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A photographic lens is used to focus the light onto film or a digital sensor. Many cameras have interchangeable lens systems, allowing the photographer to choose the type of lens to use.

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Is an ultrawide zoom or a 24mm prime better for landscape? [on hold]

I want to buy a lens for landscape images, but I don't know which one: the Nikon AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED or the Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED. Does anyone already have experience with that kind of ...
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Deciding between 16-35mm and 20mm for landscapes [on hold]

I recently purchased a Nikon D750 with the 24-120mm and mostly shoot landscapes. I'm looking for another lens, but I am unsure if I should go with the 16-35mm or 20mm. I'm worried that the 16-35mm ...
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How do I correctly convert from aperture diameter into f-stops?

I'd like to know whether it's possible to convert the radius of the focal point into f-stops properly. The following equation illustrates that the diameter is dependent on the f-stop: aperture ...
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ55 freezes on shutter release

I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ55 last year for my vacation to Florida. It is now out of warranty. It worked as expected before, during and for some time after my vacation. I experienced no issues ...
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Widest f1.8 canon full frame lens?

What is the widest lens offered for canon (by any manufacturer) that has an aperture of 1.8 or lower?
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Binocular Cameras

I am from India and I would like to know if there is a binocular which uses binocular lenses as camera lenses to take pictures and show pictures live on eyepiece like Military grade binoculars we see ...
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what B+W 77mm HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating by Schneider Optics [closed]

I have a Nikon D500 and wanted to purchase a 18-200mm lens to go on safari and wanted to purchase a circular polarizer filter for the lens, but do not know which one to buy and if I needed anything ...
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What are these red markings on this lens?

What do those red marking do (just to the right to the focus distances?
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Is it stupid to purchase AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D over AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G to save a few bucks? [duplicate]

I own a Nikon D5300 body, but wish to upgrade to a Pro FX body in future (not any time soon). Between AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D and AF-S NIKKOR 50MM F/1.8G, I prefer to buy the former, but at the same ...
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Tamron 24-70mm Vi USD partial dismantling

I am aware of the relative wisdom of pulling lenses apart. Specific warnings based on knowledge of this lens or closely related ones are welcome. Generic ones are unlikely to be helpful. I have a **...
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Can Sigma lenses be converted from EF-S to EF for Canon?

Does Sigma's Mount Conversion work for DC lenses to DG Lens Mount Conversion? Will my Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-f4 OS work with Full Frame Camera 6D after conversion?
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Is it normal to hear a noise when shaking a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR?

Whenever I shake the back side of the lens near my ear, I hear a sound, like something is moving inside the lens. However, it is working properly when mounted. Is this normal?
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Can I use Yashica 35-70 and Canon 28-80 lenses on DSLR cameras? [duplicate]

I have two camera lenses; one is a Yashica 35-70 mm lens which I am using on a Yashica FX-7 Super manual 35mm film camera. The other is a Canon 28-80 mm lens which came with the Canon EOS 66 35mm film ...
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Does it actually matter considering DxOMark's Perceived MPix Score for lenses?

The score of Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di VC is higher than Canon 70-200mm f4L IS on an APS-C Canon Camera like the 550D. Does this make the lens better than an L Lens in terms of image quality? Autofocus? ...
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“Lens not attached” error with new Sigma 150-500 zoom lens on Nikon D3300

I received my sigma 150-500mm F/5-6.3 zoom lens. I connected my lens to my Nikon D3300 which is compatible. When I take a picture the picture is black. I think it's because the shutter is closed. I ...
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What are the best non-m4/3 lenses for Micro 4/3 cameras? [closed]

I'm looking into purchasing some fast primes for my Olympus E-M5 Mark II. But rather than stick to modern lenses, I'm looking into adapting those from the film era or early digital years. I'm looking ...
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What F means in lenses and how to find focus distance [duplicate]

I've found some camera sensors with very low resolution to use with electronics. Camera have 150x150px and can mount different lenses type: F2.7, F4.0, F6.0. I want to ask what F means and if I can ...
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How can I avoid fuzzy photos at 300mm zoom?

