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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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Dark ring in photo [duplicate]

In the left corner of all my photos have always have a dark ring. I've tried wiping the lens glass but still there. Do you guys think I need my camera body or lens cleaned or both?
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of zoom lenses with a wide range of focal lengths? [duplicate]

Are there some disadvantages of a zoom-lens with wide range focal length compare to a lens with narrow range both having the same max. aperture? For example, if we have two lenses: Sigma 18-55mm f4 ...
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Using a full frame lens on a crop sensor camera [duplicate]

I have a Canon 70D APS-C sized sensor camera. I currently have a Sigma 10-20mm, a Canon 50mm 1.8, a Canon 75-300mm and of course the kit lens. I want to buy the Canon 24-105mm F4 L as an upgrade. I ...
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Settings for getting the actual color of a garment in clothes photography [duplicate]

I am shooting clothing laying on the floor on a white background. 2 softboxes of 350W each light the garment. The rest is my Nikon D40 with a 18-105mm lens. However the color of the garment is not ...
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How can I use my old Sigma 100-300mm f/4.5-6.7 DL on my new Nikon D5100? [on hold]

I have this lens from my old camera. How can I use it on my new Nikon d5100 dSLR? It doesn't fit. Do I have to buy any specific adaptor to fit it? Can you name one? Can someone please help me out with ...
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If you were to buy just one lens [closed]

... which one would it be? I understand it depends on what kind of photography one is into. Wide lens for landscape, zoom lens for zoom'ers etc. I am not trying to get into that conversation here. ...
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Polarising lens size for Nikon D7000 [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D7000 and need to buy a polarising lens but don't know what size lens I need. I have the the starter kit lens AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm1.35-5.6g ED. I'm new to photography.
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How to handle lens name mismatch between Darktable / exiv2 and Lensfun?

Darktable doesn't recognise my Panasonic 12-32mm pancake on my Olympus E-M10 due to a mismatch of the exif LensType and lensfun modelname. exiv2 -pt 20150824_0143.ORF | grep -ai lens ...
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How to prevent water droplet formation on waterproof camera lens?

Waterproof camera (Canon D10 in my case) is great for shooting in or near water during sports. Unfortunaly, water sprays onto the lens and water droplets form, which disturb or totally destroy the ...
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50mm f/1.4 versus 85mm f/1.8 with APS-C for portraits? [duplicate]

Which would be a better choice for head and shoulder shots with a 1.6x crop sensor camera: 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8? How I will be shooting: 6-12 feet away from model. Under the cover of dense ...
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What lenses are considered wide-angle zoom/prime for Nikon D5300 [duplicate]

I'm planing to go on a trip where I plan to do some landscape photography. While I started out with 18-105mm lens, I noticed the quality can be poor around the edges in some cases and I know it's ...
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Given the same sensor size lens, will a higher megapixel sensor give more “reach” then a lower one?

I've been wondering this for a while now, and I can't seem to find a straight answer about this. If we are talking about the exact same sensor size, (lets say FX) and we are using a 50mm lens. ...
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Is the wide aperture and bokeh of a 50mm prime more important than getting to the 70-90mm range for portraits?

I've a Pentax K-30 with the following lens: Pentax-M 50mm 1.7 manual focus Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 autofocus Pentax 55-300mm 4-5.6 autofocus Considering that : Pentax 50mm has the nicest bokeh and ...
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How do lenses focus? (and zoom?) [duplicate]

My understanding of focal length is that it is the distance from the lens to the sensor; in my observations: higher focal lengths make for longer lens. Then I started thinking about how a lens ...
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Manual focus working in AF Mode with an STM lens - is this intentional?

On my new Canon T6s/760d with 18-135 STM lens, I just noticed that in AF mode, when I hold the shutter button halfway, if I turn the focus ring on the lens, it does affect the focus! I preferred to ...
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Nikon 50mm 1.8g or 35mm 1.8g? [duplicate]

I'm Nikon D5500+18-55 f/3.5-5.6g dx vr ii user,now I want to buy a prime lens for better image quality and for low light situation,as well as shallow depth of field. but which should I choose,50mm ...
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Which of my lenses should I carry with me to Mauritius?

