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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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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

First post on here so I'll try and put a bit of background. I'm brand new to taking "proper" photographs and want to get started in landscape photography as a hobby after seeing some great pictures ...
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How to remove oil from aperture blades?

If you go on ebay or other second hand places, you'll see a fair amount of lenses that have oil on the aperture (particularly on older lenses). I've done some reading and it looks like this oil is ...
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Actual Focal Length on APS-C cameras [duplicate]

I'm aware that actual focal length of a lens on APS-C cameras is longer than what is written on the lens. My question is, for lenses that are specially designed for APS-C cameras (like a Nikkor DX ...
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How to determine if a new lens is a subpar copy?

I have read some posts like the ones below about testing a lens to determine how well it performs optically. What I didn't see was anything on determining whether the lens performs as it should and is ...
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Can I adapt a Minolta AF-mount Tamron zoom lens for use on a Canon or Nikon DSLR?

I have a Tamron Minolta AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 LD aspherical macro lens, which I would like to use on a Canon EOS 600D or Nikon D5200 DSLR. The lens was used on a film SLR Minolta camera. Is there an ...
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E-mount lenses to A-mount bodies?

Is there such a way to adapt E-mount lenses to A-mount bodies? If not is there a reason this can not be done? If there is such an adapter can you recommend an adapter to me?
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How do I deal with a lens stuck on a Nikon D90?

My wife has a Nikon D90. She can't seem to switch lenses. When we push the release button the lens barely moves. Does lock back in to place though.
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What should I look for in a wide angle lens?

I'm pretty new to photography .. would appreciate if anyone could advise me a little on comparing wide angle lenses. For example, I'm looking at the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM and Canon EF 14mm ...
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Using motorized lense on a motorized Nikon body [duplicate]

Say I'm using a lens with an AF motor on a Nikon body which also have AF motor. Which one will be active? Is there a way to control it? Thanks
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Nikkor AF 70-300mm “Lens Not Attached” Error [duplicate]

My AF Nikkor 70-300mm lens stopped working with my D40 for no apparent reason. When I attach the lens, it claims there is no lens attached, even though there clearly is one attached, and the ...
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Has anyone used Canon EF lenses on Sony mirrorless cameras? [duplicate]

I'm looking to buy a Sony mirrorless camera. The draw back is the expense of extra lenses as Sony really is proud of their products. Has anyone here tried using a Canon EF lens on a Sony mirrorless ...
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Nikon D3200 - quality loss with stock lens and with old lenses?

I know that you can use an adapter to mount various old lenses on D3200, but would I lose quality by doing so? I even read something that said that the default VR2 lens delivers 3 times as poor ...
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Macro/Telescopic converters for Nikon D3200's 18-55mm VR2 lens? [duplicate]

Would I be able to mount the converters to this lens and would they work well and do much good for me? Are they even worth buying assuming I won't be getting any other lens for a while (they're ...
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Which lenses can use with my Sony A-mount body when using mount-adapters and what are the disadvantages of such adapters?

I own a Sony A77 APS-C SLT A-mount camera. For someone who likes to experiment and is on a budget, mount adapters are tempting, since they greatly expand the catalog of available lenses and open up ...
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Nikon 18-55 mm Lens Focus Wheel Jammed

I accidentally dropped my Nikon D3200 with a 18-55 mm lens about a foot onto a hard carpet. It originally looked ok, however I soon realised it wasn't focusing. I saw that the focus wheel was jammed ...
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How do I know if a tiny lens crack is a manufacturer fault?

1I bought the Canon zoom STM lens recently, and used it a couple of times indoors and just yesterday took it outside. Then I noticed a little dot , or what it seems like dust (the actual size might be ...
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Sigma lens adoptor to Nikon camera [duplicate]

I have a Sigma zoom 28-80mm 1:3.5-56 macro lens. I like to use it on a Nikon D3200 camera. Could anyone tell me which lens adoptor will fit and i need to buy. Thank you.
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Why does my camera insist that my Nikon 50mm f1.8 be locked at its lowest aperture setting?

