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An optical 'zoom' or 'variable focal length' lens is one that has a range of focal lengths at which it can operate. "Digital zoom" is a technology which simulates optical zoom by cropping the image.

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How to fix a zoom lens that is sticky at a particular focal length?

I have the Canon 18-55mm lens. When I zoom out from 55mm to 18mm, the lens works fine until 22mm, where it seems to be stuck and you must then use a bit more force. I saw in many sites that this is ...
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How do you choose among different 70-300mm lens for Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D5100 and it's my first dSLR. I've played with the kit lens for a while and now want to explore the zoom category. I've shortlisted these 70-300mm lenses: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor ...
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Canon 16-35 f/2.8L II zoom ring noise

I just bought this lens. Out of the box, it makes a little noise while turning the zoom ring left and right (different from the other lenses I have, almost a metallic kind of noise). It looks like ...
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Why prefer the 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses vs 18-200mm?

There seems to be a preference for to have the 18 mm - 55 mm 55 mm - 250 mm lenses, but no mention of why they're better than a single 18-200mm. Could someone please explain why the two separate ...
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How close can a Nikon 1 J1 with 30-110mm lens “zoom in” to a shot?

I am trying to decide which camera to buy. Have looked into both the Nikon Coolpix P100 and 1 J1, and feel that the 1J1 is more adaptable, and has many features that I'd like to enjoy. But, I'm ...
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When focusing at max zoom, focus is lost after zooming out. Is that normal?

On my Canon kit lens, I could completely zoom in, focus on the object and then zoom out to take the picture with the object still in focus. Now I have a Sigma 18-200mm (with a Canon 600D) and that ...
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Do all telephoto zoom lenses backfocus on the wide angle end?

I’ve just gone through a round of testing with two telephoto zooms, on two different cameras, and both appear to have significant back focus issues at the 70mm end. I just had the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 ...
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How does the Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 compare to Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM?

I am looking to buy a good walk around lens for t3i to finally upgrade from my kit lens. My current preference is Canon 15-85. however I am wondering if I should get Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8. I am ...
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What is the best Canon Telephoto Zoom Lens for $600-650?

I intend to expand my lens arsenal for my Canon 650D. Already have the kit lens 18-55mm and the UWA Tokina 11-16mm 2.8. My next objective is to get a telephoto zoom lens in the range $600-650. ...
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Are modern telephoto zooms so improved that they're not a big tradeoff vs primes? [duplicate]

I am looking for a good amateur telephoto lens for Nikon DSLR. It's main purpose will be sport shots. Back when I learned photography with film SLR, a fixed focal lens was significantly better than a ...
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Is a small amount of play on the Fujifilm X-E1 mount normal?

I have a brand new Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55 zoom. The lens has the barest amount of play once mounted, rotating back and forth less than a half millimeter if I twist it firmly. I've had old Nikon film ...
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What differentiates a Canon standard zoom from an ultra-wide angle zoom?

I was checking the Canon website and found that the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is a "standard" zoom lens, whereas the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM is described as an "ultra-wide" Zoom. Is there ...
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slr 100mm to 300mm vs 10x 20x [duplicate]

SLR zoom capacity is described in term of mm instead of x like 4x, 8x etc. What is the difference? How can we convert mm into x.
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Nikon DSLR and optical Zooming [duplicate]

I want to buy a professional camera like Nikon D300. I googled a lot but did not overcome the following dubs. 1) I want a high optical zooming camera. In DSRL specification no zooming is specified. ...
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Why is depth of field minimised at the max focal length of a zoom lens?

I am using Nikon D7000 with 18-105. I have read people saying to get images with the minimum depth of field, the lens should be at its maximumum focal length, in this case at 105mm. However at 105mm ...
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Should a Nikon 18-55 lens zoom automatically?

I have purchased a Nikon D5000 camera with 18-55 from eBay. The lens focuses automatically, but should the lens also zoom automatically or is this controlled manually by the zoom ring.
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Canon 24-105 vs 70-200 within the same range

I'm interested about shooting within the ~70-100mm range. I found out on google shop that these two lenses are priced $750[24-105mm, new] and $550 [70-200mm, new], respectively. Which one do you ...
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What is zoom multiplication based on?

When a camera says that it has, for example, a 10x optical zoom, what exactly is that 10x based on? Is it the angle of view of the human eye, the focal length of the camera, or what?
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Is it normal for the zoom to be loose on a Sony 18-250 lens?

I have the Sony 18-250mm lens. The lens is so loose that it doesn't keep a focal length, but slides down to the fullest extension with minimal downward slope. Is this standard or should I see a ...
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How to get focal length from a camera specification which gives a value like “4.5-22.5”?

I am using a Sony W520 camera. The specifications mention Focal Length (f= mm) 4.5-22.5. What number should I take? The lower value or the higher? And if not both of them, then how to calculate actual ...
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What is the meaning of W and T on a camera's zoom buttons?

On every conventional digital camera (excluding the models with detachable lenses), there are buttons to zoom in and out with W side and T side. When you press W, the lens zooms out. The lens zooms ...
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What level of zoom lens comes with a new Canon EOS 1100D?

I am a complete newbie to DSLRs. I am planning on buying a Canon EOS 1100D SLR with Kit (EF S18-55 IS II). (It's also known as the Canon Rebel T3.) I have a 10x optical zoom in my Point and Shoot ...
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Is the zoom (18-55mm) of my Nikon D3000 broken?

I've been having troubles with the zoom of the camera. I can only set the level from 18 to 24 when I used to be able to choose what ever value I wanted (between 18 and 55mm of course!!). The 'zoom ...
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How many moving elements in a Canon A490?

