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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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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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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 ...
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What advantages does the Canon EF-S 18-55mm III have over the IS II version?

I was wondering if the Canon EF-S 18-55mm III lens had any advantages above the EF-S 18-55mm IS II, which has image stabilizing. The III seems to be a newer version, but hasn't got stabilizing. Will ...
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Why are fixed-aperture lenses not more popular?

Lenses come in different varieties: zoom and prime, different focal lengths, different zoom ranges, with and without optical stabilization, and so forth. Why don't we have fixed-aperture lenses for ...
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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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You have two rooms to build your photography skills, measuring about 12 x 12 feet and 9 x 8.8 feet. What lens/lenses would you buy and why?

After days of indecision I've decided I'll be buying the Nikon D5100. Now my only issue is what lens/lenses to go for. I think it will be best to give you an idea of what types of photographs I intend ...
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What were important things you took into account when purchasing your first camera and lens? [closed]

Ok I am ready to purchase my first serious camera. I owned a FujiFix s1800 but didn't like the quality of the headshots I took. Headshots would be the main reason for purchase but I'd also like to ...
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Is it possible to DIY adjust the focus ring distance scale of a lens?

I have a particular lens in mind, but is it generally possible to do this adjustment? Of course there are a lot of lenses that don't have any distance scale to begin with. Many lenses have the scale ...
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What can cause different aberration on left side and right side of photo?

I got a photo of starry sky where I find different kind of aberrations on the left side and the right side of photo. It seems consistent in various photos so far, but this lens is quite new to me and ...
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At what distance from the lens will the image be in focus given a subject distance and focal length? [closed]

I've been trying to figure this one out for more than an hour now and I have no idea how to calculate this... You capture a picture of a tree which is standing 3m away from the camera. The focal ...
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what is the canon 18-55mm IS lens good for? [duplicate]

is the canon 18-15mm lens good for self portraits and nature pictures {trees, leaves, DETAILED rain or snow} ?
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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 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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What is the most versatile lens for the Sony NEX-6? [closed]

I received a Sony NEX-6 body (no-lens) over the holidays this year and I am looking to find the right lens to match. I am searching for the most versatile lens available for this camera. In other ...
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Does sensor size dictate lens size with all other things equal?

Background I'm considering switching from DSLR to mirrorless and have been researching the micro four thirds (M43/MFT) and Sony's new Alpha 7 (A7). While Sony hasn't released many lenses for this new ...
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Will an adapter tube for a Fujifilm Finepix S4500 fit a Finepix S4830?

I have the s4830 camera and was looking into getting a lens adapter tube, but I can only find one for certain models, including the s4500. Would an adapter tube meant for the s4500 fit my camera as ...
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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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What is causing the strange lighter circles in images taken with my Canon 15-85?

I took these pictures with my Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens this morning: Would somebody please tell me that what is that white part in the lower right corner of the picture? EXIF info: ...
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What lens hood will fit Canon 80-200 f/4.5-5.6 (original)?

My in-law wants a lens hood for his Canon 80-200 f/4.5-5.6. This is the old version of this lens he inherited from someone, not the "II" version or USM version. I think the lens hood that will fit is ...
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slow glass vs. fast glass [duplicate]

I have two L series lenses 24-70 and 14mm and am in need of a longer lense (70-200 or 70-300)my question is since I shoot mostly landscape from a tripod is it worth the expense to go to the L series ...
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Which is the best version of Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 mount lens

I'm looking to buy a Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 lens for my Nikon D600 and will be mounting it using an M42 to F-mount adapter. I'm primarily buying this lens for portraits due to the interesting ...
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What are the best lens options for Street photography for Sony alpha mount

I have a Sony a57. What are the best suitable lenses for Street Photography compatible with this camera.
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What is the difference between Nikkor D type and G type lenses?

I recently bought a Nikon D5100. And along with this camera, I got the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens as kit. It's "G" type lens, right? One of my friend suggested to buy a 50mm f/1.8D ...
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Where can I find a service manual for Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR LD Aspherical Macro Zoom Lens (for Nikon)?

I'm a photographer from Sri Lanka. I disassembled my Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR LD Aspherical Macro Zoom Lens (for Nikon) to clean it myself. But now, it's difficult for me to reassemble it. I ...
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Which should be the next upgrade? [closed]

I own Nikon D5100, with 18-55mm lens kit. I am thinking of buying a new lens. Which is good? I am more of interested in portrait and natural photography. Also which filter works well for these ...
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Is it a bad idea to activate lens-corrections in camera, when also use lens-correction in Lightroom?

My EOS has the option to correct known lens-aberration which is activated at the moment. I use Lightroom (5.2) for post-processing, which can also correct lens-aberration. Is it a problem to ...
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What are the lens-mount benefits of mirrorless systems?

There are plenty of comparisons between DSLR cameras and mirrorless/EVIL/system cameras, and the overall picture is that the two systems target different users and different uses. But I'd like to ...
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Lightroom lens information incomplete for Sigma lenses

When I import my photos in lightroom, the ones taken with Sigma lenses does not show the exact model designation contrary to Canon lenses that are presented with the full information. On my sigmas ...
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When a lens and camera are callibrated together, which is changed, and might other lenses be adversely affected?

