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Langford's Basic Photography, 9th Edition by Richard Sawdon Smith, Anna Fox, Michael Langford

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This chapter takes you from the lens alone to the camera as a whole. It explains the main camera components, and shows how – put together in different combinations – they make up today's mainstream camera designs. It also compares the advantages and disadvantages of various camera types. This chapter and Chapter 5 concentrate on film cameras, and much of the information here is also valid when you are using a digital camera. Plenty of ‘front end’ components such as viewfinder, auto-focusing, zoom lens and built-in flash are common to both kinds of camera (Figure 4.1). (Chapter 6 discusses features unique to cameras recording by digital means.) ...

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