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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 swirly bokeh technique is this and how can I achieve it?

What is the technique used to capture this image? How can the result be achieved? I know that it can be achieved in a digital darkroom but how can I replicate the effect straight out of the camera? ...
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Do lens hoods need to be matched to focal length?

Is it true that not all generic lens hoods work on all lenses (provided the filter diameter matches, of course)? I read that the focal length plays a role in it - but I cannot find such readings on ...
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How do I clean Micromax Canvas Gold phone camera lens?

I have a Micromax Canvas Gold and the front camera contains some dust particle inside the lens. Is there a way to clean this without opening the phone, or an easy way to do this?
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Searching for autofocus lenses for 2/3" sensors

Can someone name me manufacturers of exchangeable (preferably autofocus-)lenses for 2/3" image sensors, apart from industrial lenses (because they generally dont have autofocus)? Because i want to use ...
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Switching lens on Nikon D3100

I have a Nikon D3100. I purchased a Sigma DG 70-300mm 1:4-5:6 lens for the zoom. I have had very good luck with it, but don't like having to switch every time I want to "zoom". Is there a lens that ...
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How can I prevent condensation on a camera lens?

Is there anything out there to prevent condensation on camera lens? Taking Pictures on a golf course in Florida, camera was out in golf cart at least an hour and a half, when I took pix a lot were ...
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Why are superzoom lenses small but giant telephoto lenses huge?

This week I've read two news stories about two different camera lenses that can magnify things that are very far away. The first is the Nikon Coolpix P900, which is a point-and-shoot camera that ...
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How does sensor size affect the brightness of an image given the same field of view and aperture?

Lets say we have two image sensors, each one with 1MPixel resolution but differing in size. The first sensor has the size 1/3", the other one 1". Each sensor is equipped with a suitable lens (for the ...
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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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Does the size of the front glass mean anything?

Considering the Nikon lenses: Prime lenses: AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED has a huge front glass (●₃), AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G has a tiny little front glass, deep inside the body (∙₁), AF-S VR Nikkor ...
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Can I use Minolta lenses on Nikon D3200? [duplicate]

I have several lenses from a Minolta 7000 af. They are a 50mm, 28mm wide angle and a 70-210 zoom. And, I have a new Nikon D3200 now. Will these lenses fit this camera?
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Nikon ED AF 80-200 2.8 LENS not reading on camera [duplicate]

I have a Nikon d7100 and I just bought a Nikon ED AF 80-200 2.8 LENS. The camera will display a FEE error message on camera when I put the dial ring on the lens to the 2.8 aperture. It says on camera ...
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Are there any good resources that provides information about the focus breathing of various lenses?

Sites like DxOMark provides a lot of information about lenses but they generally don't provide any really usable information about the focus breathing protperties of the lenses. In fact I don't know a ...
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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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What do all those cryptic number and letter codes in a lens name mean?

Then looking at a lens name there is a lot of acronyms in the name describing it's features (often specific to the manufacturer). Examples, Nikon: Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm VR f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Nikon ...
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Is there any risk in removing shims from my Nikon macro lens to make the focus ring easier to turn?

The focus ring/barrel on my Nikon 105mm f2.8 micro lens is extremely tight and difficult to turn. There appear to be several shims between the lens barrel and the focus ring. Is this normal? Any ...
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Which lenses can I use with adapters on my Sony A-mount body and what are the disadvantages of such adapters?

I own a Sony A77 APS-C SLT A-mount camera. For someone who likes to experiment and is on a budget, mount adapters are tempting, since they greatly expand the catalog of available lenses and open up ...
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What gear for environmental/lifestyle portraits for website

I'm looking for gear recommendations to shoot environmental/lifestyle portraits for promotional/travel photography purposes on a 2 week trip to the wilderness. For most of the time I will be ...
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Canon 700d with stock lens or cheaper model with better lens? [duplicate]

I'm torn between getting a 700d kit as it is or a cheaper model (ie. 1200d) with a better lens. Mainly plan on using it for short films. Opinions?
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Canon 50mm Macro verus 100mm Macro Lens

I'm considering purchasing either the Canon 50mm Macro or the 100mm Macro with IS. From what I've researched the only real difference is how close you have to be to your object to take the pictures. ...
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Why don't all zoom lenses have variable f-numbers? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the f-number is a ratio between the focal length and the aperture diameter. A zoom lens can change focal length, but shouldn't the maximum aperture be a fixed size? If so, that ...
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Nikkor AF-S DX VR 18-200mm focus stops at 0.9m, can't set it to 0.5m

I have a Nikkor AF-S DX VR 18-200mm and I have a problem with the focus ring. It goes fine from infinity to about 0.9m,then it just stops there and I can't go down to 0.5m no matter how much I turn ...
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What can cause black corners in an image?

There are completely black corners in some of my photos. What can cause it? I have a full-frame Canon 5D Mk II and had the problem with my 24-105 Canon lens recently and have experienced it with my ...
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What is the limiting factor in lens construction when it comes to f-stop values?

This widely praised Nikon 105mm macro lens has a maximum f-stop value of 2.8. I've held it in my hands, it's a big lens. Meanwhile, this 50mm Nikon lens can go up to f/1.2, despite being 25% cheaper ...
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What are the advantages of a lens having a fixed maximum aperture?

What are the advantages of a lens having a Fixed Maximum Aperture? Previous answers have indicated that "pros tend to want constant apertures in zoom lenses". While in general lenses with a fixed ...
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Nikon D5300 Vs Nikon D3300 and additional lenses (beginner) [duplicate]

I am going to buy my first "serious" camera. The brand I have zeroed upon is Nikon. Particularly, I am interested in D5300 and D3300 with a price difference of 150 USD. I have heard that lenses matter ...
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Should a Nikon 18-55 lens zoom automatically?

