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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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Can a shutter booster lens speed up the shortest shutter time on my DSLR?

Is there any shutter speed booster lens available for Nikon 5300. Currently Nikon 5300 supports 1/4000. What if I would like to increase the shutter speed to 1/8000 or more.... Is there any ...
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Problems with my lens

Hi i have had a Nikon 200mm lens for about three years now. I did not use it for about six months and when i used it again it was all fuzzy. I have tried everything. Is it because it is so old? I ...
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Nikkor lens for landscape photography day / night [closed]

I'm currently using a Nikon D5200 with a 18-55mm lens and am wanting to get myself a new lens. I'm looking for a really sharp lens that "was built" to shoot landscapes in both good and bad light. ...
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What about lens construction influences bokeh?

I can understand how certain elements of a lens can correct an aberrations or make it sharper - but specifically, how do lens manufacturers influence the bokeh - the quality of the blur? There's a ...
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What tools and spare parts are needed to repair Canon 200mm f/1.8 USM prime lens?

The focus of Canon 200mm f/1.8 L seems to be entirely USM driven. Manually rotating the black ring has no impact at all on mine, as it is broken. What tool set would be the best I could buy (from ...
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How do I take good portraits with a bridge camera and superzoom?

I'm an absolute beginner with regards to photography. I did some research on portrait photography today. From what I learned, a long-telephoto lens (70mm-135mm or more focal length (35mm ...
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What does a 'nano crystal coat' do on this lens?

The Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G AF-S has a 'Nano Crystal Coat'...what is that and why is it on most of their most expensive lenses? Obviously its a coating and some links seem to indicate it may increase ...
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Compatible lens for a Nikon 1 J1 camera [closed]

I am looking for a 70-300mm lens for a Nikon 1 J1 camera. I would appreciate any recommendations!
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What lens do I need for a group portrait like this?

I am enrolled in community college, majoring in photography. I currently do head shots but I want to do vintage(ish) portraits of families of say 4-5 people. I have a studio set up with a vintage sofa ...
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What is “angle of view” in photography?

I read on the Lens Buying Guide @ neocamera: Focal-length determines the angle-of-view seen through a lens for a given sensor-size. With a full-frame sensor a lens gives the same angle-of-view ...
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Are there reasons beyond weight and price to choose the Olympus 40-150mm over the 14-150mm?

I'm curious whether there is any advantage in buying the 40-150 vs. the 14-150 lens. Both are f/4.0-5.6 and quality seems to be the same. Is there any reason except weight and price for which one ...
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Are there disadvantages using an FX lens on a DX Camera? [duplicate]

I have a set of FX Lenses for my 35mm SLR, but also a DX Digital SLR. The FX lenses work fine, so I wonder if there is any point buying a DX Lens? The DX camera was body-only, and I'm currently using ...
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Is 85-135mm really the best for every single kind of face?

They say that focal length around 85-135mm is the best for the head and shoulder kind portraits. I've done some tests myself, I can definitely see the differences. The face is more natural looking ...
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Does my lens “mm” define the zoom [duplicate]

I have an SMC Pentax-M 80-200mm F4.5 lens which I bought for moon shots so I wanted something with range to it. I have the standard Pentax Prime 8.5mm lens that I got with my camera but I would like ...
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Should I buy the Nikon 18mm-300mm / 18-200mm or 55mm-200mm / 55-300mm? [duplicate]

This question could be a duplicate but my point is completely different from it. I have just started to use a Nikon D3300 with the 18mm-55mm kit lens. Now, I want to upgrade to the 18mm-300mm but ...
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Why image at 400mm is LARGER THAN DOUBLE of image at 200mm? (according to lens formula)

Like most of us, I thought it was yes. Until I really look into the Lens Equation: (1/subject distance) + (1/image distance) = (1/focal length) ...
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What does “R” mean in Fujifilm's XF Fujinon lens names?

Fujifilm currently makes three lenses for their new X-Pro1 mirrorless camera system: Fujinon XF18mmF2 R Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro "Fujinon" is Fujifilm's lens division. The ...
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Which piece of equipment is holding me back?

I am primarily an amateur photographer but I do take small jobs from time to time. I'm looking to upgrade my equipment but I'm not sure if I should be spending money on my body, glass, or both. I ...
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Is a 3rd party (Tamron) lens safe to use on a Canon EOS 600D?

Is it safe to use a Tamron lens with my Canon EOS 600D DSLR? Will it affect the sensor in any way?
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Should I replace the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with a 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4?

So I'm about to buy my first DSLR (definitely a Canon, probably the 700D) and my original plan was to buy the one with the included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. At the same time I was thinking about ...
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What equipment do I need for astrophotography?

Is it possible to create a picture like the following, using a D7100 camera with a standard 55-105mm lens. If not, what is needed for this kind of photography?
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Weather sealed lens

I'm thinking about buying a Nikon D7000 and I have found out that it's weather sealed (sealed to shoot in rain). So my questions are: Does it really work in heavy rain or is it only for a few water ...
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How to adjust the lens in dark? [duplicate]

I have CANON EOS-600D DSLR. few days before I was on my terrace to capture some sunset scenes. When I was returning It was almost dark but I saw a bat flown to nearby tree and hung itself there. I ...
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Shoes photography [duplicate]

I am in need for a technical solution for a shooting of shoes. I have this reference: Could someone please advise on the fallowing: Do I need a light box like this one? What is the correct ...
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Is it possible to add an aperture ring on Nikon G Lenses?

Many of the more affordable Nikon FX Lenses are G Lenses, without the aperture ring. One of my Cameras is a Nikon FG manual 35mm SLR from the 80s, which could only support a G Lens at the lowest ...
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Missing focus with Canon 50mm 1.8 lens - is it the lens or me?

