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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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is there a real difference between “digital” and “film” lenses?

I'm looking at the Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF lens right now to use on a 35mm film Camera (Nikon N80). The DG stands for "Digital Full Frame" according to Sigma, but they don't say what the ...
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Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 or Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 (C) for Canon 600D

I know this has been asked alot.. I have Canon 600D with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and Canon 50mm f/1.8 lenses. I'm looking to upgrade the zoom lens with something with better IQ, sharpness, ...
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Why are wide-angle lenses so much more expensive?

What is it about wide-angle lenses that makes them so much more expensive than an equivalent-quality tele or prime lens? Take the Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM, for example. RRP is nearly £1,000! Are they ...
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Difference between zoom and focal length? [duplicate]

Until now I thought that focal length is just another way of measuring how much a lens zooms: The higher the number the more it magnifies, the smaller the number the wider the angle and thus the less ...
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Looking for sigma adaptor to canon EOS 550d [duplicate]

Here's the situation.. I'm looking for a sigma lens adapter to a CANON 550D. The lenses are: A Sigma ZOOM, 24-70 mm, 1:3.5-5.6 UC; A Sigma ZOOm, 100-300 mm, 1:4.5-6.7 UC; Minolta AF ZOOM 35-70 mm, ...
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What does the number of elements and groups in a lens mean?

All lens specifications include a statement of how many elements the lens contains, and in how many groups, for example: Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300 mm 1:4,5-5,6G: 17 elements in 12 groups (two ...
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Is it normal for focal length to change while focusing?

When I change the focus distance on my Pentax 55-300mm lens, the focal length appears to change. More specifically, the lens appears to zoom in as I focus towards the minimum focusing distance. This ...
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Which filters will fit Voigtlander 15mm?

I recently got myself Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm/4.5 lens, which I enjoy shooting a lot. It has built-in lens hood with filter threads and manual says it's fitted with 52mm filter threads. I ...
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Can I use old Minolta AF lenses on my new Canon?

I just recently bought my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel t2i/550d. I use it mostly for video and it works wonderfully. I bought the kit lens with it, but I am looking to expand my lens collection. I found ...
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IS auto-shutdown causes SLR to stop detecting lens - Canon 70-200 2.8L IS MK I

I've tested this on my 6D and my friends' 60D. Use case: [Only occurs in Video mode] 1) Activate the IS function during Video mode. Does not have to be recording (but is reproducible in the same ...
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How does an apodization filter improve bokeh?

The new Fujifilm Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD has an "apodization" filter, which Fujifilm says "smoothes the outline of the subject to create a more natural bokeh effect". The Wikipedia article on ...
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How does a macro lens focus so close?

How does a macro lens focus so closely and how is the system different to that of a non-macro lens?
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Canon lenses with Sony A7r

I am thinking about switching from 5DMIII to Sony A7r. In terms of lenses, I have Canon EF lenses (16-35, 50, 70-200), and a Tamron 24-70 VC. Will the electronics of those lenses work with the ...
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How does a focus ring bring a subject in or out of focus?

When you manually adjust your focus ring on the lens, what actually happens inside the lens? Is this changing simply the point at which the lens is focusing, so that anything at this distance away ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of available (possible) adapters between different lens mounts?

When buying old dirt cheap lenses for use in modern cameras with the help from adapters, the flange focal distance is always limiting factor. The article about flange focal distance lists the ...
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What does the magnification ratio number mean on a macro lens?

I'm looking for a macro lens. I have 28-105mm Nikkor which gives me "1:2 Magnification Ratio" (whatever that means). I found another lens, Tamron 90mm Macro, which has magnification ratio of 1:1. ...
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Does camera calibration negate lens color quality?

One of the quality of lenses are the way it renders color. Some say, a lens of a certain brand has a special color quality to it etc. But if you do camera calibration, will it matter at that point? ...
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Can a Canon 100-400 EF lens with damaged AF be repaired?

Canon 100-400 EF lens Autofocus is damaged due to shake during travel. I can focus Manually, but Auto Focus makes some noise and doesn't focus. I guess, the motor is not functioning. Can this lens ...
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Which lens/focal length offers the widest viewing angle without too noticable distorions/fish-eye-effect?

I am looking for a lens for my Sony Alpha 77 (APS-C), which gets me an as wide as possible viewing angle, but I also hate that fisheye effect one gets from using too low of a focal length. About where ...
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Where to fix Canon lens, other than Canon?

I have a 70-200 2.8L II lens that was broken on a photoshoot (dropped 1 ft). The glass is intact (thank you, UV filter) but there is some issue inside the lens where the images aren't focused and the ...
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Are wide angle adapters bad?

I would like to get wider angle photos than my current setup of min 18mm APS-C allows, but decent wide angle lenses (for Sony with 10-14mm focal length) cost 300+€. I stumbled upon these wide angle ...
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Is it bad to use old lenses on a new camera?

Ever since I started out with photography, I've been using an old, used Sony Alpha 200 DSLR. I was mostly okay with its mediocre performance, but lately my demands have increased, and I would like ...
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I accidentally refrigerated my lens for a month. Should I be worried?

When preparing for a hike, I ended up putting my whole backpack in the fridge to cool the water in the Camelbak inside of it. The hike was canceled, and I'm the kind of guy that doesn't really care ...
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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 can be done using a 18-55mm lens?

