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Difference between Canon 18-55mm IS II and IS STM? [duplicate]

I am a newbie into the photography world and would like to buy a DSLR. I am currently shooting with my phone and usually take photos with auto mode. While choosing for a camera I have narrowed my ...
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What is the difference between STM and USM in a lens? [duplicate]

What is the difference between STM and USM in a lens? What's the major difference? Is this only for a Canon user, or Nikon, or else DSLR also having same types lenses? What should I choose for day-...
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What do all those cryptic number and letter codes in a lens name mean?

When looking at a lens name, there are a lot acronyms describing its features (often specific to the manufacturer). Examples, Nikon: Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm VR f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Nikon AF-I 600mm f/4D ...
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Why do photo cameras lose focus when you zoom, when movie or TV cameras keep it?

In photo cameras, i.e. (D)SLRs, digital cameras, etc., when you focus on an object and then you zoom (in or out), the object gets out of focus. On the other hand, in movie or TV cameras, the focus is ...
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What is the practical difference between phase-detect and contrast-based autofocus?

What are the main differences in field use between phase detect AF and contrast based AF? I understand the technical differences, but I am not sure what the implications from a photographer ...
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Do I need other camera lenses if I have an 18-200mm or other super-zoom?

I wanted to ask that once you have purchased a lens of say 18-200mm, then is it required to purchase other lenses — say 24-70mm, 24-105mm, 18-105mm, 28-135mm,etc. Does 18-200mm lens satisfy all the ...
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What is Nano USM and how does it compare to an STM or USM lens?

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM has a designation of Nano USM on the lens. What does this mean? What are the advantages of having it vs STM or USM? We have a terminology thread that usually ...
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Are there any good pancake lenses for Canon EOS DSLRs?

I've always liked the thought of having a super-thin ("pancake") lens for my Canon DSLR, for when I just want to take my camera out with as little bulk as possible. I'm not even too concerned about ...
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A digital camera I'm interested in is being discontinued. Is it ok if I still buy it?

I was planning to buy Canon T4i with 18-135 mm EF-S lens, but I came to know today, that this model is being discontinued. Are there any downsides of buying a product, when it is being discontinued? ...
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What is the difference between the Canon 55-250 IS II and 55-250 IS STM lenses?

I am a beginner in DSLR, and would like to purchase another lens other than the kit lens (18-55mm STM) that came with my Rebel T5i/D700. After much googling, and reading of blogs, I have decided to ...
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How to know whether a Tamron lens is compatible with Canon EOS 60D?

I am trying to find a compatible lens for my Canon EOS 60D. A Tamron lens is my preferred option as I used to have one for my old Minolta when I used 35mm film. The motor in my EOS 60D is a USM. I ...
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What are the advantages and disdvantages of the Canon 18-55 IS MKII vs IS STM kit lenses?

I'm trying to figure out the difference between the IS MKII lens and the IS STM lens. Specifically, I am looking at the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. On that Amazon page, there are three options;...
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STM vs Non STM lenses for still photography?

If I am looking for a lens for still photography , then does an STM lens have a benefit over non-STM lenses?
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Does a Canon STM lens autofocus more quickly and accurately on a high-end camera body?

There are incredible reviews on the new Canon STM lenses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho0hOhRSuHk Does autofocus perform better on a 7D body, compared to an entry-level 700D body, for example? ...
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What technical reasons prevent Canon's new hybrid AF working with non-STM lenses?

Canon's new Rebel T4i (a.k.a. EOS 650D) has a new "hybrid AF" mode, which allows continuous AF during video, but only when used with one of the new STM lenses. I've seen chatter on the web forums ...

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