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A Definitive Guide to Master Your Lenses in 15 Minutes

This is a great video for beginners and experienced photographers alike who are looking to get more out of their gear. In this video, Simon d'Entremont gives a definitive explanation of different lenses and how they can work best for you.

If you are new to photography, there can be an overwhelming amount of information out there about what gear to use. For me, one of the most important purchases will always be new lenses. There are many different lenses available out there for all systems and whether you want to shoot wildlife, astrophotography, or portraits, knowing the difference is important.

What is f/2.8 or f/4.0? Primes or zooms? What lens is right for different jobs? Simon d'Entremont has you covered in this very in-depth video, where he explains the difference between types of lenses, how they work, and other bonus tips. This video is very valuable for those new to the photography world, who are picking up their first DSLR or mirrorless camera systems.

For the more experienced photographers or those wishing to move to a new system, it can never hurt to have a refresher and maybe even see information which you might not have seen before.

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Did great making it simple to decide given it like a tornado in the head trying to keep things in line. Another piece of info is some full frame cameras have a function that can be assigned to a button for fast change is the APS-C function and you can then use a APS-C lens on a full frame or if you are doing long range image of birds and want a little extra closeness you can press the button and get digital extra millimeter making it use of more center of the sensor just like a longer lens would have that field of view.
Like a lot of photographers using say a 200-600mm but goto APS-C at 600mm to get 900mm. Yes there are 1.4X and 2X teleconverters but if you have the APS-C button no need for a 1.4X because you get the 1.5X at the press of a button but use the 1.4x and press the button go from 600mm + 840mm (1.4) + 1260mm (APS-C). Going APS-C could also give faster AF using the center of the censor. Different Camera makers have different APS-C cropping magnifiers this example is for Sony. Proof photographers do math in their heads while out and about.
The biggest thing for a beginner is realizing lenses are forever (so to speak) but cameras over time get better so upgrading maybe wanted so if you do your collection of lenses you will want to use with the same maker. So loyalty with a maker maybe just to not sell a collection of lenses. You may like the options of another make/model but will have also goto that makers lenses. Bottom line study a maker cameras and lens options you may get stuck with the loyalty problem, lenses are forever but cameras change.
These lenses are still useable with an adapter, forever lenses. Also using a panorama head you may not need a super wide lens. A panorama. Sony APS-C lens E 10-18mm (15-27mm) but 12-18mm in full frame a double duty small lens with OSS and ultra wide with threads for filters (if wanted) f/4 used for astro landscape in '14 before a 12mm was even thought about, also think of the many usages, lenses get heavy if a lot of them in a backpack.

Hi Edwin,

Absolutely spot on there with those additional tips. I often use APSC mode on my full frame system with the 200-600mm