Lens Buying Guide

By nancie

Veronica Taylor works with kids who have a fun photography tutorial project due for their technology class.  They've been looking for resources to cite and include, and our page has been a big help!  She provided the below link to this reference guide that covers everything you need to know about the different types of lenses, focal lengths, aperture, etc. ..


The right lens can transform an ordinary, ho-hum snapshot into a memory that lasts a lifetime. If you're still relying on the kit lens that came with your DSLR or compact system camera, it may be time to venture into new territory. Our guide will help you find your way.

Basic Lens Features

When it comes to DSLR and compact system cameras, one big benefit over other camera types is the ability to change lenses. There is a wide variety of lenses to choose from, which can be great. But if you're new to photography, it's easy to get lost in all the numbers, letters and jargon.

So, what to do? Don't get bogged down by all the technical specs. First, just focus on some common terms.....