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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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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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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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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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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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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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So my iPhone 6 camera lens is as wide as my full frame 35mm DSLR lens?

I am trying to understand what is the deal with "full-frame" and what difference it makes, so did a silly test: I sat at my bed and aligned the iPhone 6 camera with the door of the room and took a ...
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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 ...
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How to Restore Old Lenses?

I often visit an antique shop that sells gadgets like old cameras, equipment and lenses. I'm particularly interested on buying an old macro lenses from Sigma, Ricoh, and Nikkor. I would expect the ...
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How much have tele-prime lenses improved over the years?

Context I'm considering the Nikon 500mm f4 AIS P lens as a way to get longer reach that's better than my current setup Nikon 300mm f4 AF with 1.4x TC to get birds and related wildlife. I've heard ...
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Autofocus not working on AF-S 35mm 1.8 DX with Nikon D3100

I haven't been using my camera very much over the past few months. The few times I've pulled it out, I noticed that the autofocus doesn't work when I put on my 35mm prime. I tested my 55-200mm and 18-...
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Which lens for a wedding (group of 60)? [duplicate]

I'm looking for advice : I shoot on both Canon EOS 550D and 70D and possess the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6DC/HSM and the Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L. Which one of these would be best suited to taking group ...
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Why does a newer camera get lower score for a specific lens than an older one on dxomark?

I was looking around on DxOMark and found discrepancy in sharpness scores which seems very weird. The lens Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 has a sharpness score of "10 P-Mpix" when mounted on a ...
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Why would a serious photographer buy a lens slower than f/2.8?

It seems to me that the general idea is that, once you start getting to become a decent photographer and are really moving beyond your kit lenses, you shouldn't be looking at anything slower then f/2....
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Should I change a 18-55 IS STM kit lens for a EF-S 24/2.8 STM prime?

I have a Canon 700D body with a standard 18-55 IS STM lens. Would I notice any improvements in image quality if I switch from the kit lens to an EF-S 24 mm 2.8 prime? I also have a 50 mm 1.8 STM, and ...
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Can you identify this M42-mount lens?

I found this lens in our attic, in a box. It is fully functional, all the iris and focus rings are turning smoothly, but it doesn't have the informations piece on its front. I tried so hard to find ...
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Manual lens on analog EOS camera, metering problem. (Samyang 85mm f/1.4 on Canon EOS 650)

I have a Samyang 85mm 1.4 lens that I have used on a Canon 550D (Rebel T2i) and I have loved it. But now I want to use it on an analog camera, the Canon EOS 650. The problem I am having is with the ...
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What kind of lenses will work on an entry-level Nikon DSLR? [duplicate]

I am total noob at cameras/lenses so I don't know what I am buying. My cousin has asked me to bring 70-300mm or 18-300mm lens for his D3300. Now, I don't know what lens will be compatible with the ...
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Is the Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 as good as the name implies?

I’ve got a soft spot for fast, normal lenses, and while I normally shoot with a Pentax DSLR, Panasonic’s Leica DG Summilux 25mm / F1.4 ASPH has had me sneaking drooling glances at Micro ...
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35mm DX prime lense on dx crop sensor(nikon d3300) [duplicate]

I have Nikon D3300 DSLR. I'm confused with 35mm and 50mm prime lenses on FX and DX cameras. Somewhere I read that if a 35mm prime lens is used on a FX camera the focal length is equivalent to around ...
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Will Nikon D lenses work on a Nikon D810 camera?

Can a Nikon "D series" lens work properly and let me use the full potential of a Nikon D810?
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Lens or Filter to Blur Thermal Camera Images

I know this question sounds weird, but I am looking for some kind of lens or filter to blur the images taken by a thermal camera. I don't need to blur a specific part of an image, just a blur ...
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Should I use a 24-105 or a 70-200 lens for photographing a high school marching band?

Ok, I am an amateur photographer and I will start being the marching band photographer for my high school. I will get a Canon 7d soon, but I'm told it has poor low-light capabilities, which is a ...
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How do I choose a lens to photograph the Milky Way?

I'm looking at buying a new lens for some night photography out in rural Australia. I'm in the middle of a national park for the next 6 months, so light pollution isn't an issue, and the skies are too ...
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Will a faster lens, like f/1.4, help get better Milky Way images?

I have a Nikon D7000 and don't know whether my 50mm 1.4 or 17-55m 2.8 lens would be better. I was automatically going to go with the 50mm lens, but then I was reading up on how I can use a longer ...
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Why don't Canon and Nikon lock out third-party lens makers?

Context Odd question but looking at the market, I see Tamron/Sigma making lens for first-party companies such as Canon, Nikon and Sony. For manual lens such as Zeiss ( for Canon/Nikon) I see that ...
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Could my lens be damaged after being used as burning glass?

