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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 modify my NIkon D5500 so I can make a vintage lens auto focus?

I just bought a Nikon D5500 with 35mm f1.8. I also have a Nikkor 70-210mm AF (that doesn't focus automatically). I learned that using a TC-16A AF Teleconverter 1.6X might help but i was informed that ...
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Mercury transit at 200mm + UV + ND?

Will I able to see Mercury transit with a f/4-5.6 200mm lens (on APS-C)? I do not have solar filter and I don't have time to buy as transit will be on 9th May 2016. I'm wondering if I can use my UV ...
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Canon 7d & 24-70 ii - can't get a crisp or well exposed shot [duplicate]

As the title says, I'm shooting a canon 7d (mi) with the newly acquired Canon L 24-70 ii. I can't tell if I've suddenly forgotten how to shoot, or if both Green and Av mode are messing with me. I've ...
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Why buy prime super telephoto lenses instead of zoom super telephoto lenses?

35mm and 50mm primes make perfect sense to me: sharper images, simple operation, and framing can usually be handled by taking a few steps forwards and backwards. I'm struggling to see how one would ...
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Options for a wide angle lens for Nikon D5000? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if all Nikon lenses have identical connectors across all models (amateur here), so I'm sorry if it's a silly question. I have a D5000 and I'm looking to do more night time photography ...
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Can I remove the lens on a Minolta Hi Matic 9 to add a zoom lens?

I have a Minolta Hi Matic 9, made in 1956. Can the lens be removed in order to utilize a zoom lens.If so, which manufacturers would be possible choices?
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Vivitar 3000S Fully manual SLR [closed]

What's the general consensus regarding quality for this initially-about-$280 camera? Can I get one almost never used for $25? Primary use will be short medium and long range wildlife shots.
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Is there anything I should be aware of if I'm considering the Nikon AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 ED D lens?

I recently bought the Nikon D5300 and currently have the 18-55mm kit lens. I am worried that with this lens I won't be able to take a variety of good photographs--not only landscapes. So I have been ...
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What does it mean when 'HD' is printed on a lens? [duplicate]

Do the two letters mean High Definition? Are they called HD lenses? How do they differ from normal (SD?) lenses? Please include a plenty of details in your answer..
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Affordable lenses for nightscape photography (nikon d5300)? [duplicate]

I just bought my first DSLR camera Nikon D5300 and currently I only have the kit lenses. I am looking to get some new ones soon to use them to take pictures of the moon and maybe even the stars. As ...
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Canon 1200D kit lenses vs. XSi kit lenses. Which should I keep?

I recently purchased a Canon 1200D kit in the UK (from Dixon Travel). I also have an older Canon Rebel XSi kit with similar lenses (purchased in the USA, around 6-7 years ago). I am trying to ...
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Is there a list of lenses commonly considered “significant” for each mount? [closed]

I'm in the process of installing a focusing screen on my Pentax and, as it will help me with manual focus, I was thinking it could help me using lenses for other mounts ('cause often the mount's ...
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Best lens to photograph a large flat object

I need to accurately photograph mood boards. These are large (4x8 feet, 120x240 cm in my case) white or black boards with photographs, material swatches, pantone swatches pinned to them. The goal is ...
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Can I use adapters to mount Samyang lenses to my Nikon body?

I recently got two Samyang lenses at a second-hand store, so I don't have any boxes or documentation with them. The lenses I recently got are: Samyang AF lens 70-210mm 1:40-5.6, No. 846209 Samyang ...
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Why is my Tamron 70-300mm lens limited to DX framing on Nikon D750?

I'm trying all of my lenses on my newly acquired D750. Among the lenses there is a Tamron 70-300 LD Di zoom lens. Everything works as expected, except one thing: the D750 limits the frame-size to DX ...
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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

New to photography using DSLR. I am planning to buying an entry level Nikon DSLR (perhaps the D3300). I read around and decided to buy the body only, excluding the kit lens. I have decided to go ...
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Circular Polarizing filter in different lenses. Whether to use adapters or buy new filters?

I have the following lenses Canon 18-55 (filter ring size 58mm) Canon 55-250 (filter ring size 58mm) Sigma 35mm (filter ring size 67mm) Canon 10-22 (filter ring size 77mm) Canon 50mm (filter ring size ...
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Which telephoto lens will be best for photographing bears in Alaska?

I have recently inherited some lenses from my granddad and am going on a trip to Alaska this summer. I want to take one general purpose lense for mountains and close things and one telephoto for ...
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Difference of auto-focus motor?

What is the difference of ultrasonic motor, stepper motor, and electromagnetic drive? Which one of these are lens-based or screwdrive? What are the advantages of lens-based servo over screwdrive and ...
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How to repair/clean old lens? [closed]

There is an old Sigma lens for Nikon (about 20 years old) that gives a blurred image when viewed through. I don't find any smudges or spills on the surface of the lens or on the mirror. Why is this ...
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Build of SLR lens vs point-and-shoot lens [duplicate]

There are point-and-shoot cameras that offer large range of angle of view. For example, Nikon P900 with 24mm-2000mm. How such lenses exist only in point-and-shoot and too at a very low price? Why ...
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What are all the types of lenses? [closed]

I see different types of lens in the market like prime, zoom, telephoto and macro. I'm not sure how many such types really exists and the functions/features of each. Can someone share an explanation ...
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21mm + 28mm combination for backpacking purposes, is it too close? [closed]

I have been doing a lot of backpacking recently, and the more I do, the more I feel the need to carry more focal lengths. One problem is that backpacking is never compatible with carrying more than a ...
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Suggestions for supporting a heavy lens?

I have just returned to photography after several years in the wilderness, and as such I have invested in some decent lenses straight off the bat this time round. My main telephoto lens has ended up ...
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How to photograph small aircraft interior?

