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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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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. ...
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Suitable lenses [duplicate]

Hi I am new to photography with DSLR and trying to find my footing with various lenses. The subjects that interest me are night sky cityscape (day and night) buildings portraits (including full ...
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How do the 50mm f/1.4 lenses from Sigma and Canon compare?

I'm looking to buy a "nifty 50" for my APS-C Canon. I'm stuck between the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens and the Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM. What are the significant differences between these lenses and ...
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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 rattling sound

Just bought it used and when I shake it it makes a rattling sound. I know lenses with stabilization usually make that sound but this lens hasn't got that. So, is it normal or is something wrong? It ...
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Canon EOS EF-M Lens to 7D?

I have made a silly mistake. I own a Canon 7D and have bought a lens but I didn't realize it was for an EOS M. There are converters for eos lenses on EOS M bodies but are there converters for the EOS ...
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Lens Advice for Product Photography

My girlfriend and I are planning to shoot some products she's produced as a designer for her portfolio, and we're currently researching lenses that would be optimal for this sort of photography. I've ...
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Choosing lens for a studio to record classes [duplicate]

I'm building a home studio to record Math classes: I have a blackboard (1,90m width by 1,20m height) and the distance from the camera to the blackboard would be around 1,80m (on a tripod, 1,70m from ...
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Is my Nikkor lens malfunctioning?

I have an AF-S Nikkor 18-135 mm lens. While I initially suspected an issue with the camera, I found that my two Nikon camera bodies work perfectly well with other lens, and this lens works with no ...
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Is there a site that compares different lenses with the same image?

Is there any site where I can compare the same image taken with different lenses? I know on dpreview they have something like that for cameras, but is there anywhere I can find the same kind of ...
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Dark ring in photo [duplicate]

In the left corner of all my photos have always have a dark ring. I've tried wiping the lens glass but still there. Do you guys think I need my camera body or lens cleaned or both?
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of zoom lenses with a wide range of focal lengths? [duplicate]

Are there some disadvantages of a zoom-lens with wide range focal length compare to a lens with narrow range both having the same max. aperture? For example, if we have two lenses: Sigma 18-55mm f4 ...
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Using a full frame lens on a crop sensor camera [duplicate]

I have a Canon 70D APS-C sized sensor camera. I currently have a Sigma 10-20mm, a Canon 50mm 1.8, a Canon 75-300mm and of course the kit lens. I want to buy the Canon 24-105mm F4 L as an upgrade. I ...
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Settings for getting the actual color of a garment in clothes photography [duplicate]

I am shooting clothing laying on the floor on a white background. 2 softboxes of 350W each light the garment. The rest is my Nikon D40 with a 18-105mm lens. However the color of the garment is not ...
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If you were to buy just one lens [closed]

... which one would it be? I understand it depends on what kind of photography one is into. Wide lens for landscape, zoom lens for zoom'ers etc. I am not trying to get into that conversation here. ...
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Polarising lens size for Nikon D7000 [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D7000 and need to buy a polarising lens but don't know what size lens I need. I have the the starter kit lens AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm1.35-5.6g ED. I'm new to photography.
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How to handle lens name mismatch between Darktable / exiv2 and Lensfun?

Darktable doesn't recognise my Panasonic 12-32mm pancake on my Olympus E-M10 due to a mismatch of the exif LensType and lensfun modelname. exiv2 -pt 20150824_0143.ORF | grep -ai lens ...
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How to prevent water droplet formation on waterproof camera lens?

Waterproof camera (Canon D10 in my case) is great for shooting in or near water during sports. Unfortunaly, water sprays onto the lens and water droplets form, which disturb or totally destroy the ...
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50mm f/1.4 versus 85mm f/1.8 with APS-C for portraits? [duplicate]

Which would be a better choice for head and shoulder shots with a 1.6x crop sensor camera: 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8? How I will be shooting: 6-12 feet away from model. Under the cover of dense ...
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What lenses are considered wide-angle zoom/prime for Nikon D5300 [duplicate]

I'm planing to go on a trip where I plan to do some landscape photography. While I started out with 18-105mm lens, I noticed the quality can be poor around the edges in some cases and I know it's ...
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Given the same sensor size lens, will a higher megapixel sensor give more “reach” then a lower one?