I have purchased a Nikon D5000 camera with 18-55 from eBay. The lens focuses automatically, but should the lens also zoom automatically or is this controlled manually by the zoom ring.
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How do I calculate the ground footprint of an aerial camera?

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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Why am I getting a “lens not attached” message on my Nikon camera?

I have a Nikon D3100 with the Nikkor 18-55mm lens. Whenever I attach the lens and turn the camera on, its simply saying "lens not attached". The only time it will take a picture is in manual mode and ...
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What kind of lens are used in mobile phones?

Usually what kind of lens are used in mobile phones. I mean of the types similar to convex, concave etc.. Are they fixed focal length usually? How do we get the focal length of camera from digital ...
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Canon Starter Level Lenses

I would like to get into photography, and I'm thinking about buying a starter D-SLR camera (450D, 500D). Which Canon lenses do think fit to my purposes as considering I'm a beginner and my budget is ...
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Travel lens for LUMIX GH2 [closed]

I am a beginning photographer and own a LUMIX GH2 with the following lens: HD 14-140, LUMIX G Vario 1:4/7-14 (wide angle) and a pancake 20 lens. I am traveling to Europe and need to take a single lens ...
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Focusing issues with Nikon 18-35mm f3.5-4.5D on D3200

I have a Nikon D3200 and I have used in the past year and half a 35mm f/1.8 G DX prime lens . I have rented several other lenses and I also have a 50mm 1.8G prime too (I'm sure that some of you will ...
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Why is my Sigma 75-300mm lens causing a “there's no lens” error on my alpha mount Sony?

What can I do to get my Sigma 75-300mm telephoto lens to fit my Alpha mount Sony? The lens will attach but the camera says "there's no lens". I used this lens on a 7000 Maxxum 35mm film camera.
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How far away can I be and still get a sharp subject with a 100mm lens?

If I have a 100mm lens, how far away can I shoot the subject? If I am shooting basketball, how far can I shoot the subject and still get a sharp picture?
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How to calculate the FOV in degrees from focal length or distance?

How does one to calculate the field of view (or angle of view) in degrees from the following details: sensor size (for example, 1") distance to target (for example, 7 feet) focal length (for ...
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70-300 vs 55-200 for a Nikon D3200

I own a Nikon 18-55 VR and a v 55-200 (no VR). I love zooming as much as I can, but I have a very limited budget. I am not a professional, so I am learning through experimenting with my camera. An ...
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What are the advantages and disdvantages of the Canon 18-55 IS MKII vs IS STM kit lenses?

I'm trying to figure out the difference between the IS MKII lens and the IS STM lens. Specifically, I am looking at the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. On that Amazon page, there are three ...
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Can add-on lenses for mobile phone cameras improve the image quality?

I have an iPhone 5s. I wonder if using an additional lens increases the image quality or not. Or does it just help in zooming?
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What is the best lens to shoot the Milky-Way on a crop camera? [duplicate]

I own a Canon 100d and i like to photograph the stars, I'd like to have a wide angle lens to capture the most of the milky way i can. Possibly as cheap as possible and have really good quality. Thank ...
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Why did manufactures stop including DOF scales on lenses?

Seriously why? I hate it and I hate memorizing it or check my phone app for the depth of field of the current aperture. I find it so useful in old lenses. The DOP preview doesn't help that much (IMO) ...
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Difference between Canon 18-55mm IS II and IS STM? [duplicate]

I am a newbie into the photography world and would like to buy a DSLR. I am currently shooting with my phone and usually take photos with auto mode. While choosing for a camera I have narrowed my ...
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What order to use range extending tubes in and the effect on aperture

I have a 500mm mirror lens, at f/8. I have 2 hollow tubes (their order wont matter) and 1 tube which is a "Vario converter" and can be rotated from 2x to 3x (this moves a lens about 1cm along) I ...
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Is an EF 50mm f/1.4 the same as 50mm with an EF-S lens on a Canon 550D?

I have a Canon 550D with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. The 550D has a 1.6× crop factor. My question is very simple but whenever I've asked before (Yahoo Answers) I always got overly-complicated ...
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How does a spherical lens differ from an aspherical lens?

Many lenses (like the Pentax DA 15mm f/4 Limited, or the Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G) are described as having "aspherical lens elements". Does this mean that regular lenses are spherical lenses? What's the ...
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Why is my Canon 55-250 IS lens blurry at focal ranges beyond 100mm?

I recently purchased a used Canon 55-250mm IS lens and it works nicely at 55mm(even with lower shutter speed, and f/4 aperture), but turns out quite blurry at longer focal lengths, even with a shutter ...
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Does lens resolution matter when it comes to high resolution sensors? [duplicate]

I've recently seen the news about Canon's 5ds and 5dsr with their 50mp res sensors. Now I've read on some other forums that you would need some L lenses developed recently ( 5 years) or those woth ...
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What prevents a f/1.8, 24 mm - 70 mm or similar range zoom lens from being made? [duplicate]

I see that it is common to have professional grade lenses such as 24-70mm lenses made at f/2.8. After using a 50mm/1.8, I was wondering what would prevent a more versatile zoom lens to be made that ...
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Why do camera phones have lenses of inferior quality?

I've heard that mobile phone cameras have lenses of inferior quality to those in DSLRs and point and shoot compact cameras. Is this true, and if so, why?