I'm so disappointed in my new 70-300mm lens (AF-S Nikkor ED lens.) I use auto-focus because I'm such an amateur. Is it my camera, (D40x) or the lens? It's probably me, but is there a trick to ...
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Can I use the same lens for landscape and star photography?

My wife loves landscape photography and I love capturing the stars. We are both amateurs and we have been using our stock Canon EOS 750D lens (18-55mm) so far with 'ok' results (both kit and user-...
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Lens or camera, what's more important? [duplicate]

I am quite new to photography, and i'm about to by my first ever real camera. But, I can't decide. I am on a budget, so i can't afford whatever i like. So what's more important to put money in to, the ...
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What happens if i block the centre of the rear element

For example here is a rear element with a filled in circle in the middle. What happens to the picture? Is there image quality degradation? Do I lose part of the picture? What about amount off light ...
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When stopped down, does light still pass through all of a glass element behind the aperture blades

When you stop down and look through the lens, the iris (circle of light) gets smaller. Does this mean that light only passes through the middle of each lens element behind the aperture blades? What ...
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Can dirt on a camera's lens cause graininess, without causing large-scale blurring of the picture as a whole?

I have a simple point-and-shoot camera that takes satisfactory pictures when the picture is filling the computer screen. The pictures are shot with auto ISO and full daylight. But when I look at the ...
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What is the difference between the 18-55mm Nikon kit lens and the Nikon Nikkor Lens ‑ 35 mm ‑ F/1.8 ‑ Nikon F? [duplicate]

What advantages will a 35mm lens will give me if I already owe an 18-55mm. Isn't the 35mm somewhat included in the other one? It may be a silly question, but I am new in photography and trying to ...
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Different colors of light are disrupting my focus. What lens feature minimizes this?

I took this photo with a Canon 50mm compact macro lens & Canon "life size converter", and it looked somewhat fuzzy. After separating out the RGB channels, it seems evident that the different ...
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Will a DX lens have severe vignetting on a 20x20mm?

I'm going to work with a camera, a Photron AX100, which has a non-standard 20.48x20.48 mm sensor, but has an f-mount bayonet for lenses. I was wondering if it would work with DX lenses without ...
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Circular polarizing filter - slim or regular? [duplicate]

I have a Canon EOS 550D. Right now I only have some standard lenses, and I'm looking to buy a Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX II 11-16mm F/2.8. (I love landscape photography and photography in nature in ...
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Why is my large format lens so much smaller (in length) than my 35mm-format lens?

In general I have found that as the focal length of 35mm (or APS-C) lenses increases, the physical length of the lens increases as well. However, my large format lens is much thinner than other 35mm ...
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Anyone knowledgable about lens kits for smartphones? In particular Nexus 6P? [duplicate]

I hope to find some help or info here. I am doing a photography course and I intend to buy a lens kit for my smartphone. I found some kits on the internet (Amazon), but I am lost when it comes to ...
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Is the lack of image stabilisation on lens a major drawback for photo shooting the moon?

I have found these lens Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G in a very good price. I am planning to use them mainly to take pictures of the moon. I am aware that this lens does not have image stabilisation. Is ...
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How can I modify my NIkon D5500 so I can make a vintage lens auto focus?

I just bought a Nikon D5500 with 35mm f1.8. I also have a Nikkor 70-210mm AF (that doesn't focus automatically). I learned that using a TC-16A AF Teleconverter 1.6X might help but i was informed that ...
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Mercury transit at 200mm + UV + ND?

Will I able to see Mercury transit with a f/4-5.6 200mm lens (on APS-C)? I do not have solar filter and I don't have time to buy as transit will be on 9th May 2016. I'm wondering if I can use my UV ...
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Canon 7d & 24-70 ii - can't get a crisp or well exposed shot [duplicate]

As the title says, I'm shooting a canon 7d (mi) with the newly acquired Canon L 24-70 ii. I can't tell if I've suddenly forgotten how to shoot, or if both Green and Av mode are messing with me. I've ...
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Why buy prime super telephoto lenses instead of zoom super telephoto lenses?

