Camera Lens Acronyms You Need To Know When Choosing A Lens

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Buying a new camera lens can be tricky. You’ll be confronted with camera jargons, letters, and numbers when choosing your set of lenses for your photography. As a result, you end up getting the wrong lens if you don’t know some of the camera glossary terms or acronyms found on the camera lens. I have compiled a list of camera lenses out there and decoded the acronyms and meanings behind it.

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AD
Tamron anomalous dispersion elements


AF-DC
Nikon defocus feature


AF-S
Nikon lenses with Silent Wave Motor


APO
Sigma apochromatic Lenses


AS
Tokina lenses featuring aspherical elements


ASL
Tamron lenses featuring aspherical elements


ASP
Sigma lenses featuring aspherical elements


AT-X
Tokina’s Advanced Technology Extra Pro range of lenses


AL
Pentax lenses with Aspherical element


CONV
Sigma lenses compatible with teleconverters


CRC
Nikon’s Close Range Correction system


D
Nikon lenses that can be used on manual focus cameras


DA
Pentax lenses optimized for APS-C sized sensors


DC
Sigma’s designation for digital lenses


DF
Sigma lenses with dual focus facility


DG
Sigma’s designation for digital and full-frame lenses


Di
Tamron lenses designed for full-frame sensors


Di-II
Tamron lenses designed for APS-C sized sensors


DO
Canon lenses with a diffractive optical element


DS
Tokina lenses with super low dispersion glass


DT
Sony lenses optimized for APS-C sized sensors


DX
Nikon’s designation for digital lenses


ED
Nikon lenses featuring extra low-dispersion elements and Olympus and Leica (Panasonic) Lenses with low-dispersion elements


EF
Canon’s designation for full-frame lenses


EF-S
Canon lenses designed for APS-C sized sensors


EX
Sigma’s Excellent range


FA
Pentax lenses optimized for full frame camera


F&R
Tokina lenses featuring aspherical elements


FC
Tokina’s focus clutch mechanism


FE
Canon’s fisheye lenses


FE
Tokina lenses featuring a floating element


FX
Nikon lenses designed for full-frame cameras


G
Nikon lenses without a manual aperture ring


HF
Sigma’s designation for helical focusing


HID
Tamron’s high-index dispersion glass


HLD
Tokina’s high-refractive / Low-dispersion glass


HSM
Sigma’s lenses with a Hypersonic Motor


IF
Sigma / Tamron / Nikon / Tokina internal focusing


IRF
Tokina’s internal rear focusing lenses


IS
Canon lenses with Image Stabilizer


L
Canon’s Luxury range of lenses


LD
Tamron lenses featuring low-dispersion glass


MC
Tokina lenses that have been multi-coated


M-OIS
Panasonic’s Mega Optical Image Stabilization


N
Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat


OS
Sigma lenses with Optical Stabilization


OSS
Sony lenses compatible with mirrorless Sony NEX system


PRO
Tokina’s Professional range of lenses


RF
Sigma and Nikon lenses with rear focusing


SD
Tokina’s super low-dispersion element


SDM
Pentax’s Supersonic Direct-drive Motor


SF
Canon lenses with soft-focus feature


SHM
Tamron’s super hybrid mount


SIC
Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating


SLD
Sigma lenses with super low-dispersion elements


SP
Tamron’s Super Performance range


SSM
Sony / Minolta Supersonic Motor lenses


SWD
Olympus lenses with Supersonic Wave Drive


SWM
Nikon lenses with a Silent Wave Motor


TS-E
Canon lenses with tilt-and-shift function


UD
Canon lenses with ultra low-dispersion glass


USM
Canon lenses with an Ultrasonic Motor


VC
Tamron’s Vibration Compensation feature


VR
Nikon’s Vibration Reduction feature


WR
Tokina lenses with Water Repellent


XR
Tamron lenses with extra-refractive index glass


ZL
Tamron’s zoom lock feature


II / III
Denotes version of lens


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