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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 do I remove a broken lens mount ring from a lens?

Today my Nikon d90 was drop with attached Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The lens detached from the body and ripped of the metal ring with screws from the body. How can I fix it? I don't know how to remove the ...
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How does using a lens with some focal length on a full frame camera differ from using a lens with “equivalent” focal lens on a crop camera?

As an example, a 35mm lens on a crop body (such as Nikon DX) is said to be "equivalent" to a 50mm lens on a full frame body. Equivalent here means that they will have the same field of view, but what ...
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Where are the principal planes located in a camera lens?

I want to find locations of the principal planes of a camera lens. I have looked at the specification for my lens here and here, but did not find what I need. But there are many other parameters in ...
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Why buy an intentionally soft lens?

While reading some reviews of older lenses, I keep reading "It's soft wide open, but that's not always a problem with portraits." Over my rather short time in photography thus far, I've come to ...
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Is there development in the world of lenses?

Now, I'm not an expert, so if this post makes you laugh, you're welcome. Still, as far as I know there are basically two components that determine the potential quality of a camera's photos: Sensor ...
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What type of wide-angled lens is the best option for photographing rooms in a hotel?

We have a small B&B and would like ourself to do photos for frequent change on the website. I am very good at photographing, technical aspects however are not my strongest side. I need to have ...
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Can anyone recommend some good second hand camera stores in Japan?

I recently purchased an OM-2n, which I've been really happy with. However, I am looking to pick up a few more lenses on my next trip to Japan. Does anyone have any recommendations on good second hand ...
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When would one choose a 50mm f/1.4 over 85mm f/1.8 (or vice versa) for portraits?

Say you are using a crop body, and you have both 50mm/1.4 USM and 85mm/1.8 USM lens in your bag. Now, you want to take a portrait where there is adequate light and space, and you have decided to take ...
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Cheap wide angle lens for Canon EOS 500 D?

I am planning to visit Maldives in couple of weeks.I need a cheaper wide angle lens extension or wide angle lens itself which could fit my Canon EOS 500 D.I would like to capture whole beach in my ...
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Looking for a reasonably priced wide angle lens [closed]

I have a Canon Rebel XS and recently I've been looking for a wide angle lens. Specifically, anything less than 28mm. Do you guys have any recommendations for me? I'm looking for something in the $...
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Outdoor Event - D80 lenses [closed]

Ola there, can someone help me with lens suggestions for an Outodoor (bright, booths, performances) event - D80 - on a budget...Location: Rio de Janeiro. Nature of the event: art performances, booths, ...
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Is it possible for a lens to produce too much contrast?

I came across a complaint that a certain lens produces too much contrast. The lens was described as rendering "cartoonish" contrast when shooting a portrait with diffused light from a window, where ...
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Lens selection for a trip to Scotland?

In a few months I'll be going to Scotland for a holiday (highlands and so on). So far, along with my 550D I have the standard kit lens 18-55mm, and I have recently bought the 55-250mm II. I am ...
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Which lens should I buy Canon EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Super Zoom Lens) or Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF)?

I am planning to buy a somewhat generic lens for all purpose. I am mostly into group pictures, potraits & candid shots. I found Canon EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Super Zoom Lens) suits a lot ...
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Shift bellow for (canon) DSLR

I would like to know if there is any (reasonably priced) bellow to shift lenses for DSLR (preferably canon) using the same brand lenses. It seems something hard to find, even if I guess it would be ...
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Are there any sample images out there taken with ND filter and the Sigma 8-16mm lens?

I am deciding on getting an ultra-wide lens mostly because a lot of my shots are taken at 17mm and it's often not wide enough. I narrowed it down to either the Sigma 10-20mm or Sigma 8-16mm. (APS-C) ...
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Cannon EOS 550D, Which lens should I purchase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which would be more suitable lens in terms of utility, weight, price: 18-135 or 18-55 + 55-200? I am going to purchase my first DSLR which is Cannon EOS 550D. The seller ...
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Does the higher price lens always reflect better quality regardless of it being 3rd party or not?

When looking at various lenses you will see the camera manufacturer lenses made by the camera manufacturer. Then you will see other 3rd party lenses (Tamron, Sigma, etc). Does it pay to get the ...
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What is cheapest way to get a 10-20× zoom range on a Nikon D5100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I decide on a camera/lens with high zoom range? There are a lot of relatively cheap ~ 300$ (with body) consumer cameras with mega-zoom features — i.e. lenses with a ...
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Why would the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS II be cheaper than the first version?

I was about to order the Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens from Amazon, when I learned about the difference between a Grey Market / Imported versions. Not only that, I saw that there ...
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What lenses to bring while traveling? One good wide-telephoto or several smaller ones?

I have a Canon 7D and often take my camera on the road while traveling. In the past I've taken my Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 and my Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6, which means that I must switch out lenses quite a bit,...
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Would these lenses fit my future Nikon D7000?

I am in the progress of choosing my new equipment. First of all I have picked the Nikon D7000, it seems like a very nice camera, and it is not that expensive. I could go Full-Frame but seeing the ...
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How to use IR index on Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L USM

I know that the little red numbers under the distance scale are Infrared Index. According to the lens's manual, you should use these numbers when you do infrared photography. However I don't ...
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In which order is it recommended to set a tilt-shift lens?

After an entire week of having a Canon TS-E 17mm F/4 at my disposal, I am still not sure which control to start setting first. This particular lens has a total of 5 degrees of freedom: ±6.5° tilt ±...
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Is it necessary to lock the tilt and shift movements for each shot?

