Serene Life

by garik

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

5
votes
1answer
185 views

At what point does wind become a concern with respect to damaging a lens?

Another question on here revealed the dangers of photography in a desert environment. What about windy places? Is there a wind speed after which you risk lens damage from particulate impact? I don't ...
4
votes
3answers
808 views

Canon 550D - Is it a good camera for starters?

I´ve been reading a bit about this camera, and some opinions go that it is too expensive a camera for a simple beginner, while others say it is an excellent entry-level one with enough features to go ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Is focusing problems on Sigma lenses still a problem on a Canon body?

I am considering purchasing the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro Lens. The problem is that many reviews point out that the lens has front focus problems, at least on a Canon mount. But those ...
3
votes
6answers
543 views

Have options for a good quality starter kit for a Canon APS-C changed since 2010?

I am buying Canon EOS 60D. I am looking to put together a starter kit and I saw this question talking about two good lenses to get for a not-so-expensive Canon camera. However, that question is from ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

What lens for my Nikon D3100 will provide great bokeh and keep up with fast-moving kids?

I have a Nikon D3100. I'm trying to buy a lens that will mainly take outside pictures of kids with great bokeh. I can't decide between 35, 50, or 85mm. I'm worried about autofocus as well. With ...
5
votes
3answers
8k views

Nikkor f/1.8G 35mm or 50mm?

I'm new to photography. I got Nikon D3100 with 18-55 KIT. I was looking to buy 1.8f prime lens. I found two options. AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and AF-S DX NIKKOR 55mm f/1.8G Which one you guys ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?

I am interested about shooting animals (including, but not limited to, birds and in general animals that can move fast). So far, I would say I know the basic concepts of camera but I have never ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

Should I choose the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D or AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G?

I have D5000 DX body and planning to buy a fast lens. I'm stuck on choosing between "AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D" and "AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G". I was quite leaning towards 50mm f/1.4D, as I had plans ...
5
votes
2answers
505 views

Why are there no fast APS-C zooms beyond 55mm?

I am looking to add a longer lens to my current zoom (a Tamron 17-50) for my Nikon D300 (but I believe this question is relevant across aps-c lens manufacturers). There is just one currently in ...
2
votes
1answer
312 views

Has anyone used the LensCoat for the Canon EF 100-400mm L zoom lens?

I've been getting more into bird photography lately, and sometimes that involves tromping through some deep grasses, brambles, thick woods, etc. I'd like to protect my lens, and keep its resale value ...
2
votes
1answer
9k views

Image Quality of Canon 18-135 IS compared to 28-135 IS USM?

I have the Canon 28-135 IS USM lens and I am pondering replacing it with the newer 18-135. I know I'll be giving up the USM and FTM focus and gaining 10mm on the wide end (replacing my old kit ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

DX 35mm vs FX 50mm

Will the picture taken from AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and AF-NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G be one and the same because of the DX and FX format??
8
votes
3answers
440 views

What is the limiting factor in lens construction when it comes to f-stop values?

This widely praised Nikon 105mm macro lens has a maximum f-stop value of 2.8. I've held it in my hands, it's a big lens. Meanwhile, this 50mm Nikon lens can go up to f/1.2, despite being 25% cheaper ...
4
votes
1answer
678 views

What might cause stuck focus on a manual lens?

So, today I dropped my ME Super. When I picked it up I realized that the focus ring of the 50mm f2 lens attached didnt turn. My question is, what could cause this? Could it be that the threads inside ...
3
votes
1answer
964 views

What 3D lenses are available for a Sony NEX camera?

I currently have a Sony NEX-VG10. I would like to know if it's possible or worthwhile to get a 3D lens for it? I did a google search and can't seem to find any — or am I blind?
9
votes
1answer
4k views

How do lens prices compare for Nikon and Canon?

I am about to buy a new DSLR and shortlisted the two models, Nikon D5100 and Canon 550D. I ready to buy the Nikon model(more expensive) but learned that Nikon lenses are much more expensive than Canon ...
5
votes
6answers
3k views

How do non-MFT lenses work on a Panasonic GF3?

