Demystifying How to Buy a DSLR Lens

Class Description

Sometimes people ask me "what lens should I buy". I joke that picking a new lens is harder than picking a baby name -- you don't ask others to pick your baby name ("Joseph" is quite nice though).  :)

It can be really confusing for new DSLR owners to buy that next lens.  There are an insane number of choices, an insane array of acrynums and number specefications, and many seemingly identical lenses have a price difference of $1,000 or more.

And some folks (more than once) have bought lenses based on the focal length (MM) and price, and 6 months later realized they made a very bad, and expensive, lens choice.

What this class is *NOT* about:

It's really easy to "geek-out" on lens specifications.  If you're a high-end, pro-minded kinda person who likes to read MTF charts and study lens grouping schematics to help you wake up in the morning,this class is NOT for you.

  • NOT a "Joe, what lens should I buy?" Q&A - I'll show you how to evaluate lenses so YOU can make this decision!
  • NOT a Specifications / Mathematics / Physics / Geek-fest
  • NOT an argument over "Bokeh" quality
  • NOT a debate over "third-party lens options"
  • NOT a tutorial on reading MTF and Adoration charts

What this class *IS* all about:

  • The basics of understanding lens specifications
  • The different classifications of lens types
  • Know which specifications to pay attention to
  • Understand why 3 lenses with the same "mm" are drastically different prices
  • Evaluating lenses based on what you intend to do rather than what you think you need or can afford
  • Why lenses with a smaller focal range is better than those with a larger range.
  • How to evaluate conflicting "Reviews" on Amazon
  • The one lens that everyone should own

Bonus 1:

Discussing using UV Filters for lens protection - are they worth it?

Bonus 2:

Discussing the basics of lens care

Bonus 3:

FREE With every paid RSVP

Every paid RSVP will receive a "Lens Pen" and "Air Blower" ($16 combined retail value) ... and instructions how to use them.

Click this link to see examples of the various Lens Pen products at Amazon.

Click this link to see examples of various Air Blower products.

Be sure and see out RSVP and Class FAQ Page.

  • Kimber

    Kimber
    now when I read about a lens I feel I know what I'm reading about the elements part even makes sense. Thanks Joe good class!

  • Dianna Cruz
    Joe, the class was just what I needed...now I feel 'armed and dangerous' when I decide to purchase a new lens....NOW everything makes sense to me, concerning the lenses.... Awesome teacher and yes Joe's Da Man!!!!

  • Cindi
    Time well spent. I found out I knew more than I thought, but I also learned some new stuff.

  • Wayne Bannister
    I learned something new and relearned a lot I had forgotten. Thanks Joe, great class as ususal.

  • Dean Schuerman
    Well organized, concise, and on topic. Pretty much covered what I wanted to learn.

  • Cynthia A. Azzam
    Exceptional lecture; informative and invaluable. Joe's Da Man!

Summary: 
Sometimes people ask me "what lens should I buy". I joke that picking a new lens is harder than picking a baby name -- you don't ask others to pick your baby name ("Joseph" is quite nice though). :) It can be really confusing for new DSLR owners to buy that next lens. There are an insane number of choices, an insane array of acrynums and number specefications, and many seemingly identical lenses have a price difference of $1,000 or more. And some folks (more than once) have bought lenses based on the focal length (MM) and price, and 6 months later realized they made a very bad, and expensive, lens choice.
One-on-One: 
$129.00
Group (20 ppl): 
$25.00
Instructor: 
Joe Lippeatt
Bring to Class: 
Camera, lens(es), paper & pen, enthusiasm!
Provided: 

Class Notes. FREE Lens Cleaning Pen and Lens/Body Cleaning Blower

Length: 
2 Hours
Group Classes Available at: 

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