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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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Do I need high end body to use telephoto lens?

I own a Canon 550d and wanted to buy telephoto zoom lens is it essential to buy high end body like 7d or 5d mark iii?
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How can I decide between the 70-300mm vs. 100-400mm Canon L lenses?

My current lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 I'm interested in wild life photography and landscape photography. I want to pick up my first L lens soon, and I am debating the ...
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How to capture the scene exactly as my eyes can see?

What settings of my DSLR camera will emulate the scene exactly as I can see through my naked eyes? I think it's not possible to get the contrast and colors exactly as my eyes can see, and it may vary ...
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As a beginner, which do I need to focus on more, camera body or lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When buying entry level cameras, are lenses really more important than the body? Is lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies? I am planning to get a DSLR, ...
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Differences b/w normal lens and macro lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the difference between a regular lens and a macro lens? what are the main differences b/w macro lens and normal lens. How a 100mm macro lens achieves more ...
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Will a 35mm lens work for great indoor pictures of my kids?

I just purchased the Nikon D5100 DSLR. The kit lens that came with it (18-55mm vr) is great when shooting outdoors, but once I try to take indoor pictures of my kids, the images aren't that good. Is ...
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Nikon - Are two lenses better than one? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the tradeoffs when replacing two zoom lenses with a superzoom? I'm after a zoom range of 28mm to 200mm. Budget is £600 GBP The Nikon 18-200mm VR II has a ...
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Picking a new primary zoom lens for D7000

I know this is a bit speculative question, but I believe the answers can be generally useful. At the moment I am using Nikon D7000 with the following lens setup: Nikon 18-55mm as an universal, ...
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Which wide-angle lens for Nikon?

I have a Nikon D70 and my better half has a Nikon D3000. She uses a 18-55mm lens (I think) and I have a Nikon 18-200mm lens which I love. We are going to Peru next year and I would like to get a ...
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What lenses can I mount on Canon that will give me a different, exotic look for portrait photography?

I was usually working with Canon lenses (the 85mm f/1.2, 8-15mm, 16-35mm), but recently, I've got myself the Zeiss 100mm f/2, and it blew me away. I never thought it possible, but it, while making ...
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Starting out professionally in families/kids/events photography in mostly natural setting vs studio

I am starting out and would appreciate advice on what lenses are ideal for families/kids/events in mostly natural settings with some indoor for events and such. The plan is to purchase a Canon 7D ...
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Is the Tamron 18-200 lens for Canon good for macro photography?

I have camera Canon 550d and a standard 18-55 lens. My question is: is the Tamron 18-200 lens for Canon good for macro photography?
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What lens and mount is this Sigma lens for Canon?

I have recently been given old(ish) Sigma 55-200mm lens for Canon (not EF mount), I believe that it is f/4-5.6. It is zoomed by pulling the barrel out. What mount is it? And what specifications does ...
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How can I fix Err 01 with a film-era Sigma lens on a Canon DSLR?

I have a new Canon EOS Kiss camera and a friend of mine has a Sigma Aspherical IF 28-200mm lens she used on an old Canon EOS film camera (old as in 10 years or so). I tried using the lens on my ...
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What can cause an “Err 99” on my Canon 20D with EF-S 17-85mm lens, and what can I do to resolve it?

Err 99 Shooting is not possible. Turn the power switch to <OFF> and <ON> again or re-install the battery. Every now and then when shooting with this lens, I'll get this error ...
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Canon EOS 1000D gives Err 01, then phase-detection AF stops working

The other day, I was taking some pictures outside and everything was working fine, but at some point, the display on my camera showed this error: Err 01 Communications between the camera and ...
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Is it important that the Canon 1DX isn't specified to autofocus with lenses slower than f/5.6? [closed]

Seeking the lens market AND the related info WRT Canon 1D X, I found some things which seems concerning: 1st, a note from Canon's Chuck Westerfall (see here) saying: “AF is unavailable on the ...
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Is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM suitable for wildlife photography?

I got my first DSLR about a week ago (600d) + af-s 18-135mm kit lens, but I want another lens with greater focal length. So I thought about this lens: CANON 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM How does it ...
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Tamron 18-200 lens

I am looking for a budget telephoto lens. The Canon 55-250 and Tamron 18-200 are both within my budget. I am slightly inclined towards getting the 18-200 because of the range it has. I looked up for ...
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Which filters could I use with Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6?

I am very keen on purchasing the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens, but one of the draw backs of this lens is that I can't put normal / standard filters on it. Can anyone please advise if I could ...
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Canon 70-200 F4 L USM (non-IS) vs Tamron 70-300 VC

Please help, I am very torn between these 2 lenses in my budget. I am looking for a telephoto lens to use primarily outdoors for photos of my 3 year old, husband playing football and longer focal ...
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Trip to India - choosing which lens to carry

I will be traveling to Jaipur India, and wanted to know which lens to take along with my Nikon d5100. I currently have a 35mm f1.8, 55-200mm, 70-300mm and a 18-70mm. I want to take pictures of the ...
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Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens vs Canon 17-40mm 4.0 lens

How is the quality of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens? Specifically, is it comparable to the Canon 17-40mm lens, in the following measurements. Overall quality (Blur, aberrations, etc) Parallel lines ...
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Distortion/quality when using a full frame lens on a crop sensor camera

I am looking for a sharp, affordable wide-angle prime for my Nikon D7000, primarily for landscape shots. I am really interested in the Samyang (aka Rokinon, Bower) 14mm f/2.8 lens due to its ...
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What are some good online tools for finding compatible lenses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A website that can help me in choice of new lens? Where can I find reviews of lenses? What online tools are available to find compatible lenses for a given camera?
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Image Stabilization in Lens vs Body: Which is Cheaper?

