A Basic Lens Intro for Beginners

For beginners in the world of photography, getting a good grasp on the types of lenses available and when you might want to use them is an important step. So, given that there’s a lot of glass out there, we thought we’d share this basic lens intro from Pentax.

Seeing as it’s made by Pentax, all of the lenses photographer Kerrick James talks about are, of course, Pentax brand. The basic information is all the same though, even if you choose to leave out the Pentax lens suggestions at the end of each segment when you’re explaining this to your newest photography recruit.

Of course, there is infinitely more to learn about lenses, from how they’re made to the optical magic used in something like Metabones’ Speed Booster to much, much more. But if you’re just starting out, or you know someone who is, this is a great intro into the money hungry wonderful world of glass.

(via Reddit)

  • kurtberns

    pentax… who is pentax??

  • bogorad
  • Mike

    I remember Pentax, they used to make awesome film cameras

  • JME

    What’s with all the snobbery? Are you really that small-minded? Pentax makes excellent digital cameras and lenses.

  • Toby

    This is silly and a little confusing as Pentax only makes crop sensor cameras.

  • Km0

    They also make the best medium format digital.

  • Toby

    Ah forgot about that, but these are 35mm format lenses.

  • FYI

    Fanboyism is just outs the brand-slaves in the crowd. Immature.

  • Barb B

    If this is designed for beginners, it needs to begin with the explanation of crop format vs full frame and how that affects the visuals. No mention of what format these lenses really are. A waste of time.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    it’s a video specifically about pentax da lenses for beginners with pentax aps-c dslrs. there’s no need to bring up full frame, or large format, or m4/3.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    no, they’re aps-c format lenses.