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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 use my old Sigma 100-300mm f/4.5-6.7 DL on my new Nikon D5100?

I have this lens from my old camera. How can I use it on my new Nikon d5100 dSLR? It doesn't fit. Do I have to buy any specific adaptor to fit it? Can you name one? Can someone please help me out with ...
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Settings for getting the actual color of a garment in clothes photography

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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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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If you were to buy just one lens [on hold]

... 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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Can I use a D.O. Industries Navitron 50mm f0.95 lens on a Nikon Camera?

I have a D.O. Industries Navitron 50mm f0.95 and would like to use it on a nikon camera. Is there a mount that can adapt this lens to nikon cameras?
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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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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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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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How does a lens affect the saturation of a picture?

In many reviews people describe how a lens can affect the saturation of a picture, especially when it comes down to a comparison of two similar lenses, e.g. 50mm 1.8 vs. 50mm 1.4 or something like ...
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Nikon D3200 does not recognize the Nikkor AF-S 50mm 1.8G

I bought a new Nikkor 50mm AF-S 1.8G to add to my Nikon D3200, however, it will not recognize the lens. It says "Lens Not Attached" in all modes with error "NON CPU lenses can only be used in manual ...
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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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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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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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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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Lens upgrade paths (sub $1000) for the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens for Canon APS-C cameras [on hold]

This is somewhat a follow-up to my earlier question on the limitations of the kit lens. I have browsed through quite a lot of sites including this one for user opinions & reviews of different ...
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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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Zoom lens “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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Does a “body-only” DSLR need a lens added before use?

What does it mean for a DSLR camera to be described as "body-only"? I found one advertised for sale that was described as such, and I don't know if I'll need to add a lens. I assume that it means ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Do I need to buy anything more than just body and lenses?

I want to buy a body DSLR and custom lens but I'm quite new to photography and I do not know if it's enough or I have to buy something else too (just to make it work and do photos). I know body kits ...
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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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Best macro lens ? [closed]

What is the best size lens for macro shots on a canon d450 ?
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What mm lens for distance shots?

If I am looking to take landscape and wildlife shots and some of those shots being from a decent distance what mm lens would I need? I am not sure what else I should be adding here, I am just looking ...
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Canon EOS 20D manual to autofocus lens adapter [closed]

I have a Canon EOS 20D with manual lens. I want to change to auto focus. Will a lens work with my camera? Will I need an adapter? Can I get a adapter to go with other lenses, i.e., Sigma, etc.? Lot of ...
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How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom?

What is the rule to convert the 'mm' notation to the 'optical zoom' notation? I searched a bit and found this one: optical zoom = maximum focal length / minimum focal length For example a 18-55mm ...
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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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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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What is USM, and what are its pros and cons?

My Canon lenses have the designation USM on them, which I assume is for the same reason that they say "Ultrasonic". What does this mean, and why or why do I not want it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why there is no Canon 50mm *IS* lens?

Canon's 50mm prime lenses are all non-IS (Image Stabilization) for some reason. Considering the popularity of these range primes, shouldn't Canon be interested in shipping a new, optically improved IS ...
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What lens is best for 'the hobbit' 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 lion ...
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Can I fix a M42 50mm lens myself?

I've been using the Pentacon 50mm f1.8 with pleasure on my Canon 550D with the help of a M42 to EOS adapter. Some weeks ago however the lens housing got damaged in my luggage such that turning the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 connect Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50 E39 lens to Canon EOS 5D body?

Could anyone recommend what I need to buy in order to connect a Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50 E39 lens to a Canon EOS 5D body? Do I need a bayonet lens adaptor and if so please let me know which one?
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Does the Nikon 35-70mm really equal the newer 24-70mm in image quality and sharpness?

I am planning to buy a AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, but I saw a second hand 35-70 f/2.8 AF in a store nearby. I did some research and I stumbled upon Ken Rockwell's 35-70 review, in which he states: ...