Using your lensesFree with Practical Photography
from Practical Photography editor Andrew James
Lenses for landscapes
Lenses for portraits
Lenses for close-ups
Lenses for wildlife
Frequently asked questions
IF I HAD A £1 FOR every timesomeone asked me a question aboutlenses I’d have saved up enoughcash to buy that expensive 300mmf/2.8 telephoto I’ve always hankeredafter. But this isn’t a buying guide, just a simple, down-to-earthexplanation of what lenses are, whatthey do and how you can get thebest out of them. There’s no questionthat lens choice and know-how isone of the most confusing subjects,especially when you’re just startingout in creative SLR photography.Wide-angle, macro, zoom, telephoto,fast, slow... just what does it all meanand how does having a betterunderstanding of it all make you abetter photographer? You’re aboutto ﬁnd out...
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Anatomy of a lens
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Caring for your lens
“This isn’t a buyingguide, just a simple,down-to-earthexplanation of whatlenses are, what theydo & how you can getthe best out of them.”