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Canon Lenses: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Jerod Foster

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4. Standard Zooms and Primes

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ISO 200 • 1/60 sec. • f/2.8 • 63mm

Image-making with the most popular lenses

Standard. That is a word that describes a necessity, the basis against which all else is judged, or around which everything is designed. It makes sense, then, that a large number of the lenses Canon makes belong to two groups dubbed standard primes and standard zooms.

Standard, in the case of lenses, refers to a range of focal lengths that photographers can maximize for the largest amount of image-making. All 19 lenses (as of this writing) in this category offer photographers the most options available in one lens for making great pictures—pictures ...

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