I wonder what exactly is the calibration of a camera body and a particular lens. I know the effect, but how it is achieved? I recently bought 80-200 (the two-ring version), I was waiting for too ...
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Who tells my camera which apertures my lens has

When I mount one of my lenses on my camera, my camera knows which apertures the lens has. So I ask my self: Why does my camera know that for example lens XY has a max. aperture of 2.8 and a min. ...
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Nikon D3100 Beginner Lens not attached error message

I have a Nikon d3100 with the nikor 18x55 lens. Whenever I attach the lens and turn the camera on it's simply saying "lens not attached". The only time it will take a picture is in manual mode and ...
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Is the Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens weather sealed?

I know most of the Canon L series lenses are weather sealed but is the Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens a good lens for shooting in the rain?
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Shaky image with soft edges Nikon lens. I dropped the lens

I dropped my 18-105 Nikon kitlens. The image produced after that is like this. Shaky with soft edges. But the focusing mechanism is still running with the regular focusing sound. What could be the ...
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Can you use a EF-S lens on a full frame camera with an extension tube?

Normally, EF-S lenses won't work on full frame cameras since the mirror might hit the lens. But if you move the lens further away from the mirror with say, an extension tube, will it work?
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What improvements I could expect upgrading from Canon EF 55-250mm IS to a Canon 70 - 300mm? [duplicate]

I enjoy taking photos with my current telephoto (55-250) but I wonder if the 70-300 could be a worthwhile upgrade. As of November 2013, it would be around a $350 investment if I deal hunt and sell my ...
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Why is my new Panasonic Lumix 35-100/2.8 lens making strange sounds?

I just bought the Lumix 35-100/2.8 lens. It focuses and zooms fine, but it makes a tiny weird sound all the time, even when not focusing. I have turned the stabilisation system off and switched to ...
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About the 1.6x crop factor on a crop body [duplicate]

I have a 600D and a 7D and I use the kit lens " EF-S "18-55mm and the 55-250 mm , and I am thinking of buying a 24-105mm f4 IS USM L... so does the EF-S suffer from the same 1.6x crop factor as the ...
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When the batteries are fully discharged, the lens does not get in!

I own Sony HX 300 camera. I have two batteries. In one particular lithium battery, the camera cannot get its lens in when the batteries are fully discharged. On the other hand, the other battery has ...
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Is it possible to get a lens that will capture both far away and very close-by objects?

I have Sony A58 with 18-55mm standard lens. It's been almost 6 months that I have been using it and now I have started to feel that I can't either far away objects or very close-by objects with crisp ...
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Thread size and filter diameter

I am trying to buy my husband a gift from photojojo. He has a Canon DSLR. It's the EF-55-250mm. I have found a white balance lens cap that needs a size and the photojojo site says to look for the ...
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How do I convert focal length to maximum distance?

I would like to know whether there is any relation between focal length and distance. For example, what is the max distance I can shoot from a 55mm-300mm lens?
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What is the Zeiss Planar T* 50mm lens?

I was looking for a 50mm f/1.4 lens for Canon mount. I was looking at the usual options when I came across this one : ...
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How do you judge the build quality of a lens?

Some lenses - mostly expensive ones - are consistently praised in reviews for their great build quality, whereas others get very low credit in this regard. To be honest, I cannot tell much of a ...
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What makes the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 so special?

The new Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is nearly $4000. With faster lenses from Canon (50mm f/1.2L) with autofocus, why is the zeiss lens more than twice that of the Canon counterpart?
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Why is anamorphic bokeh oval shaped?

I understand that an anamorphic lens "stretches" an image when it is recorded, but when it's played back, it's "un-stretched" so that it looks normal. But with images shot with anamorphic lenses, ...
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I'm getting the kit lens; should I add a 55-250mm or 50mm prime lens?

I am planning to buy a Canon 600D with 18-55 Kit lens. This is going to be my first DSLR. I can afford a 55-250 mm IS II Lens ( as Combo Kit ) or a 50mm F/1.8 Prime lens with my budget. Please ...
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I changed my camera lens while my camera was on [duplicate]

I changed my camera lens while it was switched on. It was my first time doing this because I usually switch off my camera and change the lens but this has been the first time I've changed the lens ...
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Will a “Sigma AF Telephoto 1:5.6 f=400mm Multi-Coated Lens Japan for Canon AF 072” work with Canon EF mount?

Just have a quick question, recently purchased a cheap Canon 1DMK2 but until then I have exclusively used Sony DLSRs so I am not familiar with Canon mounts/lenses. I have been looking on eBay for a ...
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What type of lens do I need to capture the football field or basketball games from the bleachers [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D3000 camera. What kind of lens do I need to capture my grandson on the football field or playing basketball, while I am sitting in the bleachers?
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What is the lens on top of the 105mm lens?

Does anyone know what's on top of the AF MICRO 105mm lens? The picture is quoted from a image system set up, trying to figure out what's each part of them. Thanks in advance!