Terminology


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I'm just seeking some advice here. I would like to find out what the different lens terminology mean like cause I've been looking through Nikon's product line and I am absolutely clueless as to the different shortforms and terms... VR, AF-S DX FX etc stuff like that so would anyone be kind enough to enlighten me :)
 

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Marcusluvsgreen said:
I'm just seeking some advice here. I would like to find out what the different lens terminology mean like cause I've been looking through Nikon's product line and I am absolutely clueless as to the different shortforms and terms... VR, AF-S DX FX etc stuff like that so would anyone be kind enough to enlighten me :)
Google.com
 

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The acronyms are also explained in the Nikon lens catalogue. You may pick up a company from your preferred camera equipment store or download it.
 

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seriously.. a simple goggle would get you all the answer. Instead of waiting for answer here.
 

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Well, I think CS is a place which it should be in the top of Google search list. So let's make this community as informative as possible.

Marcusluvsgreen, I hope the infor below will clear the cloud.

CANON
Lens with motors - USM
Lens with stabilization - IS
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - EF
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - EF-S

NIKON
Lens with motors - AF-S or AF-I
Lens with stabilization - VR or VR II
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - FX
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DX

TAMRON
Lens with motors - USD
Lens with stabilization - VC
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - Di
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - Di II

SIGMA
Lens with motors - HSM
Lens with stabilization - OS
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - DG
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DC

TOKINA
Lens with motors - IF-S
Lens with stabilization - Not Applicable
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - FX
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DX
 

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sanfong said:
Well, I think CS is a place which it should be top of Google search list. So let's this community as informative as possible.

Marcusluvsgreen, I hope the infor clear the cloud.

CANON
Lens with motors - AF
Lens with stabilization - IS
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - EF
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - EF-S

NIKON
Lens with motors - AF-S or AF-I
Lens with stabilization - VR or VR II
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - FX
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DX

TAMRON
Lens with motors - USD
Lens with stabilization - VC
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - Di
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - Di II

SIGMA
Lens with motors - HSM
Lens with stabilization - OS
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - DG
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DC

TOKINA
Lens with motors - IF-S
Lens with stabilization - Not Applicable
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - FX
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DX
Please note that some sigma lenses without the HSM also has a motor. HSM does not signify that a lens has a motor but rather that the lens has a type of motor called hypersonic motor
 

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Please note that some sigma lenses without the HSM also has a motor. HSM does not signify that a lens has a motor but rather that the lens has a type of motor called hypersonic motor
Yea you rite. Anyone please amend if you think the infor is inaccurate or not informative enuff. Tks.
 

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Well, I think CS is a place which it should be top of Google search list. So let's this community as informative as possible.

Marcusluvsgreen, I hope the infor clear the cloud.
CANON
Lens with motors - USM (All of Canon lens had motors. USM means Ultrasonic motor.)
Lens with stabilization - IS
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - EF
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - EF-S

(note that for crop frame cameras [APS-C] - the camera can accept both EF and EF-S mount lens
for crop frame cameras [APS-H] - the camera can only accept EF mount lens
for Full frame cameras [FF] - the camera can only accept EF mount lens)

NIKON
Lens with motors - AF-S or AF-I
Lens with stabilization - VR or VR II
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - FX
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DX (for full frame camera, one can still mount the crop frame lens)

TAMRON
Lens with motors - USD (USD is the ultrasonic motor of Tamron - equivalent to Sigma's HSM and Canon's USM, but all Tamron lens - except those very old manual lens, have built in motor - eg PZD)
Lens with stabilization - VC
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - Di
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - Di II

SIGMA
Lens with motors - HSM (all Sigma lens had motor, not just those with the HSM - HSM means High speed motor)
Lens with stabilization - OS
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - DG
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DC

TOKINA
Lens with motors - IF-S
Lens with stabilization - Not Applicable
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - FX
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DX
 

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CANON
Lens with motors - USM (All of Canon lens had motors. USM means Ultrasonic motor.)
Lens with stabilization - IS
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - EF
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - EF-S

(note that for crop frame cameras [APS-C] - the camera can accept both EF and EF-S mount lens
for crop frame cameras [APS-H] - the camera can only accept EF mount lens
for Full frame cameras [FF] - the camera can only accept EF mount lens)

NIKON
Lens with motors - AF-S or AF-I
Lens with stabilization - VR or VR II
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - FX
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DX (for full frame camera, one can still mount the crop frame lens)

TAMRON
Lens with motors - USD (USD is the ultrasonic motor of Tamron - equivalent to Sigma's HSM and Canon's USM, but all Tamron lens - except those very old manual lens, have built in motor - eg PZD)
Lens with stabilization - VC
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - Di
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - Di II

SIGMA
Lens with motors - HSM (all Sigma lens had motor, not just those with the HSM - HSM means High speed motor)
Lens with stabilization - OS
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - DG
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DC

TOKINA
Lens with motors - IF-S
Lens with stabilization - Not Applicable
Lens for Full Frame Cameras - FX
Lens for Corpped Frame Cameras - DX
HSM means hyper-sonic motor

Lens - SIGMA CORPORATION
 

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