I'm thinking of buying a GF3. But the lenses are pricy, so I have to pick my kit wisely. I saw that there are adapters for it, but I'm new to lenses. Are there any problems with attaching non-MFT ...
3
votes
3answers
494 views

Is there any damage that a lens can have that is unrepairable?

Just wondering after I dropped my lens and had it repaired is there any specific kind of damage that would ruin a lens to the point where you'd be better just buying another used one. I'm ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Does change of lens affect a camera's megapixels?

I have a Nikon D40. It has only 6.1 MP. I am planning to buy additional lens for it. Can changing the lens of the camera increase or decrease the megapixels of the camera?
6
votes
6answers
1k views

Which lens will fill the kit lens gap on the Canon 550D/Rebel Ti?

I own a Canon 550D, Rebel Ti, can anyone recommend a good general purpose zoom lens to bridge the gap between these following lenses: EF-S 10-22mm EF 70-200mm F/4 L I would like to upgrade in due ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

Should I get the prime or zoom kit lens with the Panasonic GF3?

I'm new to lenses, because currently I have the fixed lens Olympus XZ-1. I'm thinking of an upgrade, and I find the Panasonic GF3 very good. It has the option of two kit lenses: A pancake lens at 14mm ...
4
votes
3answers
327 views

What lenses should a college photography club buy to go with an entry-level Nikon body?

We have a photography club in our college and I am the secy. Finally we got some budget approved and we are planning to buy some stuff for our club. I am thinking of buying a Nikon D3100 body. For ...
1
vote
2answers
567 views

Why doesn't Canon 18-200 mm lens show any visible difference from 170 to 200 mm?

Not that it's very important but I'm wondering why doesn't a Canon 18-200 mm lens have visible change in framing between 170 and 200 mm? Why is it declared as a 200 mm lens if it stops zooming at ...
0
votes
1answer
300 views

How does the Tamron 55-200mm LD macro lens compare to the Canon 55-250mm IS?

I have a Canon 1100d, the standard 18-55mm lens kit, and the 50mm f1.8 lens. I want to buy a zoom lens as I would like to be able to get closer to far away subjects. I have been looking at both the ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

How do straight edges end up curved in photos?

In the standard model for a lens straight lines in the subject of a photograph will always end up straight. However I have seen a variety of photographs in which straight lines end up being curved, ...
2
votes
3answers
11k views

What is the best lens correction software which integrates with Aperture 3?

I want to know if there are any good lens correction software (i.e. plugin) for Aperture 3? I am primarily looking for general purpose lens correction software. I have looked at the plugin page for ...
12
votes
4answers
3k views

What is a normal lens?

I've heard people call 50mm lenses "normal lenses". For a lens to be considered normal, does it have to be exactly 50mm or is there some leeway? Does the normal focal length depend on crop factor of ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

Are prime lenses sharper than normal or telephoto zoom lenses?

Example: The prime lens Nikon 1.4F G is said to be very sharp at F3.5. So, if I compare that with the normal or telephoto zoom lens's F3.5, will the level of sharpness be same? If no, then will the ...
9
votes
4answers
359 views

How do you reconcile generally positive user comments with negative comments in a review?

My question was prompted by this DPReview review of the Nikon DX 18~200mm, wherein on page 3 the author reveals some significant sharpness and distortion issues, leading to final assessments of ...
-3
votes
1answer
148 views

Tips for Trip to Alaska [closed]

I will be going to Alaska this March. please let me know which lens I should buying/leasing for the trip and what are best practice. What are cant miss places and what other equipment I need to buy. ...
2
votes
2answers
869 views

What is a Carl Zeiss lens in a camera?

I have a Sony CyberShot camera and I don't know why they use a lens in the camera. What is a Carl Zeiss lens?
2
votes
2answers
557 views

What are good websites to buy second hand/after market lenses?

Besides the obvious eBay and Craigslist, are there any good sites for second hand lenses?
0
votes
3answers
3k views

What is the cause of these round spots on my photograph? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dust-like speck visible every few pictures — is it dust, or worse? Is this a finger print on the lens? I don't know. What can be the cause of the round spot on this ...
0
votes
1answer
460 views

How does the megapixel-count and the aperture size affect the quality of the image from a given lens?

