanisms, the list goes on and on. Lens from different manufacturers are described, an explanation of why the "perfect" lens doesn't exist, matching the lens to the project, choosing the right lens letting your creativity free . . .

And it's not just the completeness of the presentation that beckons, the simple clarity of the text is a model for those who write of technical subjects for the amateur. The book is not likely to interest the professional or serious amateur, they'll already know most of the material. But for the beginner to middle level amateur, there is much here to study.

This is a very impressive book. If you love cameras, if you'd like good advice about choosing lens for your camera, if you'd just like to understand the relationship between aperture and focal length in composing pictures, and more, then this is a worthy addition to your collection. And maybe the coffee table isn't such a bad spot for this book, you'll be able to pick the book up regularly and learn a bit more about the camera eye view of the world.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2013
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this was and excellent book. I thought i was buying a guide to buying lenses, and instead I got an education on lenses. History of optics, overview of light, lens mechanics, and then the info i bought the book for.
Five star book : well written and organized, AWESOME photos, and this will be a reference guide for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KT on January 7, 2013
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The lens is easily the single most complicated piece of equipment in any photographer's arsenal. Yet even some accomplished photographers find it hard to grasp all the intricacies and nuances and camera lens hows and whys. That's where this book comes in. Whether you want to learn, need a refresher, are buying this book for a novice photographer, or just want a handy, thorough reference, pick up The Lens. At Amazon's price it's a steal.

And even if you do know everything there is to know about lenses and optics, the photography in this book is awesome.

Can't recommend it highly enough.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Foti Massimo on November 20, 2012
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I am an amateur photographer, with a strong inclination for technology (due also to my real-life job as a computer programmer). As such I tend to spend a lot of time investigating photo gear, especially lens. I had a pleasant experience reading the book even if, looking back, I have to admit I hardly learned anything new (apart maybe for the chapter on MTF). But I honestly wish I've read this book a few years ago.
In other words, there is nothing here you can't learn spending a significant amount of time on the web. Yet the book provides a very useful and well balanced amount info inside a nice package. I think it would be worth reading for a wide range of photographers, not only beginners, but also seasoned veterans that often don't spend too much time investigating lens (because, unlike me, who spend too much time on gear, they are busy taking great pictures).
Bottom line, the book can help you save an outrageous amount of time and even some significant amount of money. Since lens aren't cheap and a bad choice can badly affect your wallet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By unclemikey on July 31, 2013
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Either very knowledgeable or very well researched Mr. Guy offers one of the best tutorial books I've seen since college. Although most photographers aren't engineers it is important to know what goes into making a quality piece of equipment. One needs to know why one is plunking down a house mortgage payment for a particular lens and how it will play a roll in your particular style of photography. His chapters on the history of lens making alone are worth the price of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. King on July 17, 2013
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Dispels much of the technical jumbo jumbo associated with lenses by explaining the technical concepts very clearly. It's a very worthwhile purchase.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy House on December 30, 2013
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I wasn't sure what I was really getting when I obtained this book. But I'm sure glad that I did get it. I felt like I knew quite a bit of things and photography in general, but not all that much about lenses. This book completes the picture for me. I feel way better versed in this area now for sure.

Even though it's a technial topic, I found this book to be very easy to read. It is well written with lots of drawings and pictures to supplement the text. Lots of interesting history of lenses here too. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AOPC on August 19, 2013
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Good technical details written in a way that is understandable to everyone. While it won't tell you exactly what lens you should buy (no one can tell you exactly what you need), if you are an absolute newbie this will help you narrow down the choices and help you make the right choice. A very well written and illustrated book that should be in every camera club's library.

J.S.
President
Arkansas Outdoor Photographers Club
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