The Complete Samyang Lens Abbreviations Glossary

THE MANY FACES Samyang, some may have heard of it as the Korean noodle. But the Korean Lens Maker has been around since the 1970s and manufacturing all sorts of optics. Not many may have heard of the Samyang brand, but maybe Vivitar, Falcon, Rokinon, Walimex, Bower, Opteka, Bell & Howell, Polar, and Pro-Optic will ring a bell. Yep, Samyang manufactures lens for all these brand names. So when you are buying any of those, think Samyang. Each brand may have their abbreviations slightly different, but the technology should be the same….

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The Complete Pentax Lens Abbreviations

PENTAX, THE LOST GRANDFATHER Pentax has a long history, a history even longer than Canon. Strangely though, as prominent as Pentax may be, it was never more popular than Canon or Nikon. Long story short, Pentax is related to “everything optics”. Pentax started from producing spectacle lens, to optical instruments for the military, scopes, binoculars, cameras, and even medical equipment. Pentax has been like sort of a lost grandfather over the years, being moved from company to company. Somehow, it has survived despite being a Frankenstein of many companies. The movements, however has put…

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The Complete Sony Lens Abbreviations

Sony is one of the younger player when it comes to making cameras. But interestingly, Sony is not a new player in the photography world. For those who are a little more geeky, you should know well that Sony has a history of making camera sensors for other companies… until they decided to grab a piece of the camera market for themselves. For newbies who just had their feet wet in the camera world, Sony lens can be rather confusing. Most of the Sony lens are manufactured by Carl Zeiss. But at the same…

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The Complete Tamron Lens Abbreviations

Tamron, yet another great third party lens maker. Established 1950 in Japan, Tamron is by no means a small fry… even Sony has some shares in Tamron. Tamron has a long history of producing lens, and this guide will walk you through their alien language abbreviations. RANGE Digitally Integrated (Di) : Range of lens made for the digital full frame cameras, which can be mounted on the crop (APS-C) sensor cameras as well. Digitally Integrated II (Di-II) : Range of lens for crop sensor cameras. Digitally Integrated III (Di-III) : Lens built…

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The Complete Tokina Lens Abbreviations

Established since the 1950s, Tokina is yet another old name in the third party lens world. Not to be confused, Kenko uses Tokina as the “brand name for producing lens”. So Kenko filters and Tokina lens, they are quite literally the same company. Tokina does not have a long list of abbreviations, but still has some very decent lens. Either way, here we go. DESIGNATION FX : This lens is built for full frame cameras. DX : This lens is built for crop sensor cameras. AT-X : Advanced Technology Extra, the “normal” consumer line of…

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The Complete Sigma Lens Abbreviations

I have done a lens abbreviation guide and sort of history for Nikon and Canon. So now, I figured to do a similar guide for the third party lens. This guide is all about Sigma, which has so far produced lens for Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax mounts. Please don’t be confused, Sigma is a Japanese company founded in 1961… and not a western based company. With over 50 years of history, Sigma is definitely not some cheap company producing crappy lens. In fact, they have some excellent lens, priced at a fraction of…

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The Complete Canon Lens Abbreviations Glossary

WHAT THE CANON? Welcome to the world of photography, where geeky scientists make great lens… and use all their secret codes to confuse consumers. Fret not, this guide will explain those EF-S, STM stuff to you, and a small history lesson to help you better understand. MOUNTS Unlike Nikon which has stuck to their “F-mount” for a long time, Canon has a history of changing their mount systems. 1959 : R Mount 1964 : FL Mount 1971 : FD Mount. FL lens can be used on FD cameras. 1987 : EF…

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The Complete Nikon Lens Abbreviations Glossary

DECODING THE NIKON-NIKKOR CODE I bet you have seen these “strange markings” all over Nikon lens… but what the heck do they mean? This glossary will help you to decode the Nikon code, and a short history lesson so you can better understand these lens. Also for those who are a little newer to Nikon, their lens are branded “Nikkor”. No need to be confused, it’s just part of history. Nikon originally only wanted their best lens to carry the “Nikkor” name. But now, all their lens are “Nikkor” nonetheless. AUTO INDEXING When dinosaurs…

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