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How to Choose the Right Lenses for Your Digital Camera

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The lens you choose (or that comes built into the camera you buy) plays a more integral role in the look, feel, and quality of your images than the actual camera body itself does. Khara Plicanic, author of Getting Started in Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, gives a basic tutorial on lenses and then explains how to pick the best lenses for your camera and style.
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The Lowdown on Lenses

Telephoto or wide? Zoom or prime? What about macro? What does it all mean, and who really cares?

For a lot of people, making the decision about what camera to buy is tough enough, but choosing a lens to go with it? Sheesh. Because they’re treading in unfamiliar territory, people often find themselves at the mercy of whichever salesperson is around, possibly leaving the store with little to no understanding of what they just bought, how to use it, or if it’s really what they were looking for. As it turns out, the lens you choose (or that comes built into the camera you buy) plays a more integral role in the look, feel, and quality of your images than the actual camera body itself does. It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s true—and learning what to look for in a lens (and what all those numbers on it mean) will serve you well. That way, you’ll understand what it is that you already have, and you can dream about what you might want to get the next time you’re in a camera store.

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