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Canon EOS 70D Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie

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Chapter 10: Choosing Lenses and Accessories

Just as the human eye is the artistic lens for the photographer, the camera lens interprets a scene for the camera, and ultimately, for your images. Your choice of lens is like the choice of a brush is to an artist. The more you know about lenses, the better your chances of selecting the right lens for the subject. Not surprisingly, Canon refers to its stable of more than 60 lenses as The Eyes of EOS.

As you evaluate lenses that you may want to buy, know that the higher the lens quality, the better the image you’ll get with the 70D. High-quality lenses capture and retain excellent image detail even as you enlarge images for printing. As you buy new lenses, remember that you are building a system that will last for years — much longer than the camera body.

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The EF 180 f/3.5L Macro USM lens provided the reach I needed to photograph this butterfly without disturbing it. Exposure: ISO 200, f/5.62, 1/800 second, -2/3 exposure compensation.

Lens Choices for the 70D

With more than 60 lenses available from Canon and many more available from third-party manufacturers, you can find a lens for virtually any shooting situation. While there are lenses aplenty, many of the best lenses carry high price tags. If you’re new to photography or shooting with a Canon camera, I recommend planning lens purchases with the goal of gradually building a system ...

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