I've been wondering this for a while now, and I can't seem to find a straight answer about this. If we are talking about the exact same sensor size, (lets say FX) and we are using a 50mm lens. ...
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Is the wide aperture and bokeh of a 50mm prime more important than getting to the 70-90mm range for portraits?

I've a Pentax K-30 with the following lens: Pentax-M 50mm 1.7 manual focus Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 autofocus Pentax 55-300mm 4-5.6 autofocus Considering that : Pentax 50mm has the nicest bokeh and ...
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How do lenses focus? (and zoom?) [duplicate]

My understanding of focal length is that it is the distance from the lens to the sensor; in my observations: higher focal lengths make for longer lens. Then I started thinking about how a lens ...
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Manual focus working in AF Mode with an STM lens - is this intentional?

On my new Canon T6s/760d with 18-135 STM lens, I just noticed that in AF mode, when I hold the shutter button halfway, if I turn the focus ring on the lens, it does affect the focus! I preferred to ...
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Nikon 50mm 1.8g or 35mm 1.8g? [duplicate]

I'm Nikon D5500+18-55 f/3.5-5.6g dx vr ii user,now I want to buy a prime lens for better image quality and for low light situation,as well as shallow depth of field. but which should I choose,50mm ...
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Which of my lenses should I carry with me to Mauritius?

I am traveling to Mauritius next month. I am an amateur photographer. I have a kit lens - 18-55mm and a zoom lens 55-300mm. I have found the zoom lens extremely useful, especially when shooting ...
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Recommended F-Stop for older Canon 35mm F/2 [duplicate]

I have a few year old Canon 35mm F/2 lens (Here it is on Amazon). I've been shooting wide-open, but I realize that doesn't make for the sharpest photos. What would you say would get me the sharpest ...
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Is the Panasonic Leica Summilux the same quality as a non-Panasonic Leica summilux?

Is there an advantage to having a Leica Leica lens vs. a Panasonic Leica lens? To my ability to examine them, they look like the same on the inside. Would this be correct? The Leica Leicas are ...
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Astrophotography Canon 17-40mm f4L vs Samyang 24mm f/1.4 how much of a difference would there be?

I made my first timelapse lastnight with a 6D and a Canon 17-40mmL. I made it on the outskirts of a city where the light pollution is pretty bad. I was reasonably surprised with the results. I did ...
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Focusing an AF Nikkor 35-105MM

I have a D5200 and I got a old Nikkor 35-105MM lens, it's nicer then the kit lens it takes great photos but I can't seem to focus on anything far away when zoomed out. If I'm at like 100mm it will ...
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Pentax k1000 lens with Nikon d3200? [duplicate]

My first camera was a Pentax k1000, can I use the 1 : 2 50mmlens from the Pentax k100 on my Nikon digital SLR?
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What lens is best for 'the hobbit' forced perspective look?

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, all the basic simple shots of hobbits were taken with them in the background, so they would look smaller than real people. I want to do this in reverse. I have a ...
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What aspects are important in a lens for candid shooting in ambient light indoors?

I have solid lenses for my 7D for outdoor photography, but now I want to venture indoors. Closer focal distance, Potentially less light. What are the key artistes of a lens that I should look for? ...
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Will newer lenses work completely on a Canon 5D?

I have a Canon 5D and been using older lens on the camera. But I never bought a newer lens since I was afraid that the hardware (image stabilizer, focus, etc..) on the newer lens won't work with the ...
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Bought a second hand retro polaroid but I think the lens is missing, how will this affect photos? (I know nothing at all about cameras)

So I bought a polaroid in a charity shop for £5 (I know absolutely nothing about cameras, and I mean NOTHING) but it doesn't have the plastic bit inside the main round bit- I think that's a lens? How ...
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How do I attach a Vivitar wide angle lens to my Nikon d3200?

I've just bought a Nikon D3200. It included a Vivitar Series 1 high-definition 0.43X 52mm wide angle lens (along with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 auto focus-S DX VR Nikkor zoom lens). I really have no idea ...
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telephoto canon lens for indoors [closed]

I am wanting to purchase a new canon telephoto lens specifically for shooting in poor light conditions indoors with the subjects far away. Can you suggest a good option please?
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The lens is stuck, and error message is displayed for Canon A4000 IS [duplicate]

You can see the error here http://srv2.jpg.co.il/4/55bd03aebb1b6.jpg I turn on the camera and it shows me this error and turns off after few seconds. Here you can see that the camera is stuck. The ...