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I’ve talked about lenses so much but -can you believe it- I’ve never actually done a post about focal length. Focal length is those main numbers you see on your lens. Like: 50mm or 24-105mm or (in my current dreams lens) 70-200mm. You may already know the basics of these numbers and that 50mm is…

This is a question I get often: “should I invest the money I’ve saved into a camera or a lens?” I think the answer is simple. Most dSLRS operate with (nearly) the same sensor, unless we’re talking the jump from crop frame to full frame sensor. Camera upgrades are merely bells & whistles. The lens…

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This post was originally written in 2011. It’s now 2013 and this post has been updated to reflect more (and more and more) glass purchases. Hi, I’m Elizabeth and I’m addicted to glass. In the past 5 years, I’ve owned 14 lenses to the tune of $10,250. 80% of the questions I get in my…

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I had an email from a reader asking why there are different size prime lenses. “Can’t I just walk further back if I want to get more in the picture?” she asked. And you know, I used to wonder the exact same thing. But I’ve bought, tried and sold so many different prime lenses that…

Q. “I know it’s all about the photographer and not the camera and that I shouldn’t get camera envy as much as I do, but what about lens envy? Should I upgrade the lens first or the camera first?” First, my tangent // Yes. It is ALL about the photographer, not the camera. We face…

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After posting the longest post ever to explain all the numbers and letters in lens names, I got loads of questions asking about those other little numbers on the end of your lens. So take a look at this lens. The brand has been photoshopped out, but it’s a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM….

It can be pretty daunting to browse lenses online. Let  alone try to choose one! All those letters and numbers can just look like a huge, confusing jumble of techno babble. So here’s some info I figured out in these past couple years. Now, when I look at lenses, I know exactly what they’re talking…

I’ve been thinking about lenses today. And it’s so hard to choose sometimes, isn’t it? I was advised once by a ‘real’ photographer (for clearly, I didn’t have a clue at the time) to try prime lenses. Ones that didn’t zoom in and out. “But how will I get closer?!?” I asked, frantically wiping the…