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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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Which macro lens would you recommend for a full frame Nikon camera?

I use a full frame Nikon camera and would love to play with macro photography. Is the Nikon 105 macro strong enough or would you rather recommend some bigger third party lens?
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Is it typical to experience zoom creep with the Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM?

I noticed this more than once. Whenever I'm in the range from 24mm to somewhere between 35mm and 50mm, the lens starts moving if I'm fixing it vertically with its front element facing the ceiling or ...
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Can anyone show me an example of Zoom Creep on Nikkor lenses?

Looking for some pictures which certainly demonstrating this problem on Nikkor lenses. I am about to purchase the lens and want to be able to distinguish.
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What is the useful range of apertures for lenses?

Assuming for example a lens has a range of f/1.8 - f/22, for an ideal picture which apertures should I avoid, and for what specific reasons? Now if the answer is "do not use the first two and the last ...
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What is CLA service?

I've seen the term used in used lens listings, e.g "recently CLA'd". I have a few questions, but I think they're related enough to only warrant one post: What does CLA stand for, and what is it? ...
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How to attach Zeikos extension tube to D5100?

How to attach the Zeikos macro extension tube to Nikon D 5100 and to the kit lens 18-55mm? Neither side of the tube seems to fit the body of the camera nor the lens. Perhaps I bought the wrong item ...
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What's the term for wide angle lenses with no distortion?

Is there one word to describe the difference between wide angle lenses that have a circular distortion and wide angle lenses that produce images where perspective lines remain straight?
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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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35mm prime lens on a Nikon D50

I'm looking at getting a prime lens for my Nikon D50, I'm looking at the 50mm ƒ1.8 and the 35mm ƒ1.8 DX. What I understand is that the 50mm will actually give me an equivalent focal length of 75mm, ...
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Can you recommend a good budget prime lens for family photos (Canon mount)

I'm very new to photography. Have a Canon T3, with the standard 18-55 lens and a 75-300 mm lens. I'm looking to do a lot of family photography (wife with 2 kids less than 2 years old). Most of the ...
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What to buy for macro and portraits? (D5100) [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I am an amateur interested in: 1. macro - insects, flowers, objects. 2. portraits- love blurry backgrounds, focused and unfocused body ...
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Can't auto-focus at full zoom

I have a Canon 1000d, and the standard lens EF-S 18-55mm. Recently I was out taking photos and I've noticed that if I zoom in fully, the lens can't auto focus. I can still take shots using manual ...
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Does a specific f number across all lenses denote same amount of light?

When we say a light source emits 1500 lumens of light, it does not really matter if the light source is incandescent, CFL, diode etc. Similarly, when I say f/1.8 can I assume that all lenses pass the ...
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How difficult is it to correct mustache-style distortion?

I am considering the Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC but I am somewhat concerned about the 5.3% of mustache-style distortion this lens produces. I like most of what I read about this ...
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Are Raynox magnifiers compatible with Canon macro lenses?

Are Raynox magnifiers (125, 250, 5320) compatible with Canon 100mm f/2.8L? In particular, are they going to be compatible with the Canon Macro Twin Flash?
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Will lenses from a Rebel work on higher-model Canon cameras?

I am thinking about purchasing a Canon 60D and selling my Rebel XT and wondered if I would need to purchase new lenses? I only have two but as you all know, once you invest it is hard to not take ...
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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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Can I use a Nikon 50mm f/2 pre-AI on my Nikon D5100?

Can I use a Nikon 50mm f/2 pre-AI on my Nikon D5100? Will it cause any damage to my camera?
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Is it safe to manually-focus the Nikon 18-105 while in autofocus mode?

There are only A and M settings, no A/M. but I just noticed that Nikon website has mentioned three focus modes for this lens: Auto, Manual and Manual/Auto I'm confused if this is only a typo or is it ...
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Can Nikon FX (full-frame) users use DX (APS-C) lenses?

I mean, through the "crop-mode", using only part of their sensor ? Does it work as intended or is it a gimmick ? For the moment I shoot APS-C, with a possible perspective of converting to FF some ...
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What focal length gives a “normal” field-of-view on APS-C cameras?

I wish to purchase a "standard angle-of-view" prime lens for my Canon Rebel, which has an APS-C sized sensor. Various articles note that the popular "nifty 50mm" lenses are a little too much of a ...
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Compatibility of a Sigma Lens adapted to a Minolta 7000 A/F camera with a Sony Alpha 330 Camera

I have a Minolta 7000 A/F film camera, circa 1986. I also have a Sigma 75-300 A/F Lens which works well with that camera. I have since updated to the Sony Alpha 330 camera and the original Minolta ...
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Why does higher aperture (less light) make an image sharper?

Why does higher aperture, less light, make an image sharper? Or rather make everything in focus? And how does this lead to lenses having a sweet spot in sharpness?
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If you could only take two lenses on a trip, no budget, what would you take? [closed]

Let's say you are going on a trip and want to balance covering different types of shots (landscapes, portraits) and are limited to 2-3 lenses. What would you take? For example, it seems like Canon's ...
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What gives lenses a cinematic feel?

Maybe this is far to broad a question, but I'm not sure I can do better: I'm interested in using a cheap DSLR for movies (hacked Panasonic GH1). I am a good artist, but I don't know anything about ...
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What's the base f-stop when counting an ideal f-stop for lens?

