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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 choose a zoom lens for my Canon DSLR when I'm ready to move beyond the kit lens?

I am using Canon 500D with the kit lens (18-55). I think I have done enough with 18-55 and want to try out next lens. I have already decided to purchase 50mm prime. I also wanted to get a Zoom lens. ...
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Having difficulty with choosing a wide-angle lens for Canon

I have got Canon 450D Kit and I would like to purchase a new Canon lens. Not too pricey. Main purposes are to shoot landscapes and portraits at the same time to have decent zoom. I had a look at EF ...
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How do I separate a stuck Nikon 400mm f/2.8 AF-S (non-VR) lens from a D800E body?

I purchased a factory refurbished 400mm f/2.8 AF-S (non-VR) lens a year ago from Nikon USA. Two major malfunctions happened. To me, both seem to be related to a little metal lever inside the lens's ...
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What Lens would i use to photograph a football game? [closed]

I have an assignment and one of the questions is asking what lens would I use at a football game. I have a press pass so it allows me to the field. They would like high contact physical frozen shots. ...
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Holiday lens - 18-200 or 18-250 [closed]

I'm off on holiday soon and I want to get an all-around lens which I'm sure is one of the most read topics on the internet. I have a Canon 450D and I've been looking at the Canon or Sigma lens as they ...
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What are the theoretical minimum and maximum apertures?

Is there such a thing as a maximum aperture that a lens can be open to? What about a minimum aperture that it can be closed to? Do these concepts even make any sense? Is there a lens with the ...
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How much do lens lineups vary across DSLR platforms?

I was reading this question and recalled how often I hear the advice "choose your lenses and then choose the body that matches" in the context of deciding on a camera platform ...
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Will the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 give better auto-focus results than the 50mm f/1.8?

I'm currently shooting with a Canon EF 1.8 50mm. I like this lens — it's pretty sharp and the shallow depth-of-field at F1.8 is great. But I always face a problem using auto-focus: almost every shot ...
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Nikon Lens Won't Autofocus [duplicate]

My Nikon Lens will manually focus but not auto focus. I have tried another lens on my camera body without issues and I have put this lens on another body and it will not auto focus there either. I ...
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Canon 18-135mm macro capability vs 100mm macro lens

I have a Canon 550d, and intend to take insect/flower closeup/macro shots. But I am not sure what the difference is between the Canon 18-135 lens vs a Canon 100mm Macro lens in terms of their macro ...
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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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Do I need a filter for my prime lens in order to protect it from dust, splashes, etc?

From here: http://photo.stackexchange.com/a/569/5205 UV Filters: Many photographers feel that it is worthwhile to put a UV filter on the front of every lens, on the basis that this will protect ...
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How do lenses vary in contrast?

I was reading a review of a wide-angle lens, and the review opined that the lens had impaired contrast wide open. Optically, what's happening here? How does the light passing through the lens lose ...
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Why is my lens only somewhat sharp near the center and very blurry on the edges?

I bought a canon 50-250mm IS lens (for my T1i), maybe two years ago and haven't used it much, but whenever I do, I always regret using it. Pictures are blurry, the depth of field too shallow and so ...
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What prime lens for taking portraits of my child with a Canon APS-C DSLR?

I purchased a Canon T4i with a 18-135mm STM lens. I'm interested in getting a prime lens to take portrait photos of my child. My budget is up to $500.
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How to loosen a Canon 75-300 lens (zoom ring is quite stiff to turn)

My new Canon EF 75-300mm telephoto lens and the zoom ring is quite stiff. Is the lens faulty or is there a way to loosen it up?
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Can I use Minolta Maxxum lenses with Sony Alpha cameras?

I have an old Minolta Maxxum 7000i AF-SLR camera from early 90s. I have a complete set of lenses, filters, etc., I found out that Sony ultimately ended up buying Minolta, and developing their alpha ...
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Will a Nikon lens work on a Sony compact camera?

I got a Sony camera for Christmas. Lately, I've been looking at getting a fisheye lens. I really want to buy one sooner or later. The problem is the price. I found a fair price on a fisheye lens ...
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Aperture and field of view - percepted by eye vs camera

I very well informed and I know about how aperture works and why is it not restricting field of view, but I somehow cannot get around the following: Aperture doesn't restrict field of view for the ...
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How to shoot photo with the sun fully surrounding foreground subject

I saw this artwork for Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" song and it begged the question "How was that shot?" My guess is an extreme telephoto lens allowing the sun and the band to be visually compressed ...
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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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How to accurately calculate size in image using relations and a reference

OK so the relation math is easy enough. If you know the size of an object, say a 12" ruler in the image, and you put the ruler flat against another object like a door. You take a picture of the door ...
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What's the best way to create a tilt-shift photograph?

Specifically, what's the best way to go about shooting photos that have a fake miniature quality to them, which produces high-quality (and believable) images? Is there some special lens that you can ...
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What lenses would best comprise a travel photography kit?

On a crop sensor camera, e.g. Canon EOS 7D, what would be the best kit to travel with around Europe for a few weeks? My shooting style will focus on landscape, architecture, and general travel shots ...
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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 low-cost non-fisheye wide angle lenses are available for Canon and how do they compare?