I want to make a poster. Can you give some tips for getting a great shot of my aircraft instrument panel? How to filter it, light it, reduce reflections and glare from glass bezels? I have a Nikon ...
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What is a good street photography lens for Nikon D750? [duplicate]

I've been using a 50mm ƒ/1.8 on my Nikon D750 for some months now, and I'm looking to upgrade the lens for a new experience. Which lens should I get next? I'm wanting to do street photography, just ...
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Why are crop lenses indicated with focal lengths they don't have [duplicate]

If we will use crop lenses only on crop bodies, why do we all crop lenses for example "10mm" when they are actually "16mm" (with a crop factor of 1.6 in this case)? Edit: I am familiar with the ...
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What lens should a traveller buy? [closed]

I am a traveller. I like taking walking tours and clicking pictures of people in the street. Once i developed a passion for photography, New York was the first place in visited. I used a 35 mm Nikon ...
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Focus issues in a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens

I have a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (without VR) and the pictures taken with it are not sharp and crisp as I think they should be. I use it with a Nikon D7200 that works perfectly with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 ...
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Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 poor image quality

I recently bought for my D3300 two new lens. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art. As I expected, due to specifications and measurements in DXOMark, the 50mm lens is awesome. A lot more ...
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When to use exposure delay?

I recently found an option "Exposure delay" to minimize vibration. But is it necessary to use when you have VR on the lens? And does it do anything "extra/meaningful" by using both the VR and Exposure ...
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Safest way to transport a teleprime len(s) during backpacking and flying

Context So I have a Nikon 300mm f4 AF and may consider it's older but larger cousins the Nikon 400mm f3.5 or Nikon 600mm f5.6. I have a special pouch for the 300mm and it can easily fit in my ...
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Is there a difference between taking a far shot on a 50mm lens and a close shot on a 35mm lens?

I am looking for a prime lens to pick up, and I'm wondering if there is any difference between 35mm and 50mm in terms of the end product if I just stand back more with the 50mm. I use the Sony a6000 ...
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What kind of lens defect is this spot on my lens?

I just bought a Xiaoyi (a cheap GoPro style POV camera made by Xiaomi), and after removing the protective lens sticker I found the lens to have a spot on/in it. It's either an air bubble or fungus, ...
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How do lenses control “projection”?

How is a fisheye lens made differently from a normal ortholinear projection lens? How are real lenses acting differently from the ideal "thin lens" or pinhole, in terms of how the 3D scene in front ...
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Street photography with Canon 1200D

Recently I bought Canon 1200D with 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses. I am interested in street photography. I would like to know which lens I should use. I don't want to buy a new one right now (maybe ...
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What type of lens is best suited for adventure photography?

OK, so I really don't want to sound like an neophyte asking about which lens to buy, but I've done a fair amount of research and I'm really unsure which is the best route to take. I have a D5200 and I'...
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Undecided for my next lens! [duplicate]

I currently have a canon 7D mark ii. I have a budget where I will be looking to get the canon 24-105 f4 L IS or the canon 70-200mm f4 L IS. I am pretty undecided which one to get, I can see me using ...
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How to open a plastic enclosed lens assembly for repair

I have a lens assembly from a projector (150mm Kodak Retinar) which is fully enclosed in plastic. Apparently the lens fell down at one point and someone put it back together. However, that person ...
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Would an EF 24-105L or a 70-200 f/4L be a better travel choice?

I currently have a Canon 7D Mark II. I have a budget where I am looking at getting the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. I am undecided on which one to get. I can see ...
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zoom or aperture which one decreases DoF?

When I want to decrease my DoF and have Bokeh in my photos, I always stuck between choosing either opening the aperture or zooming. Should I start zooming or should I decrease the aperture? Edit: I'...
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Categorization of 14mm lens as rectilinear?

I used the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens to take a photo from my balcony. Here's the original RAW (ORF). The symptom I am experiencing is that different ...
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Wide angle lenses that fit a Rebel T3i [duplicate]

Will a Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens - Fixed work on a Rebel T3i? What does IS UMS mean?
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Nikon error message: “Lens not attached”

My Nikon D3200 shows the message "Lens not attached" when the lens is firmly attached. I've cleaned the contacts and tried different lenses but the problem persists. This problem is intermittent.
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How can I take portraits where more DoF appears in front of the subject than behind?

This photo has been processed, of course. More importantly, it seems that DoF is more on the front of the subject than on the rear side. What type of post-processing and lens is suitable for producing ...
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Can't zoom 18-55 mm lens wider than 35 mm – is my lens broken?

I have a Nikon D3200, with a 18-55 mm f/3.5–5.6 lens. I can't use zoom the lens any wider than 35 mm. The lens is just stuck between 35-55mm. I can't use f/3.5 as well because it is only available ...
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What adapter can I use to fit vintage lenses to a Canon DSLR?

I have a Canon 7D and a very modest budget. I have three lens and am wanting to find an adapter for each to fit on my 7D. Promaster Spectrum 7 28-70mm 1:2.8-4.5 MC ...
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Does an APS-C lens label itself with effective or true focal length? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if I've phrased this correctly, but I've just purchased two prime lenses: Nikkor 50mm f1.8/G (FX) Nikkor 35mm f1.8/G (DX) I know that the effective focal length of the 50mm FX lens ...
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How do I change lenses without damaging my camera? [duplicate]

As I have an canon camera in which I even got standard kit lens. Now at present the lens of camera is been not working properly because of not handling it safety, due to which I am not able to get ...
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What lens do I need to shoot this

I had an Olympus UltraZoom SP550 which has a 18x zoom (equivalent to 28-504mm from what i read), which was great until it died on my last trip... So, to replace it, I bought a Nikon D5200 kit that ...