August 07th 2012 by Andrew S Gibson
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Lenses are the most important accessory you can buy for your camera. They are the ‘eyes’ of your camera system and a good lens should outlast any digital camera body. Most photographers soon grow out of the kit lens they typically buy with their first camera and start thinking about purchasing a new one.
And that’s where the difficulties begin – there are so many Canon lenses to choose from that it’s hard to know which is the best option. Why does Canon sell four 50mm lenses, for example, or four 24mm lenses? Should you buy a prime lens or a zoom? What are L series lenses and are they worth the extra money? And – perhaps the most important question of all – how do you buy a lens with great image quality without breaking the bank?
Understand Lenses: Part I – A guide to Canon wide-angle and kit lenses has all the answers you need. The eBook is split into two parts. The first explains how to get the best out of a kit lens, and how to use wide-angle lenses to create beautiful and dramatic images.
The second part is a technical and buying guide to Canon’s wide-angle prime and zoom lenses. It explores the lenses available and the differences between them. By the time you’ve read it you’ll have a good understanding of why there are so many Canon wide-angle lenses, and the questions to ask to determine which is the best one for you to buy. It even covers the new EF-M mount.
I also show you how to avoid flare, correct lens aberrations in DPP and Lightroom, and how to test your lenses to find the best apertures to work at.
Special August offer
Enter the code august2 at checkout to receive a discount of £2 off the purchase price of Understanding Lenses Part I. The discount is valid for all my eBooks, including bundles (click here and scroll down to see the bundles). The code expires at midnight, 31 August 2012 GMT.
Note: Part II of Understanding Lenses will be released in September. It explores the world of normal, short telephoto and super-telephoto lenses. These are some of my favourite focal lengths and I’m looking forward to showing you how versatile they are and how a creative photographer can get the best out of them. Buy Understanding Lenses: Part I before then and I’ll email you an exclusive discount code that will give you a bigger discount on Part II than you will find on this website.
Here are some spreads from Understanding Lenses: Part I: