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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 can I do about Pentax superzoom 18-270 autofocus problems?

I use a Pentax K200 and have been satisfied with the original Pentax 18-250 superzoom, for travelling, outdoors, family types of use. However the autofocus gradually failed, the motor going to and fro ...
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Canon PowerShot sx500IS filter size

What is the filter size of the fixed 30xIS Canon Zoom Lens found on the PowerShot SX55IS?
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Is this attempt to make lens measurements and focal lengths more intuitive correct?

I know next to nothing about cameras (other than how to push the shutter button). Up until a few days ago I thought of zoom as simply a multiple (e.g. my Canon S95 has 3 or 5X optical zoom) and had ...
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What are the distinquishing features of 50mm prime lenses for Sony?

I have a Sony SLT A58 and the standard 18-55mm zoom, and am thinking to go for a 50mm prime — but I am not sure which is the best one for me. Are there other manufacturers besides Sony which develop ...
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Is it true that there are no stabilized prime lenses (and if so, why)?

Fast prime lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens work nicely in low-light situations. But I'm quite sure they would work even more nicely if they had optical image stabilizers. It seems to me that no ...
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Why do 3rd party lenses have compatibility issues?

I actually have 3 questions, related to this topic: 1) Do third party manufacturers like Sigma/Tamron/Tokina license the right to develop for Nikon/Canon mounts? I've heard people say they do, and ...
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What is the best techniques to photograph large rugs?

I am trying to take pictures of small and large rugs. I have Canon 6D with 24-70mm lens. Could you please suggest the best way for mounting the camera to the ceiling, and any other recommendations for ...
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Can lens coating be reapplied?

If the lens coating is torn or worn of by extended use, is it possible to reapply it? I don't mean a do it yourself repair, but rather a repair performed by the manufacturer. It also may very well not ...
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How do I choose a zoom lens for Canon APS-C?

I know nothing about any of this. From my research, Canon's 70D looks like a good camera body for a retired (31 years) professional photographer (my dad) to "pick the camera back up" in the digital ...
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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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EF vs EF-S for a Canon 70D body? [duplicate]

Stretching my budget for a new 70D body. Seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. Am I wasting my money only purchasing an EF lens to go with it? The EF-S is well out of my price range.
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Capturing astro photography with D7100

I just bought a Nikon D7100, with the basic kit lens 18-105mm. I was wondering, if I can capture stars or milky way with it. Will the answer to this question work for me? As it says 24mm on f/2. Also ...
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Can I use Wide Angle Lens converter for my existing lens Nikkor 35mm f1.8?

I have a D3100 Nikon with a 35mm f1.8 prime lens. I want to buy a wide angle lens converter to make it more like a wide angle lens. What is your advice on that? How do I know whether the lens ...
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Was the background blur in this image done with a Petzval lens?

I am interested to know how the background blur in this image was done. Is it a petzval lens?
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Can I use old Pentax lenses on newer Pentax DSLRs?

Can I use old Pentax lenses from the film days on the newer Pentax DSLRs? Are there any caveats or exceptions? Are adapters or modifications needed?
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“Lens not attached” appearing whenever I try to use my nikkor 70-300mm on my nikon d5000!

I've had my Nikon D5000 for about two years now. It has never failed me! I have only two lenses, the standard 18-55mm lens and a 70-300mm lens I received about two years ago. I've never had a problem ...
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Will a tilt-shift lens solve my 'leaning building' shots?

I shoot primarily with a Nikon D300, and that's not likely to change soon. The camera does everything I need it to do, but this. I also use a 17-55 lens, which I know that Thom castigates as being ...
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Baby photo shoot lens selection

I am planning on doing a homemade baby photography for a 3-week-old baby (my daughter :)). I count on a Nikon D40 (I know, need to upgrade!) and 2 lenses: 18-105mm and a fixed 50mm f1.8. Which lens ...
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Could i go for kit lens or body+separate lens? [duplicate]

I'm going to buy Nikon D 7100. But regarding lens, i'm not sure what is better to opt? Could i go for kit lens or body+separate lens????
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What are the differences between Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 DX and DX-II (Nikon mount)?

I am comparing two versions of Tokina 11-16 mm lenses for Nikon mount: AT-X 116 PRO DX vs. AT-X 116 PRO DX II As far as I can tell from producer's website, one difference is internal focus ...
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How do you find the nodal point of a lens?

When shooting a panorama, rotating the camera & lens about the nodal point of the lens is expected to produce higher-quality images (in the sense that they match better at the edges) -- hence the ...
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How does the Sony SEL 16mm F2.8 compare to the 20mm F2.8? [closed]

I want to get a pancake lens for my NEX. Which lens would you recommend in terms of picture quality?
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Can I use these old lenses from DVT vision systems on modern cameras?

I have a bunch of old Tamron lenses (12mm, 25mm, 50mm, 75mm, etc) that were used on old vision systems (DVT Cameras). These systems are now obsolete and the cameras / lenses are being disposed of. Is ...
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What is the cheapest Macro lens I could get for my Canon 600 D? [closed]

I have Canon 600D and want to buy the cheapest and best Macro Lens. Which would be the best and cheapest lens for Macro photography? Please help! Thanks!
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DSLR Lens For Close Range Full Body Shots

I have a Nikon D800 and a 70-120mm zoom lens and a 105mm macro lens. I am doing portrait photography and I want to be able to take photos at close range (just a few feet away) while still capturing ...
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Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately?

I am planning to buy a DSLR soon. Before I zero in on the model, I want to know whether it is advisable to buy a kit (body + 18-55 lens) or not? OR should I go for the camera-body and the lens ...
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How does lens-hoods for pancake lenses work? (Canon EF 40mm with ES-52)

Normally I use lens-hoods on every of my glasses (flairlight blocker, lens protection). Some days ago a bought the Canon EF 40mm STM (Pancake-Lens). So I look for the fitting lens-hood and found the ...
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Is there an index of all Micro Four-Thirds lenses?

