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What is the “Newton Effect”?

I was just chatting with a photographer friend of mine, and he mentioned wanting "anti-newton glass"... I didn't know what that was, so I did a google search. I quickly figured out that it was ...
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Do lenses lose sharpness when they age?

I was reading this answer where it mentions, "..it's a lens that can lose sharpness as it ages.." and was wondering if this is true and if yes, true for all lenses. Reasons as to why this happens and ...
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How to rate the optical quality of a used lens?

I've read that you can examine a lens for scratches and defects by holding the aperture ring at its lowest setting and shining a flashlight through the lens. When I do this, however, a lot of stuff ...
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How many optical aberration types are there in lenses? And what are they?

Everyone hears something about chromatic aberration but are there any other types? What causes them?
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How can these photos have so high quality?

Today, I ended up in a site showing famous people faces in a very first plane. I just got impressed by the quality those photos had. What do you think are the factors you have to tweak to reach that ...
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What are the standard tests available to quantify lens parameters?

In some of the questions I have asked here, some of the terms frequently used to describe the difference in image quality between the cheaper lenses and the premium ones have been increased contrast, ...
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How much different are the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 stabilized (VC) and non-stabilized versions?

I have seen these 2 lenses being suggested by many people across the site as general purpose zooms and an upgrade to the typical 18-55mm kit lenses. The price difference seems to be around $200 (~INR ...
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What's the base f-stop when counting an ideal f-stop for lens?

I've read a lot around this site that an ideal quality of the lens is achieved when using f-stop roughly 2 stops slower than the fastest value of the lens. Firstly, I'm not exactly sure what "2 stops"...
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Does “the same” lens, with different autofocus systems, have the same optical quality?

I'll give examples with Nikon only, but the question is pretty general. So, is this a fact or not? Examples: Nikkor 50/1.8G AF-S, Nikkor 50/1.8 AF-D and Nikkor 50/1.8 AF 70-300 AF and 70-300 AF-S ...
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What exactly “professional-grade” means in Nikon line of lenses?

I was researching a bit on Nikon 16-35mm f/4 lens. Both Nikon USA and India websites are silent about the build material of the lens barrel. There are a class of people, who either out of "frustration"...
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How to determine if a new lens is a subpar copy?

I have read some posts like the ones below about testing a lens to determine how well it performs optically. What I didn't see was anything on determining whether the lens performs as it should and is ...
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How does the Lensbaby Scout perform as a cheap fisheye lens?

I'm interested in the Lensbaby Scout since it seems like a cheap fish-eye option, but I am unsure how it performs. What about the lens's quality (build quality, image quality, and optical quality)?. ...
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Does the higher price lens always reflect better quality regardless of it being 3rd party or not?

When looking at various lenses you will see the camera manufacturer lenses made by the camera manufacturer. Then you will see other 3rd party lenses (Tamron, Sigma, etc). Does it pay to get the ...
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Since IQ is better at smaller apertures, and backgrounds can be blurred digitally, why not always shoot stopped down?

Is it correct to say that picture quality is better with small f number, but with very small DOF, this perfect quality degrades very quickly? So, is there any reason to shoot with wider aperture ...
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Maximum distance between the camera and a specified object when the object is still visible on the picture?

Theoretically, what is the minimum distance between the camera and an object, where the object begins to not be visible ? Suppose that a camera has f as focal distance and the sensor size 2/3" and the ...
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Why do camera phones have lenses of inferior quality?

I've heard that mobile phone cameras have lenses of inferior quality to those in DSLRs and point and shoot compact cameras. Is this true, and if so, why?
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Why can a lens still function when subject to severe physical degradation?

Consider the following two modifications to a camera lens: Obstructing the about 75% of the lens's front element with an opaque filter as shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43W159gPpdQ. ...
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Homogeneity of a filter, when does it matter?

I read a review of circular polarizing filters in www.lenstip.com and one of the tests is to judge the homogeneity of the filters. Quote from the test explanation page: Homogeneity is a ...
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Why picture quality decreasing with very big apperture? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is a “diffraction limit”? Why are my photos taken at f/11 less sharp than those taken at a wider aperture? I have made 3 landscape pictures with f/12, f/...