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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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Is this attempt to make lens measurements and focal lengths more intuitive correct?

I know next to nothing about cameras (other than how to push the shutter button). Up until a few days ago I thought of zoom as simply a multiple (e.g. my Canon S95 has 3 or 5X optical zoom) and had ...
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What are the distinquishing features of 50mm prime lenses for Sony?

I have a Sony SLT A58 and the standard 18-55mm zoom, and am thinking to go for a 50mm prime — but I am not sure which is the best one for me. Are there other manufacturers besides Sony which develop ...
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Is it true that there are no stabilized prime lenses (and if so, why)?

Fast prime lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens work nicely in low-light situations. But I'm quite sure they would work even more nicely if they had optical image stabilizers. It seems to me that no ...
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Why do 3rd party lenses have compatibility issues?

I actually have 3 questions, related to this topic: 1) Do third party manufacturers like Sigma/Tamron/Tokina license the right to develop for Nikon/Canon mounts? I've heard people say they do, and ...
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What is the best techniques to photograph large rugs?

I am trying to take pictures of small and large rugs. I have Canon 6D with 24-70mm lens. Could you please suggest the best way for mounting the camera to the ceiling, and any other recommendations for ...
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Can lens coating be reapplied?

If the lens coating is torn or worn of by extended use, is it possible to reapply it? I don't mean a do it yourself repair, but rather a repair performed by the manufacturer. It also may very well not ...
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How do I choose a zoom lens for Canon APS-C?

I know nothing about any of this. From my research, Canon's 70D looks like a good camera body for a retired (31 years) professional photographer (my dad) to "pick the camera back up" in the digital ...
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EF vs EF-S for a Canon 70D body? [duplicate]

Stretching my budget for a new 70D body. Seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. Am I wasting my money only purchasing an EF lens to go with it? The EF-S is well out of my price range.
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Capturing astro photography with D7100

I just bought a Nikon D7100, with the basic kit lens 18-105mm. I was wondering, if I can capture stars or milky way with it. Will the answer to this question work for me? As it says 24mm on f/2. Also ...
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Was the background blur in this image done with a Petzval lens?

I am interested to know how the background blur in this image was done. Is it a petzval lens?
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Will a tilt-shift lens solve my 'leaning building' shots?

I shoot primarily with a Nikon D300, and that's not likely to change soon. The camera does everything I need it to do, but this. I also use a 17-55 lens, which I know that Thom castigates as being ...
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Baby photo shoot lens selection

I am planning on doing a homemade baby photography for a 3-week-old baby (my daughter :)). I count on a Nikon D40 (I know, need to upgrade!) and 2 lenses: 18-105mm and a fixed 50mm f1.8. Which lens ...
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How do you find the nodal point of a lens?

When shooting a panorama, rotating the camera & lens about the nodal point of the lens is expected to produce higher-quality images (in the sense that they match better at the edges) -- hence the ...
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How does the Sony SEL 16mm F2.8 compare to the 20mm F2.8? [closed]

I want to get a pancake lens for my NEX. Which lens would you recommend in terms of picture quality?
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Can I use these old lenses from DVT vision systems on modern cameras?

I have a bunch of old Tamron lenses (12mm, 25mm, 50mm, 75mm, etc) that were used on old vision systems (DVT Cameras). These systems are now obsolete and the cameras / lenses are being disposed of. Is ...
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What is the cheapest Macro lens I could get for my Canon 600 D? [closed]

I have Canon 600D and want to buy the cheapest and best Macro Lens. Which would be the best and cheapest lens for Macro photography? Please help! Thanks!
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DSLR Lens For Close Range Full Body Shots

I have a Nikon D800 and a 70-120mm zoom lens and a 105mm macro lens. I am doing portrait photography and I want to be able to take photos at close range (just a few feet away) while still capturing ...
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How does lens-hoods for pancake lenses work? (Canon EF 40mm with ES-52)

Normally I use lens-hoods on every of my glasses (flairlight blocker, lens protection). Some days ago a bought the Canon EF 40mm STM (Pancake-Lens). So I look for the fitting lens-hood and found the ...
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Is there a digital body that will let me use analog Zeiss T* MM lenses lenses from a Contax 167MT?

