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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 to prevent my waterproof camera from condensation?

I recently bought a HP C-150w for my vacations and the first time I've used it in water it got condensation on the lens as soon as I removed it from water. I've been reading about how to prevent ...
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Use of DOF adapters in stills photography

The camcorder guys figured out long ago how you can get the shallow DOF of a larger sensor system (typically full frame) on a camcorder equipped with a much smaller sensor (typically 1/2.8") by doing ...
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Equipment needed to video with Canon 60D [on hold]

I never video professionally with my Canon 60D as I don't know if I have all the right equipment to do so. What do I need to get professional-quality video footage using my 60D? What lens? Do I need a ...
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How do non-MFT lenses work on a Panasonic GF3?

I'm thinking of buying a GF3. But the lenses are pricy, so I have to pick my kit wisely. I saw that there are adapters for it, but I'm new to lenses. Are there any problems with attaching non-MFT ...
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Can anyone identify the manufacturer of this golden lens?

On a recent photo tour, a lens another photographer used caught my attention because of its golden color and no manufacturer name I know being visible. Unfortunately, I was busy taking some shots ...
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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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Sports photography [duplicate]

I own a Nikon D5100. I am 3 steps below a beginner photographer. I bought this camera in hopes of being able to take photos of my family during sporting events; football, wrestling, dance line, ...
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Bayonet mount adapter

I am planning to buy a Vivitar lens with a 58mm bayonet mount. I need to fit it to a 58mm screw fixing. Can I get a adapter to do this? If so, where and what is it called?
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Are there a comprehensive list of available (possible) adapters between different lens mounts?

When buying old dirt cheap lenses for use in modern cameras with the help from adapters, the flange focal distance is always limiting factor. The article about flange focal distance lists the ...
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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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Do I need an adapter to mount a Sigma lens to a Canon Rebel Ti3?

I bought a Sigma 70-300mm DG 4-5.6 Macro Zoom Lens for my Canon Rebel T3. Do I need an adapter of some sort to be able to attach the lens to my camera?
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Can you remove scratches from a lens with peanut butter?

An article appeared on Apartment Therapy that claimed that a scratched camera lens can be repaired using peanut butter and/or toothpaste. This strikes me as a horrible idea that could make a bad ...
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Can a shutter booster lens speed up the shortest shutter time on my DSLR?

Is there any shutter speed booster lens available for Nikon 5300. Currently Nikon 5300 supports 1/4000. What if I would like to increase the shutter speed to 1/8000 or more.... Is there any ...
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Problems with my lens

Hi i have had a Nikon 200mm lens for about three years now. I did not use it for about six months and when i used it again it was all fuzzy. I have tried everything. Is it because it is so old? I ...
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Nikkor lens for landscape photography day / night [closed]

I'm currently using a Nikon D5200 with a 18-55mm lens and am wanting to get myself a new lens. I'm looking for a really sharp lens that "was built" to shoot landscapes in both good and bad light. ...
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What about lens construction influences bokeh?

I can understand how certain elements of a lens can correct an aberrations or make it sharper - but specifically, how do lens manufacturers influence the bokeh - the quality of the blur? There's a ...
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What tools and spare parts are needed to repair Canon 200mm f/1.8 USM prime lens?

The focus of Canon 200mm f/1.8 L seems to be entirely USM driven. Manually rotating the black ring has no impact at all on mine, as it is broken. What tool set would be the best I could buy (from ...
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How do I take good portraits with a bridge camera and superzoom?

I'm an absolute beginner with regards to photography. I did some research on portrait photography today. From what I learned, a long-telephoto lens (70mm-135mm or more focal length (35mm ...
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What does a 'nano crystal coat' do on this lens?

The Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G AF-S has a 'Nano Crystal Coat'...what is that and why is it on most of their most expensive lenses? Obviously its a coating and some links seem to indicate it may increase ...
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Compatible lens for a Nikon 1 J1 camera [closed]

I am looking for a 70-300mm lens for a Nikon 1 J1 camera. I would appreciate any recommendations!
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How does Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 image quality compare between f/1.4 and stopped-down to f/4?

I have a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens that I use as my go to for dark sky imaging with my full frame camera and it is amazing. However, I just bought a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens for my crop sensor camera so ...
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Where to fix Canon lens, other than Canon

I have a 70-200 2.8L II lens that was broken on a photoshoot (dropped 1 ft). The glass is intact (thank you, UV filter) but there is some issue inside the lens where the images aren't focused and the ...
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What lens do I need for a group portrait like this?

I am enrolled in community college, majoring in photography. I currently do head shots but I want to do vintage(ish) portraits of families of say 4-5 people. I have a studio set up with a vintage sofa ...
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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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Which filters will fit Voigtlander 15mm?

I recently got myself Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm/4.5 lens, which I enjoy shooting a lot. It has built-in lens hood with filter threads and manual says it's fitted with 52mm filter threads. I ...
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Are there reasons beyond weight and price to choose the Olympus 40-150mm over the 14-150mm?

