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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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How can I increase the amount of 'keepers' from my Nikkor 50mm 1.8D

I have been using this lens for a while, mostly for portraits and have noticed that for some reason the outdoor pictures where I most likely had to quickly compose and take the shot have had something ...
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Travel Lens to UK [duplicate]

My family and I are planning to visit UK in October. My agenda is; 1. Visit old architecture of Bath 2. Strafford upon Avon 3. Lake District 4. Pitlochry 5. London I will travel with Nikon D7100 and ...
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What are the pros and cons of different lenses on the end of a long macro bellows

I just picked up a vintage 300mm bellows with a 50mm lens on the M42 screw mount, but the lens is kinda foggy and scratched. What would I gain or lose with different focal lengths for a replacement ...
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How do I separate a stuck Nikon 400mm f/2.8 AF-S (non-VR) lens from a D800E body?

I purchased a factory refurbished 400mm f/2.8 AF-S (non-VR) lens a year ago from Nikon USA. Two major malfunctions happened. To me, both seem to be related to a little metal lever inside the lens's ...
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Having difficulty with choosing a wide-angle lens for Canon

I have got Canon 450D Kit and I would like to purchase a new Canon lens. Not too pricey. Main purposes are to shoot landscapes and portraits at the same time to have decent zoom. I had a look at EF ...
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What Lens would i use to photograph a football game? [closed]

I have an assignment and one of the questions is asking what lens would I use at a football game. I have a press pass so it allows me to the field. They would like high contact physical frozen shots. ...
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Holiday lens - 18-200 or 18-250 [closed]

I'm off on holiday soon and I want to get an all-around lens which I'm sure is one of the most read topics on the internet. I have a Canon 450D and I've been looking at the Canon or Sigma lens as they ...
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Nikon Lens Won't Autofocus [duplicate]

My Nikon Lens will manually focus but not auto focus. I have tried another lens on my camera body without issues and I have put this lens on another body and it will not auto focus there either. I ...
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Canon 18-135mm macro capability vs 100mm macro lens

I have a Canon 550d, and intend to take insect/flower closeup/macro shots. But I am not sure what the difference is between the Canon 18-135 lens vs a Canon 100mm Macro lens in terms of their macro ...
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How to tell whether a lens has an autofocus motor or not?

I have to buy a lens and I have a Nikon d7000. I want to know which lenses have AF motors and which do not, as the D7000 has an AF motor built into the body. How do I tell whether a lens has a motor ...
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How do lenses vary in contrast?

I was reading a review of a wide-angle lens, and the review opined that the lens had impaired contrast wide open. Optically, what's happening here? How does the light passing through the lens lose ...
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Why is my lens only somewhat sharp near the center and very blurry on the edges?

I bought a canon 50-250mm IS lens (for my T1i), maybe two years ago and haven't used it much, but whenever I do, I always regret using it. Pictures are blurry, the depth of field too shallow and so ...
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Can you take a picture of a milky way on a canon EOS 300?

I really want to take a picture of the Milky Way using my camera. I'm not sure if it is able to pick it up? The lens I am currently using is a Canon EF 55-200mm. Should I be able to this?
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How to shoot photo with the sun fully surrounding foreground subject

I saw this artwork for Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" song and it begged the question "How was that shot?" My guess is an extreme telephoto lens allowing the sun and the band to be visually compressed ...
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Aperture and field of view - percepted by eye vs camera

I very well informed and I know about how aperture works and why is it not restricting field of view, but I somehow cannot get around the following: Aperture doesn't restrict field of view for the ...
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How to accurately calculate size in image using relations and a reference

OK so the relation math is easy enough. If you know the size of an object, say a 12" ruler in the image, and you put the ruler flat against another object like a door. You take a picture of the door ...
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what is the nikon equivalent to canon lens L series EF 24-105 f4?

I'm thinking of going full frame and I can't decide between nikon and canon. The Nikon d610 would be my preferred choice because of lower price compared to canon 5d III, however the latter has that ...
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Help to choose lens [duplicate]

I recent got 60d and EF-S 18-55mm Lens and i want to buy 1 more lens specially for product and fashion(portrait) photography... I decided EF50mm f/1.4 USM and EF85mm f/1.8 USM? Which one would be ...
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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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Can gripping a lens too hard cause softness/aberration or other damage?

I have a Nikon D80 kit lens with a circular screw-on polariser filter. In order to remove the filter I might have to grip the lens quite hard, and the end of the lens might be moved about in the ...
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What do the specifications mean on the Canon G15's lens?

I am quite new to photography, but spent some days understanding aperture, timing, zoom and ISO. Now I see the values printed on the Canon Powershot G15´s lenses, and I can´t interpret them. I ...
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How can I mount an EF-M lens on an EF-S camera?

How can I mount an EF-M lens (22mm, for example) on my Canon Rebel T4i EOS EF-S?
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Will 18-55 and 55-200 lenses give me the same zoom abilities as a single 18-200 lens? [duplicate]

I'm new to cameras with interchangeable lenses. I'm looking at a 18-200mm zoom lens or a 55-210mm zoom lens. I already have an 18-55mm lens. Is it fair to say that an 18-55mm lens, combined with ...
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Would a 50mm lens be a useful addition to my current set of lenses? [closed]

I have a Nikon D700 Nikon 28-300mm lens Nikon 16-35 mm Samyang 14 mm lens I have an opportunity to purchase a Nikon 50mm f1.8 AFD lens. How useful would this lens be in combination with the above ...
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help me to decide between these [duplicate]

I read a lot of answers posted by you on stackexchange and i am big fan of yours knowledge and yours photography. I am new to photography and want to buy a DSLR body, i don't know much about ...
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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's the practical difference in an image taken at focal length of 200mm vs 300mm? [duplicate]

I'm confused about the 200mm and the 300mm zoom ranges. I am looking for some examples of the same subject, in order to visualize the difference between 200mm and 300mm focal lengths. I want to ...
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Does a greater optical zoom range on a lens mean less image quality?