I purchased a Canon EOS 650D and EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Unfortunately, the auto-focus seems to miss focus at f/1.8. I've tried setting it to single-point auto-focus: it is better, but still not good ...
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Which of these lenses will work?

Which of the following lenses will work best for macro with ole m0doel Olympus E-1 camera mentioned here www.keh.com - OLYMPUS 28MM F/3.5 {49} OLYMPUS - 28 F3.5 (49) www.keh.com - OLYMPUS 50MM ...
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Is Canon 16-35/4 IS better than 16-35/2.8 II at f/4?

I have had a 16-35/2.8 II for almost a year, but it broke and I might be in the market to replace it. Last week I saw that Canon had released a new lens in this range, but with f/4 and IS. Is Canon ...
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What is the difference between a telephoto lens and a zoom lens?

Looking at the product page for Nikon lenses, I notice a distinction between telephoto lens and zoom lens. What is the difference between the two? Why would I want one over the other? I wiki'd ...
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Variable focal length for macro lenses?

True macro lenses come in fixed focal length. Are there any macro lensens which have variable focal lengths? And please explain why yes or why not?
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What should I do when my Nikon AF-S lens won't auto focus?

I have a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX I bought for my Nikon D5100, it's only a couple months old, never been dropped or anything, and it all of a sudden won't auto focus. Anyone know if this is a simple ...
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Is a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens only meant to focus close range?

Ok, so I currently shoot with a canon Rebel which of course has a 1.6x crop factor. My primary lens is Canon's mid-level 50mm f/1.4. I love this lens for close up portraits and can get a very sharp ...
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Why does the angle of view narrow as you zoom in? [duplicate]

Why does a 4mm lens have a wider angle of view than an 8mm lens ?
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Cannot light a fire using a lens? [closed]

A few days ago, on a sunny day, I found myself hiking in the woods and wanting to help fellow picknickers to light a fire with no matches or lighter. However, I had my 17-55 f2.8 Nikon on my camera, ...
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Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately?

I am planning to buy a DSLR soon. Before I zero in on the model, I want to know whether it is advisable to buy a kit (body + 18-55 lens) or not? OR should I go for the camera-body and the lens ...
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What causes longitudinal chromatic aberration on Nikon 50mm f/1.4D?

I have looked on my new 50mm lens photo (I have Nikon D90) and I see "purple fringing" around the unfocused objects (longitudinal chromatic aberration). What's is going on? Is it common for this lens ...
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Fixing chromatic aberration automatically with software

I am trying to fix chromatic aberration in images taken with wide lens industrial cameras. Searching the internet I didn't find a good software to do so. I tried Hugin and a few others, but without ...
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Why prefer the 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses vs 18-200mm?

There seems to be a preference for to have the 18 mm - 55 mm 55 mm - 250 mm lenses, but no mention of why they're better than a single 18-200mm. Could someone please explain why the two separate ...
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What can a fisheye lens be useful for?

I have a variety of lenses in my camera kit. One that I do not have, and has me curious, is a fisheye lens. I mostly understand what it does: it captures an image with distortion similar to what you ...
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What is the definition of a “prime lens”?

There are many discussions of differences between prime, zoom and macro lenses. I have not heard about prime lenses until recently. Could someone explain what exactly a prime lens is? Is it ...
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Should I leave the lens switched to AF or MF for storage?

When I'm not using the camera, or when the lenses are packed at home, should the lens switch be at AF or MF? Or does it make no difference? And by the way, is it better to leave the lens on the ...
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How to focus manually with a Nikkor AF-S DX VR 50-200mm f/4-5.6G zoom lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, for which I just bought a Nikkor AF-S DX VR 50-200mm f/4-5.6G zoom lens. This is a CPU lens and works very nicely in auto-mode, i.e. when you let the camera set the focus. ...
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Will the Rokinon 8mm f3.5 Fisheye work with a Canon camera?

I want to buy the Rokinon 8mm f3.5 Fisheye lens, but I saw in one review that is not recognisable for Canon because there is no a chip which is necessary. What is that exactly? Will I have problems ...
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Samyang 14mm or Rokinon 8mm fisheye? Which is better for landscapes?

My camera body is a Canon 550D/T2i. Which one would be better for landscapes and why?
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Why is the view darker through the viewfinder than Live View on a Canon EOS 600D/Rebel T3i with 75-300mm lens?

I have two lenses, the regular one and the 300mm lens. When I put the 300mm lens and try to take a picture through the viewfinder, the view is darker than usual and it won't take the picture. When I ...
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How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom?

What is the rule to convert the 'mm' notation to the 'optical zoom' notation? I searched a bit and found this one: optical zoom = maximum focal length / minimum focal length For example a 18-55mm ...
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What insurance options are available for rental lenses?

I am thinking about renting a couple for expensive lenses ($900+) from Adorama. I'll be visiting NYC from Chicago. They state on their rental page. We do not provide Insurance. We strongly ...
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Can I put different lenses with a lens adapter on a point and shoot?

I have the Nikon L830 advanced point and shoot camera. It's not a DSLR. Can I put a different lens with a lens adapter on my camera? I want to do that to have more control on the focus and the depth ...
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Moon photography [duplicate]

Hi I am a photography hoobyist. At the moment I am using a Nikon D3100 with the standard kit lens (18-55mm). I am interested in taking photos of the moon. I am debating whether to buy a 55-200mm lens ...
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What characteristics make a lens good or bad?

When reading lens reviews on the Internet, I often find subjective statements about the image quality that a lens produces, such as "good contrast" or "sharp". The problem is that I don't think I am ...