35mm and 50mm primes make perfect sense to me: sharper images, simple operation, and framing can usually be handled by taking a few steps forwards and backwards. I'm struggling to see how one would ...
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Options for a wide angle lens for Nikon D5000? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if all Nikon lenses have identical connectors across all models (amateur here), so I'm sorry if it's a silly question. I have a D5000 and I'm looking to do more night time photography ...
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Can I remove the lens on a Minolta Hi Matic 9 to add a zoom lens?

I have a Minolta Hi Matic 9, made in 1956. Can the lens be removed in order to utilize a zoom lens.If so, which manufacturers would be possible choices?
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Vivitar 3000S Fully manual SLR [closed]

What's the general consensus regarding quality for this initially-about-$280 camera? Can I get one almost never used for $25? Primary use will be short medium and long range wildlife shots.
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Is there anything I should be aware of if I'm considering the Nikon AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 ED D lens?

I recently bought the Nikon D5300 and currently have the 18-55mm kit lens. I am worried that with this lens I won't be able to take a variety of good photographs--not only landscapes. So I have been ...
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What does it mean when 'HD' is printed on a lens? [duplicate]

Do the two letters mean High Definition? Are they called HD lenses? How do they differ from normal (SD?) lenses? Please include a plenty of details in your answer..
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Affordable lenses for nightscape photography (nikon d5300)? [duplicate]

I just bought my first DSLR camera Nikon D5300 and currently I only have the kit lenses. I am looking to get some new ones soon to use them to take pictures of the moon and maybe even the stars. As ...
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Canon 1200D kit lenses vs. XSi kit lenses. Which should I keep?

I recently purchased a Canon 1200D kit in the UK (from Dixon Travel). I also have an older Canon Rebel XSi kit with similar lenses (purchased in the USA, around 6-7 years ago). I am trying to ...
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Is there a list of lenses commonly considered “significant” for each mount? [closed]

I'm in the process of installing a focusing screen on my Pentax and, as it will help me with manual focus, I was thinking it could help me using lenses for other mounts ('cause often the mount's ...
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Best lens to photograph a large flat object

I need to accurately photograph mood boards. These are large (4x8 feet, 120x240 cm in my case) white or black boards with photographs, material swatches, pantone swatches pinned to them. The goal is ...
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Can I use adapters to mount Samyang lenses to my Nikon body?

I recently got two Samyang lenses at a second-hand store, so I don't have any boxes or documentation with them. The lenses I recently got are: Samyang AF lens 70-210mm 1:40-5.6, No. 846209 Samyang ...
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Why is my Tamron 70-300mm lens limited to DX framing on Nikon D750?

I'm trying all of my lenses on my newly acquired D750. Among the lenses there is a Tamron 70-300 LD Di zoom lens. Everything works as expected, except one thing: the D750 limits the frame-size to DX ...
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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

New to photography using DSLR. I am planning to buying an entry level Nikon DSLR (perhaps the D3300). I read around and decided to buy the body only, excluding the kit lens. I have decided to go ...
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Circular Polarizing filter in different lenses. Whether to use adapters or buy new filters?

I have the following lenses Canon 18-55 (filter ring size 58mm) Canon 55-250 (filter ring size 58mm) Sigma 35mm (filter ring size 67mm) Canon 10-22 (filter ring size 77mm) Canon 50mm (filter ring size ...
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Which telephoto lens will be best for photographing bears in Alaska?

I have recently inherited some lenses from my granddad and am going on a trip to Alaska this summer. I want to take one general purpose lense for mountains and close things and one telephoto for ...
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Difference of auto-focus motor?

What is the difference of ultrasonic motor, stepper motor, and electromagnetic drive? Which one of these are lens-based or screwdrive? What are the advantages of lens-based servo over screwdrive and ...
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How to repair/clean old lens? [closed]

There is an old Sigma lens for Nikon (about 20 years old) that gives a blurred image when viewed through. I don't find any smudges or spills on the surface of the lens or on the mirror. Why is this ...