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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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Macro shots using Nikon AF-S 55-300mm [duplicate]

I know, it's not a macro (or, in Nikon terms, Micro) lens. But, want to use it that way sometimes. Though, for budget's sake, i was considering a Tamron AF 70-300mm(F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro), but, ended ...
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Does the Nikon 50mm 1.8G have a rubber seal?

I have the 1.8D already and I know it doesn't have a seal. I am wondering of the G does because if so I might replace the D with a G so I can be better assured if I take my camera on holiday ...
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Can an Optical Low Pass Filter be applied via a lens filter?

I constantly see references to video being the application where an Optical Low Pass Filter is most useful, but it seems that still images do best without one. Would it be possible to then have a ...
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How do old lenses get dented just on the filter ring?

I often see old Nikkor lenses for sale that have one deformation on the lens barrel, at the level of the filter. The focusing barrel is intact, the rest of the lens is in good condition, the glass is ...
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Should I replace the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with a 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4?

So I'm about to buy my first DSLR (definitely a Canon, probably the 700D) and my original plan was to buy the one with the included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. At the same time I was thinking about ...
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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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Why do two lenses with the same F-number give different amount of light?

Why do the following two lenses provide different amount of light? In both images we have fixed focusing distance, distance to the object, ISO, shutter speed and F-number.
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Does Stopping down affect the performance of the sensor's AA filter?

I noticed a while back that with a lens stopped right down (say f16-22), any dust on the sensor becomes much more noticeable and "focused", and wide open (say f1.4) it is practically invisible. This ...
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Why does my Canon 50mm f/1.8 have an interference pattern on the viewfinder

This is on my 600D. I'm a noob so forgive if it's obvious. There's a clear moire-like interference pattern on the viewfinder on the 50mm which is not as obvious at all on the kit lens. It's especially ...
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What would appear on polaroid film exposed without a lens?

I am trying to get a better understanding how lenses & focusing works. Let's say that I am standing in a completely dark room holding a unexposed polaroid film, and turn on a TV in the other ...
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Help me understand effective f-number

If I set a lens to, say, f/2 but my focus is set to its closest point, my effective f-number won't be f/2 any more but it will be higher by a factor that depends on focal length, image magnification ...
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What is the relationship between “macro” and “telephoto” lenses? [duplicate]

Can anyone explain the difference between "macro" and "telephoto"? I know that a macro lens will give you a magnification of 1:1 but how does it differ from a telephoto lens?
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How does a DX-format sensor support FX lenses?

I have a Nikon D3200 camera. I want to buy a prime lens. I read some reviews online and understand that the "Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G" would be a good lens to buy, but this is a FX lens. Can ...
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How does focal length relate to macro magnification? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography and would like to know a little more about zoom lens, The main thing I wonder about is this, I have a Fujifilm S4000 camera that claims to have 30x magnification. The new ...
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Size of the entrance pupil vs size of the aperture

I understand that the entrance pupil is the image of the aperture as seen from the front of the lens. However, is the size of the entrance pupil the same as the size of the effective aperture? In ...
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nikon dslr d3100 ..certain lense wont focus and others will

My camera won't focus after a certain point and there is a kind of low screechy noise when it tries to focus. dont understand why it happens with my 55-200 and it doesnt happen with my 18-55 at all ...
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Why does oil leak from the aperture ring of old lenses?

I'm assuming that the oil was there initially to lubricate the aperture blades, but why does it leak out?
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Will the Rokinon 8mm f3.5 Fisheye work with a Canon camera?

I want to buy the Rokinon 8mm f3.5 Fisheye lens, but I saw in one review that is not recognisable for Canon because there is no a chip which is necessary. What is that exactly? Will I have problems ...
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Canon Sharp Zoom Lens for Fashion Photography

I am looking to buy a Canon L lens, preferably a zoom to cover various ranges and focal points. I had a look on the new Canon 24-70f4L and it looks fantastically sharp. However, someone mentioned on ...
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Can I estimate the light gathering power of a lens by measuring size of entrance pupil?

Supposing I have an unknown lens of which I don't know f/# and focal length. I want to estimate the total amount of light that my lens can collect which, I believe, is given by the solid angle that my ...
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 [duplicate]

Is it worth buying a Canon 50mm f/1.8? What is the lens good at? I read a review that it is good at doing Bokeh. I tried using my Canon 18-200mm to do a Bokeh effect, but it wasn't that good.
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What is a Canon Digisuper lens and why is it $200,000+? [closed]

What is this... thing?! And what's so special about it? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/887615-REG/Canon_xj100x9_3b_af_lo_XJ100X9_3B_Digital_Zoom_Lens.html
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Zoom Lens suggestion for hobbyist photographer

I would like to purchase a DSLR. Please note that this is my first DSLR camera and I am a poor graduate student so I am foregoing almost 6 months of warm dinner to purchase this. I have decided to ...
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Lens f-number and speed on adapted lenses

A lens has a focal length, and its entrance pupil has a diameter. The ratio of these is an f-number. The size of the entrance pupil is limited by the size of the front element, and we describe lenses ...
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Can I use a Pentax lens on a Canon body?

I have a SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1:2 prime lens and a Pentax MC auto 28mm 1:2.8 from my dad. I have been looking at two film cameras lately, the Pentax MG and the Canon AE-1. If I buy the Pentax MG I know I ...
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Why would a Nikon lens be missing its rubberized focus ring?

