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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 can I get maximum DoF with no distance markers?

I am aware of what hyperfocal distance is and the general principles behind it. However, most of the tutorials I have seen and read regarding it make use of lenses with focus distance indicators. ...
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Are there any good pancake lenses for Canon EOS DSLRs?

I've always liked the thought of having a super-thin ("pancake") lens for my Canon DSLR, for when I just want to take my camera out with as little bulk as possible. I'm not even too concerned about ...
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What do resolution figures mean in lens specifications?

I'm working in computer vision and choosing the right lens is obviously as critical as having a good sensor if you're going for quality inspection (for example). Sadly I have very little experience ...
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What extender can I use with the Canon TS 24mm?

Is there an extender for the Canon TS 24mm? I heard it is possible to make it a 45mm but I can't find much information on the web.
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What kind of lens is typically used for these type of night street shots?

I've been trying to duplicate the depth of field like in these photos on snowy nights and I'm not getting comparable results. I'm using a 35mm prime lens at f/1.8 on a D3100. So my question is: Are ...
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Is image stabilization a necessary feature for wide angle lenses?

I am considering buying a 24-70mm lens, and among third-party lens makers, Tamron makes a 24-70 f/2.8 with optical image stabilization (vibration control, in Tamron's terminology). Is it really ...
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18-200 lens vs. 18-55, 55-250 and 17-300 for sale, what would be the benefits of one of these vs what I have? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 50d with an 18-200 lens, I use it mostly to take photos of my kids, on auto. I have an aquaintance that is selling an 18-55, a 55-250, and a 17-300. Will I be getting far better photos ...
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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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Is the angle of view actually different on APS-C?

A 50mm prime lens, whether APS-C or Full-frame is designed around the 35mm format. As such, is the angle of view actually different on a DX/APS-C crop sensor or are we just seeing less of the full ...
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Will a Vivitar lens work with my Nikon camera?

I am new to photography and have a Nikon D3200. A friend has given me a Vivitar lens: 75-205mm macro focusing zoom, NO. 220441876. Can I purchase an adapter to make this work? If so, which one? I ...
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Is it lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies?

I read somewhere on this site itself that you should spend more on your lenses and less on your camera bodies. Is it a myth or a fact that mostly it is the lenses which make your photographs not the ...
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Rodenstock XR-Heligon 50mm 0.75 Lens

I found this crazy lens on ebay: Rodenstock XR-Heligon 50mm 0.75 Lens (here an example: ...
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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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Tele-zoom lens choices for Nikon 1 J1?

I recently got a Nikon 1 J1 camera and would like a bigger lens, I've been looking on the internet for answers but can't seem to find anything. I was looking for a 30-110mm size or larger at a ...
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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

First post on here so I'll try and put a bit of background. I'm brand new to taking "proper" photographs and want to get started in landscape photography as a hobby after seeing some great pictures ...
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How do the 35mm Zeiss Loxia vs Sony Zeiss Sonnar compare for IQ for landscapes?

How do the Sony Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 and Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 lenses compare on the Sony a7? (I am interested more with image quality than ergonomics, build quality, price, etc.) I am ...
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Actual Focal Length on APS-C cameras [duplicate]

I'm aware that actual focal length of a lens on APS-C cameras is longer than what is written on the lens. My question is, for lenses that are specially designed for APS-C cameras (like a Nikkor DX ...
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Why are objects far away inverted through a lens but not through the viewfinder?

When I look through a lens the image of objects far away are inverted but when looking the the viewfinder on my camera they are not. Why is this? I am having a hard time understanding why objects far ...
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Can I adapt a Minolta AF-mount Tamron zoom lens for use on a Canon or Nikon DSLR?

I have a Tamron Minolta AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 LD aspherical macro lens, which I would like to use on a Canon EOS 600D or Nikon D5200 DSLR. The lens was used on a film SLR Minolta camera. Is there an ...
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Is Canon 16-35/4 IS better than 16-35/2.8 II at f/4? [closed]

I have had a 16-35/2.8 II for almost a year, but it broke and I might be in the market to replace it. Last week I saw that Canon had released a new lens in this range, but with f/4 and IS. Is Canon ...
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How to determine if a new lens is a subpar copy?

I have read some posts like the ones below about testing a lens to determine how well it performs optically. What I didn't see was anything on determining whether the lens performs as it should and is ...
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What should I look for in a wide angle lens? [duplicate]

I'm pretty new to photography .. would appreciate if anyone could advise me a little on comparing wide angle lenses. For example, I'm looking at the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM and Canon EF 14mm ...
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Why are Micro Four Thirds lenses so expensive compared to Canon?

I'm looking at picking up a new prime portrait lens to augment the kit lenses that came with my Olympus OM-D M-10. My brother has a Canon with a 50mm f/1.8 lens that takes beautiful photos and costs ...
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E-mount lenses to A-mount bodies?

Is there such a way to adapt E-mount lenses to A-mount bodies? If not is there a reason this can not be done? If there is such an adapter can you recommend an adapter to me?
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What Nikon cameras is a Sigma AF-k lens compatible with?

I was recently given a Sigma AF-k lens and told it was Nikon compatible. I am trying to get a better handle of what the AF-k stands for. I have both a Nikon F4s and a D5100 that I use and not ...
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How do I deal with a lens stuck on a Nikon D90?

My wife has a Nikon D90. She can't seem to switch lenses. When we push the release button the lens barely moves. Does lock back in to place though.
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Can I damage the focus system by turning the focus ring when the lens isn't mounted?

