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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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If a lens has a 4% Barrel Distortion, what does that mean for images?

I know what barrel distortion is, but how do I take a 4% rating and relate that to an image?
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Can I get the same results with Nikon 50mm 1.4D or 1.8D as the 1.4G or 1.8G gives?

I have been searching for a while now and I came to the conclusion that when you fix the aperture ring of Nikon 1.4D lens on lowest stop, then we can change the aperture using command dial, plus the 1....
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WIll Nikon G and D lenses and (new) Tamron lenses all work with a Nikon D7100?

I am thinking about getting the following: Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera Body Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 ...
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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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Lens recommendation for landscape photography with Canon 7D Mark II [duplicate]

I am all new to photography and about 3 weeks ago, I bought a Canon 7D Mark II body. Up to now, I have been using a Canon 18-135 STM lens, which I borrowed from my friend. I am thinking about buying ...
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Best Macro Lens For Jewelry Photography On The Sony A6000? [closed]

:) I've been looking to upgrade the camera I use at my job. Thinking of getting the Sony a6000. We list things on ebay to sell, and quite frankly I just don't like the lightbox, nor the camera we ...
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Does the Sigma 70-300 AF-D lens have an autofocus motor?

If I buy an AF-D lens, the Sigma 70-300mm for Nikon D3200, from Amazon, will it have an autofocus motor? There's a listing with "Built in Motor for Nikon". What does this mean?
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Will a Nikon D7100 and 35mm Nikkor lens with extension tubes work well for getting started with macro photography?

I have just started pursuing my hobby full time and am still in the learning phase. I have a Nikon D7100 with a Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8G Lens. I would really appreciate if anyone can advise ...
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II causes Err 01 only when zoomed beyond 135mm

I am getting the following error with my EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens only when I zoom it beyond 135mm: Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty. Clean the lens ...
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Can Nikon PK-11a extension tubes be used with G lenses, keeping aperture control?

I own a D3200 and 3 G lenses (kit lenses + 35mm f1.8G) and I was wondering if I could use an extension tube PK-11a with them keeping aperture control functional. At Nikon website seems to say no, but ...
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What are these spots in my pictures?

Been getting these bubble type things, never happened before (Kit lens - 18-55|camera d3200
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Which lens after 18-55 for crop body? [duplicate]

I have a canon 700D camera, and an 18-55mm lens. I would like to buy another lens, but I am confused. I like to photograph celebrations, marriage parties, and casual family functions Please ...
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Which lens size will generate more detail for equivalent field-of-views in an image snapshot?

We are getting ready to purchase a 3 megapixel IP camera. It comes with either a 4mm or 6mm lens. We will only be using the camera for still image snapshots on a specified interval. Basically, it's an ...
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Are these spots on the sensor or the lens? [duplicate]

Equipment is Canon EOS 5D3 (5760x3840) with a 24-105 f/4 L lens at 105mm, ISO 200. The following are crops from the same small (676x449) section of a couple of blue sky shots I did to test for sensor ...
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How do add-on lenses for smartphones work?

I have seen a $24 lens which is advertised as attachable to an iPhone camera. How do lenses like these work? Here is the item I am mentioning
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What factors make a lens brighter? [duplicate]

Let's say I have two lenses of 50mm, one with maximum aperture f/1.8 and another with f/1.4. I understand that when using maximum aperture, for the latter lens more light will get to the film or ...
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Are there lenses f/1 or wider that work on EF or E-mount?

Which lenses have apertures at f/1 or better, and work on cameras like the 6D or A7? In Sony's case, an adapter is acceptable.
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How do I repair the front assembly coming off my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II?

I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens and while I was taking a shot using AF, the lens detached and opened into two parts in the ring at the tip of the lens, and I got an error: "shooting is not ...
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Can I use my camera to measure lens light transmission?

I want to compare and quantify the light transmission of various lenses (with some custom modifiers). So I have a target setup with constant illumination, and a camera body for them ready to shoot ...
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What kind of lens to use to get sharp images of people from a distance?

I am looking to buy a new lens and want something that will produce sharp images of people from a distance. I currently have a 50mm prime lens and my close-up portraits are great - crisp and clear - ...
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How do I design a secondary lens for my fixed-lens camera to narrow its field of view?

My goal is to put a lens or an array of lenses in front of my actioncam to use its high resolution for recording of undistorted normal-eyed footage, to avoid having to buy two cameras for the ...
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What focal length is recommended for photography for social media, like groups of people in weddings?

I want to get a lens for social photography (groups of people in weddings, or a close up for a bride). What focal length range would be recommendable? Also would it be good to get a wide angle lens ...
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How can I find a petal-style lens hood for my Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (or any lens which doens't have one)?

I got a good deal for a used Nikkor 55-300mm lens but it didn't come with a lens hood. I am in search of a petal lens hood, but the Nikkon website lists only a round hb-57 hood. I tried finding the ...
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Why would one lens produce warmer colors than another?

I was recently watching the following comparison video between the Nikon 85mm 1.4G and 1.8G (judge as you will): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZkbEivJbUw When they showed off very similar ...
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Which of these lenses should I take to a motor racing event?

