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Does a greater optical zoom range on a lens mean less image quality?

I have read that big optical zooms of let's say 10X do not produce excellent image quality. Is this true even nowadays, as there have been many technological improvements in this area? For example, ...
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You have two rooms to build your photography skills, measuring about 12 x 12 feet and 9 x 8.8 feet. What lens/lenses would you buy and why?

After days of indecision I've decided I'll be buying the Nikon D5100. Now my only issue is what lens/lenses to go for. I think it will be best to give you an idea of what types of photographs I intend ...
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What are the caveats for buying a teleconverter that is of a different brand than the lens?

What are the caveats when choosing a teleconverter brand that is of a different brand than the lens it will be attached to in attempt to maximize image quality? Lets assume the following to make the ...
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How many filters can you stack?

The rental store only has 16X (4-stop) ND Filters, and I'd ideally like to get at least 8-10 stops of filtration. How many filters can I stack on top of one another before the image starts to ...
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More detail close up at 50mm than further back with at 85mm?

In terms of quality of picture and overall detail of subject (e.g. the face of a child), would it be better to stand closer to shoot at 50mm or stand back at 85mm (assuming the quality of the lens was ...
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Are there any comparison photos of different lenses (with the same camera and scene)?

I've heard claims ranging from "higher-quality lenses only make a noticeable difference for scientific applications and super-huge prints," to "even the difference between high-quality and ...
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What does it mean to excite aliases?

I recently came across the phrase 'excited aliases.' The phrase seems to be related to lens sharpness in some way. While a web search turns up the phrase a few times, I am unable to locate a decent ...
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Is the size of the rear opening of a lens related to image quality?

I purchased a Sony NEX F3, and it came with a 16mm lens and a 18-55mm lens. It seems to me that the 18-55mm lens produces better picture. Does the bigger lens opening in the 18-55mm lens produce ...
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Lens with small scratches on the front element - how do they affect IQ?

I am looking to buy a CANON 28mm 1.8 EF lens. I found an offer, significantly discounted, of a lens with small scratches on the front element. The offer is very tempting. Here is a photo posted by ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 vs Canon 28mm f/1.8 (vs Sigma 30mm f/1.4)

I have the nifty-fifty and I am in love with the kinds of images it can produce, particularly when it comes to portraits. I really enjoy the lens, but I have one problem; it is a little bit too tight ...
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Can a sharp picture with a kit lens plus post processing rival a “pro” lens?

If I am able to take a relatively sharp picture with a kit lens, and boost the vibrance and or saturation during post processing, will that picture be comparable to ones taken from an expensive ...
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What characteristics make a good lens good?

When reading lens reviews on the Internet, I often find subjective statements about the image quality that a lens produces, such as "good contrast" or "sharp". The problem is that I don't think I am ...
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What causes this bluish tint and other anomalies in this image?

I bought a Tamron CF Macro 28-70mm 3.5-4.5 lens on eBay for $35 AUD plus postage - cheap enough to give it a go and see what it's like. I took a range of photos with my Sony NEX-C3 to get a feel for ...
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Does using an adapter on lenses affect the quality of the image?

The camera I am thinking buying doesn't have much selection of lenses. Only 7 or 6 lenses, but using an adapter on the camera can widen the lens selections. Does using non native lenses have any side ...
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Does the higher price lens always reflect better quality regardless of it being 3rd party or not?

When looking at various lenses you will see the camera manufacturer lenses made by the camera manufacturer. Then you will see other 3rd party lenses (Tamron, Sigma, etc). Does it pay to get the ...
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Image Quality of Canon 18-135 IS compared to 28-135 IS USM?

I have the Canon 28-135 IS USM lens and I am pondering replacing it with the newer 18-135. I know I'll be giving up the USM and FTM focus and gaining 10mm on the wide end (replacing my old kit ...
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How does the megapixel-count and the aperture size affect the quality of the image from a given lens?

I have read that some lenses don't "support" high resolutions, so, for example, for some lenses (e.g. Nikkor 16-85 VR ), it's better to shoot at 9MP, instead of shooting at 16MP. Is this the case ...
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Is it possible for a lens to produce too much contrast?

I came across a complaint that a certain lens produces too much contrast. The lens was described as rendering "cartoonish" contrast when shooting a portrait with diffused light from a window, where ...
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What is the influence of the camera on the performance of a lens?

Shouldn't a lens be good or bad independently of the camera it is used with? After seeing these reviews at DxOMark I got confused. By changing the camera where the lenses are tested I get different ...
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How do I find the aperture that produces the highest-quality images for a given lens?

I'm not talking about large aperture (f/1.8, f/2.8...), rather, about small apertures (f/18, f/20, f/23...). I read somewhere (actually I think it was on this site, but I don't exactly remember which ...
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How can I test a new lens to make sure it is operating correctly?

How can I test a new lens to make sure it is operating correctly? I found two similar questions with answers specific to things such as sharpness and focus, but I want to cover any and all possible ...
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What's a good lens for my Canon G7?

I'm not a professional photographer, but I use my camera on a regular basis to photograph my familiy and activities I attend. I own a Canon G7 (older version of the G11) and instead of upgrading to a ...
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How do the Pentax 18-55mm and 18-135mm compare in image quality?

I've been reading a lot about the Pentax DA 18-135mm lens and its performance compared to other lenses. I've heard that this lens is very soft at 135mm regardless of aperture. However, I've also ...
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What is decentering?

I have heard of a condition in imperfect lenses known as "decentering". What is decentering? When a lens is decentered, what exactly is wrong with the optical elements? What are its symptoms and ...
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Does image quality of a lens depend on the camera used?

I recently bought a Canon 50mm f1.8 for my Canon 1000d. But, I find that the images are not as sharp as those I saw in the reviews or any other images taken using other cameras like the 550d and ...
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Am I being unrealistic about image quality expectations from Canon 70-200 F/4 USM IS L Lens?

I'm shopping for a 70-200 F/4 USM IS L, and took a few test shots with it. Here's a full resolution jpeg, and a 100% crop with a focus point highlighted. It was shot handheld with IS on at 70mm / F4 ...
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Is there an IQ gain from Canon's 18-135 to 24-105L?

Just got a Canon 40D body, and was about to get Canon's 24-105L lens. I hear people raving about the lens, and it all made sense until I saw a Cameralabs' review of the lens. So don’t buy the EF ...
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Should I keep Image Stabilization (IS) off when I do not actually need it?

I own a Canon 7D and a EF-S 15-85 IS lens and I keep the image stabilization turned on all the time. Recently, an experienced photographer told me that this is a huge mistake because it reduces image ...
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How does the lens diameter influence photo quality?

I have tested two different 50mm lenses in my camera. One was a Nikkor 50mm ∅52mm. The other one was a Sigma 50mm ∅72mm. I took some pictures with both lenses using the same setup for aperture and ...