I have a couple lenses that don't have an internal focusing system, and whenever I want to put them back in my bag, I turn the focus ring to make the lens shorter. I noticed that when the lens is set ...
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Using motorized lense on a motorized Nikon body [duplicate]

Say I'm using a lens with an AF motor on a Nikon body which also have AF motor. Which one will be active? Is there a way to control it? Thanks
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What insurance options are available for rental lenses?

I am thinking about renting a couple for expensive lenses ($900+) from Adorama. I'll be visiting NYC from Chicago. They state on their rental page. We do not provide Insurance. We strongly ...
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Has anyone used Canon EF lenses on Sony mirrorless cameras? [duplicate]

I'm looking to buy a Sony mirrorless camera. The draw back is the expense of extra lenses as Sony really is proud of their products. Has anyone here tried using a Canon EF lens on a Sony mirrorless ...
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Nikkor AF 70-300mm “Lens Not Attached” Error [duplicate]

My AF Nikkor 70-300mm lens stopped working with my D40 for no apparent reason. When I attach the lens, it claims there is no lens attached, even though there clearly is one attached, and the ...
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“Lens not attached” appearing whenever I try to use my Nikkor 70-300mm?

I've had my Nikon D5000 for about two years now. It has never failed me! I have only two lenses, the standard 18-55mm lens and a 70-300mm lens I received about two years ago. I've never had a problem ...
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Nikon D3200 - quality loss with stock lens and with old lenses?

I know that you can use an adapter to mount various old lenses on D3200, but would I lose quality by doing so? I even read something that said that the default VR2 lens delivers 3 times as poor ...
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Macro/Telescopic converters for Nikon D3200's 18-55mm VR2 lens? [duplicate]

Would I be able to mount the converters to this lens and would they work well and do much good for me? Are they even worth buying assuming I won't be getting any other lens for a while (they're ...
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Can screw-in wide angle adapters/converters produce decent quality results?

I would like to get wider angle photos than my current setup allows (18mm APS-C minimum), but decent wide angle lenses (10-14mm for Sony) cost 300+€. I stumbled upon these wide angle converters which ...
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What is a focus limiter?

What is a focus limiter and how does it work? What is the advantage of it? For instance Tamron 90/2.8 Macro has a focus limiter. According to the documentation: In the limit position, the Tamron ...
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Nikon 18-55 mm Lens Focus Wheel Jammed

I accidentally dropped my Nikon D3200 with a 18-55 mm lens about a foot onto a hard carpet. It originally looked ok, however I soon realised it wasn't focusing. I saw that the focus wheel was jammed ...
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How do I know if a tiny lens crack is a manufacturer fault?

1I bought the Canon zoom STM lens recently, and used it a couple of times indoors and just yesterday took it outside. Then I noticed a little dot , or what it seems like dust (the actual size might be ...
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Can I use old Pentax lenses on newer Pentax DSLRs?

Can I use old Pentax lenses from the film days on the newer Pentax DSLRs? Are there any caveats or exceptions? Are adapters or modifications needed?
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Why does my camera insist that my Nikon 50mm f1.8 be locked at its lowest aperture setting?

I just got this lens and I really love it, but I can't seem to figure out why it will only take pictures at f/1.8. If I attempt to change the lens aperture setting, it says the aperture must be set at ...
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How do I get a decent zoom lens for my Micro 4/3 camera?

I recently bought my first “real” camera, an older Lumix GF-1 with a pancake 14mm/2.5 lens. (I love it, here’s some samples.) I wanted to try a zoom lens, so I bought a second-hand 14–42/3.5–5.6. ...
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Sigma lens adoptor to Nikon camera [duplicate]

I have a Sigma zoom 28-80mm 1:3.5-56 macro lens. I like to use it on a Nikon D3200 camera. Could anyone tell me which lens adoptor will fit and i need to buy. Thank you.
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Explanation of the fisheye phenomenon

It seems that the fisheye effect can look different with the same lens. So I want to understand how it works. For example, I use a Dji Phantom vision 2 drone to take pictures, all of my pictures have ...
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What is the most compact camera/lens setup with movements?

I want to try perspective control and I'm good with using film (large format too) or digital camera (full-frame) to do that. What is the most compact option, which can be used while traveling?
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Is it possible to add an aperture ring on Nikon G Lenses?

Many of the more affordable Nikon FX Lenses are G Lenses, without the aperture ring. One of my Cameras is a Nikon FG manual 35mm SLR from the 80s, which could only support a G Lens at the lowest ...
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noticeable improvment with 70-200 f4 (non is) vs kit lens (18-135 is) and 70-300 (is, non L)?

I currently own a 600d + a 18-135 kit lens.. but one thing i fell missing is reach.. I can't afford an expensive lens like the 2.8 is or the 100-400 so i thought about two lenses: canon ef 70-200L f4 ...
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Too heavy a lens? [duplicate]

Silly question. I have a Nikon D5100, that unfortunately just needed to go in for service. I am trying to make sure I don't do whatever I did again. I just got a new 500mm lens, it is quite heavy. Is ...
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If I have an 85mm lens for portraits, is a 50mm useful as well?

I recently got my Canon EF 85mm f1.8, after lot of thought over if I should buy Canon EF 85mm f1.8 or Canon EF 50mm f1.4, I decided on 85mm so that I can shoot portraits of people even from a ...
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What are the metal items on top of an older Nikon lens?

Does anybody knows what the two metal items on top of the lens are used for?