We approached author Jenn Mishra about writing this guide because so many photographers seem confused about what precisely a zoom lens is.
They tend to think of them as telephoto lenses. Well, that’s not exactly accurate. A zoom lens can be in the telephoto range of focal lengths. However, it can also be in the wide-angle range. Or, anything in between!
A zoom lens is a versatile tool in your camera bag. You can get close when the world throws up barriers. You can see beyond what the human eye can see. You can visit many visual worlds with one lens.
But “zoom” is a broad description of a lens. The marketplace is filled with many zoom lenses, and each is different, carrying confusing numbers and descriptions.
In this eBook, we’ll explore the features of zoom lenses.
We’ll talk about the pros and cons of using a zoom lens and how features are described by lens designers.
We’ll give you the tools you need to decide if a zoom lens is right for you. And if so, how to use a zoom lens once you have it in your kit.
Here is what we will cover:
- Definition of a zoom lens
- Reasons to use a zoom lens
- Features of a zoom lens
- Composing with a zoom lens