I have read that big optical zooms of let's say 10X do not produce excellent image quality. Is this true even nowadays, as there have been many technological improvements in this area? For example, ...
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Can a lightweight telephoto zoom lens fulfill my expectations of excellent image quality? [closed]

I am interested in purchasing a Canon, light, in terms of weight, telephoto zoom lens. I would like excellent image quality though. Are my expectations far from real? My future lens is purposed for a ...
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How to cover all your needs with just one lens?

I have read lots of articles that argue that the less you carry with you on trips or in everyday life, the faster you will be taking photos and you will take full advantage of your gear. However, how ...
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What is a standard kit lens?

I know what a kit lens is, but I am wondering what a standard kit lens is. There is a post for what a kit lens is, but I couldn't find a post on standard kit lenses. Standard or normal, in general, is ...
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Camera body vs lenses - which is more important technically? [duplicate]

I am writing an article for a case study, explaining which one is more important in Photography, either the camera body or the lenses, and in which, one has to invest more? This is a technical ...
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Why are exposure settings different while using different lenses under the same lighting conditions?

I was shooting a scene, using a Canon 28mm 1.8, and after a few seconds I switched to a Canon 100mm 2.8, and the in-camera meter was suggesting different exposures! Why does this happen? Is this ...
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Tamron 90mm SP Macro manual focus locks

I've been shooting film on a Canon AE-1 Program with a Tamron 90mm Macro SP lens. Until recently, the lens worked perfectly, but all of a sudden it won't focus farther than 10ft. To my knowledge it ...
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Do you carry your photographic equipment wherever you go? [closed]

I firstly want to apologize if a similar topic has been already discussed. I made a quick research and I couldn't find anything similar. I would like to ask you whether you carry your camera ...
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How should one compare lenses for new mirror less cameras vs established best of class?

As someone recently new to photography, I am curious for those jumping on the mirrorless bandwagon what concrete things (especially re: quality) are sacrificed moving to these cameras. Take for ...
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Cleaning stains left by frost from the front of a lens

I just returned from about 3 days of shooting at night when the temperatures would start around 50 F and would drop to 18 F leaving a frost on the ground. The lens hood did a decent job acting as a ...
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Why there is no full-frame lenses with leaf shutter?

I see that many medium format lenses are made with leaf shutter, which allow much faster flash syncing speeds, so why no one puts them in FF lenses then?
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What is the largest aperture on a commercially available lens? [duplicate]

Out of pure curiosity, what is the largest aperture, or lowest f-stop, a commercially available lens has. I have seen the 50mm prime lens from canon with 1.2, but not lower than that. What are the ...
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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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Can you mount lenses from a Canon T70 on an EOS 550D body?

Sometime ago, I was fortunate enough to have been given a Canon T70 35mm and several lenses. I've now just bought myself an EOS 550D (T2i) and wanted to know if anyone has any experience of ...
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What do I need in a lens for studio portrait photography?

I'm going to start in photography and I'm looking to build a home photography studio. I'm planning to get a Canon 60D (wished for a 7D though). I'd like to find out what are the recommended lenses for ...
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Help is needed in Fixing Canon lenses USM's focus motor [duplicate]

I have the Canon EF lens, but the USM motor looks dead. I need help in order to get it fixed so I can use this lens again. Unfortunately a "focus by wire" system is used in this lens and I have no ...
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Is the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 a good lens for sports and wildlife photography?

Is this lens good for wildlife and sports? Im getting a nikon D5100 And my brother plays soccer and I'm in gymnastics. I love taking pics of sports. Is this lens good enough?
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Nikon 55-200mm or 50mm

Im getting a nikon d5100 in a week or so, And i was woundering which lens to get with it? Im stumped this will be my first dslr and i know nothing about lenses. And i have a budget of $200 for a ...
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Best camera + 2 lenses to take on around the world backpacking trip? [closed]

A little background: I used to take photographs all of the time and even had my photos appear on the cover of local magazines and inside of local newspapers when I was in high school. I've also ...
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How can I vertically shift a Tilt-Shift lens in vertical (portrait) position?

I have a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II mounted on a Canon 5D Mk3. When I want to shoot a building tall enough without introducing distortions, I put the camera in landscape position, I shift my lens up ...
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Nikon 16-85 VR focus noise problem?

My 16-85 VR is doing some weird noise during focus, manual or auto. It's like an hiss. I asked in a local shop and they said it can be some microdust inside the lens. But I'm a little worried it can ...
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Any help on suitable milkyway lenses

I'm looking at buying a new lens for some night photography out in rural Australia. I'm in the middle of a national park for the next 6 months so light pollution isn't an issue and the skies are too ...
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Is there a budget fish-eye for Pentax Q system?

I currently use a Pentax Q camera with the standard lens and I was wondering if anyone knows of a budget fish-eye lens that will fit the Q. I know Pentax does an official fish-eye lens but it's around ...