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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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Beginner lenses for Canon T2i

What are the best lenses for starting out with a Canon T2i while still covering a whole bunch of creative techniques / teaching photography (and also theory) to beginners
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What is a super-zoom lens for Sony NEX or Samsung NX?

I'm considering to buy a camera such as one in the Sony NEX or Samsung NX series. Do you know which of the 2 series has a lens that is equivalent to the Sony DSC HX200V's 30x optical zoom (Focal ...
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What would be a recomended telephoto lens for infrequent use in landscape photography?

I'm in the process of preparing for an upcoming trip and I'm going back and forth between the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM as the telephoto lens to purchase to bring along ...
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Are fully automatic DSLR lens changers available? What are suitable alternatives?

Do portable fully automated DSLR lens-changers exist? If so, how well do they work and how do they compare with alternative solutions. I've seen many "lens bags" offered to ease the lens ...
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Pentax DA L lens focusing scale? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions? I have a Pentax K-r with the kit DA L 18-55 and a prime DA 35. As far as I'm concerned, they are good ...
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lens care: compressing lens without full-time manual focus when camera is off?

The lens manuals for my lenses without "full-time manual focusing" warn not to use the focusing ring when it's in Auto-Focus mode. I assume that even applies when the camera is off, but am I being ...
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What are the London Olympics 2012 official camera equipment restrictions?

Is there any official information on restriction on equipment length for the Olympics 2012 field events. It's been said that camera and lens must fit into a 30x20x20 bag.
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How to take care of a new lens?

I'm planning on purchasing a new lens for my camera for macro photography, specifically this one: Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 I've heard that it is a good idea to put a "UV filter" on front on the lens. Is ...
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Is it possible to physically calibrate a Nikon 50mm 1.4G

Having just bought a Nikon D800, i decided to have a play with the 50mm 1.4G on it. I noteced it was back-focusing by about 2cm so tweeked the AF fine-tune. however thats now maxed out at -20 and its ...
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All my photos were blurry

I recently did a shoot of a baby and my 6 year old son, and I got some fantastic shots that were super sharp. I then did another shoot of a 6 year old and toddler and every single photo was slightly ...
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What are IS modes and what are their purposes?

After reading the answer by Bill to this question became curious about IS modes. So, What is basically IS mode? Does all lens comes with various IS modes? And what are various situations to use these ...
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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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Lens in salt water - now what?

My lens was flooded by a salt water wave. It is a 55-200 lens and now there are little water drops on the inside of the front element and some salt around the body. Is there anything I can do to ...
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Which lens will be good for a new photographer with Canon 60D camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to choose a lens for my first DSLR? I am new in the world of photography. I bought a Canon 60D camera. With my camera I have no lens. Now I am really confused. After ...
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Do non-distorted wide angle lenses exist for the Pentax KR?

I do a lot of shots for work (interior design). We use a Pentax KR, which we like, but because of the size limitations of some rooms, it's hard to get a decent photo of them displaying how the room ...
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What is the 'Maximum Reproduction Ratio' of a lens?

A review of a Sigma 19mm f2.8 lens contains the following line It has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm /7.9in and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:7.4. So, as in the title, what is 'maximum ...
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How do I know if a lens is genuine?

I'm in Times Square shooting the Imagine Cup event, and several people said that to fix my shot, I would need a faster lens. Just for the hell of it, I went across the street to a photo shop to see if ...
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Need lens sugestion for canon 550D camera [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lens upgrade paths (sub $1000) for the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens for Canon APS-C cameras I am new to dslr photography, i started with Canon 550d DSLR camera with efs ...
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Will my EF or EF-S lenses work on EOS Film Cameras?

I've got a Canon 500D and a number of lenses. I was thinking of picking up a cheap Film EOS camera from E-bay to mess around with. I just wanted to double check that my current lenses would work on an ...
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SUGGEST A WORTHY LENS FOR D3200 [closed]

SUGGEST ME A WORTHY LENS FOR $ 200 TO TAKE PORTFOLIOS AND MODELING. I am using a nikon d3200
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What causes this bluish tint and other anomalies in this image?

I bought a Tamron CF Macro 28-70mm 3.5-4.5 lens on eBay for $35 AUD plus postage - cheap enough to give it a go and see what it's like. I took a range of photos with my Sony NEX-C3 to get a feel for ...
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Which Canon L lenses offer a big advantage over their non-L counterparts?

A "what lens" thread with a twist: While buying the Canon D5III, I can get any Canon L lens 3000 NOK cheaper (roughly $490 or €400)! I already have these lenses that I will use with the new camera: ...
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Which lens to buy for capturing hot air balloons?

There is a hot air balloon festival coming up in my state. As part of learning photography, I plan to go and capture some nice shots during the event. I currently have Canon Digital Rebel Xsi with kit ...
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Can I change the lens of my film SLR even when a film is loaded?

I have a film SLR that is currently loaded with film. I was using a 28mm lens when I loaded the film but recently got a 50mm and I want to use that instead. Question is, can I change the lens without ...
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Which light & Lens I have to buy for taking portfolio session & modeling? [closed]

I am going to buy a Nikon 3200 because my budget is $850. I am not exposed to photography since now. Suggest me a good CAMERA, cheap and worthy LENS, AND if possible a cheap lightning equipment for ...
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Practical speed difference between 1:2.5 and 1:1.7?

