The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer Perfect Paperback – Oct 18 2012
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About the Author
NK Guy is a Canadian writer and photographer living in Britain. He specializes in travel photography and event portraiture, is the author of the Photographer's Dictionary and is the creator of PhotoNotes.org, a popular online resource for photographic education. He no longer lives aboard a barge on the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal in London, but wishes he still did because it makes for great book bio copy.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is valuable to beginners and intermediate photographers. Advanced photographers may find some interesting information but would have to sift through a lot of basic and intermediate topics.
During my read I reviewed some basic topics, expanded my knowledge on others and got in a roundabout way introduced to manual focus Russian lenses. All thanks to this book. Because of that discovery the hobby of photography has become much richer and more interesting to me.
Loaded with information, great pictures and loads of interesting trivia this book is a great read. Not aimed at any particular manufacturer but rather focused on the instrument and its purpose this book is a neutral read that can be enjoyed by any brand loyalist in the field. Quite an achievement if I may add.
So if you just bought your camera and are ready to expand your lens collection you should definitely read this book so you can make an informed decision before buying that low priced low quality or novelty lens that you may never or seldom use.
Portrait, landscape, prime, macro, tilt shift, fisheye, creative and any other lenses you may think of are explained in the book. What lens to use, when, why and how, tips from someone who knows what he is talking about are certainly worth the price of this book and the time it takes to read it.
And if you do buy and read it do pay attention to the picture on page 204, the one with the swirly bokeh, it may lead you down a path seldom traveled in this hobby one that is exiting and entirely unknown to many.
I am Zoozig and I liked this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This is a serious book about a serious subject, the camera lens. Almost any topic that deals with the lens is covered in this book. Starting with a historical perspective, it then explores the wave action of light, explains in moderate detail the physics of lens, and then goes into a description of why most modern lens are compared to the lens of 35 mm cameras.
Aperture, F stop, lens elements, fast lens, slow lens, metering, mechanisms, the list goes on and on. Lens from different manufacturers are described, an explanation of why the "perfect" lens doesn't exist, matching the lens to the project, choosing the right lens letting your creativity free . . .
And it's not just the completeness of the presentation that beckons, the simple clarity of the text is a model for those who write of technical subjects for the amateur. The book is not likely to interest the professional or serious amateur, they'll already know most of the material. But for the beginner to middle level amateur, there is much here to study.
This is a very impressive book. If you love cameras, if you'd like good advice about choosing lens for your camera, if you'd just like to understand the relationship between aperture and focal length in composing pictures, and more, then this is a worthy addition to your collection. And maybe the coffee table isn't such a bad spot for this book, you'll be able to pick the book up regularly and learn a bit more about the camera eye view of the world.
Five star book : well written and organized, AWESOME photos, and this will be a reference guide for me.
And even if you do know everything there is to know about lenses and optics, the photography in this book is awesome.
Can't recommend it highly enough.
In other words, there is nothing here you can't learn spending a significant amount of time on the web. Yet the book provides a very useful and well balanced amount info inside a nice package. I think it would be worth reading for a wide range of photographers, not only beginners, but also seasoned veterans that often don't spend too much time investigating lens (because, unlike me, who spend too much time on gear, they are busy taking great pictures).
Bottom line, the book can help you save an outrageous amount of time and even some significant amount of money. Since lens aren't cheap and a bad choice can badly affect your wallet.
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