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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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What is the purpose of the little metal cylinder the focus ring of certain FD lenses?

On certain Canon FD-lenses (for example the 50mm f/1.8 S.C.) there is a small metal cylinder sticking out of the focus ring (not the button on the aperture ring). What is the purpose of it?
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How to clean shattered UV filter glass from Lens?

I have a camera lens where the UV filter shattered when it was in my camera bag. I was able to remove the filter, but there's bits of glass on the lens. I currently just put the lens cap back on and ...
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Using Rokinon 14mm or Tamaron 17-50mm as a general purpose lens (APS-C)?

I dropped my Sigma 18-250mm in the river and now looking for ways to replace it. I am using T4i, and have, Canon 50mm f/1.8 Canon 75-300 (Garbage w/o IS :/) I use the camera mainly on my trips to ...
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Canon DSLR T5 Lens Compatibility [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me if my Canon EF lenses can be used on a Canon Rebel t5(1200D)
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I don't see the hole in the lens getting bigger or smaller, so is it damaged?

Just started learning photography and ordered a 35mm f1.8G ED Nikon lens. I understand it is a prime lens, and doesn't zoom in or out, but the f number there doesn't show any change from 1.8 when I ...
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Does Lightroom take sensor size into account when applying lens correction profiles?

I have a question about using the lightroom lens correction profiles for cameras other than full frame. I have been using a Tamron 24-70 which is known for having slight vignetting (full frame only) ...
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Deciding between two lenses [closed]

With my budget and as it is my first lens and DSLR camera ever, I am looking at these two: Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED AF-S FX NIKKOR Lens and Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S for my D-610 camera. ...
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Diagnose a damaged lens from focus test results

I have a lens that gives perfectly decent results at f/22 and f/32. Here's its capture of an ISO 12233 test chart: It's not the sharpest lens I own, but whaddaya want, it's a quarter century old ...
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How is the quality of the Sigma 18-300 DC Macro lens?

I'm considering the less expensive Sigma 18-300 DC Macro lens vs. the (way) more expensive Nikkor 18-300. Would I be losing the gains by buying a 24 MP Nikon 3200 if I went with the Sigma?
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Looking for a new zoom lens for a DX frame Nikon, should I get Nikon 18-200mm or something else?

(I thought this question would already have been asked/answered here, but if it is I can't find it.) I'll soon be doing some handheld indoor/low-light photography, so I want a VR lens to help with ...
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Will a 18-140 lens be good for basketball stadium photographs? [closed]

I am absolutely new to photography and have just started learning the basics. I have got a Nikon D-610 with a 18-140 lens for now. I just want to know if I can take this to a basketball game and get ...
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Mounting Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 APO Macro Super on Nikon D3200

I have been given a Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 APO Macro Super lens and I want to fit it to my D3200. The problem is that the mount on the bottom of the Sigma lens is too big for the D3200 lens mount and ...
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Can I use a Pentax lens on a Canon body?

I have a SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1:2 prime lens and a Pentax MC auto 28mm 1:2.8 from my dad. I have been looking at two film cameras lately, the Pentax MG and the Canon AE-1. If I buy the Pentax MG I know I ...
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What to do when my camera says “lens error”?

I have a Canon PowerShot A3100IS digital camera. I was taking pictures but turned it off with the lens still open. I turned it back on, it loaded then made a beeping sound then a black screen came on ...
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What is the impact of changes between the old and new Nikon 18-300mm lens?

They are: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens (new) Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens (old) As far as I can tell the only differences are: The old one has an ...
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Why are lens apertures usually 1.4, 1.8, 2.8, 4…? [duplicate]

Why are lens apertures usually of only certain sizes? 1.4, 1.8, 2.8 and so on. Why not 1.6, 2.5 or any other sizes?
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What makes a Carl Zeiss lens so special in a smartphone?

There are smartphones on the market that have a focus towards photography. Some are equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens. I have looked into Wikipedia, which tells me that they are a brand who produces ...
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Is lens focal length specified considering the effect of barrel distortion on field of view?

Given a Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Ultra Wide-Angle Nikkor Lens on a full-frame sensor, in theory the field of view is HFOV: 104° x VFOV: 81°. However this lens exhibits noticeable barrel distortion ...
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Will the petal-shaped “HB-45 II” lens hood work with my Nikkor 18-55mm?

I am going to buy a lens hood for my AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. I searched and I found out that the best lens hood is Nikon's HB-45 lens hood. However, I also found a newer version, the ...
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What are these green numbers on my Canonet’s aperture scale?

There are three green numbers on my Canonet QL19’s aperture scale: The numbers are 28, 20, and 14. What are those?
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Do I need other camera lenses if I have an 18-200mm or other super-zoom?

I wanted to ask that once you have purchased a lens of say 18-200mm, then is it required to purchase other lenses — say 24-70mm, 24-105mm, 18-105mm, 28-135mm,etc. Does 18-200mm lens satisfy all the ...
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Which alloys are used in the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L?

Can anyone confirm that which alloys of magnesium and titanium are used by Canon for the construction of parts in the EF 300mm f/2.8L lens?
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How do I find the right size of filters for a lens?

I was looking to get a circular polarizing filter and an UV filter for my Canon 550D, 18-135mm lens. When I checked online I found these filters came in different sizes, like 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm. ...
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Recommended wildlife photography lenses for Nikon DX bodies with no AF motor

I have some SLR experience but have mostly been using a point-and-shoot in the last few years. Now I would like to jump back into the digital SLR world specifically to do wildlife photography (mostly ...
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What is difference between Canon EF-S 18-55 mm IS and EF-S 18-55 mm IS II lenses?