I am looking for lens options for a new M4/3 camera I just bought. I'm particularly interested in landscape lenses. However when searching for lenses I can't find one place that has a complete index ...
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Is there a digital body that will let me use analog Zeiss T* MM lenses lenses from a Contax 167MT?

Is there a digital body that will let me use analog Zeiss lenses from a Contax 167MT? They are T* MM lenses. Will all adaptors produce the same focus issues?
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As a photography beginner, should I spend more on a lens or settle for a low end model? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography. I'm looking at getting a mirrorless Olympus camera, and am at present selecting the lens to accompany it. There is a good deal available on a package including a camera body + ...
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Which terms accurately describe the lens mount on a Canon 7?

I've gotten a used Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera from my grandfather. I'm given to understand that it's a reasonably cool old camera, and the 50mm/1.4 lens isn't too shabby either. I am ...
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Is a 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4 a good lens for portraits in low light?

I only have one lens right now. It's the Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. I think this lens is great when the lighting conditions are right but in low light I usually have to resort to flash. ...
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Will there be any difference in photos taken using full frame and crop lenses on a crop camera?

I see a lot of questions comparing full frame (e.g EF for Canon, FX for Nikon) and crop lenses (e.g. EF-S for Canon, DX for Nikon) but I can't find the answer to what would be the differences between ...
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What kind of lens do I need for low-light portraits for an Nikon D5100 camera?

I just bought a Nikon D5100 kit with 18-55mm lens. I am now looking for a good portrait lens that should be good in low light conditions. I was thinking about buying Nikkor 1.8d 50mm or Nikkor 1.8G ...
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How can I compare the lens serial number from the EXIF of a picture, to the serial on my lens?

I have a Canon EOS 85mm f/1.2 L II lens. I sold it to someone, they claim it was broken and sent it back. I am trying to prove that the lens I sent to them, is not the one they returned. From ...
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Why do I see different focuspoint in my DSLR's viewfinder and screen with old lenses?

I've had an old completely analog Praktika SLR with a set of lenses for a few years now. The camera and lenses are still quite good but I wanted to go digital. Having recently acquired a Nikon D5200, ...
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What is relationship between focal length and shutter speed?

I am very new to photography and am trying to grasp the basics of it these days. Can someone please help me understand the relationship between focal length of a lens and shutter speed of camera?
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What is the purpose of the small meter behind window on a lens?

I'll buy a zoom lens for my Nikon D5100 Either the 55-300 VR or the 70-300 VR But on the site I saw this meter (sorry, I don't know the name of this meter) on the Nikon 70-300 VR lens and have seen ...
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Should I buy this Nikon 50mm f/1.8?

I've got an opportunity to buy a Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D prime lens for £75. Has anyone used this lens who could give an opinion? The reason I'm looking into buying it is that in an earlier ...
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Which lenses typically don't focus properly on the Canon 60D?

I currently have the 18-200mm kit lens for my canon 60D. I am thinking of getting the 10-22mm wide angle lens as a second lens. So far with my kit lens I havent experienced any focusing problems or ...
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Why is the center of image smudged with magenta/white at a small aperture?

I took two pictures with a Nikon D300 and a 17-55mm f/2.8G lens. Both pictures have been taken at ISO 200, aperture f/22 and shutter speed 1/8s. I used a tripod. The only difference between the two ...
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Can I make a Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D auto focus on a Nikon D3100?

I just got a new lens - the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D - and I'm using it on my Nikon D3100 Camera. is there a way to get the lens to auto focus? my other lens has a switch right on the lens to ...
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Very old Ricoh camera and lenses to work with newer Canon EOS camera

I've been given an old bag of Ricoh camera and lenses and I find that it would be such a waste not to be able to use in some way all this again for something. Can you give me some suggestions as to ...
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How do I decide what lenses I will need for a trip to New Zealand? [closed]

I am going to visit New Zealand (both islands) and just trying to select lenses to take with me. I have Pentax K-x DSLR and following lenses: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Pentax-DA L 18-55mm ...
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What makes the focus ring on a lens go smoothly?

I’m curious about the smooth movement of the zoom or focus rings on a lens. How is the smooth movement done? Is there some kind of liquid with high viscosity? That doesn’t sound very probable. On the ...
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Will Canon Cameras fit all Canon lenses?

I have a Canon Rebel T3i. I have the standard lens. I am looking to buy a telephoto lens that won't break the bank! I am looking at a Canon 55-250 telephoto lens. Is this a good quality lens,and will ...
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What is the right lens for photographing the northern lights? [duplicate]

Im a complete amateur at photography. I recently bought a Nikon d3200 SLR with the 18-55mm lens kit. I've bought it specifically for my trip to Lapland to hopefully see the northern lights. Could ...
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Best lens choice for day time outdor shoot? [closed]

I am fairly new to photography. I planned a trip to hill station this weekend. I have following lenses: 40mm f2.8 (pancake) 18-55mm IS II 55-250mm IS II Should I carry all the lenses or would ...
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How can I do astrophotography with my 70-300mm lens?

I got a Nikon 70-300mm lens as it was on discount. I want to know if I can do astrophotography with it? I want to maximize the use of the lens. I wanted to get a 34-300 mm lens, but it was expensive. ...
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Is optical image stabilization a necessary feature for any lens?

I am looking to buy a decent telephoto lens for my Nikon D3100. A 55-200mm Nikon lens costs almost Rs. 9000 ($144.67) and a Tamron 70-300mm lens costs almost $130 . The problem is that these lenses ...