I have a Canon EOS 1000D with 18-55mm kit lens (entry level, as many say). Whenever I go out for a shoot, I always end up feeling handicapped because of the limited zoom range. Most of my friends ...
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Understanding Lenses and the Focal length and Distance of Shooting [duplicate]

Suppose i want to make a Picture of a Tiger,in the National park or in wild life safari,and to fill in the Frame with my Aps-c Eos Camera with Focal Length at 300mm,how close or far i need to ...
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Why does the use of multiple filters create vignetting?

Recently I have had vignetting problem with my Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (72mm) After checking, it is specified in the manual that one should not use multiple filters or thick filter (as ...
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Canon Zoom lenses: 18-135 STM vs 18-200 vs. 17-85

In my quest to buy a new camera, My local store has three bundles, that each comes with one of the three lenses mentioned in the title. I'm having a hard time deciding between the three as they all ...
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Missing Grommet on lens that secures lens cover

I have a Canon Power Shot SX500 IS with a Canon Zoom Lens 30 x IS. The grommet located in the inside lip at end of the lens fell out and was lost. It secures the lens cover when in use. Where can I ...
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Understanding Lenses Focal Length with Converters

I read about APS-C sensors EOS DSLRs, that if the focal length is 300mm and as the image ratio is 1.6 then the 300mm x1.6 = 480mm focal length. So if I add a 1.4x teleconverter to 300mm lens so I ...
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Should lenses of equal quality for smaller sensors be cheaper?

In theory do we expect lenses of identical specs and quality to be cheaper when designed for smaller sensors? My expectation is that the answer is yes, because all of the things that lenses struggle ...
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Which of my lenses to choose for shooting the Milky Way? 17mm 2.8 or 10mm 4.5?

Next week I hope to get a good chance to do my first Milky Way shoot. Last thing I struggle with is which of my lenses to use. I want to avoid startrails. In the final round are: Sigma 17-50 2.8 ...
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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 my Olympus E-10 lenses on my Canon T3i?

I just bought a Canon Rebel T3i but would like to also use my Wide angle, Micro,Macro and telephoto lenses from my Olympus E-10, Is it just a matter of a step ring from 58mm to 62mm?
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Upgrading from Canon T2i to Canon 6D

I want to upgrade my camera from Canon t2i to Canon 6D, Can I use the same lenses i already have ??? Lenses I own are, Canon 58mm Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III AF Canon-EF 50mm f/1.8 II Rokinon ...
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What is the difference between Canon “L” lenses and non-L lenses?

The Canon L lenses are much more expensive and presumably much better quality than non-L lenses. What makes an "L" lens? How much better are they over a similar length/speed "ordinary" canon lenses?
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What does “maximum aperture” mean in a camera spec? Where can I get the full aperture range?

I own a Canon S95, and am considering getting a newer model (e.g. Canon S110 or S120), and I'm comparing the specs. According to DPReview.com, the S95 has a maximum aperture of F2.0-F4.9, and the S110 ...
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Does sensor size affect lens distortion?

There was recently a video posted about how different focal lengths affect portrait photography, specifically how distortion at smaller focal lengths have more distortion and are less flattering. So ...
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What kind of chromatic correction has the Pentax M 50mm f/1.7

http://www.kenrockwell.com/pentax/35mm/lenses/50mm-f17-smc-m.htm After the chromatic aberrations that I observe, it could be an achromat.
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Low light when using Macro Reversing Ring

I just purchased Macro Reversing Ring for my Nikon d5100(18-55lens), but I observed that whenevever I try to use it I am getting very dark images, They are so dark that I cannot capture them without ...
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How do old lenses get dented just on the filter ring?

I often see old Nikkor lenses for sale that have one deformation on the lens barrel, at the level of the filter. The focusing barrel is intact, the rest of the lens is in good condition, the glass is ...
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How does Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 image quality compare between f/1.4 and stopped-down to f/4?

I have a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens that I use as my go to for dark sky imaging with my full frame camera and it is amazing. However, I just bought a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens for my crop sensor camera so ...
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How do I choose between 24-70 f/4 and 24-105 f/4 Canon lens?

I am getting a new medium range zoom lens for general use and occasional weddings. This new 24-70 f4 was top of my list until I watched this review: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS vs Canon 24-105 f/4 IS - ...
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High Chromatic Abberation with Pentax f/1.8 50mm lens

I recently bought a Pentax K-50 in a set with two lenses (18-55 & 50-200) as well as a 50mm fixed focal length lens. The camera is great but I am extremly disappointed in the lenses. Two out of ...
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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 ...
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Seriously considering upgrading my Rebel T2i (550D) to either a 6D, 7D or 70D

I shoot a lot of performers in low lighting conditions. Essentially I am looking for a camera that will help me reduce the noise level significantly. I find myself rarely using the kit lenses and ...
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Is the distance scale on a lens linear?

I have Nikon lenses with distance scales on them so I can set the lenses to the hyperfocal distance when I need. Say now the focal length is 28mm and the aperture is f/16. The corresponding ...
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What to do when autofocus on Canon 85mm f/1.8 not working?

My Canon 85mm's AF isn't working. But here's the thing, it recognizes there's a lens mounted, it gives focus confirmation, and I can even set the aperture, but it does NOT recognize that it's an AF ...
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What do the red values mean on the distance scale of a lens?

Take this lens I have for example, it has red values on the distance scale (not sure what do you call it exactly) next to the focus ring. What does these values mean?
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What is the sound that I'm hearing from Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L lens?

I've a Canon 600D with Canon EF 25-105mm F/4 USM L lens. When I half press the shutter I can hear the US motor sound trying to focus on my subject, however I hear another sound, it's lower than the ...