Skip to content

Photography cheat sheet: lens terminology translator

Understanding the technology present in a lens is essential for making informed decisions about which models you need in your kitbag. As with most photographic equipment, there are times when you will find that a feature does not offer a significant-enough advantage to justify the financial outlay, while in other circumstances it may be almost impossible to create the images you need without a certain piece of kit.

With photographic lenses the presence of such features may not be indicated as obviously as by having a physical switch, for example lens coatings or internal mechanisms. Often features will be denoted by prefixes or suffixes in the lens nomenclature – those letters and numbers that make up the often unwieldy and confusing lens names.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.