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Covey22

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Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter Member
Fri 08-May-09 05:24 PM

Gerry,

Please check this nomenclature page:

https://www.nikonians.org/nikon/slr-lens.html#type

It does a good job of explaining the various terms like AFS D ED IF DX etc.

As for zoom ranges, it simply means what type of view can you expect to see using the lens. For example 18-200 expresses a wide range of views - 18mm is considered wide-angle while 200mm is very telephoto (so you can reach out and see distant objects closely). The best way to understand this is to view it. I found this simulator on Tamron's website that visualizes the differences very well. Use the slider to see the differences in perspective from wide all the way to 500mm...

http://www.tamron.com/lenses/learning_center/tools/focal-length-comparison.php

Use the Red and Black arrows to set the beginning 18 and end 200 and you will see exactly what you can and cannot take in a given photograph. You can even change the photo to see how it works with different subjects. Very useful.

A general, generic topic Newbie here [View all] , gerjam , Thu 07-May-09 01:55 PM
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