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    Default Types of Lens

    http://www.canon.com.sg/digitalcamera/lenses_specs.html

    With reference to this... Can anyone please enlighten me on the various type of lenses ?

    What does this really mean ? EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

    What's the difference between telephoto, standard and zoom lenses ?

    So big a price difference between 3rd party and Canon lenses ? What is the rationale ?

    Hmm.. thats all for now .. Thanks in advance for those who are willing to enlighten this noob here

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    I think you need to attend a basic photography course.. Or read up more.. It will take longer than just a msg here to explain everything to you..

    Quote Originally Posted by estronutz
    http://www.canon.com.sg/digitalcamera/lenses_specs.html

    With reference to this... Can anyone please enlighten me on the various type of lenses ?

    What does this really mean ? EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

    What's the difference between telephoto, standard and zoom lenses ?

    So big a price difference between 3rd party and Canon lenses ? What is the rationale ?

    Hmm.. thats all for now .. Thanks in advance for those who are willing to enlighten this noob here

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    hmm u have any websites that have info on this ? one more question for those who care to explain :x What are fast lens ?

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    I not canon user, not that sure.

    but i know IS means Image stablizier.

    i not that sure about the diff between telephoto and zoom. quoting from a book i read " a lens can only be regarded as a telephoto if its back focal length ( the distance sensor or film plate and the rear element ) is shorter then its actual focal length."

    for a zoom lens : " designed so that a group of its elements can be moved to change it effective focal length and retain focus at the same time is known as a zoom lens"

    i not sure about wats standard lens. but if its prime lens that u are talking about, then its lenses that cannot zoom! fixed focal lens....

    read more, there are tons of websites out there. most of wat i read are mostly nikon stuff, so if u are using canon sys, might not be that useful.

    Also go get a book! I borrowed the new nikon compendium from NLB and learnt alot!

    happy shooting!
    D70s-er Since 2005

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    haa haa, jus saw ur lastest post.

    IMO and IMK ( in my knowledge) a fast lens is one that has a large fstop number like f1.4

    as u know the as the number decrease, means the bigger the ratio for the aperture.

    like i think a nikkor 50mm f1.4 is faster than a 50mm f1.8.

    CS- Shens, correct me if i am wrong thanks!
    D70s-er Since 2005

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    I read this book PHOTOGRAPHY by Barbara London and John Upton and here's an abstract:

    Photographers commonly call any long lens a telephoto, or tele, alothough not all long lens are actually of telephoto design. A ture telephoto has an effective focal length that is greater than the distance from lens to film plane. A tele-extender or teleconverter contains an optical element that increases the effective focal length that is greater than the distance from lens to film plane. A tele-extender or teleconcerter contains an optical element that increases the effective focal length of a lens. It attaches between the lens and the camera body.

    Don't really understand 100 % but I think it trying to say that long lens(zoom lens) are not exactly lens of the telephoto design. If I'm not wrong, telephoto lens are oftem more expensive too.

    Please correct me if there is any mistake in my understanding of the above paragraph.

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    With reference to this... Can anyone please enlighten me on the various type of lenses ?

    Generally Ultra-Wide, Wide, Zoom and Telephoto..

    What does this really mean ? EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

    400mm Fixed Lens, DO (Diffractive Optics) elements (smaller size), IS (Image Stabilizer), USM (Ultra Sonic Motor, faster and quieter focussing)

    What's the difference between telephoto, standard and zoom lenses ?

    Telephoto (> 200mm, for taking objects that are far away or when you need the perspective), Standard (50mm), Zoom (Has a zoom range, ie. 24mm ~ 70mm, 17mm ~ 85mm..)

    So big a price difference between 3rd party and Canon lenses ? What is the rationale ?

    3rd party and Canon

    Hmm.. thats all for now .. Thanks in advance for those who are willing to enlighten this noob here [/QUOTE]

    Fast lens.. Less light loss through lens optics, thereby able to take shots in lower lighting..


    I doubt you can understand much of what I'm saying though.. And I would still recommend a Basic Photography course to you..
    Last edited by jeryltan; 23rd May 2006 at 11:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estronutz
    http://www.canon.com.sg/digitalcamera/lenses_specs.html

    With reference to this... Can anyone please enlighten me on the various type of lenses ?

    What does this really mean ? EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

    What's the difference between telephoto, standard and zoom lenses ?

    So big a price difference between 3rd party and Canon lenses ? What is the rationale ?

    Hmm.. thats all for now .. Thanks in advance for those who are willing to enlighten this noob here
    as others have said.. thers lots of info on the net can read up..

    check out
    http://www.the-digital-picture.com

    as for difference in cost.. well, theres many reasons.. one is branding. other one is technology. also , build quality.. e.g there are 3rd party lenses can have same optical quality as a canon L lens. but they arent weather sealed etc. also, as far as i know, none of the 3rd party lenses has IS (image stabilising)

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    I'm not a Canon user too, but will try to answer some of your qns as simple and easy to understand as possible. The rest of the answers you might want to do a search online.