I have a 14mm/1:2.5 prime that I got with my GF-1. Does it make sense to invest into a 20mm/1:1.7 lens? I don’t care much about the difference in focal length. I’d like to know if the speed difference ...
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How can I get attachments to work if I don't have threads on my lens?

there are a few lens attachments (fisheye and pinhole) that I would love to have, but my one lens doesn't have threads that I could use to attach the fisheye/pinhole. Is there any way I could still ...
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Is my Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM lens defective or par for course?

I got the Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM this week after a lot of deliberation as an upgrade to my 18-55mm IS kit lens for my Canon 550D, and did some trial shots using it and found the images to be on the ...
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What is the significance of the word “Color” in the names of some older lenses?

This seems closely related to How does a lens affect the saturation of a picture?. Some older lenses I've seen contain the word "Color" in the name, such as Color-Yashinon and Color-Skopar (the ...
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What would be an inexpensive lens for wedding photography?

I am a pretty new "photographer" and will be shooting a couple weddings in the near future. I am currently using a Nikon D3100 and have the 18-55mm kit lens as well as the 50mm 1.8G. I am looking to ...
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Suitability of zoom lens to 5D full frame sensor camera

Am currently using an EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM L zoom lens on my Canon EOS 450D camera. The zoom lens is used for bird photography and I am thinking of upgrading to a Canon 5D MarkIII full frame ...
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What are the most appropriate features for a wide angle lens for fishing and landscape photograhy?

I am into fishing photography and I would like to do more landscape stuff. I am considering adding a wide angle lens to my gear. What are the most important features to evaluate such a lens? Is there ...
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Budget Nikon setup - future problems due to AF-S vs AF? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the lack of AF Motor on the Nikon D5100 an important factor? I am just starting up as an amateur photographer to venture into DSLRs. Being on a tight budget, I am ...
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What does 'Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens' mean?

In the specifications of Canon 550D, about the lens the following is mentioned LENS Lens Mount EF/EF-S Focal Length Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens Now this is really ...
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Fast Lens for D7000 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What DX Nikon lenses should I look at for concert/club photography? I am taking pictures of musicians and dance performers on stage. I want to buy a fast lens because ...
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“One size fits all lens” for Sony and Nikon, or a Nikon lens plus adapter?

I've been taking photos with the supplied kit lens with my Sony Alpha 200 for the last couple of years. I'm looking at changing the body to a Nikon D7000 at some point in the future and I'm also ...
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Do adapters exist for old lenses to Canon's DSLR mount?

I currently have a Canon 20D and happened to find a few old lenses. Are there any adapters that can work for these lenses? I unfortunately haven't been able to find anything. The old lenses I have ...
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Olympus T2 Adapter ring stuck on my Sony Alpha — how can I get it unstuck?

Edited. I bought a Samyang 500mm Mirror lens off ebay so that i could try and expirement with tele photos before i decided to buy really expensive lenses.. I got the lens with a T2 Adapter (Olympus) ...
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What adapter do I need to mount a Konica lens on an Olympus E-520?

I bought a Konica Super Albinar MC auto zoom 1:4.5 F=80-200 mm no. 911485 55 lens for my E-520 Olympus camera. The adapter I already have does not fit and I desperately need to know what kind of ...
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Can I use the lens from Canon AE-1 on a Canon EOS 60D, with an adaptor maybe?

I have a Canon AE-1 (film) and I bought a digital slr camera Canon EOS 60D. I have lenses from the AE-1 camera, but I don't know if there are some adaptors to use so they fit in the 60D camera... any ...
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Can I fit a Minolta 35mm lens to a Micro 4third mount?

I have old 35mm lenses for my old Minolta camera. I'm going back to photography and getting an Olympus PEN E-PL1 (micro four thirds mount). Can I use my old lenses on such a box or do they become ...
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Best Canon lens for 60D for close up photos and videos

I'm thinking of buying a Canon 60D for both photos and videos. I'm not a professional photographer, so I know little about lenses. I'll use the camera for two main purposes: modeling and recording ...
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How do I select a superzoom lens for travel?

I have my good old Nikon D40. Almost all time I was using default "boxed" 18-55mm lens, but now I feel a big need to buy a lens for getting pictures that I can't get now. I travel a lot and like to ...
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wide angle and macro lens converter or adapter

I'm new to the world of photography and also have a pretty tight budget, so I'm interested if anyone has tried using a wide angle + macro lens converter/adaptor such as this (Forum discussion about ...
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Do lenses need to be made with more precision for Hasselblad's 60MPix camera?

One of Hasselblad's cameras has a Double-Full-Frame sensor. Does that mean that the lenses needed for it are incredibly complex to build (to have a sharp, high quality, abberation free image on the ...
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What hobbyist landscape lens should I get to go with my Nikon D90?

I am not a professional photographer but only enjoy it as a hobby. I have a particular interest in macro photography. I travel a lot to explore new places and most of my photography work happens to ...
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A website that can help me in choice of new lens?

Is there any website that can help me to choose the best lens? I would like to find a website where I can specify a range of minimum focus distance, a range of maximum focus distance, range of ...
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What are the tradeoffs when replacing two zoom lenses with a superzoom?

I have two lens currently for my camera. An AF-S DX VR NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (kit lens) and a AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED lens. I have found that there are cases when the ...
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What are the pros and cons of non-extending zoom lenses?

Apart from the obvious benefit of not changing the center of gravity, what are the technical pros and cons of zoom lenses that do not change "physical length" when changing the focal length? For ...
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Are Sigma lenses comparable to Canon lenses for a Canon camera?

I always feel that I should buy a Canon lens for my Canon camera, and Sigma would just be a cheap knock-off. Is that the case?