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David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Using Digital SLR Lenses 1st Edition

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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 for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR 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 has 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 SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.
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Product Details

  • 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tachi1 VINE 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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The publisher must have intended this to be a coffee table book, as it was printed in the landscape mode. It would be easier to read if it was printed in the portrait mode.

The author is quite opinionated (after all it is his book isn't it) negatively when he discusses some lenses that other professional photographers consider to be their go to lenses. I understand, too heavy, and unintended zooming, but those things are a personal opinion that do not affect the photographic quality of the lenses. I know time is an important factor for some who are making a living with their cameras and lenses, so a lens that zooms out unintentionally would require time to unzoom, and heavy would require more effort to carry them around. These may not be factors of a lot of importance to some, as we use the weight for added stability while focussing and since we have to re-zoom for the next photo anyhow, what difference does it make where the lens is zoomed to or from? We also might tend to accept things that are what they are, since we don't know any better. A pro would complain and maybe get what he/she really wanted

All in all, the book is worthwhile, if you want to learn what good lenses are and how they should be used. Many of the D and G lenses are optically superior to earlier lenses, in part because of the ED glass and the aspherical elements used nowadays. Some of those earlier lenses are still fantastic, and are really bargains if you don't mind manually focussing, though several do have the D designation and work very well even with the latest dSLRs.
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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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As with the other Quick Snap Guides The Explanation's of how and why something works or doesn't work is Outstanding easily understood and to the point.
Topics are shown with an outline, Highlights, Photos and written description.
Easy to follow easy to understand and as with David's other Books there is Something for Everyone if You ever wanted to really know Why and How rather than just how to do something this is for You.
I give this 5 stars the reason Most books tell how and that's nice But this teaches why and how. Give a Man a fish He eats today Teach a Man to Fish he can eat forever. a Pie is Nice Teach me Why and How to Bake I eat hot for a lifetime This is what its about
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After checking reviews, reading tables of contents on Amazon's "look inside" feature, checking out library books, perusing used bookstores, and wasting some money on other books, this is the one that has what I was looking for--specifically, information that will help me choose what lenses I may want to purchase to add to what I already own. Helpful info about constant aperture/macro/wide angle lenses as well as extension tubes, filters, and reversing rings.
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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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