Lens Designations

Understanding Camera Lens Designation Terminology MyPhoto Central, 9 Sep. 2012. Here are some excerpts: Tamron: Di stands for Digitally Integrated. These are lenses optimized for use with 35mm equivalent lenses. Di II lenses are designed for digital SLR cameras with APS-S sensors. These lenses will not fit full frame bodies. SP stands for Super Performance. These are Tamron’s top of the line lenses produces with superior built and quality, similar to Canon’s L lenses. Sigma: DG lenses are designed for cameras with 35mm equivalent (full frame) sensors. Similar to Canon’s EF and Nikon FX mounts. DC lenses are designed for cameras with APS-C sized sensors. These lenses will not be compatible with full frame bodies. Similar to Canons EF-S and Nikon’s DX mounts. OS stands for Optical Stabilization. This function uses built-in mechanisms to improve sharpness of hand held photos. This is similar to Canons IS and Nikon’s VR functions. EX stands for Excellence. These are top of the lines lenses from Sigma. They have better build and optical quality than non-EX lenses. Similar to Canon’s L lenses. Zeiss: ZF.2 lenses are compatible with Nikon’s F mounts. Tokina: AT-X Pro is a line of lenses created with extra attention to quality for professionals.

Resources for X-T2

Tony & Chelsea Northrup, Fujifilm X-T2 Overview Tutorial, YouTube, 2 Nov. 2016. Comment: This is a must-see video for all new owners of the X-T2. Unlike the vast majority of video tutorials on Youtube, this one is well designed to cover the basics. If you’ve spent precious time hunting for basic information about your camera and have been frustrated by the official Fuji manual and so-called “experts” who spew a lot of verbiage with very little real information, then you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when you watch this video. Tony doesn’t waste your time with meaningless chatter. It’ll become instantly obvious that he has put time and effort into planning his presentation, unlike most who just get in front of a camera and try to wing it. His presentation is natural and not over the top in trying to create a charismatic persona.
Richard Scali, An Introduction to Fujifilm’s Film Simulation Modes, bhphotovideo, April 2016. Comment: Scali’s coverage of the different film simulation modes — Provia, Velvia, Astia, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg STD and PRO Neg HI — is especially enlightening.
Took the FUJI X-T2 for a ride. Our review in 4K about its video performance! Youtube video uploaded by Evidently Something on 8 Oct. 2016.  23mm f1.4. 18-55mm good for video. Comment: This is a good intro to the X-T2’s video capabilities.

Resources for Nikon D810

TheSnapChick, “How to Use Nikon Autofocus Controls,” YouTube 4/5/13.
Nasim Mansurov, “Nikon Group-Area AF Mode [D810],” PhotographyLife, 10/25/14. “Group-area AF uses all 5 focus points simultaneously and will attempt to focus on the nearest subject, without giving preference to any of the 5 focus points…. When you use Group-area AF in AF-S mode, the camera will engage face recognition and attempt to focus on the eye of the nearest person…. Best bet will be to use Dynamic AF instead.”
Steve Perry, How To Use AF-On And Back Button Autofocus, YouTube, 3 Jan. 2014. Comment: Excellent instructions.
Steve Perry, The 7 Best Nikon Tricks Ever!, YouTube, 19 Apr. 2017. Comment: Great tips for reassigning buttons.

Resources for LR

Anthony Morganti, Learn Lightroom 6 / CC – Episode 1: Quickstart, YouTube (28min, 5/5/15).
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Resources for X100T

Anthony Morganti, “Fujifilm X100t Menu Settings,” YouTube 5/2/16

Resources for Nikon D5500

Art of the Image [Matt Ballard],  “Nikon D5500 UNMASKED: 8 Reasons the D5500 May Be the MOST Under-Rated Camera on the Market Today,” December 22, 2015.

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