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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


Please check this nomenclature page:


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...


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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