I am traveling to Mauritius next month. I am an amateur photographer. I have a kit lens - 18-55mm and a zoom lens 55-300mm. I have found the zoom lens extremely useful, especially when shooting ...
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Recommended F-Stop for older Canon 35mm F/2 [duplicate]

I have a few year old Canon 35mm F/2 lens (Here it is on Amazon). I've been shooting wide-open, but I realize that doesn't make for the sharpest photos. What would you say would get me the sharpest ...
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Is the Panasonic Leica Summilux the same quality as a non-Panasonic Leica summilux?

Is there an advantage to having a Leica Leica lens vs. a Panasonic Leica lens? To my ability to examine them, they look like the same on the inside. Would this be correct? The Leica Leicas are ...
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Astrophotography Canon 17-40mm f4L vs Samyang 24mm f/1.4 how much of a difference would there be?

I made my first timelapse lastnight with a 6D and a Canon 17-40mmL. I made it on the outskirts of a city where the light pollution is pretty bad. I was reasonably surprised with the results. I did ...
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Focusing an AF Nikkor 35-105MM

I have a D5200 and I got a old Nikkor 35-105MM lens, it's nicer then the kit lens it takes great photos but I can't seem to focus on anything far away when zoomed out. If I'm at like 100mm it will ...
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Pentax k1000 lens with Nikon d3200? [duplicate]

My first camera was a Pentax k1000, can I use the 1 : 2 50mmlens from the Pentax k100 on my Nikon digital SLR?
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What lens is best for 'the hobbit' look

In the lord of the rings trilogy all the basic simple shots of hobbits were taken with them in the background so they would look smaller than real people. I want to do this in reverse. I have a lion ...
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What aspects are important in a lens for candid shooting in ambient light indoors?

I have solid lenses for my 7D for outdoor photography, but now I want to venture indoors. Closer focal distance, Potentially less light. What are the key artistes of a lens that I should look for? ...
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Will newer lenses work completely on a Canon 5D?

I have a Canon 5D and been using older lens on the camera. But I never bought a newer lens since I was afraid that the hardware (image stabilizer, focus, etc..) on the newer lens won't work with the ...
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Bought a second hand retro polaroid but I think the lens is missing, how will this affect photos? (I know nothing at all about cameras)

So I bought a polaroid in a charity shop for £5 (I know absolutely nothing about cameras, and I mean NOTHING) but it doesn't have the plastic bit inside the main round bit- I think that's a lens? How ...
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How do I attach a Vivitar wide angle lens to my Nikon d3200?

I've just bought a Nikon D3200. It included a Vivitar Series 1 high-definition 0.43X 52mm wide angle lens (along with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 auto focus-S DX VR Nikkor zoom lens). I really have no idea ...
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telephoto canon lens for indoors [closed]

I am wanting to purchase a new canon telephoto lens specifically for shooting in poor light conditions indoors with the subjects far away. Can you suggest a good option please?
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The lens is stuck, and error message is displayed for Canon A4000 IS [duplicate]

You can see the error here http://srv2.jpg.co.il/4/55bd03aebb1b6.jpg I turn on the camera and it shows me this error and turns off after few seconds. Here you can see that the camera is stuck. The ...
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what trick do you use to have minimum stress on the lens while hiking?

My camera bag has two positions lens facing upward or downward. Most camera bags will have this position when mounted on your shoulder. I am attaching a picture of mine: So like most camera bags, ...
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Can I use film that's 20+ years old?

I recently bought a Minolta film camera and it had some film with it. The film is dated 1991 - 1994. Can I use the film?
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UV filter stuck on lens [duplicate]

Just bought an expensive Nisi UV filter, screw it in on my lens, and now I can not take it off... Why these things happen with almost every filter? Any suggestions how can I take it off without ...
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What's wrong with my Sigma 18-250mm lens?

