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  • Photography Tips: Lenses 101

    kmg-630-lenses-flickr-richardfisher-630wPost by Katherine Gray: Okay, so you're ready to upgrade from a compact point-and-shoot camera to a digital SLR. You've decided on a camera body… and now a whole new, confusing world of lens choices has opened up. Zoom, prime, fisheye, macro… What the heck does it all mean? Read on for a basic primer on different types of lenses and the things you should look for when buying them.

    Kit lenses
    First things first. What about the basic lens that comes with your camera body? Most entry-level cameras such as the Nikon D60 or the Canon Rebel XS come in a standard kit that includes an 18-55mm lens. These lenses are, generally speaking, perfectly fine for most uses. Their quality is good, they're pretty versatile, and they'll work for just about any situation except extreme close-up or distance photography. In short, if you're not sure what you're doing and how much use you'll actually get out of your new DSLR, go with the standard kit lens.

    If you find yourself wanting to branch out, keep

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  • How to start streaming movies with Netflix

    Post by Michael Arcand: Netflix started out as a mail-order DVD rental service, adding instant streaming as a side benefit for some of its subscription plans. As streaming became more popular, the company introduced a streaming-only subscription option to its lineup. With this option, you can stream an unlimited amount of video from Netflix's vast array of offerings. Interested? Keep reading to find out how to get started.

    What is instant streaming video?
    Instant streaming video is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. There's no file download involved; the data is constantly transferred while you are watching the video. This usually means no wait time, unless your system needs to buffer a bit before playing your selection.

    So you're probably wondering what the big deal is, right? After all, we just described YouTube. But the real value lies in the types of videos available.

    Netflix offers a wide variety of television shows and movies for instant streaming. These aren't viral

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