I'm curious whether there is any advantage in buying the 40-150 vs. the 14-150 lens. Both are f/4.0-5.6 and quality seems to be the same. Is there any reason except weight and price for which one ...
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How do I rig up a color filter for my Sigma 8-16mm Ultrawide?

I am a bit confused... I'm not sure if the cokin system will work on my lens, as my lens doesn't have threads for a filter. I've found that placing a Z series cokin filter in front of the lens will ...
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Are there disadvantages using an FX lens on a DX Camera? [duplicate]

I have a set of FX Lenses for my 35mm SLR, but also a DX Digital SLR. The FX lenses work fine, so I wonder if there is any point buying a DX Lens? The DX camera was body-only, and I'm currently using ...
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Is 85-135mm really the best for every single kind of face?

They say that focal length around 85-135mm is the best for the head and shoulder kind portraits. I've done some tests myself, I can definitely see the differences. The face is more natural looking ...
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Does my lens “mm” define the zoom [duplicate]

I have an SMC Pentax-M 80-200mm F4.5 lens which I bought for moon shots so I wanted something with range to it. I have the standard Pentax Prime 8.5mm lens that I got with my camera but I would like ...
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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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Should I buy the Nikon 18mm-300mm / 18-200mm or 55mm-200mm / 55-300mm? [duplicate]

This question could be a duplicate but my point is completely different from it. I have just started to use a Nikon D3300 with the 18mm-55mm kit lens. Now, I want to upgrade to the 18mm-300mm but ...
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What to do when autofocus on Canon 85mm f/1.8 not working?

My Canon 85mm's AF isn't working. But here's the thing, it recognizes there's a lens mounted, it gives focus confirmation, and I can even set the aperture, but it does NOT recognize that it's an AF ...
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Why image at 400mm is LARGER THAN DOUBLE of image at 200mm? (according to lens formula)

Like most of us, I thought it was yes. Until I really look into the Lens Equation: (1/subject distance) + (1/image distance) = (1/focal length) ...
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What does “R” mean in Fujifilm's XF Fujinon lens names?

Fujifilm currently makes three lenses for their new X-Pro1 mirrorless camera system: Fujinon XF18mmF2 R Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro "Fujinon" is Fujifilm's lens division. The ...
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Which piece of equipment is holding me back?

I am primarily an amateur photographer but I do take small jobs from time to time. I'm looking to upgrade my equipment but I'm not sure if I should be spending money on my body, glass, or both. I ...
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IS auto-shutdown causes SLR to stop detecting lens - Canon 70-200 2.8L IS MK I

I've tested this on my 6D and my friends' 60D. Use case: [Only occurs in Video mode] 1) Activate the IS function during Video mode. Does not have to be recording (but is reproducible in the same ...
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Is a 3rd party (Tamron) lens safe to use on a Canon EOS 600D?

Is it safe to use a Tamron lens with my Canon EOS 600D DSLR? Will it affect the sensor in any way?
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Should I replace the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with a 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4?

So I'm about to buy my first DSLR (definitely a Canon, probably the 700D) and my original plan was to buy the one with the included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. At the same time I was thinking about ...
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What equipment do I need for astrophotography?

Is it possible to create a picture like the following, using a D7100 camera with a standard 55-105mm lens. If not, what is needed for this kind of photography?
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Weather sealed lens

I'm thinking about buying a Nikon D7000 and I have found out that it's weather sealed (sealed to shoot in rain). So my questions are: Does it really work in heavy rain or is it only for a few water ...
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What lens should I use to be able to fill the frame with a mounted 35mm slide at 12 inches?

Objective: Digitize thousands (~7500) mounted 35mm slides as quickly as possible (without using a paid service), about 1,000 before Father's Day. Equipment: Kodak Carousel 750H Projector Nikon ...
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How to adjust the lens in dark? [duplicate]

I have CANON EOS-600D DSLR. few days before I was on my terrace to capture some sunset scenes. When I was returning It was almost dark but I saw a bat flown to nearby tree and hung itself there. I ...
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Shoes photography [duplicate]

I am in need for a technical solution for a shooting of shoes. I have this reference: Could someone please advise on the fallowing: Do I need a light box like this one? What is the correct ...
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Can I connect a new Olympus lens to my Nikon camera?

I have a Nikon D3200 and I want to buy another lens for portrait photography... The lens I want to buy is a Olympus not Nikkor, would it fit my camera or would i need like a lens adapter? And is there ...
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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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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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Can you take a picture of a milky way on a canon EOS 300?

I really want to take a picture of the Milky Way using my camera. I'm not sure if it is able to pick it up? The lens I am currently using is a Canon EF 55-200mm. Should I be able to this?
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Missing focus with Canon 50mm 1.8 lens - is it the lens or me?

I purchased a Canon EOS 650D and EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Unfortunately, the auto-focus seems to miss focus at f/1.8. I've tried setting it to single-point auto-focus: it is better, but still not good ...
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Which of these lenses will work?

Which of the following lenses will work best for macro with ole m0doel Olympus E-1 camera mentioned here www.keh.com - OLYMPUS 28MM F/3.5 {49} OLYMPUS - 28 F3.5 (49) www.keh.com - OLYMPUS 50MM ...