At short notice, I'll be going to a motorsport event (in a purely non-professional capacity, for what it's worth). In addition to a medium telephoto lens, I'm considering taking a lens with a shorter ...
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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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Choose a lenz 18-135 vs 18-55 and 55-250 [duplicate]

I am going to buy a Canon 700D camera. It comes in two variations, one with an 18-55 lens and the other with an 18-135 lens. If I get the 18-55 one, I will also buy a 55-250 lens. If I don't mind ...
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Can I use an M42 mount lens on a Minolta AF body? [duplicate]

I have an M42 mount Helios lens that I want to use on a Minolta AF mount body. I've found this adapter online but wanted to verify it is the correct adapter before I purchased it. The lens is a ...
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What can I do if everything with my 55-200mm macro lens is suddenly entirely blurry and the camera won't take pictures?

I have a brand new Nikon D5500. The 55-200mm macro lens is not working properly as far as I can tell. It was acting funny the other day when I was trying to take pictures. The pictures were coming ...
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Does autofocus feature work on Nikon D5500 using the Tamron AF 70-300 F4-5.6 DI LD macro for Nikon?

I wanted to know if autofocus mode works on Nikon D5500 whilst using the Tamron AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 DI LD macro lens for Nikon?
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Photography pros: can anyone help me find out which lens is on this camera?

http://i.imgur.com/fGLh4Pb.jpg And it takes photos like this? http://i.imgur.com/BK5vPRw.jpg I'm desperately trying to find which lens will allow me to take photos like this. I already have a canon ...
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How does the sharpness of the Pentax 645Z compare to Canon 5DS R with high-end lens?

If you pair a 5DS R with a Zeiss Otus... and you pair a 645Z with any of its typical, similar lenses... Larger sensor and much more expensive body (Pentax set), vs more expensive lens. (Canon set). ...
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Is this vignetting from my zoom lens or something else?

Context This are images from my recent air show. All was taken at (210mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO100) using the 55-210/4.5-6.3 lens on my Sony a6000. Question Is that vignetting or something else ...
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My Nikon D5100 is showing a black screen and unable to switch the display [duplicate]

So, the camera is displaying a black screen when trying to take pictures: through the viewfinder( if that's the name). Also, when trying to switch the display to the screen it says "Error. Press ...
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Can I use a plano convex cylindrical lens, instead of a fisheye, to shoot 360°x180° panos with my phone?

Is it possible to use a plano convex cylindrical lens (like this) instead of a fisheye lens to make a panorama photo? The idea is that the lens would give you 180° vertical and by turning the camera ...
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Does the type of lens adapter matter for manual focus?

Context I use a cheap adapter that has an Aperture Ring for the new Nikon G lens but also works for older lens as well. I use a Sony a6000 which has focus peaking and related. Question Assuming ...
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Can the 700D perform microfocus adjustment?

Can the 700D do microfocus adjustment as is needed for the Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro? or is it only available on higher end models?
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Is buying a lens with image stabilization (IS) worth the money? [duplicate]

I have been saving up to buy a Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 IS lens and was wondering if the IS is worth the extra $ or can I buy a lens without it, and spend the extra $ on a extra lens like the 17-40mm?
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Tamron 18-270 lens is stuck and will not zoom in

I have a Canon EOS 60D and I use a Tamron 18-270mm lens. The lens has been working great until now. On both manual and automatic it will not zoom in past 35mm. Randomly it allows me to zoom in all the ...
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How can I get rid of condensation on a fixed lens?

I accidentally left my Nikon Coolpix L31 near some water and when I came back to take a picture of something the inside of the lens is all white and foggy when I turn it on. Can somebody help? I ...
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What factors, features, and specs should I prioritize when purchasing a dual photo/video kit under $5000? [closed]

I'm an indie filmmaker that takes a crapload of cat pictures in low light. My films are creepy and low light as well. I want a camera that can fulfill both needs. I'd also need a good zoom lens and ...
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Lens for Olympus OM-D 10 [duplicate]

What single fixed lens for street photography and portraits (and travel photography) would you recommend? I currently use the stock lens that came with the Olympus OM-D 10, and would like to use a ...
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What is the worst-case scenario if you move the focus ring in AF mode? [duplicate]

I have a EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 III, and want to know what is the worst-case scenario if you move the focus ring in AF mode?
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Does rotating the focus ring in AF mode cause any harm?

If I rotate focus ring in AF mode, does this hurt the camera or lens? My friend today rotated the ring 1/2 times before I saw him on Autofocus on my Canon 600d with lens: EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 III. ...
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How does the sharpness of telephoto primes compare to telephoto zoom?

Context I've looked at longer primes from Nikon 200mm/2, 400mm/2.8, etc but I've also seen Telezooms such as the Sigma 150-500 and Tamron 150-600. I know that primes are usually sharper than their ...
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Why is my lens making a ticking sound?

My Canon EF 50mm 1.8 lens is making a noise I never heard before. It takes pictures and focus as usual but produces a constant ticking noise when using live view. I honestly have no idea what could ...
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Nightclubs photography, setup to capture the real mood and atmosphere?

I was hired to photograph at a nightclub on Friday. I've never done this before, and I do not have any specification for the moment. I'd like to be able to capture the atmosphere at the right moment, ...
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What size lens do I need? [duplicate]

What size lens do I need? I am shooting video from a distance of about 10 to 11 feet away. I want to be able to go from a CU (top of head to mid-chest) to a full body shot (head to toe). I currently ...
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Optimal camera settings for standing clothing model in indoors environment

I am trying to shoot a clothing photoshoot where a model will always stand in the same spot in an indoors studio with 2 lightboxes and a white backdrop. What would be the best camera settings with a ...
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Lightroom doesn't show all known lens profiles

Only in one of my projects I have the problem that I can't choose more than one lens profile for my photos, because there's only one lens in each maker's list and the list is much shorter than usual. ...