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Lens

Virtually all of the readers of this book will be using zoom lenses rather than fixed focal length lenses. Today, all non-SLR digital cameras are furnished with a zoom lens, and even dSLRs with interchangeable lenses are usually used with a zoom of some type. However, action images are one type of photography that does benefit from the use of specialized lenses, so if you do have a digital SLR you can make the swap. For example, a fixed focal length telephoto with a large maximum aperture can help you shoot in lower light levels. For digital SLR sports photographers, an 85mm f1.8 lens or 400mm f2.8 lens can be a godsend. Fast wide aperture prime lenses can be a lot cheaper than zoom lenses with the same speed, too, because they are simpler to design.

The three things to consider about a lens used for action photography are the focal length, aperture, and whether the camera uses optical or digital magnification.


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