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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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How can I clean a camera effectively?

My camera lenses are getting particles and such on them, and whenever I take very close up (Macro) Picture, I can see these particles on the image. There are also fingerprints on the LCD screen. There ...
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How do I clean the external forward-facing glass on my lens?

How do I clean the external forward-facing glass on my lens? Over the last year or so of use it has accumulated a little dust and a translucent smear mark. Nothing serious, but I'd like to remove ...
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How do I eliminate lens flare in my pictures?

I have taken a few pictures that show these circles, and I'm getting very annoyed at this problem. Seems most common on sunny days. This particular picture is not my own, but it is a good example of ...
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Are there any good pancake lenses for Canon EOS DSLRs?

I've always liked the thought of having a super-thin ("pancake") lens for my Canon DSLR, for when I just want to take my camera out with as little bulk as possible. I'm not even too concerned about ...
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Why does an aperture crop the image when you look through a lens itself but not when you look through the viewfinder?

I have been studying lenses for two days now and the aperture is very confusing. Based on the question here it appears that the aperture should not crop the image at all but when I look through a lens ...
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Do the Lightroom lens correction tools make good lenses less important?

Lightroom has Lens Correction tools such as Distortion, Vignetting, Chromatic Abberation, etc. depending on the brand and model of lens. Due to this feature, is it less relevant what the distortion ...
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What to look for when testing a wide angle lens before buying?

I'm looking at buying a used wide angle lens (specifically Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 ) for a crop camera. The question What should one look for when buying a used lens? covers the basics when ...
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What lens should I get next to start professional photography? [closed]

let me start by saying I am venturing further into the photography world and will like to start making money out of my 'expensive' hobby if I can. As such is the reasoning for my questions. Money is ...
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Is focal range the only significant difference between Canon's EF-S 18-135 IS and 18-200 IS lenses?

Is there any difference in performance (other than focal range) between Canon's EF-S 18-135 IS and 18-200 IS kit lenses, in terms of sharpness, contrast, AF speed, or anything else? I can't decide ...
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What DX Nikon lenses should I look at for concert/club photography?

I'm looking at upgrading my kit for a music photojournalism internship over the summer and I was wondering what the best way to spend $600 was. My current setup is a d7000, a kit lens, a manual ...
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Is there any downloadable Photoshop CS5 Lens Profile for iPhone (3GS)?

Either user- or Adobe-created, is there any downloadable lens profile for iPhone (3GS) cameras for Photoshop, for use with Lens Correction?
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What lens do I need to do product photography with my Olympus E500?

I have an Olympus E500 camera passed onto my by my father in law and since fallen in love with photography. I now have a client who is requesting a product shoot of some of his products and I would ...
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What lenses should I take with my Nikon D5100 for a trip through China and Nepal?

I'll be travelling through China/Nepal this coming September and have been trying to figure out which lenses would suit me best during my trip. I'll be visiting many temples/ monasteries and many ...
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Best image quality non-prime walk around lens for travelling with a Canon crop dSLR?

If money where no object what is the best quality non-prime walk around lens to pair with a crop sensor Canon dSLR for travelling? From what i have read so far a lot of people recommend the Canon ...
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Are mirror lenses good for wildlife photography in daylight?

I've recently seen these Rokinon/Opteka mirror lens with whooping focal length (like 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm) at a cheap price. And I have seen some of their same pictures in Flickr and vendor ...
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Do Nikon D-100 lenses fit a D-90?

Do the lenses that fit a Nikon D-100 also fit a Nikon D-90 camera body?
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Nikon vs Canon vs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the most notably differences between Canon and Nikon lenses? Is there any significant difference between Nikon and Canon? My original thought behind this ...
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Looking for a good, cheap entry-level telephoto lens for Nikon D5100

I currently own a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm kit and am looking for a good, cheap entry-level telephoto lens. I'm a beginner, and plan to do wildlife, nature and landscape photography with an ...
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Are there any drawbacks to buying a white box item?