I don't know what happened with my Sigma lens. Basically when I mount it on my camera everything is dark and auto focus cannot focus. It's like not enough light is coming though. When I put a ...
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Why don't we have a single lens e.g. say a 18-200 f/1.2 lens for the SLR camera? [duplicate]

Right now we have multiple interchangeable lenses. So why don't we have a single lens, say a 18-200 f/1.2 lens? Are camera manufacturers deliberately avoiding that or it is that it is physically ...
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How to replace the zoom ring on a Nikon 18-200 lens?

The zoom ring (the rubber-band part) on my Nikon 18-200 is a little stretched out. What is the best way to replace this? I already had to remove the black sticker on the front of the lens when the ...
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Where to get replacement black sticker for the front of a lens?

On a recent trip the filter threads came loose on my Nikon 18-200, and some of the screws that held it in place where caught in the black sticker that covers them. I peeled off the sticker, and ...
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Tamron 18-200mm super wide angle lens [duplicate]

I purchased this lense, it says that it is a wide angle lense also. I would like to know hiw i can tell for sure, is it a wide lense or not?
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Do I need to buy anything more than just body and lenses?

I want to buy a body DSLR and custom lens but I'm quite new to photography and I do not know if it's enough or I have to buy something else too (just to make it work and do photos). I know body kits ...
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What setting do I use for a 70-300 lens? [closed]

I have a 70-300 lens and I tried taking a picture of a ship on Lake Michigan. The Picture was blurry and I was using a tripod, What settings do I need to have my camera set on to get nice clear ...
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Can you use a Krasnogorsk lens (from the 16mm movie camera) on a Sony NEX camera?

I found links to adapters on eBay, but you can never really tell if they're legit... I'd love to know if someone has tried to pair these two together, either a Sony VG-30 type camera which has E-Mount ...
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What can you do when your lens' focus ring becomes too loose?

One of my lenses I always carry (Olympus Pen lens, I fit it on a Sony NEX), has a focus ring that is becoming a bit too loose. Probably due to carrying it in a bag very often and taking a lot of ...
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600D Lens Don't Move back and front

My camera lens recently started losing focus. When I press the shutter halfway, the lens just doesn't respond and adjust focus. The flash flickers an electric sound and light but then the camera ...
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What lens should we use to shoot large products in a small studio?

I work for a company that sells events and trade show booths. We have a studio to shoot the products, but unfortunately, it is on the small side. I would need a wide angle lens to shoot the products. ...
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Should I use a 24-105 or a 70-200 lens for photographing a high school marching band?

Ok, I am an amateur photographer and I will start being the marching band photographer for my high school. I will get a Canon 7d soon, but I'm told it has poor low-light capabilities, which is a ...
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What differences are there between the Opteka 6.5mm and Rokinon 8mm fisheye for Nikon?

I have heard these two lenses are the same. Are they just made by the same company (Samyang) or are the physically the exact same lens? If not, what differences are there, physically and optically? ...
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50mm and 100mm macro lenses difference at the minimum focus distance?

So I bought a Kiron 105mm f2.8 1:1 lens recently to be used with my Sony a6000. I know that the difference between a 50mm macro and a 100mm macro is how close you can get to your subject, that is with ...
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Canon 600D - Next lense for travel, landscape, architecture [closed]

I have the Canon 600D with the 10-18mm f4.5-5.6, 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 and 50mm f1.8. Now I am looking for my next lens which I do not want to spend more then 1000$. I was thinking of 70-200 f/4, but I ...
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How to work out the base “zoom magnification” of a lens? [duplicate]

I've come from 3x Zoom magnification land and am having a hard time adapting to all these complex "mm" systems. I'm thinking about buying some lenses to enhance the range of zoom of my Sony A5000 ...
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Are prime lenses sharp across the whole frame while zoom lenses are soft in the corners?

Somebody told me that there is a difference in sharpness between a zoom lens vs. prime lens. A 58-200mm will give sharp focus in the center of the frame but blurry performance at the corners, while ...
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Where can I find information on the Pentax Q lenses serial protocol?

I'm searching for detailed information on the Pentax Q lenses (any, but I'm especially interested in the 5-15mm-lens) serial protocol, which controls focus/zoom/aperture. So far I have found nothing ...