I have read that some lenses don't "support" high resolutions, so, for example, for some lenses (e.g. Nikkor 16-85 VR ), it's better to shoot at 9MP, instead of shooting at 16MP. Is this the case ...
6
votes
1answer
443 views

What does “distortion <XX%” mean in lens specs?

I'm going to buy a lens and I would like to understand what "distortion <XX%" means. It's a vari-focal 10-60mm lens, and mentions distortion <12-1%. According to my understanding, at 10mm focal ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How to read a lens spot diagram?

How to read such a lens spot diagram?
0
votes
2answers
617 views

What reverse connector do I need for Nikon?

I have 2 lenses for my Nikon D7000. First is 18-55mm and 18-200mm. I saw some pictures on internet are done using some reverse connector to get macro effect. What exactly I need to buy and how exactly ...
0
votes
4answers
3k views

Which lens to buy: 50mm f/1.8G or 10-20mm as first extra lens for travel to Japan?

I have recently bought a Nikon D5100 with a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm kit lens. Now I am planning to travel to Japan (next April) and I would like to buy a new lens now in order to practice before ...
1
vote
6answers
2k views

Are the 50mm f/1.8 and 75-300mm zoom good lens choices beyond the kit lens for a Rebel T1i?

I own a Canon Rebel T1i with a EFS 18-55mm image-stabilizer lens. Since I want to learn more about photography, my husband purchased for me a EF 50mm and a EF 75-300mm zoom. I am wondering if these ...
4
votes
4answers
796 views

What lens should I buy to get better pictures of a one-year old running around a dimly-lit house?

I'm an amateur photographer with a Canon Rebel XS, and I'm trying to figure out what type of lens I should buy to take better photos of my one year old when she is running around in our dimly lit ...
4
votes
6answers
2k views

What are the advantages to using EF-S lenses on Canon APS-C cameras?

I know EF-S lenses are "optimized" for crop sensors but what are the exact advantages to using an EF-S lens? Does it give better color, sharpness, depth of field, etc...? In addition, do EF-S lenses ...
2
votes
0answers
116 views

How to test used/second-hand lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should one look for when buying a used lens? I am going to buy second hand AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II. The price difference is noticable so I would ...
6
votes
1answer
614 views

Does Nikon or anybody else have an equivalent on the Canon MP-E 65?

The Canon MP-E 65 can do macro shots up to 5:1. I've not been able to find anything like this for my Nikon system and you can't mount a Canon on a Nikon at all. Do Nikon or any third party make a ...
3
votes
1answer
215 views

What determines the reproduction ratio when lens stacking for macro shots?

When stacking one lens on another for macro shots (often a normal or wide angle on a telephoto ), what determines the maximum reproduction ratio that the combination can do?
7
votes
2answers
285 views

Do normal macro lenses suffer the same light reduction as tubes?

When stacking tubes to make a normal lens a macro lens, you have significant light lost due to the increased distance. Do normal macro lenses suffer the same fate? Why or why not?
4
votes
2answers
909 views

Can a fast prime lens simulate a macro lens for food photography?

I read in this thread that macro lenses are considered good for food photography. AFAIK, macro lenses are also used to photograph insects. The lens makes them look giant, and shows up all their ...
3
votes
4answers
633 views

Is there a single lens suited for flying birds, mountains, and close-up portraits?

I have just bought a new DSLR (a Nikon D3000). I want to take photos of flying birds, mountains, and close-up portraits. Is there a single lens well-suited for these types of photography, so that I ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How good is Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens

Planning to buy this lens for my D-90, but not sure how good it is, though i have narrow down my search based on budget constraint. But i have read that it has given good results for wildlife ...
4
votes
2answers
395 views

Is it normal for the Canon kit lens to exhibit lens flare even without a UV filter?

I recently bought a Canon 550D and have been experimenting with this for a week. I have been pretty satisfied with the quality, until I faced this lens flare problem. Notice the unwanted blue light ...
9
votes
4answers
578 views

What is the technical name for a zoom lens which has a fixed maximum aperture?

What is the technical name for a lens which has the same maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range?