My friend just bought Canon T3i body only and he is looking for a lens. We decided Canon's 18-135mm would fit him as all purpose lens as a beginner. Here is the lens we found... but it says 'White ...
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Colored powder in a lens: will it need a cleaning?

I was taking photos of people playing Holi. Some of the powdered colour landed on the lens of my Canon Powershot S95, and in the groove of the flash housing. By lens, I mean the cylindrical part that ...
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Can I shoot a photo with my DSLR without the lens on?

I thought it would be interesting to see what kinds of effects I could get by shooting a photo without any lens on my DSLR. However, when I take the lens off, it tells me that no lens is attached ...
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What can be done using a 18-55mm lens?

I have a Canon EOS 1000D with 18-55mm kit lens (entry level, as many say). Whenever I go out for a shoot, I always end up feeling handicapped because of the limited zoom range. Most of my friends ...
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Do lenses affect color fidelity?

It seems to me that my costlier (Tamron 90 f/2.8 macro) lens gives better colors than my cheap Canon 18-55 IS kit lens. So does lens matter for color quality? What physical processes are involved in ...
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Can I save money on lenses by buying a Nikon camera with an in-body autofocus motor?

I have dilemma what camera is better Nikon D5100 or D90. The first one is newer but the second one has lens servo ("screwdriver") motor. My question is: can I save some money overall with the more ...
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What is the effective aperture of two stacked lenses for macro?

Is there a way to calculate the aperture of two lenses stacked together for macro? In my specific case, I have 90mm f/2.8 and 18mm 1/3.5 lenses.
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Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM or Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS to replace a broken kit lens?

I'm looking to upgrade the 18-55 kit lens I got with my 450D. I finally settled choosing between these two. Which one would you get and why? I do mostly amateur photography on my spare time, trips ...
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Do I need a filter for my prime lens in order to protect it from dust, splashes, etc?

From here: http://photo.stackexchange.com/a/569/5205 UV Filters: Many photographers feel that it is worthwhile to put a UV filter on the front of every lens, on the basis that this will protect ...
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Is the Quality Inconsistent on the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L MkI lens?

I'm considering buying a Canon 24-70 L Mk I. There is one thing that scares me a bit, though: reading reviews around the intertubes it appears that a fair number of people had to send their copy back ...
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Will switching from a Nikon D60 to a Canon EOS 60D be better for night photography, city photography, and portraits?

I am currently using Nikon D60 and have been itching to upgrade for some time. There are a lot of things about Canon EOS 60D that seem very appealing to me. The higher resolution, the sensor that ...
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What should I do when my Nikon AF-S lens won't auto focus?

I have a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX I bought for my Nikon D5100, it's only a couple months old, never been dropped or anything, and it all of a sudden won't auto focus. Anyone know if this is a simple ...
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One expensive (L) lens or a variety of cheaper lenses, or a better body?

I'm a photography enthusiast, my current equipment are the following: Canon EOS 1000D EF-S 18-55mm (the kit lens) Sigma 55-200mm Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (the one i enjoy the most) Now so you can ...
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What do I need to take better landscapes and low light sports photos?

I have a Nikon D5000, and Nikon 70-300mm VR Nikon 18-55mm lenses. I am looking to improve my basketball, soccer, football, and baseball photos, and also scenery photos. My pictures in a gym or low ...
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Does a 35mm prime lens show the same bokeh as a 50mm prime lens on a cropped sensor?

I came to know that a 50mm prime lens on a cropped sensor behaves like an 75mm prime lens. So, does the 35mm prime lens behave like a 50mm prime lens on a cropped sensor? If yes, then will it show ...
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What 300mm lens to get for my Nikon camera for wildlife photography in a national park?