I'm currently looking for a wide angle lens for my Canon T3i. I would prefer a prime lens. I want to use a wide angle lens primarily for video (so the lens needs a quiet AF motor) but for still ...
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When you zoom in with a lens on an SLR why does the lens go in then out?

I guess this is more a question of optics than photography but I just got an SLR with a basic 18-55 lens. I noticed that when going from 18 to 55 or 55 to 18 the lens physically comes back in and ...
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what is the nikon equivalent to canon lens L series EF 24-105 f4?

I'm thinking of going full frame and I can't decide between nikon and canon. The Nikon d610 would be my preferred choice because of lower price compared to canon 5d III, however the latter has that ...
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What are the limitations of a typical kit lens as a general purpose lens?

I have a Canon EOS 550d with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. I have done quite a bit of shooting with it over the last few months (portraits, nature, night shots etc), and find the image quality to be pretty ...
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Is it a wise-decision to buy full-frame lenses for use on an APS-C body?

I have a Canon 550D which I've been using for around a year now. I really love it and have learned a great deal with this and the 18 - 135mm kit lens. But now with experience I feel the need to get ...
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Help to choose lens [duplicate]

I recent got 60d and EF-S 18-55mm Lens and i want to buy 1 more lens specially for product and fashion(portrait) photography... I decided EF50mm f/1.4 USM and EF85mm f/1.8 USM? Which one would be ...
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Does using an adapter on lenses affect the quality of the image?

The camera I am thinking buying doesn't have much selection of lenses. Only 7 or 6 lenses, but using an adapter on the camera can widen the lens selections. Does using non native lenses have any side ...
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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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Can gripping a lens too hard cause softness/aberration or other damage?

I have a Nikon D80 kit lens with a circular screw-on polariser filter. In order to remove the filter I might have to grip the lens quite hard, and the end of the lens might be moved about in the ...
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What do the specifications mean on the Canon G15's lens?

I am quite new to photography, but spent some days understanding aperture, timing, zoom and ISO. Now I see the values printed on the Canon Powershot G15´s lenses, and I can´t interpret them. I ...
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How can I mount an EF-M lens on an EF-S camera?

How can I mount an EF-M lens (22mm, for example) on my Canon Rebel T4i EOS EF-S?
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Why do people recommend 50mm or other prime lenses as starting lenses for learning photography?

I've seen quite a few people recommend the 50mm prime lenses, in particular the sub-$100 50mm/f1.8, as a starting lens for photographers (especially because they're likely to be using cameras with ...
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My EFS 17-85 lens doesn't focus or click a picture

I have a Canon EOS 400D with a EFS 17-85 mm lens. The camera doesn't capture a picture with this lens attached. It focusses back and forth exactly once per click. I tried with different modes and its ...
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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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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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Will 18-55 and 55-200 lenses give me the same zoom abilities as a single 18-200 lens? [duplicate]

I'm new to cameras with interchangeable lenses. I'm looking at a 18-200mm zoom lens or a 55-210mm zoom lens. I already have an 18-55mm lens. Is it fair to say that an 18-55mm lens, combined with ...
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Would a 50mm lens be a useful addition to my current set of lenses? [closed]

I have a Nikon D700 Nikon 28-300mm lens Nikon 16-35 mm Samyang 14 mm lens I have an opportunity to purchase a Nikon 50mm f1.8 AFD lens. How useful would this lens be in combination with the above ...
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How is the quality of the Sigma 18-300 DC Macro lens?

I'm considering the less expensive Sigma 18-300 DC Macro lens vs. the (way) more expensive Nikkor 18-300. Would I be losing the gains by buying a 24 MP Nikon 3200 if I went with the Sigma?
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help me to decide between these [duplicate]

I read a lot of answers posted by you on stackexchange and i am big fan of yours knowledge and yours photography. I am new to photography and want to buy a DSLR body, i don't know much about ...
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Does a greater optical zoom range on a lens mean less image quality?

I have read that big optical zooms of let's say 10X do not produce excellent image quality. Is this true even nowadays, as there have been many technological improvements in this area? For example, ...
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What's the practical difference in an image taken at focal length of 200mm vs 300mm? [duplicate]

I'm confused about the 200mm and the 300mm zoom ranges. I am looking for some examples of the same subject, in order to visualize the difference between 200mm and 300mm focal lengths. I want to ...
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How to cover all your needs with just one lens?

I have read lots of articles that argue that the less you carry with you on trips or in everyday life, the faster you will be taking photos and you will take full advantage of your gear. However, how ...
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What is a standard kit lens?

I know what a kit lens is, but I am wondering what a standard kit lens is. There is a post for what a kit lens is, but I couldn't find a post on standard kit lenses. Standard or normal, in general, is ...
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Can a lightweight telephoto zoom lens fulfill my expectations of excellent image quality? [closed]

I am interested in purchasing a Canon, light, in terms of weight, telephoto zoom lens. I would like excellent image quality though. Are my expectations far from real? My future lens is purposed for a ...
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Camera body vs lenses - which is more important technically? [duplicate]

I am writing an article for a case study, explaining which one is more important in Photography, either the camera body or the lenses, and in which, one has to invest more? This is a technical ...