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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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Is a quartz lens necessary to prevent UV blocking on full spectrum enabled cameras?

I have read that in order to operate a "full spectrum" camera properly, so as to not block light in the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum, that one needs to acquire quartz lenses for one's camera. ...
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Will a macro extension tube eliminate the cropping of an APS-C lens on a full-frame sensor?

I understand using an A-mount lens intended for APS-C sensors on a full-frame camera results in cropping of the image. According to a tech at Sony, you lose 1/3 of pixels (APS-C is a 2/3 sensor so it ...
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Can I use a Samyang 75-300mm or a Soligor 90 - 230mm lens on a Pentax Film Camera?

I have two Pentax cameras (ME Super and a K1000). Which of these lenses will work with either or both of the cameras? Soligor 90-230mm Phoenix/Samyang 75-300mm They both fit on each of the ...
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Can add-on lenses for mobile phone cameras improve the image quality?

I have an iPhone 5s. I wonder if using an additional lens increases the image quality or not. Or does it just help in zooming?
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Issues in long exposure photography [on hold]

Yesterday i was trying to shoot night photography and my camera was on tripod. I tried to shoot with 70-200mm f2.8 tamron lens and the picture looks blurry I don't know why since the camera on tripod ...
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Canon EOS M: Do these lenses make sense together?

Today I purchased a Canon EOS M to replace my meanwhile almost 10 year old 400d. I was under the impression that I was just buying the kit with the EF lens adapter, so I also bought two lenses. It ...
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How to capture the scene exactly as my eyes can see?

What settings of my DSLR camera will emulate the scene exactly as I can see through my naked eyes? I think it's not possible to get the contrast and colors exactly as my eyes can see, and it may vary ...
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What (if any) are the differences between Minolta's SAL500F8 and Sony's SAL500F80?

I would love to buy one of these autofocus 500mm f8 lenses, but information about these lenses is sparse, and I haven't been able to find anything at all about if Sony made any changes to the lens ...
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Moving up to the next lens from 55-200

I do mainly amateur wildlife shots especially whale watching and some football photography just as a hobby. I currently have canon EOS 400d with 18-55, 55-200 and macro lenses. What lens would you ...
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What order to use range extending tubes in and the effect on aperture

I have a 500mm mirror lens, at f/8. I have 2 hollow tubes (their order wont matter) and 1 tube which is a "Vario converter" and can be rotated from 2x to 3x (this moves a lens about 1cm along) I ...
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How do I convert focal length to maximum distance?

I would like to know whether there is any relation between focal length and distance. For example, what is the max distance I can shoot from a 55mm-300mm lens?
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Converter and lens combination to try on sony a7 or a6000

I have bought an a6000 with the kit lens, and it takes nice pictures but I miss some things that I was able to do with my Canon DSLR and old lenses. I have kept some of my Canon lenses. Should I buy ...
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Will lenses of a different brand work on a Nikon DSLR? [duplicate]

I am new to photography and I am planning to buy a Nikon D3300 (with 18–55 mm kit lens) to start with, after reading through the reviews. But one question lingering on to my mind even after reading ...
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Nikon D-5200 was working fine, but now shows “Lens Not Attached”? [duplicate]

My D-5200 Nikon has worked fine (camera and lenses) until yesterday when it said "Lens Not Attached"? What can I do to troubleshoot this issue?
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What characteristics make a lens good or bad?

When reading lens reviews on the Internet, I often find subjective statements about the image quality that a lens produces, such as "good contrast" or "sharp". The problem is that I don't think I am ...
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Is the Nikon 80-200 f/2.8D ED outdated?

I have been reading up a lot of information on the internet about the AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED lens as I'm seriously considering purchasing one. I own a D7000 that came with the 18-105mm kit lens. I ...
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Is Sigma AF 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 DG APO Macro compatible with Nikon D5100?

Is the Sigma AF 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 DG APO Macro compatible with the Nikon D5100 camera?
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Will an EMF AF Confirm M42 Lens To Canon EOS adapter actually confirm with the Helios 44-2 58mm f/2?

Just bought my first vintage lens on e-bay, the the Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 and now I am looking for an adapter for it to mount it on my Canon 6D. I noticed that the EMF M42 adapters can be had with and ...
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Why is my Canon 55-250 IS lens blurry at focal ranges beyond 100mm?

I recently purchased a used Canon 55-250mm IS lens and it works nicely at 55mm(even with lower shutter speed, and f/4 aperture), but turns out quite blurry at longer focal lengths, even with a shutter ...
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What is “angle of view” in photography?

I read on the Lens Buying Guide @ neocamera: Focal-length determines the angle-of-view seen through a lens for a given sensor-size. With a full-frame sensor a lens gives the same angle-of-view ...
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Projector Design and lenses

I am working on a project where I need to project a single image onto an object, Originally I was looking at the digital projector route but due to cost and complexity this has been ruled out. I found ...
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Nikon 16-85 VR focus noise problem?

My 16-85 VR is doing some weird noise during focus, manual or auto. It's like an hiss. I asked in a local shop and they said it can be some microdust inside the lens. But I'm a little worried it can ...
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Canon L Lens producing higher noise/grain? (24-70mm f2.8 II)

I just purchased a brand new 24-70mm f2.8 II for my upcoming trip. I've been testing out this lens for the past few days, and have noticed something that I'm a bit confused by. It seems by my tests, ...
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Focusing issues with Nikon 18-35mm f3.5-4.5D on D3200

I have a Nikon D3200 and I have used in the past year and half a 35mm f/1.8 G DX prime lens . I have rented several other lenses and I also have a 50mm 1.8G prime too (I'm sure that some of you will ...
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How can one use a reversing ring with Nikon G lenses?

