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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 are my photos not crisp?

I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) with the kit lens. I have experimented a lot with different settings and modes, but I feel like I have wasted many good shots that could have looked amazing, if only ...
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Lens upgrade paths (sub $1000) for the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens for Canon APS-C cameras [closed]

This is somewhat a follow-up to my earlier question on the limitations of the kit lens. I have browsed through quite a lot of sites including this one for user opinions & reviews of different ...
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Getting ready to buy an entry-level Canon dSLR — should I skip the kit lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately? My wife and I are amateur photographers and we are upgrading from a Canon 20D. We will be using the camera ...
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Any reason to buy stock lens for Sony Alpha if I already have good Minolta Maxxum lenses?

I am a novice photographer looking to get into DSLR photography. I have an old Maxxum 5 and a couple lenses for it: a 75-300 zoom and a 28-80 zoom. After reading this question, it is clear that ...
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Which Nikon kit lens is best to start with — or should I skip the kit lens?

I'll buy the D3100, now I have to choose the lens. Right now, I have two packs to choose from: D3100 + AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (pack price: 674€) D3100 + AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (pack ...
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Should I buy a Canon 55-250mm lens or 70-300mm for my Rebel T3i? [closed]

Should I buy a Canon 55-250mm lens or 70-300mm for my Rebel T3i? I have the basic 18-55mm lens that came with my camera but I need a next step up that's not too expensive. What are the most common ...
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Am I buying the right lenses as a beginner?

Just bought a Nikon D3300 body. Didn't buy it with the lens that was included, which is the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, because I am thinking of buying the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 for portraits and bokeh, and a ...
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Is it a good idea to buy the Canon 5d mkii body only & buy the lenses separately?

'm a first time buyer of a Canon camera and I'm getting a 5D today. I'm using it for short films and music videos, etc. I have an EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens. So, would it be ...
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Canon 550d Kit Lens or not?

I'm a beginner at photography, I'm looking at buying my first DSLR (currently the Canon 550d looks promising) so I'm wondering if I should buy the camera with the kit lens (EFs 18-55mm IS) or buy just ...
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Which is better for an amateur: Nikon D3100 or D5100? [closed]

Am a amateur photographer with point & shoot camera . Now i would like to buy an SLR camera. I have 2 questions: Should I choose the Nikon D3100 or D5100? Should I buy the kit lens available ...
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What do I need in a lens for studio portrait photography?

I'm going to start in photography and I'm looking to build a home photography studio. I'm planning to get a Canon 60D (wished for a 7D though). I'd like to find out what are the recommended lenses for ...
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Is it worth to buy Canon 650D with 18-55 IS? [duplicate]

Is it worth to buy Canon EOS 650D with 18-55 IS in a kit, or it is better to buy only body and other lens (something more universal 18-135 e.g.)?
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Could skipping the 18-55mm kit lens with Rebel T3i be a foolish move, to replace it with a 50mm f/1.8? [duplicate]

I am planning to buy a canon Rebel T3i, the additional cost for including the 18-55mm kit lens is only around $50. But since I am on a tight budget, I was thinking about getting a 50mm f/1.8 instead, ...
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Is Canon 60D still a decent camera? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 60D, bought it back in 2013. Use it quite a while, but in past two-three years, I lost interest in photography. I will be going on a long trip this summer and would like to take a ...

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