What are physical differences between both to spot on the sight? Other than that, what are technical differences?
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Nikon Lens - Stopping down causes over exposure in Aperture Priority mode

I just got a used Nikon 300mm f/4 AF (the older, non-AF-S version), and unmounted, when set to f/4, the aperture blades are still slightly visible (you can push the aperture lever on the lens a bit to ...
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Is it technically possible to build a camera body to correct for lens defects?

Most lenses tend to be expensive because the lens needs to be very complicated in order to correct for various optical effects (aberration, etc). Is it possible to build a sensor and processor ...
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Nikon D3200 does not recognize the Nikkor AF-S 50mm 1.8G

I bought a new Nikkor 50mm AF-S 1.8G to add to my Nikon D3200, however, it will not recognize the lens. It says "Lens Not Attached" in all modes with error "NON CPU lenses can only be used in manual ...
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Would the 40mm pancake or 50mm prime be better for street photography with a Canon APS-C camera?

I have a Canon EOS 600D, and I already have 18-55mm,55-250mm. I plan to buy a new lens for street photography. I already have picked out one of the following lenses: 40mm STM(pan cake). EF 50mm ...
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How do I make a package look “heroic and important” in a advertising shoot?

I've been given the following assignment, and unsure what to do with it. An advertising agency has hired you to photograph individual "pack shots" of a range of packet soups. The soups come in ...
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Does a “body-only” DSLR need a lens added before use?

What does it mean for a DSLR camera to be described as "body-only"? I found one advertised for sale that was described as such, and I don't know if I'll need to add a lens. I assume that it means ...
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Nikon zoom lens troubleshooting

My Nikon D5100 squeals and won't photogragh on its 55-300mm lens beyond 80mm. I've tried turning autofocus on, taken out & reinserted battery, and changed memory cards.
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Aerial Camera Ground Footprint Calculation

I have a very simple math problem, but I cannot seem to figure it out. I need to calculate what portion of the ground will be visible when viewed from a UAV mounted camera. I believe I have it solved ...
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What should I buy? (new body vs. lens) [duplicate]

Right now I have a Nikon D3100, a Sigma 50mm f1.4 (older version). Right now I have almost 1300$. What do you think I should buy? I'm hesitating between the Nikon D7100 or buying a Sigma 35mm f1.4 ...
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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 ...
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What is difference between a 18-55mm and 18-105mm lens? [duplicate]

So what I meant to say is that what exactly is the difference between 18-55mm lens (in general, not specific to any company) and a 18-105mm lens. To me 18-105mm lens looks much better (not considering ...
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Beginner Astrophotography [duplicate]

I'm very new to this field and any helpful suggestions would be very much appreciated. I have acquired from a friend a Nikon D7000 and the standard 18-55mm kit lens, but can you suggest a lens or ...
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What is a macro lens?

I've read a few threads on here that mention some elementary descriptions of macro lenses and found some marketing fluff in the box for my Canon about them as well, but being a complete novice I was ...
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What are the sales volumes of 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 lenses?

Not a very interesting question in and of itself, but I'd like to get some numbers to use in a following question.
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How to fix chromatic aberration with free software?

Here is a zoomed-in example of an image I shot that has a bit of discoloration due to the chromatic aberration of the lens. What's the easiest way to fix this problem using only free software such ...
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What is the difference between Reversing Ring and Reverse Protect Ring? [duplicate]

I want buy a Macro Reversing Ring for Macro shot but then I can't protect the lens with a filter. Can I use Reverse Protect Ring for lens filter (like UV filer) or lens Cap?
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Fungus cleaning from a Nikon superzoom

Happened to be a proud owner of Nikon Coolpix P600 till I discovered that ugly fungus on its lens! Contacted the Nikon India service centre at Kolkata and they said that there is no option of cleaning ...
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Lightroom: how to insert Lens data to many photos at once?

I'm shooting with a manual Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens. Photos do not contain data from it, such as aperture and lens maker. Now i'm using the plugin LensTagger to mass batch edit files to add the ...
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Why are large zoom ratio constant apertures lenses not generally available?

I know about 17-55 f2.8 and the likes of it, but I am talking about something say 18-135 f2.8. There exists 70-200mm f2.8 and the range (200-70 = 130mm) is much bigger than in 18-135. I am aware of ...
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Does Sony DT 18-135mm SAM lens has Full-time Manual focus feature

I checked it in Len user-manual but Sony didn't mention about Full-time manual feature. I also checked it on Sony website but I didn't find any resources too. Does anyone know the Len has Full-time ...
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What do lens distortion data values a, b and c actually mean?

I've recently been looking at lens distortion correction solutions, and I just wonder what the values a, b and c actually mean. (I'm using Hugin/lensfun, I don't know if these are standard values or ...
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How do zoom, magnification, and focal length relate?

Zoom lenses and cameras with superzooms are often sold with a times ("×") zoom number — like a 12x zoom or 30x zoom. The question How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom? ...
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Will a lens with a low aperture value give me better portrait photos?

I want to take pictures of people from 5-20 feet away. I attend lots of group events and am free to walk around and snap photos. I just purchased a Canon t3i and it comes with a 18-55mm kit lens. The ...
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Why Isn't This Photograph Pin Sharp?

I Have Been Trying Out My New Canon EF 24-70mm and I'm pretty underwhelmed by its sharpness. Here is a RAW file shot from a solid tripod on an (almost) windless day using a remote. Obviously it ...
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What type of lens should I get for an air show?

I went to an air show yesterday, I took a few nice pictures of the Red arrows which is great, but they look so far away, even smaller than by eye. I've got a Nikon D3000 with the kit lens. What type ...