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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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Weather sealed lens

I'm thinking about buying a Nikon D7000 and I have found out that it's weather sealed (sealed to shoot in rain). So my questions are: Does it really work in heavy rain or is it only for a few water ...
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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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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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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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Which filters will fit Voigtlander 15mm?

I recently got myself Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm/4.5 lens, which I enjoy shooting a lot. It has built-in lens hood with filter threads and manual says it's fitted with 52mm filter threads. I ...
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Which Zeiss lenses are actually made in Germany?

Recently, I used a Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZE only to find a big "Made in Japan" marking on it. Which of their lenses are made in Germany, and does it matter if it's made there vs. Japan?
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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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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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Is there a list of lenses commonly considered “significant” for each mount?

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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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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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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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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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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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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How to obtain 180° FOV and little optical errors?

I'm thinking about building an all-sky camera, i.e. an automated camera that points straight up to the zenith and that captures the entire sky down to the horizon. The idea is to capture celestial ...
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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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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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Focus issues in a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens

I have a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (without VR) and the pictures taken with it are not sharp and crisp as I think they should be. I use it with a Nikon D7200 that works perfectly with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 ...
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What are all the types of lenses? [closed]

I see different types of lens in the market like prime, zoom, telephoto and macro. I'm not sure how many such types really exists and the functions/features of each. Can someone share an explanation ...
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How to repair/clean old lens? [on hold]

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 ...
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Build of SLR lens vs point-and-shoot lens [duplicate]

There are point-and-shoot cameras that offer large range of angle of view. For example, Nikon P900 with 24mm-2000mm. How such lenses exist only in point-and-shoot and too at a very low price? Why ...
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Can't decide which lens to get - wide angle vs 18-135mm IS STM [closed]

I can't decide whether I should get 18-135mm IS STM or some wide angle lens, which would cost approximately the same amount of money. I own 18-55mm IS STM and 75-300mm USM. I use Canon EOS 100D. What ...
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How to photograph small aircraft interior?

I want to make a poster. Can you give some tips for getting a great shot of my aircraft instrument panel? How to filter it, light it, reduce reflections and glare from glass bezels? I have a Nikon ...
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21mm + 28mm combination for backpacking purposes, is it too close? [closed]

I have been doing a lot of backpacking recently, and the more I do, the more I feel the need to carry more focal lengths. One problem is that backpacking is never compatible with carrying more than a ...
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Suggestions for supporting a heavy lens?

I have just returned to photography after several years in the wilderness, and as such I have invested in some decent lenses straight off the bat this time round. My main telephoto lens has ended up ...
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What is back-focusing?

What is back-focusing? Is it something I need to be worried about, or can I just live with it? How can I tell if my camera/lens is sufferring from it?
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What is a good street photography lens for Nikon D750? [duplicate]

I've been using a 50mm ƒ/1.8 on my Nikon D750 for some months now, and I'm looking to upgrade the lens for a new experience. Which lens should I get next? I'm wanting to do street photography, just ...
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Which prime lens for Pentax APS-C?

My girlfriend is buying a Pentax K-5 (I already have a Pentax DSLR so we thought it made sense for us to be able to share lenses), and she's not sure about which lens to get with it, so I've been ...
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Old Sigma 18mm lens causes Err 01 on Canon DSLR

I've bought a Sigma 18MM 3.5F Ø72mm Autofocus for a Canon SLR. The thing is that I've got a Canon 40D so I made a mistake I think. The lens only works the aperture is set to f/3.5; any other aperture ...
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II causes Err 01 only when zoomed beyond 135mm

I am getting the following error with my EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens only when I zoom it beyond 135mm: Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty. Clean the lens ...
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Why are crop lenses indicated with focal lengths they don't have [duplicate]

If we will use crop lenses only on crop bodies, why do we all crop lenses for example "10mm" when they are actually "16mm" (with a crop factor of 1.6 in this case)? Edit: I am familiar with the ...
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Since it's not “focal length”, what is the term for the distance at which things are in focus?