I'm shopping for a 300mm lens for my Nikon D60. Which lens do you suggest? I want to use it mostly to capture images of animals in the Kruger National Park?
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Are film lenses effectively longer focal lengths on cropped-sensor DSLRs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does my crop sensor camera actually turn my lenses into a longer focal length? My wife has a pair of Tokina lens (28-80mm and 100-300mm, I believe, without the lens here ...
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Are these Nikon 16-85mm lenses actually the same?

I just ordered the D7000 with three lenses, one of them was the Nikon AF 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G AF-S ED. Now I found that they sell a package "D7000 with 16-85mm, AFS G VR" for $100 less. I can undo ...
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Will a firmware update/change erase Canon's service center lens calibration settings?

Since it's pretty cheap in Korea, I sent all my prime lenses and my new Canon 60D to be calibrated at the local Canon service center so they can be "matched" to the body. If I install a newer updated ...
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Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM or Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM Lens?

I want a wide angle lens for my Nikon D90 and after reading numerous reviews I think I will go for a Sigma. The only dilemma, which I haven't found an answer for is, which one to go for? The Sigma ...
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How can one use a reversing ring with Nikon G lenses?

So, this blog (credit to mattdm for pointing it out) says: Firstly, when you turn the lens around you obviously lose the CPU connection between the lens and the camera, so say goodbye to ...
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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D has less distortion than Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G?

Some of the Amazon reviews say that Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D has less distortion than Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G? The D is about $80 cheaper, is smaller, lighter, has less distortion, and has manual aperture ...
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In what kind of scenes does it make sense to use f/1.4 aperture?

I have been told that it is difficult to focus with an aperture of f/1.4. So, in which kind of scenes does it actually make sense to use the f/1.4? In portraits they say that it is important to keep ...
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Is it difficult to focus on 1.4F prime lens, and if it is how to counter that?

Does difficulty in focusing have anything to do with 1.4F (Nikon G)? Will it be still difficult if I use manual focus? Is auto focus too slow? Is there a way to counter it? This example photo (from ...
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How to compare the focal length of a 50mm prime lens with the default lens of a point and shoot camera?

To imagine the 50mm focal length of a prime lens 1.4F, can I simply zoom the lens of my point and shoot camera up to 50mm? Will both the focal lengths be same? Any other way to imagine the focal ...
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Why does the max aperture change when use Nikon 60mm AF-D Micro on D90 camera?

I have found that my Nikon 60mm Micro AF-D changes aperture from 2.8 to 3.2 when used with a D90. I have tried both A and M mode. Is it by design? Why? I intend to buy Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-D, but it ...
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Does maximum aperture change with focus distance with the Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens?

This site says The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens loses 1/2 stop at 1:5, 1 stop at 1:3, 1.5 stops at 1:1.5 and 2 stops at 1:1 (lifesize). Can anyone confirm that at 1:5 magnification, ...
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How can I use Minolta / Sony AF lenses on Nikon DSLR bodies?

I'd like to use selected Minolta & Sony AF lenses on a Nikon — say, a D700. Can I, and if so how? My first SLR was a Minolta SRT303B and I've used Minolta since. That was manual but I now ...
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What is the difference between these various Nikon zoom lenses?

Nikon AF-S 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G ED Nikon AF-S 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G ED The second one costs twice as much money as the first one, but what's the benefit of choosing the second one? Same with ...
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50mm lens=75mm on DX camera? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a 50mm lens for my nikon d3100 and I just came across an AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens and it says in the description that if it's used on a DX camera, the angle of view is going to be 75mm. I ...
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If I have an 85mm lens for portraits, is a 50mm useful as well?

I recently got my Canon EF 85mm f1.8, after lot of thought over if I should buy Canon EF 85mm f1.8 or Canon EF 50mm f1.4, I decided on 85mm so that I can shoot portraits of people even from a ...
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Why are cine lenses so much more expensive?

For example, compare a cine lens like the Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm/T2.1 ($3,900) to a high-end DSLR lens like the Canon 50mm f/1.2L ($1418). Both are EF-mount, have the same focal length, and it ...