I've read a lot around this site that an ideal quality of the lens is achieved when using f-stop roughly 2 stops slower than the fastest value of the lens. Firstly, I'm not exactly sure what "2 ...
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Which portrait lens should I buy next for my Nikon D3100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which focal-length lens is usually used for portrait photography, and why? Should I choose the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D or AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G for my Nikon D5100? I have ...
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Are there lenses that zoom out rather than in? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When you zoom in with a lens on an SLR why does the lens go in then out? I apologize if the wording of my question isn't that great. I have a Nikon D5100 with the ...
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What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?

I'll be trekking in the Nepal Himalaya for 3 weeks in December, in a variety of conditions, but predominantly cold (-5°C to -30°c) , clear and dry, at altitudes of up to 6000m. I'm trying to travel ...
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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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What's the difference between vignetting and pinhole?

Sometimes people say that a lens has bad vignetting but it looks very similar to the effect of pinhole (darkened edges). What's the difference? If someone asked to have a vignetting effect (in PP) ...
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Why do the Nikkor non-AI 135mm vs 50mm f/1.8 work differently when I look directly through the lens?

I recently purchased an old Nikkor 135 f/2.8 non-AI lens. Beautiful lens, but the closest focal distance is about five feet. I noticed that it will 'focus' at about 4 inches as well. If I hold the ...
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What is the noise my Canon 100mm macro makes when image stabilization is enabled?

I'm currently using a brand new Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro lens. I noticed that when IS is enabled and I press the button mid-air (no shoot), I hear a little noise. Is it the image stabilizer? With IS ...
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What lens do I need to do super-close-up macro shots?

I really like to take pictures of insects, close up...get their eyes, their hair, or the texture on my bearded dragons toenails, etc. I've used a 28-135 (on a canon 7d) at 135 and just gotten as ...
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Is Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X macro lens good for photos other than close-up macro shots?

Does this lens do a good job for photos other than close-up macro shots? For example, does it make sense to use this lens for outdoor family portrait photography? What are some other common uses for ...
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Is Fujifilm's “Super EBC” a modern nanocoating?

In the Luminous Landscape review of the Fuji X-Pro1, Nick Devlin notes: ... how else could one read the “Super EBC” labelling on the lens other than as a nod to the company’s [Range Finder] past. ...
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Why are the rings on my Sigma 28-80mm lens stuck?

I use a Sigma 28-80mm on a Canon Rebel EOS. Neither the zoom nor the focus rings will turn. Is there something that I could diagnose the problem? Can I fix this myself or will I have to send it in for ...
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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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What is a good general purpose lens for Canon?

As an upgrade from kit lens 18-55mm, which would be a better general purpose lens? Obviously there is no "best" option, as everyone has a different budget and style, but what are the best options ...
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Will a Nikon 1 NIKKOR wide-angle lens work with my Nikon D3000?

I am looking for some advice on what wide-angle lens to get for the D3000. At the minute I have seen this 10mm lens but I am unsure whether it will work well with the camera in question. Ideally I ...
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Why is my 7D so loud?

I upgraded from my XTI with the 28-105 USM lens to the 7d with the 28-135 (130 maybe) USM IS lens. I'm just getting it unboxed and getting familiar with some of the buttons, etc - but i've noticed ...
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How does Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM compare to Canon 180mm f/3.5L and Canon 100mm f/2.8?

I am interested in both lenses. I think they are great lenses but cannot decide between the two. The 100mm can go down to f2.8. However, the 180mm has got more focal lenth. On the other hand, I could ...
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Which one wide-medium canon lens is best for an indoor/outdoor wedding? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which one wide-medium lens to buy as the main lens for an outdoor wedding? I am an amateur photographer. I have taken senior and family photos for friends. However, my ...
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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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What is the benefit of a dedicated wide angle zoom vs a superzoom?

I am considering buying a Sigma 10-20 mm F3.5 wide angle lens for my canon 550D, but not sure what the benefit would be compared to using the wide angle end of my existing Sigma F3.5-6.3 18-250 mm ...
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Why 5-50x focal length for autofocus micro-adjustment?

When we do an AutoFocus Micro Adjustment session, the general opinion is to set the focusing target at 25 x focal length (or somewhere in the range of 5-50 x focal length). Why is so? What happens if ...
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Is f/4 sufficient for a telephoto lens for outdoor daytime travel photography?

I am new to photography, and currently own a Nikon D3100 with the kit 18-55mm lens. I also own a Nikon 35mm f/1,8G AF-S DX, that I generally use for portraits and in low light conditions. Right now, ...
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Should a Nikon 18-55 lens zoom automatically?

I have purchased a Nikon D5000 camera with 18-55 from eBay. The lens focuses automatically, but should the lens also zoom automatically or is this controlled manually by the zoom ring.
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Why is there glow around lights in every photo shot with my Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens?

One day after using my Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens, I noticed that every photo has a huge amount of glow in the dark areas near any light area. I tested my other four lenses to figure out if ...
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Canon 24-105 vs 70-200 within the same range

I'm interested about shooting within the ~70-100mm range. I found out on google shop that these two lenses are priced $750[24-105mm, new] and $550 [70-200mm, new], respectively. Which one do you ...