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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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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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Is overall light gathering of a lens only dependant on aperture?

My impression is that the aperture value of a lens determines its light gathering ability, but I'm not sure I understand how it works... When considering light gathering in telescopes, it is ...
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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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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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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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Why does wide angle lens adapter + large aperture make images blurry?

I have a kit 18-55mm lens on my Canon. I also have a .45 wide-angle lens that I use on the kit lens. The results are fairly sharp. When I try to use the .45 wide-angle lens on the 50mm @ f/1.4, it ...
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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 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 ...
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What are some good examples of using ND filter with wide apertures?

Usually pictures shot with ND filters look like this one. The typical recommendation is to combine ND filter with narrow aperture to get slower shutter speed. This results in a very big depth of ...
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In what kind of scenes does it make sense to use f/1.4 aperture?

I have been told that it is difficult to focus with an aperture of f/1.4. So, in which kind of scenes does it actually make sense to use the f/1.4? In portraits they say that it is important to keep ...
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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 ...