So, this blog (credit to mattdm for pointing it out) says: Firstly, when you turn the lens around you obviously lose the CPU connection between the lens and the camera, so say goodbye to ...
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Buying lenses from Japan on eBay? Good or bad?

I have been looking into Canon's older 28-80mm USM metal mount lens. I have heard that it is a very good lens for the money, but when I looked for it on eBay, the only places that seem to sell it are ...
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Reverse ring sizes

I recently ordered a reverse ring and turn out i ordered a wrong one. My camera is 7100 but i ordered D700 from ebay, i bet it won't be exchange but can i order something else to put it on my lens, so ...
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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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How can I do astrophotography with my 70-300mm lens?

I got a Nikon 70-300mm lens as it was on discount. I want to know if I can do astrophotography with it? I want to maximize the use of the lens. I wanted to get a 34-300 mm lens, but it was expensive. ...
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Is a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens only meant to focus close range?

Ok, so I currently shoot with a canon Rebel which of course has a 1.6x crop factor. My primary lens is Canon's mid-level 50mm f/1.4. I love this lens for close up portraits and can get a very sharp ...
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Can I shoot a photo with my DSLR without the lens on?

I thought it would be interesting to see what kinds of effects I could get by shooting a photo without any lens on my DSLR. However, when I take the lens off, it tells me that no lens is attached ...
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What is the difference with ED and IF-ED lens?

I am confused with the difference between Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm F/4-5.6G Telephoto Lens and Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S VR DX IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens Can some one clarify me on this?? Thanks ...
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What lenses can produce a clean starburst effect?

I have seen several examples of a beautiful lens effect, naturally due to a stopped down aperture, but not like a lens star I have managed to create myself - it is so clean. Here is an example: ...
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How can I fix a Nikon DX 18-135mm with an aperture stuck open?

I am currently on a trip and I brought an 18-135mm lens and a 35mm prime as my two lenses for the trip. When I took my zoom out of my backpack off the plane and put it on my camera, I immediately ...
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Zoomlens “pops” around a certain focal length. What failure is my lens showing?

For a while my Sigma 18-50 f/2.8-4.5 lens has been shaking the viewfinder image once in a while. After asking a related question I settled for the explanation that it was the image stabilisation ...
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What can I do when autofocus suddenly starts blocking at around 2m on a Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8 D?

I had this lens for quite a few years now, it used to work as expected. I didn't use my stuff for a few months, maybe 6-8 months. I just bought a D600 and tried to use them. The AF does not work as it ...
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What lens is best for a red carpet community event?

I've been asked to take pics of the 2nd annual Youth Film Festival in a tiny town. There are only 4 entrants. I've advised my friend/organizer that I have no experience (I almost always shoot only ...
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What is the main difference between the Nikon 55-200mm VR lens and the newer version the VRII?

Despite the obvious differences, price and weight, what is the main differences between these two lenses? Nikon 55-200mm VR f/4-5.6 - 334g ~€150 Nikon 55-200mm VRII f/4-5.6 - 296g ~€300/350.
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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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Is the Gorillapod sturdy enough for super-zoom lens and long exposure?

I am interested in buying the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom to be used as a travel tripod. My camera is a D3300 together with a 35mm and a super zoom lens (still haven't decided which one to buy, but something ...
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What would be the benefit of a fast lens for my Sony A6000? [duplicate]

I bought a Sony A6000 recently and with it I bought the kit zoom lens SEL55-210mm F3.5-6.3 and prime SEL16-70mm F4 Zeiss. I mostly do photography during my leisure trips and generally capture ...
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How to tell the difference between the Canon 18-135mm and the STM version?

I am looking to buy the Canon 18-135mm IS STM lens off eBay, and want to know if there are any outside visual differences that I can look for to make sure I don't get ripped off and buy the non-STM ...
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Best all-around ~$600 standard zoom lens for Canon? [closed]

I have a Rebel T2i, I was wondering what standard zoom lens is the best around $600. I'm mainly shooting landscapes / cities / peoples. I've done some research and came up with 17-50, 18-55 from ...
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How can I compare 'super-zoom' lenses to make up my mind which one I should buy?

So I am currently looking to buy a 'super zoom' lens to be used along my 35mm for travelling. I have already compiled a number of different suitable lenses within my budget range and focal length. I ...
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What are the advantages and disdvantages of the Canon 18-55 IS MKII vs IS STM kit lenses?

I'm trying to figure out the difference between the IS MKII lens and the IS STM lens. Specifically, I am looking at the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. On that Amazon page, there are three ...
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My NIKKOR 55-200mm lens behaves like it is not attached to the camera, even though it is attached

I just purchased a Nikon D5500 with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, along with one digital high-def 2.2x teleconverter and a digital high-def .43x super wide angle lens with macro filter. The ...
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How should one compare lenses for new mirrorless cameras vs established best of class?

As someone recently new to photography, I am curious for those jumping on the mirrorless bandwagon what concrete things (especially re: quality) are sacrificed moving to these cameras. Take for ...
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What is a zone plate?

I was looking into alternative methods of photography and I happened upon something called a 'zone plate.' Three questions: What is a zone plate? How does it work? What can I do with it?
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How can I fix my samsung wb 750 that I dropped on the pavement?

I dropped my samsung wb 750 on pavement. When I turn it on now the lens zooms to the farthest length and comes back in. I tried using a hair dryer to blow sand particles out but it doesn't work. I ...
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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

I was reading lens reviews on the Rockwell site — mostly because it came up as first result in Google search — and he was saying professionals don't need and don't use mid-range zoom lenses like 24-70 ...