The Canon TS-E 17mm F/4 has large knobs for shifting and tilting the lens plus small knobs on the opposite side of the lens for locking the shift and tilt movements. It's already tedious to setup ...
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Better 10-22mm lens for Canon

The famous Canon 10-22mm lens is quite well-built. The image is sharp near the corners, and it has a fast auto-focus system. But unfortunately, it's aperture is relatively narrow... Would there be ...
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How can you tell if a lens is having problems with back focusing?

I recently bought a Canon EF 24-70/2.8L to use with my 450D and I suspect that it is constantly back focusing. Is there any way of determining if it is something wrong with the lens or if it is a ...
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What's the difference between a wide angle lens and a landscape lens?

Question pretty much says it all. Seems like when I look around people are asking "what's the best wide angle lens for landscape?", but on sites like LensHero they categorize wide angle and landscape ...
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Lightroom Upgrade vs Lens Metadata

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 supports new lenses compared to earlier versions. I was hoping that it would change some of my lenses from 'Unknown Lens' to a specific model, but it did not. Synchronizing ...
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Is it possible to protect a bulbous lens while shooting?

The Canon TS-E 17mm F/4 has a bulbous front element which protrudes from the lens barrel. This requires a special lens cap which I place diligently while not shooting but there is no head and even no ...
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Which one wide-medium lens to buy as the main lens for an outdoor wedding?

I have my first solo wedding gig coming up and I'd love recommendations for almost any lens (under $1500, preferably) to go on my 7D. My Sigma wide-angle is basically no longer usable. I have some ...
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How can I make close-by objects appear as if they were much bigger?

We all know the popular Tilt Shift technique that gives objects a "miniature" look, making them appear much smaller than they actually are. I'm wondering whether it's possible to achieve the opposite ...
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What would be a good all-round lens for the London Olympics 2012?

I was lucky enough to get London Olympics 2012 tickets to the Volleyball, Hockey and Table Tennis The Hockey and Volleyball will be outdoors and the Table tennis will be indoors. I have seen the ...
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Walkabout: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS vs EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L I & II

I have a Canon 7D with the following lenses: EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 EF 50mm f/1.4 EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro I'm planning on buying a zoom lens suitable as a general walkabout, for use on my ...
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Is there an IQ gain from Canon's 18-135 to 24-105L?

Just got a Canon 40D body, and was about to get Canon's 24-105L lens. I hear people raving about the lens, and it all made sense until I saw a Cameralabs' review of the lens. So don’t buy the EF ...
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What does “angle of view equivalent to that of some lens in 35mm format” mean?

Does "angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-585 mm lens in 35mm [135] format" for a digital camera mean that the lens is equivalent to a 22.5-585 mm lens for a DSLR camera?
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What are the differences between the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and the one that isn't IS II?

On Amazon, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras is $2500 whereas the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras is a mere $1400. ...
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Why is the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR twice as costly as Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX?

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR is almost twice as costly as Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX. Why is that so? The only difference I see is the internal Focus. If that ignored are ...
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How do Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 and EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses compare?

I've read over a few of the macro posts on this site, and I'm very new to digital photography, so I have a few questions, and some may be overlapping. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3, and I want to buy a ...
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What's the difference between the lenses EF-S 18-55 DC III and EF-S 18-55 IS II?

I'm planning on purchasing a Canon 1100D with an image stabilized lens. However, I've found two offers with different lenses. Can you explain to me the difference? Canon EOS 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS ...
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What lenses should I take with my Nikon D5100 for a trip through China and Nepal?

I'll be travelling through China/Nepal this coming September and have been trying to figure out which lenses would suit me best during my trip. I'll be visiting many temples/ monasteries and many ...
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What are some artistic techniques that can be performed with lenses?

I have recently been attempting to perform various different techniques for taking pictures, like using a tilt-shift lens, freelensing, HDR photography, and a couple others. The styles that I want to ...
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Do rounded edges on aperture blades improve image sharpness, and how?

In the description for the XF lenses for its new X-Pro system, Fujifilm crows: The [XF lenses] all offer precise control over depth-of-field and deliver excellent out-of-focus bokeh thanks to the ...
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Image Quality of Canon 18-135 IS compared to 28-135 IS USM?

I have the Canon 28-135 IS USM lens and I am pondering replacing it with the newer 18-135. I know I'll be giving up the USM and FTM focus and gaining 10mm on the wide end (replacing my old kit lens)...
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What is the difference between these similarly-named Canon macro lenses?

I'm looking to buy a macro lens but I'm unsure which one is best since the names are very similar. Other than the price, what is the difference between the Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM and ...
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Why is the amount of light a lens lets in called the 'lens speed'?

It seems very counter intuitive that the amount of light let in by a lens is referred to as the lens speed. This term confused me for a while because I couldn't logically see how a speed would be ...
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Apart from birds/wildlife and sports what are some “artistic” uses for telephoto lenses?

I mean no offence to birders and sports shooters, but I don't practice those types of photography. So what other types/styles of shooting can be done with long (200-300mm+) lenses, other than the ...
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What does “N stops” mean when describing an image stabilizer?

If you ever purchased any lens with IS then you have heard this term like "3 Stop Stabilization" or "4 Stop Stabilization". Now, I am familiar with this Stop for ISO and Aperture. But this I don't ...
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What are “Depth of field and focus scales”?

I'm reading Kurt Munger's review of SAL75300 (Sony's 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 lens) and I noticed the entry "Depth of field and focus scales? Nothing" in his summary table. Now, I know what depth of field ...