Sony and Minolta lens abbreviations and acronyms meaning.

Minolta and Sony lenses abbreviations

Sony lenses (before Minolta) have to used similar marking and abbreviation as Canon and Nikon lenses.

Mount type:

  • Alpha: α (DSLR).
  • E: E (Mirrorless).

Sony lens or Minolta lens marking abbreviation and what they stand for:

  • SSM: Super-Sonic Motor.
  • SAM: Smooth Autofocus Motor.
  • D : Give the focus distance to the camera body.
  • G: Gold Series (high end quality).
  • DT: Digital Technology (optimised for digital sensor).
  • APO: APOchromatic correction using AD elements (see AD below).
  • HS-APO: High-Speed APO.
  • AD: Anomalous Dispersion.
  • OSS: Optical Steady Shot (E-mount only).
  • T*: High-performance Coating.
  • M: macro 1:1 magnification.
  • Z: lenses using Carl Zeiss technology.

Olympus Four third (4/3) lens abbreviations and meaning.

  • ED: Extra-low Dispersion glass elements.
  • SWD: Supersonic Wave Drive Motor.
  • II : lens version (II = v2, III = v3, etc.).

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Photophone: How to do great pictures with a smartphone or a tablet.

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How to take great pictures with a smartphone?

Nowadays our smartphones have more computer power than a 10 years old desktop computer. Technology is evolving fast and with it, the language acquiring new words like  smartphone or selfie.

We are doing everything with our phone, from a GPS assistant to photograph or record a movie in full 1080p HD, even post processing those images, and i don't even speak about playing 3D games, read some news on internet and so on...


At the end, when we compare how we use our phone the most, in percentage, I can say safely that we barely use it to call someone, and this is why i call mine a photophone.

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