Is Image Stabilization better in the lens or the body? Someone already asked that. But I'm trying to make a purchasing decision. It seems that the short answer to my title question is that it's ...
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Which prime lens to get after the 18-55mm & 55-250mm?

I started out with the 18-55mm IS kit lens on my Canon EOS 550D over a year ago, and added the 55-250mm IS a couple of months back to augment my telephoto reach (based on the recommendations in one of ...
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White spots on some photos

I'm fairly new here and fairly new to photography too. So I'm hoping someone can help me out here. You see, there is this white spot that appears in my photos and I don't know what causes it. It ...
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Broken Canon 28 -135 mm lens

I have a 28 - 135 mm Ultrasonic; the mechanism for the auto focus has failed, and there is some plastic bouncing around inside. Is it worth repairing this lens? Second question, assuming I don't get ...
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Are there any pinhole “lenses” available from lens manufacturers?

I know that it is possible to make your own pinhole, but do lens manufacturer's make pinhole "lenses" that include aperture data, etc? If so, who makes them?
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Retrofocus lens? What's that?

I saw that in Why do some people prefer 50mm to 35mm prime lenses? , in @MattGrum's answer: ... The 50mm is a simpler design compared to the retrofocus 35mm ... What's retrofocus?
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Any reason to buy stock lens for Sony Alpha if I already have good Minolta Maxxum lenses?

I am a novice photographer looking to get into DSLR photography. I have an old Maxxum 5 and a couple lenses for it: a 75-300 zoom and a 28-80 zoom. After reading this question, it is clear that ...
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Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 OS HSM over Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

I own the Canon lens (on a 400D camera). Rather satisfied, but it is not an inspiring lens. I refer most of all to image quality. I know Sigma has some more focal length and it is a good thing ...
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Canon 50mm F1.8 quality

I recently bought 50mm f1.8 lens online, and quality is very poor as described in most of the reviews. But when i shake it gently I can feel some of the parts moving inside. And when ever I slide the ...
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How do I get a decent zoom lens for my Micro 4/3 camera?

I recently bought my first “real” camera, an older Lumix GF-1 with a pancake 14mm/2.5 lens. (I love it, here’s some samples.) I wanted to try a zoom lens, so I bought a second-hand 14–42/3.5–5.6. ...
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Can anyone help identifying this lens?

I bought a Nikon FG today, with 2 lenses and a load of accessories. One of the two lenses is kind of a mystery, as there's no manufacturer name on it. I'm trying to figure out who's the manufacturer, ...
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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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What lenses could I get for EOS 60D beyond the kit? [closed]

I have just bought the EOS 60D and I am thinking to buy some new lenses. What are the next best lenses to buy to get more detail in my pictures and do they have to be EF-S lenses (like the kit lens ...
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Nikon 50mm FX as general-purpose lens on DX?

I have a Nikon D5100 with the excellent 35mm 1.8 (DX) prime lens and am now looking at the 50mm 1.4 (FX). This is (according to my research) a 75mm equivalent on a DX body. Does anyone else have ...
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What are the differences between Pentax weather sealings - DA★, WR, AW?

Pentax has in current product line weather-sealed lenses with three different markings - DA★ on primes and fast zooms; WR on consumer zooms and 100mm macro; AW on some newer primes. What are the ...
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Does “the same” lens, with different autofocus systems, have the same optical quality?

I'll give examples with Nikon only, but the question is pretty general. So, is this a fact or not? Examples: Nikkor 50/1.8G AF-S, Nikkor 50/1.8 AF-D and Nikkor 50/1.8 AF 70-300 AF and 70-300 AF-S ...
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lens math: focal length vs distance to subject?

I have found this illustration that shows how the framing of a subject varies at different focal lengths. At first glance, 10mm vs 17mm is quite a big difference. But then again, it seems like the ...
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Why is the 18 - 200 mm lens so expensive compared to equivalent alternatives?

I have been looking at various lenses and I found that that the 18-200 mm lens is pretty expensive (be it Canon or Nikon) when compared to the combination of the lenses 18-55 & 55-200. Is there ...
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nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6 vr problem

I got this lens second hand from eBay; it was in perfect condition, but recently when I zoom in to between 135 and 200mm it makes a grinding noise and shakes.
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Comparison between acquiring the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS or EF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses

I'm thinking of getting either the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS or EF-S 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. What are the main similarities and differences between these two lenses, and what are their relative ...
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Why is my lens focusing sound lounder than before?

I'm new to DSLR camera. I didn't mount a lens properly. The camera still allowed me to take photos, so I didn't notice the error. After I had been using it for 10 minutes I noticed my error and ...
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Why are there no autofocus tilt-shift lenses? or, why do tilt-shift movements appear to be incompatible with phase-detection autofocus?

I have never seen or heard of an autofocus tilt-shift (perspective control) lens. It seems like perspective control movements prevent phase-detection autofocus from working correctly; for example ...
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Which of the following lenses do fit on a Nikon D 3100

I've been given the following lenses from my neighbour; which ones will fit a Nikon D3100? Sigma 28-200 mm F F3,8 - 5,6 Nikon Af 70-210mm F/4,0-5,6 Nikon Af 28-85mm F/3,5-4.5 Nikon 50 mm F 1.4 Nikon ...
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Why are 50mm Lenses Cheaper?

There is no doubt that 50mm lenses, if all other variables are held equal, will beat any other lens when it comes to value for price (lower f/number). I want to know why. Possible theories I have ...
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K800i 5.2 mm lens equivalent

I really like the pictures my Sony K800i with its 5.2mm lens takes and I use its lofi quality to creative effect and woud like to know the 35 mm lens equivalent to this little piece of plastic. I ...