I was under the impression that the “focal length” of a lens is the distance at which stuff appears in-focus. (E.g., perhaps I set the camera so that objects 3 meters away appear sharp, ...
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What lens should a traveller buy? [closed]

I am a traveller. I like taking walking tours and clicking pictures of people in the street. Once i developed a passion for photography, New York was the first place in visited. I used a 35 mm Nikon ...
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Pictures start in focus then go out of focus?

I was recently shooting some surf after a session with my 7d and Tamron 18-270MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. I started shooting while he was in focus, then as he got to the main part of the maneuver the ...
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Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 poor image quality

I recently bought for my D3300 two new lens. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art. As I expected, due to specifications and measurements in DXOMark, the 50mm lens is awesome. A lot more ...
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Are focus and noise problems I see with my Nikon D80 simply because newer cameras are better?

I can't seem to get photos with good focus or without noise. Is it the fault of the Nikon D80?I have read that cameras only two or three years old have much better light sensors and that that is what ...
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Is there a difference between taking a far shot on a 50mm lens and a close shot on a 35mm lens?

I am looking for a prime lens to pick up, and I'm wondering if there is any difference between 35mm and 50mm in terms of the end product if I just stand back more with the 50mm. I use the Sony a6000 ...
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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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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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When to use exposure delay?

I recently found an option "Exposure delay" to minimize vibration. But is it necessary to use when you have VR on the lens? And does it do anything "extra/meaningful" by using both the VR and Exposure ...
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What kind of lens defect is this spot on my lens?

I just bought a Xiaoyi (a cheap GoPro style POV camera made by Xiaomi), and after removing the protective lens sticker I found the lens to have a spot on/in it. It's either an air bubble or fungus, ...
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Safest way to transport a teleprime len(s) during backpacking and flying

Context So I have a Nikon 300mm f4 AF and may consider it's older but larger cousins the Nikon 400mm f3.5 or Nikon 600mm f5.6. I have a special pouch for the 300mm and it can easily fit in my ...
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Which lens/focal length offers the widest viewing angle without too noticable distortion/fish-eye-effect?

I am looking for a lens for my Sony Alpha 77 (APS-C), which gets me an as wide as possible viewing angle, but I also hate that fisheye effect one gets from using too low of a focal length. About where ...
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Samyang 14mm or Rokinon 8mm fisheye? Which is better for landscapes?

My camera body is a Canon 550D/T2i. Which one would be better for landscapes and why?
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Does wide angle equivalent in crop sensor skew image?

I see many posts on both this forum and elsewhere the discuss the use of a wide angle on a crop sensor. For example, they discuss how at 14mm lens is 14mm on a 35mm film or full frame, but with a ...
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Nikon 16-85 VR focus noise problem?

My 16-85 VR is doing some weird noise during focus, manual or auto. It's like an hiss. I asked in a local shop and they said it can be some microdust inside the lens. But I'm a little worried it can ...
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Does a crop sensor affect closest focusing distance? Why does it not affect focal length in EXIF data?

Since I am considering to buy the Nikkor 105mm micro VR, I wondered if the cropped sensor does affect the closest focusing distance of 0.31m? Thinking about this, the following additional (and ...
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How do lenses control “projection”?

How is a fisheye lens made differently from a normal ortholinear projection lens? How are real lenses acting differently from the ideal "thin lens" or pinhole, in terms of how the 3D scene in front ...
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Street photography with Canon 1200D

Recently I bought Canon 1200D with 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses. I am interested in street photography. I would like to know which lens I should use. I don't want to buy a new one right now (maybe ...
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What do all those cryptic number and letter codes in a lens name mean?

Then looking at a lens name there is a lot of acronyms in the name describing it's features (often specific to the manufacturer). Examples, Nikon: Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm VR f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Nikon ...