So, I was browsing eBay for Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lenses and I came across this listing. The remarkable thing is the neat absence of the focusing ring, but otherwise pristine appearance of the lens. I was ...
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What lens will fit a Canon 10D?

I got a Canon 10D from a friend, the camera doesn't have any lens so I've been trying to find lens for it online. The problem is that I'm no expert in photography, and very unsure of what lens would ...
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Installing SLR lens on incompatible devices?

I don't have experience in photography, yet I've been curious about this question for a while and thought I'd ask about it here. I have a few SLR lens for different cameras.. Nikon, Canon and more. ...
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Which Zeiss lenses are actually made in Germany?

Recently, I used a Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZE only to find a big "Made in Japan" marking on it. Which of their lenses are made in Germany, and does it matter if it's made there vs. Japan?
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How to fix Canon 17-40mm F4L loose zoom ring

I bought a used Canon 17-40mm F4L a while ago, and I just noticed it had the Zoom Ring kind of loose and also a lot of my pictures that were taken at the widest were 19mm instead of 17mm
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Canon EF135mm f/2L vs 70-200mm f/2.8L IS for Indoor shooting

I'm doing an indoor shoot of a large event with lots of people (which I was informed the lighting is "dark-ish" -- think large party) and I'd like to get candids without getting too close. I'm split ...
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What superzoom lens should I buy for the Nikon D5100?

I'm going to be purchasing a new lens this next week for a trip to the Smoky Mountains. I'm considering an 18-200mm lens. My camera is the Nikon D5100 DSLR. Could anyone give me their opinion of ...
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What lens characteristics are important in star photography?

In optimal world I would buy a lens that is good in every way. But I'm on a budget and have to find a balance in quality and price. I'm looking for a lens for star photography, so in my case it will ...
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Mark I vs Mark II Canon L Lenses

Are there any Canon L lenses in which one iteration was significantly better than the other? The price for older Canon L lenses are significantly cheaper than mark II lenses and I was wondering if it ...
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Shadows in corner and dark pictures-stuck filter

I have a Canon Rebel EOS T3. Great camera but some problems of late. I put a polarizing filter on it. Not sure if this is where my problems began but some pictures in normal outdoor light have black ...
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How iPhone 5S can have such a big aperture? f/2.2?

I thought that in order to have a big aperture such as f/2.2 a big amount of light should be able to enter to the sensor and in order to do it, a big lens was needed. How is it possible that in the ...
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Which Canon superzoom to select for clearer sports pictures? [closed]

Currently I am using an EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. But I feel this range is not sufficient for me, shooting events and sports. So I am considering an EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM. It has a bit ...
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Best lens for taking pictures of surfers

I'm just trying to decide which new lens to get. I need to take surf and windsurf photos from onshore. Sometimes 300 mm is enough but there are many times they are too far away. I have a sigma 70-300 ...
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A recently acquired lens will focus automatically, but won't manually, why?

I have recently acquired a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 (Canon mount, relatively old), and it focuses perfectly in auto mode, but in manual mode the focus ring simply won't budge at all. What could be causing ...
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Tamron 70-200 Di VC vs Canon 70-200 II

I'm looking to buy a tele zoom, and was set at the amazing Canon 70-200/2.8 II, mostly for shooting indoor/concert type photography. But since its such an expensive lens I thought I'd check if there ...
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What lens is needed to change the minimal focus distance length of my camera?

Here is my problem, I Have a scientific camera, a Sony Block FCB-EH6500, which has an automatic focus. The minimum focus distance is 1 cm when completely zoomed out and 120 cm when fully zoomed in. ...
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Why does my Canon Powershot A3300 IS lens cover sometimes remain shut?

When I put on the camera, although the lens extends out, it takes a while to open and sometimes does not open and any photo taken comes black because the lens is shut! Its a huge disappointment ...
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Will a better lens help with high speed skateboarding shots?

I am shooting downhill skateboarding ranging from 30-60 mph. I'm trying to find a good lens to capture focused sharp stills of the skaters with blurred backgrounds. I have a Nikon D3200. I only have ...
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Modern, purely manual focus lenses for Nikon F-mount?

I've used AF-D lenses (with screw drive) on my D40 as a manual focus lens that meters, has focus indication etc. However, I want to know if there are modern lenses that are meant for manual focus ...
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What are the caveats for buying a teleconverter that is of a different brand than the lens?

What are the caveats when choosing a teleconverter brand that is of a different brand than the lens it will be attached to in attempt to maximize image quality? Lets assume the following to make the ...
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How to focus/use Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6R lens with Olympus E-PL2?

How to focus/properly use Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6R lens with Olympus E-PL2? When I use it sometimes I get decent photos but mostly they are blurry, low image quality. I get much better photos when ...
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED Lens will not autofocus

I have a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED Lens that I purchased in Feb of 2013. I have been using this lens with my Nikon D3200. Up until this point my lens and camera have been completely ...
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Polarizing filter [duplicate]

I am new in photography. I am planning to buy a "Polarizing filter" for my lens. Actually, I know very little about this filter. So, I am not sure, does it really necessary to take good color ...
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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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FEE error NIKON D90 50mm f/1.8 [duplicate]

My nikon D90 is showing FEE error on all settings and is not clicking pictures at the moment. Nikon support says the answer lies in page 26 of the User's manual but i didn't find anything helpful. ...