Is there a digital body that will let me use analog Zeiss lenses from a Contax 167MT? They are T* MM lenses. Will all adaptors produce the same focus issues?
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As a photography beginner, should I spend more on a lens or settle for a low end model? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography. I'm looking at getting a mirrorless Olympus camera, and am at present selecting the lens to accompany it. There is a good deal available on a package including a camera body + ...
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Which terms accurately describe the lens mount on a Canon 7?

I've gotten a used Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera from my grandfather. I'm given to understand that it's a reasonably cool old camera, and the 50mm/1.4 lens isn't too shabby either. I am ...
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Is a 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4 a good lens for portraits in low light?

I only have one lens right now. It's the Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. I think this lens is great when the lighting conditions are right but in low light I usually have to resort to flash. ...
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Will there be any difference in photos taken using full frame and crop lenses on a crop camera?

I see a lot of questions comparing full frame (e.g EF for Canon, FX for Nikon) and crop lenses (e.g. EF-S for Canon, DX for Nikon) but I can't find the answer to what would be the differences between ...
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What kind of lens do I need for low-light portraits for an Nikon D5100 camera?

I just bought a Nikon D5100 kit with 18-55mm lens. I am now looking for a good portrait lens that should be good in low light conditions. I was thinking about buying Nikkor 1.8d 50mm or Nikkor 1.8G ...
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How can I compare the lens serial number from the EXIF of a picture, to the serial on my lens?

I have a Canon EOS 85mm f/1.2 L II lens. I sold it to someone, they claim it was broken and sent it back. I am trying to prove that the lens I sent to them, is not the one they returned. From ...
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Why do I see different focuspoint in my DSLR's viewfinder and screen with old lenses?

I've had an old completely analog Praktika SLR with a set of lenses for a few years now. The camera and lenses are still quite good but I wanted to go digital. Having recently acquired a Nikon D5200, ...
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What is the purpose of the small meter behind window on a lens?

I'll buy a zoom lens for my Nikon D5100 Either the 55-300 VR or the 70-300 VR But on the site I saw this meter (sorry, I don't know the name of this meter) on the Nikon 70-300 VR lens and have seen ...
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Should I buy this Nikon 50mm f/1.8?

I've got an opportunity to buy a Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D prime lens for £75. Has anyone used this lens who could give an opinion? The reason I'm looking into buying it is that in an earlier ...
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Which lenses typically don't focus properly on the Canon 60D?

I currently have the 18-200mm kit lens for my canon 60D. I am thinking of getting the 10-22mm wide angle lens as a second lens. So far with my kit lens I havent experienced any focusing problems or ...
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Why is the center of image smudged with magenta/white at a small aperture?

I took two pictures with a Nikon D300 and a 17-55mm f/2.8G lens. Both pictures have been taken at ISO 200, aperture f/22 and shutter speed 1/8s. I used a tripod. The only difference between the two ...
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Can I make a Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D auto focus on a Nikon D3100?

I just got a new lens - the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D - and I'm using it on my Nikon D3100 Camera. is there a way to get the lens to auto focus? my other lens has a switch right on the lens to ...
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Very old Ricoh camera and lenses to work with newer Canon EOS camera

I've been given an old bag of Ricoh camera and lenses and I find that it would be such a waste not to be able to use in some way all this again for something. Can you give me some suggestions as to ...
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How do I decide what lenses I will need for a trip to New Zealand? [closed]

I am going to visit New Zealand (both islands) and just trying to select lenses to take with me. I have Pentax K-x DSLR and following lenses: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Pentax-DA L 18-55mm ...
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What makes the focus ring on a lens go smoothly?