    Telephoto - lens which bring a very far object look closer.
    Standard - normally refer to a 50mm lens, which is almost equivalent to the view through your eyes.
    Zoom lens refer to a lens with variable focal length. E.g 18-55mm.
    Prime lens are fixed focal length. E.g 50mm f1.8

    Canon lens are more expensive, coz most of their lens are better built and with better optical
    quality than 3rd party,
    especially the L lens(professional grade).

    Hope this information will help u start off learning.
    Don't care so much about all these terms.
    Bring your camera out and shoot more and join outings.
    You will learn all these terms along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estronutz
    http://www.canon.com.sg/digitalcamera/lenses_specs.html

    With reference to this... Can anyone please enlighten me on the various type of lenses ?

    What does this really mean ? EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

    What's the difference between telephoto, standard and zoom lenses ?

    So big a price difference between 3rd party and Canon lenses ? What is the rationale ?

    Hmm.. thats all for now .. Thanks in advance for those who are willing to enlighten this noob here

    There are lots of information on each Manufacturer's (Canon, Nikon, Tokina, Tamron, Sigma etc.) website about their lenses, technology, abbreviations used and lens basic definitions/basics.

    Each manufacturer has their own set of abbreviations even though many of the technologies used are largely similar. Go to their websites to learn more.

    For Canon, http://www.usa.canon.com/html/eflens...101/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by estronutz
    hmm u have any websites that have info on this ? one more question for those who care to explain :x What are fast lens ?
    fast lenses have wide apertures. smaller the aperture number, say, f1, the faster the lens, a set of lenses at f1 is faster than one at f4 (and more expensive)

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    Quote Originally Posted by estronutz
    http://www.canon.com.sg/digitalcamera/lenses_specs.html

    With reference to this... Can anyone please enlighten me on the various type of lenses ?

    What does this really mean ? EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

    What's the difference between telephoto, standard and zoom lenses ?

    So big a price difference between 3rd party and Canon lenses ? What is the rationale ?

    Hmm.. thats all for now .. Thanks in advance for those who are willing to enlighten this noob here
    EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

    EF series, max aperture f/4 with image stabilizer, powered by ultrasonic motor (silent)

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    missed out DO - diffractive optics.

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    IMK, since this is left out, 'F' actually stands for fraction. The number that follows the 'f' represents the relationship of the effective focal length of the lens to its aperture. For example, F4 really means 1/4 i.e. the diameter of the aperture at f4 will be a quarter of the effective focal length of the lens. In the 35mm format, a standard 50mm lens set to f4 would have an aperture diameter of 12.5mm (50mm X 1/4).

    Therfore, the smaller f value will actually means the lens' diameter would have to be bigger and therefore more material and more difficult to produce = higher cost. Using the example above, a 50mm f4 lens will slightly bigger that dia 13mm whereas a 50mm f1.4 would be at least 60mm diameter.

    400mm f 5.6 = 72mm dia
    400mm f4 = 100mm dia


    OEM brand, Canon or Nikon's lens will cost more that 3rd party because they are of "better quality" and 3rd party will need to lower their price to compete with the big brands. If the are the same price, there will not be any 3rd party lenses in the market. everyone will buy original lenses and will save us the headache of choosing which brand to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch
    IMK, since this is left out, 'F' actually stands for fraction. The number that follows the 'f' represents the relationship of the effective focal length of the lens to its aperture. For example, F4 really means 1/4 i.e. the diameter of the aperture at f4 will be a quarter of the effective focal length of the lens. In the 35mm format, a standard 50mm lens set to f4 would have an aperture diameter of 12.5mm (50mm X 1/4).

    Therfore, the smaller f value will actually means the lens' diameter would have to be bigger and therefore more material and more difficult to produce = higher cost. Using the example above, a 50mm f4 lens will slightly bigger that dia 13mm whereas a 50mm f1.4 would be at least 60mm diameter.

    400mm f 5.6 = 72mm dia
    400mm f4 = 100mm dia


    OEM brand, Canon or Nikon's lens will cost more that 3rd party because they are of "better quality" and 3rd party will need to lower their price to compete with the big brands. If the are the same price, there will not be any 3rd party lenses in the market. everyone will buy original lenses and will save us the headache of choosing which brand to buy.
    wow.. learnt something new from you.. thanks bro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch
    IMK, since this is left out, 'F' actually stands for fraction. The number that follows the 'f' represents the relationship of the effective focal length of the lens to its aperture. For example, F4 really means 1/4 i.e. the diameter of the aperture at f4 will be a quarter of the effective focal length of the lens. In the 35mm format, a standard 50mm lens set to f4 would have an aperture diameter of 12.5mm (50mm X 1/4).

    is it F = fraction? I always thought f (written as ) = focal length. hence it is written not f4 but /4 = focal length 4.

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    fast lens is for ppl with fast money

    good website - www.google.com




    you can also try

    http://www.tokinalens.com/
    http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all.asp

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    hmm... thanks people ... that google website is a nice one haha

    Gonna read up more... before deciding to plunge into a DSLR

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    fast lens is for ppl with fast money

    good website - www.google.com




    you can also try

    http://www.tokinalens.com/
    http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all.asp
    Correct.. .

    So, not for all .

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