Spring 2012

Spring 2012
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If the focal plane is curved, should the outer AF points work correctly or front-focus?

Many (all?) lenses have a (slightly) curved focal plane. In general it's close enough to flat that you don't really notice it, but under certain conditions it may become apparent. As I understand it ...
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Will using a lens at max aperture (“wide open”) result in poor images?

I’m looking to add a second lens to my kit lens I got with my Nikon d7000. I have read several reviews on both the 35 and 50 mm lenses made by Nikon in particular that said using either lens at the ...
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What reduces blur from camera movement more: large aperture or image stabilisation?

In the reviews of lenses with image stabilisation systems there are quite often written the quality of its performance represented by the number of f-stops (2-4 f-stops). As far as I understand, it ...
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What is the benefit of a wide-aperture lens if you stop it down?

As an example, say you have two lenses: 300mm, f/2.8 being used at f/8 300mm, f/4 being used at f/8 My understanding is that by definition the amount of light coming through the aperture means that ...
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Which characteristics should a wide-angle lens have for astrophotography?

I'm looking to buy a wide-angle lens for astrophotography, specifically on a Canon 450D (Rebel XSi). Which characteristics should I be looking for in a lens?
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Are fast lenses only fast when shot wide open?

Given two lenses with different max apertures but the same size image circle (say, full frame on a Nikon FX DLSR camera) and taking shots at the exact shutter speed and focal length under the same ...
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How to precisely focus in self-portraiture with very wide aperture?

I've been trying to take some self-portraits, but I often have to struggle with the auto/manual focus. I don't miss by a lot, but I really want sharp focus in the eyes. I'm using a 50mm/1.8 around 2/...
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Better 10-22mm lens for Canon

The famous Canon 10-22mm lens is quite well-built. The image is sharp near the corners, and it has a fast auto-focus system. But unfortunately, it's aperture is relatively narrow... Would there be ...
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How can I make it easier to focus with my manual f/1.4 lens without making it worse for slower lenses?

I have a Canon 17-40mm f/4 and a Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens, and a Canon 6D. The problem is that when I'm trying to focus at f/1.4, the DOF in viewfinder is much wider than on the photo so it's much ...
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For sports photography, should I use image stabilization or a faster lens?

For sports, I know that a faster lens would usually be considered more important than image stabilization, but what if, after selecting your shutter speed, your camera is picking apertures that don't ...
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Which lens is sharper? The Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 or the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8?

Specifically: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro (not the previous non-macro version. HSM is only on Nikon fit) Vs. Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 SP XR Di II LD VC Lens (not the cheaper one without vibration ...
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What is a good rule of thumb to use large aperture for portraits vs showing more background?

I recently got a Canon 50mm and have found myself probably over-using the large apertures for portraits. I'm curious if anyone has a good rule of thumb for when to avoid it. My sense is that its ...