I’m curious about the smooth movement of the zoom or focus rings on a lens. How is the smooth movement done? Is there some kind of liquid with high viscosity? That doesn’t sound very probable. On the ...
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Will Canon Cameras fit all Canon lenses?

I have a Canon Rebel T3i. I have the standard lens. I am looking to buy a telephoto lens that won't break the bank! I am looking at a Canon 55-250 telephoto lens. Is this a good quality lens,and will ...
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What is the right lens for photographing the northern lights? [duplicate]

Im a complete amateur at photography. I recently bought a Nikon d3200 SLR with the 18-55mm lens kit. I've bought it specifically for my trip to Lapland to hopefully see the northern lights. Could ...
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Best lens choice for day time outdor shoot? [closed]

I am fairly new to photography. I planned a trip to hill station this weekend. I have following lenses: 40mm f2.8 (pancake) 18-55mm IS II 55-250mm IS II Should I carry all the lenses or would ...
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Is optical image stabilization a necessary feature for any lens?

I am looking to buy a decent telephoto lens for my Nikon D3100. A 55-200mm Nikon lens costs almost Rs. 9000 ($144.67) and a Tamron 70-300mm lens costs almost $130 . The problem is that these lenses ...
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What advantages does the Canon EF-S 18-55mm III have over the IS II version?

I was wondering if the Canon EF-S 18-55mm III lens had any advantages above the EF-S 18-55mm IS II, which has image stabilizing. The III seems to be a newer version, but hasn't got stabilizing. Will ...
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What were important things you took into account when purchasing your first camera and lens? [closed]

Ok I am ready to purchase my first serious camera. I owned a FujiFix s1800 but didn't like the quality of the headshots I took. Headshots would be the main reason for purchase but I'd also like to ...
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What can cause different aberration on left side and right side of photo?

I got a photo of starry sky where I find different kind of aberrations on the left side and the right side of photo. It seems consistent in various photos so far, but this lens is quite new to me and ...
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k mount lens to a 58mm thread camera [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I use Pentax lenses on a Lumix FZ18? I found this 3 old lenses from a ricoh kr10 camera which I really liked a lot. The problem is that that camera doesnt work ...
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At what distance from the lens will the image be in focus given a subject distance and focal length? [closed]

I've been trying to figure this one out for more than an hour now and I have no idea how to calculate this... You capture a picture of a tree which is standing 3m away from the camera. The focal ...
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Which Lens is better to use for portrait photography? [duplicate]

Currently am using Canon EOS 600D with 18-55 mm lens. I am concentrating on portrait photography . i need some suggestions for the lens that i can use for it.
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What is the best camera and lens to buy as a gift? [closed]

My husband owns a media business and I want to buy him a great camera as a gift. I was thinking of buying him the 5D Mk III, but it does not come with lenses. Is that a good camera to buy him and what ...
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Dropped camera, now lens won't attach to body - How much for repairs? [duplicate]

I dropped my Nikon D3200. Camera still turns on, but the lens wont attach to the body. It looks like something at the bottom of the lens might be broken; not the actual lens, but a small black circle ...
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Are lenses like this actually available?

Is a lens like the one below actually available? This is a screenshot from a movie. The photographer in the movie uses this lens to covertly photograph the scene happening to his right using this ...
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What specifics does a street style/detailed photography camera + lens need to have?

I have about 1000£ to spend on a new camera and lens. I will be doing Street style photography and portraits. What does a camera for this use case to have? What lens / how many mm is best for ...
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How important is it that the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens does not return distance data?

I read at the photonotes website that the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens does not return distance information to the camera, to be used for E-TTL II. How important is this, and should this be a ...
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what is the canon 18-55mm IS lens good for? [duplicate]

is the canon 18-15mm lens good for self portraits and nature pictures {trees, leaves, DETAILED rain or snow} ?