During a nice nature trip, sitting at a table with a bottle of wine, somehow we had the ridiculous idea to test a lens as burning glass (which performed quite well). After we went home I started ...
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What is the difference between these 200mm, 70-200mm and 70-300mm lenses?

I've been doing photography for awhile but I don't know a lot about lenses. I'm looking into 200mm(+) lenses (for future reference). I have a few questions about the difference between these lenses. ...
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Why is the lettering on this Nikon 18-105mm engraved in black?

I couldn't guess why it is in black colour. This feels so weird — usually Nikon lenses letters are engraved in gold or red, but this one in black. Could anyone shed light on this? (This is my friend's ...
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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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What can a fisheye lens be useful for?

I have a variety of lenses in my camera kit. One that I do not have, and has me curious, is a fisheye lens. I mostly understand what it does: it captures an image with distortion similar to what you ...
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Why “plane of focus”? [duplicate]

The spatial locus on which a lens/camera focuses (and so appears sharpest in the resulting image) is always referred to as the "plane of focus". My question is why does it have to be a plane? As I ...
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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

I've spent a while looking at lenses and their prices, and now I'm wondering... Does it make sense to bolt a really expensive lens onto a cheap camera? Or is the extra performance only worth it if you ...
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How useful is the 24-70 lens?

I am an amateur photographer. For the past few months I have been shooting with my 50 mm lens. Recently I am getting booked for more shoots, like family photos and maternity. It was suggested that I ...
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What is the safest and most convenient way to carry heavy lens so it's easy to switch in the field?

Context I use a Nikon 300mm f4 lens. It's a good lens but it's also rather heavy. Question What is the safest and most convenient way to switch teleprimes (or heavy lens in general) out in the ...
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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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Chromatic aberration or lighting problem?

Over the weekend I went over to a photography shop, and they let me bolt various lenses to my SLR, including some seriously expensive ones. I took a few pictures, and was impressed. But when I got ...
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Lens recommendations? [closed]

Hi im an amateur and im really interested in learning photography.im not trying to be a proffesional i just want high grade quality shots! Id like to take studio grade pics of my newborn, family ...
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What lens should I get for my wife as a gift to go along with a Nikon D810? [closed]

I hope someone can help me. I've bought a Nikon D810 for my wife who's a keen amateur. Can someone help me with choosing a lens? She takes portraits and landscapes primarily, and I have to say I'm ...
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Can I fix my broken Nikkor 24-85 D?

I slipped with my camera the other day while at a wedding shoot. I fell on the lens and this happened: The lens is now stuck at 24 to 35. Has anyone here experienced this? Is there any DIY fix? ...
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How to tell whether a lens has an autofocus motor or not?

I have to buy a lens and I have a Nikon d7000. I want to know which lenses have AF motors and which do not, as the D7000 has an AF motor built into the body. How do I tell whether a lens has a motor ...
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How do I adjust aperture and ISO when using a manual lens on a Canon Rebel?

I have a Rebel T3 and have been fooling around with it for several years using all the dial options, except the manual ones. I have read up and understand ISO Aperture and shutter speed—somewhat....
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What should I do about Canon PowerShot “Lens error, restart camera”?

I've had a Canon PowerShot A1100 IS camera for almost a year now. About a week ago, I went on a trip, took pictures the whole trip, everything was ok. When I got home, and tried to turn the camera ...
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Canon Zoom lenses: 18-135 STM vs 18-200 vs. 17-85

In my quest to buy a new camera, My local store has three bundles, that each comes with one of the three lenses mentioned in the title. I'm having a hard time deciding between the three as they all ...
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Can I use a Nikon F objective with a Olympus OM-D E-M10?

I want to buy a Olympus OM-D E-10 with a 14-42mm lens for travelling (lighter than my Nikon D7000). My question is, is there any way ("which makes sense") to use my Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 lens ...
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Does a 35mm DX lens, mounted on a crop body, have the same field of view as a 35mm FX lens mounted on a full frame camera?

I know that when you use lenses made for full frame cameras on a APS-C camera, you should calculate the crop factor. E.g., a 35mm lens designed for a full frame camera mounted on a APS-C body should ...
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What does the built-in AE Chip for Nikon do on a Rokinon lens?

I'm looking at 14mm Rokinon f1.8 lenses for astrophotography. I keep seeing the Built-in AE Chip for Nikon. What does the chip do? I realize I have to use manual focus and actually everything manual. ...
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Is there any benefit to tilting the camera holder in a camera bag?

Would it be a good practice to tilt the pad inside the camera bag that sticks to the its side in order to prevent the lens from touching the bottom Instead of | | making it \/? I recently bought a ...
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Is the Nikon 55-300mm a good choice for indoor and outdoor portraits?

I have the most basic model of Nikon DSLR, the Nikon D3200, with the 18-55 kit lens. I'm thinking of buying the Nikon 55-300mm lens, mainly for its zoom purpose. Is it a good lens? Can I take portrait ...