I just got this lens and I really love it, but I can't seem to figure out why it will only take pictures at f/1.8. If I attempt to change the lens aperture setting, it says the aperture must be set at ...
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Explanation of the fisheye phenomenon

It seems that the fisheye effect can look different with the same lens. So I want to understand how it works. For example, I use a Dji Phantom vision 2 drone to take pictures, all of my pictures have ...
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Too heavy a lens? [duplicate]

Silly question. I have a Nikon D5100, that unfortunately just needed to go in for service. I am trying to make sure I don't do whatever I did again. I just got a new 500mm lens, it is quite heavy. Is ...
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What is the most compact camera/lens setup with movements?

I want to try perspective control and I'm good with using film (large format too) or digital camera (full-frame) to do that. What is the most compact option, which can be used while traveling?
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How to disassemble a lens assembly?

I recently picked up an Olympus OMZ 50mm f1.8 pretty cheaply of ebay. The front element has a slight mould on the rear side although so far I've not seen this affect the image quality. Disassembling ...
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What type of lens is more suitable for this type of portrait shot on railroad tracks?

Posted on FaceBook looking for volunteers to model for me for free and I give them the photos for free and some people agreed to that so I want to be prepared and at least take the right gear to the ...
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Is a 70-300 lens something you would get in addition to a 85 mm lens?

My budget range: Don't want to spend more than $1000.00 My goal: Taking nice portrait shots with bokeh and blurry backgrounds in non-studio places like standing next to a graffiti wall in a street. ...
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can i transform my manual focus lens into an autofocus lens?

I have a Nikon D3300 camera. And I bought a 55-300mm nikkor lens but this lens is not an autofocus lens, so when shooting I should manually focus and sometimes the photos are blurry. Is there any ...
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Will a 50mm EF lens give the same result as a 50mm EF-S lens? [duplicate]

edit: ^^ the answer to that question talks about the lens being the same and but not how or why this is the case, and does not answer the question about resultant image, First of all, to let you ...
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Rodenstock XR-Heligon 50mm 0.75 Lens

I found this crazy lens on ebay: Rodenstock XR-Heligon 50mm 0.75 Lens (here an example: ...
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Why doesn't exposure change when changing focal length?

With a Canon 550D camera and a Tamron 18-270 mm zoom lens, I tried to fix shutter time, aperture (f/8.0 to cover all zoom range), and ISO, so the exposure meter read 0.0 with 18 mm focal length and ...
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Why isn't the size of an object in macro image exactly proportional to the ratio of the focal length and distance in front of that?

Using a Canon 550D with a EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens, I can make a 1:1 macro photo at shortest film plane to subject distance of 310 mm, thus getting 22 mm of a scale on the APS-C sensor, which is ...
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What are some tips to keep a lens from rolling on its side when kept horizontally on a table?

Assuming we don't prefer to keep the lens vertically when not attached to a camera. I'm broadly referring to adding some sort of an attachment to keep it from rolling and falling of a table. Or any ...
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Technical book or resource (non-creative) [duplicate]

I'd like a resource from which to learn about technical, non-artistic/technique aspects, such as: Onion ring bokeh, and what causes it. Choosing of lens hoods, Why chromatic aberration happens/why ...
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Is there a correct way to swap lenses?

I am regularly swap between a telephoto and a kit lens on my Olympus 500. Normally I just switch over the covers and cap to the non-use lens and drop it in my bag but today it was particularly ...
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Is it risky to change lenses in the cold?

I am generally a lazy person, so I am extremely averse to changing lenses on my camera in the cold. I am concerned about my fingers getting cold, but here I read that condensation is extremely ...
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Wide Angle Lens recommendation for canon 70D (cropped sensor camera)

I am interested in landscape and have a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens but finding it does not capture enough and would like to purchase a Wide Angle lens. I am find ing the prices for the Canons too much ...
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What does f/4.5-5.6G stand for on a Nikon Lens? [duplicate]

Can you please explain me what is 4.5 - 5.6G in a lense description.And how it is different from other generation of like 3.5G or 6.5. "Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55 - 300 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens"
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Would a 85mm lens have allowed me to blur the background better in this photo of a DJ in action?

