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What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?

I just saw a Leica M9 priced at 6995 USD, and a Leica M8 at 6295 USD. This is similar to the price for a high-end Nikon D3X or a Canon 1D Mark IV. So, I am trying to compare the specs, but can't get ...
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Is it physically possible to build a long zoom (17-300 mm for example) at an aperture value of around 1.4 or 1.2?

I'm curious if the physics allow a company to build such a lens of course with good IQ, minimal color aberration, maximum sharpness, and little to none lens vignetting or edge softness
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What is an ultra-wide lens?

What is the point at which a lens is considered "ultra-wide angle" vs just wide angle?
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Are there any Canon EF-S prime lenses or tele-zooms?

Canon is supposed to have introduced the EF-S system for the APS-C cameras to make smaller\lighter lenses and keep the costs low. However, most of their EF-S lenses are general purpose zooms in the ...
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Is there construction-agnostic term for a lens with a long focal length?

Turns out that telephoto refers to a specific construction of a long-focal-length lens, i.e., one where the lens is physically shorter than the focal length. Is there a generic term for referring to ...
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Retrofocus lens? What's that?

I saw that in Why do some people prefer 50mm to 35mm prime lenses? , in @MattGrum's answer: ... The 50mm is a simpler design compared to the retrofocus 35mm ... What's retrofocus?
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Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made?

Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made? By ulta-wide angle I mean anything under 24mm equivalent, although ideally I'd be after something around 12mm. I'd prefer something ...
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What are the comparisons between the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II lens vs the TS-E 45mm f/2.8?

I'm not sure which one suits best my needs. However, I am curious to know why the 24mm is a lot more expensive, given that it is a f3.5. Perhaps, the maximum aperture does not matter very much with TS ...
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Which wide-angle lens for Nikon?

I have a Nikon D70 and my better half has a Nikon D3000. She uses a 18-55mm lens (I think) and I have a Nikon 18-200mm lens which I love. We are going to Peru next year and I would like to get a ...
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Below which focal length are lenses considered to be wide angle?

Focal length is the only factor that decides whether a lens is described as being normal or wide angle. Below which focal length are lenses considered to be wide angle? Is this focal length the same ...
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Do non-distorted wide angle lenses exist for the Pentax KR?

I do a lot of shots for work (interior design). We use a Pentax KR, which we like, but because of the size limitations of some rooms, it's hard to get a decent photo of them displaying how the room ...
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Compare Canon 16-35mm II and 14mm II in terms of image quality

I've got several primes (200mm f2, zeiss 100mm, 85mm f1.2, 35mm f1.4) and the Canon 16-35mm ii lens. My problem with this lens is that compared to the primes I have, I feel that the image quality of ...
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Will a Nikon 1 NIKKOR wide-angle lens work with my Nikon D3000?

I am looking for some advice on what wide-angle lens to get for the D3000. At the minute I have seen this 10mm lens but I am unsure whether it will work well with the camera in question. Ideally I ...