This is the picture I took: I had a Nikon-D610 and a 24-70mm f 2.8 lens on it and I used it on Manual mode and metering was f:2.8, Shutter speed: 1/20 sec and Focal length: 62mm. Also I was as ...
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Are mobile phone camera lenses good enough to support 20MP sensors?

With mobile phone cameras approaching 20 MP while maintaining small sensor sizes, pixels dimensions are typically around 1 μm or lower. What about the lenses? Are they good enough to produce an Airy ...
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Is the camera sensor or the lens the limit to resolution?

I have a pretty high res sensor on my camera, but sometimes I have the feeling my lens doesn't even get to this resolution. How can I tell if my camera sensor has not enough resolution or if the lens ...
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Can I use old Pentax-mount Vivitar lenses on Nikon DSLR? [duplicate]

I have some old Vivitar lenses (some still Boxed) that bear the marking PK-A/R and PK that I used on my old Pentax K mount SLR. Can I use them with my Nikon D5100 DSLR with a K to Nikon adapter? I ...
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Blurred corner problem

Nikkor 18-105 VR lens. What could cause such blurry left bottom corner? Is there anything more that I can do to diagnose problem? I have already tried the lens on different body with same result. ...
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Converter and lens combination to try on sony a7 or a6000

I have bought an a6000 with the kit lens, and it takes nice pictures but I miss some things that I was able to do with my Canon DSLR and old lenses. I have kept some of my Canon lenses. Should I buy ...
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Which EXIF tag to set for the 35mm equivalent focal length?

For a manual lens (*Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye) I want to add the focal length information to the EXIF metadata in the resulting pictures with exiftool. I use the lens on a Canon 60D body. Obviously I ...
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Does lens age affect color produced?

I came into some discussion with my friend, and my friend said that age may affect the color produced by the lens, i.e., a newer lens produce better color than an old lens (of the same model). Is this ...
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How do the 35mm Zeiss Loxia vs Sony Zeiss Sonnar compare for IQ for landscapes?

How do the Sony Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 and Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 lenses compare on the Sony a7? (I am interested more with image quality than ergonomics, build quality, price, etc.) I am ...
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Does the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens offer any significant advantage over the Canon 18-55mm IS II at a 24mm focal length?

Does the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens offer any significant advantage over the Canon 18-55mm IS II at a 24mm focal length (the kit lens for my T3i)? I'm looking for a cheap lens that offers a wide ...
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Why are lower focal length lenses wider? [duplicate]

Most of the wide angle lenses are lower focal length and the telephoto lenses are of longer focal length. Can someone explain (scientifically) to me how shorter focal length of the lenses is help to ...
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What is the best lens for shooting flat surfaces?

For a long time, I was making closeup photographs of flat surfaces using my cropped DLSR and Canon EF 50/1.4 lens. The scene was illuminated by an external flash. The focusing distance was the closest ...
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How is Nikon's PF optics different from and similar to Canon's DO optics?

Nikon has just announced a new 300 mm lens featuring a new technology called "PF" or "Phase Fresnel." This has been compared to Canon's existing DO (Diffractive Optics) lenses such as the 400 mm f4 ...
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Why is my zoom lens blurry at focal range past 100mm?

I recently purchased a used Canon 55-250mm IS lens and it works nicely at 55mm(even with lower shutter speed, and f/4 aperture), but turns out quite blurry at longer focal lengths, even with a shutter ...
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How do add on macro smartphone lenses allow you to take macro photos?

It may sound obvious, but how exactly does an add on macro lens allow you to take close up photos? Can someone give technical reasons? I'd like to know the physics behind add on macro lenses and how ...