I got mugged a few days ago, but got my camera back in the end. Bonus: I got some sand too. I now have the camera in pieces, cleaning them as I go along, and the lens barrel extends and retracts ...
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Why does calculated distance of an object in an image vary when zooming?

I would like to calculate the distance of an object from my camera, so i used the formula given in this question and I got a very good answer, but I've found that when I zoom and take the picture and ...
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Is it normal for the Fujifilm HS25 to have high resistance to zoom?

I bought the 35mm "dslr emulator" on a trial basis. Attracted to hand-zoom lens as motorized zoom is the "weak link" (in terms of camera mean time between failure) on motorized non-dslrs (where entire ...
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Can I make my Canon dslr instantly zoom to 1:1 after shooting a picture?

When you shoot a photo, your picture is displayed onscreen. It's said to be possible to zoom in the picture, but pressing the zoom buttons do not zoom but activate their second function. So is it ...
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Macro mode: Should I make sure the lens is all zoomed out?

It appears that on most compact digital cameras, the macro mode (flower symbol) works best (or only) when the zoom lens is at the widest setting (comparable to e.g. 35 mm). What is the reason? ...
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What is the conversion between focal length and times zoom? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I convert lens mm to optical zoom times? What is the conversion between focal length in mm (e.g. 50mm) and x zoom (e.g. 20x) commonly used in compact cameras? Is ...
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Best all round zoom lens for D3100?

New to DSLR photography and would like some advice. What would be a good all round lens for the Nikon D3100? I have got the 18-55 one from the kit, any recommendations? Also are there any other items ...
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Should my flash zoom match my lens focal length or its 35mm equivalent?

I have a camera with an APS-C sized sensor. Should my flash zoom match my lens's actual focal length or its 35mm equivalent? I am hoping that someone can shed some scientific light to this matter.
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24mm f2.8 vs 24-85 f3.5-f4.5 (Nikon)

I have a 17-50 f2.8 zoom (Tamron) and while it performs admirably, it is heavy. So I was thinking of a 24mm f2.8 prime, when I also read up on the 24-85 f3.5-4.5 (non-VR) AFS lens. Here's the ...
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What do I need in order to mount my zoom lens onto a tripod?

I just purchased a cheap Opteka zoom lens and it is super long -- over two feet when fully elongated. It has built-in a tripod mount and I have no idea how to use it. I currently own a Vanguard ...
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What is cheapest way to get a 10-20× zoom range on a Nikon D5100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I decide on a camera/lens with high zoom range? There are a lot of relatively cheap ~ 300$ (with body) consumer cameras with mega-zoom features — i.e. lenses with ...
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Max aperture on zoom lenses - stepwise or linear?

When zooming with lenses without a fixed max aperture, the change in aperture* that the camera displays is stepwise, usually in steps of thirds. But, is the max aperture really the same all the way as ...
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What are the differences between the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and the one that isn't IS II?

On Amazon, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras is $2500 whereas the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras is a mere $1400. ...
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Why is the Canon MP-E 65mm F/2.8 Macro Lens not called a zoom?

The Canon MP-E 65mm works differently than my other macro lenses. Compare: With a standard 35mm macro, I can frame first and then adjust focus which only changes framing very slightly with. With the ...
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Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM or Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS to replace a broken kit lens?

I'm looking to upgrade the 18-55 kit lens I got with my 450D. I finally settled choosing between these two. Which one would you get and why? I do mostly amateur photography on my spare time, trips ...
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Does image quality on compact cameras degrade when zooming in?

I have a Panasonic Lumix LX5 which I find generally produces good photos. However I have noticed on numerous occasions that the image quality when at the limit of the optical zoom (not using the ...
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How does the Tamron 55-200mm LD macro lens compare to the Canon 55-250mm IS?

I have a Canon 1100d, the standard 18-55mm lens kit, and the 50mm f1.8 lens. I want to buy a zoom lens as I would like to be able to get closer to far away subjects. I have been looking at both the ...
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Are prime lenses sharper than normal or telephoto zoom lenses?

Example: The prime lens Nikon 1.4F G is said to be very sharp at F3.5. So, if I compare that with the normal or telephoto zoom lens's F3.5, will the level of sharpness be same? If no, then will the ...
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What is the technical difference between focus and zooming?

This may look like a silly question but I don't know what the difference between zooming and focusing is. Zooming in will usually let me have fewer subjects in the scene while zooming out will allow ...
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Why does my aperture setting change as I zoom on my DSLR kit lens?

I am new to the photography field, there are few things which I am not able to understand. I am playing around with my Nikon D90 along with its kit lens (18-105mm). While reading about Depth of ...
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How good is Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens

Planning to buy this lens for my D-90, but not sure how good it is, though i have narrow down my search based on budget constraint. But i have read that it has given good results for wildlife ...
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What is the technical name for a zoom lens which has a fixed maximum aperture?

What is the technical name for a lens which has the same maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range?
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Why push/pull zoom is not widespread?

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM has a push/pull zoom mechanism instead of a zoom ring. Other lenses, like the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF released in 1988 use this type of zoom too, but the ...
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When you zoom in with a lens on an SLR why does the lens go in then out?

I guess this is more a question of optics than photography but I just got an SLR with a basic 18-55 lens. I noticed that when going from 18 to 55 or 55 to 18 the lens physically comes back in and ...
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Can anyone show me an example of Zoom Creep on Nikkor lenses?

Looking for some pictures which certainly demonstrating this problem on Nikkor lenses. I am about to purchase the lens and want to be able to distinguish.
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How important is optical zoom in snapshot cameras?

I want to buy a new snapshot camera. Because i want a new one with geo-tagging, I haven't such a great choice. So the following three cameras are my favorites: ...
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Is the used Nikon Nikkor 18-200mm lens I bought broken?

I bought the 18-200mm Nikon lens used through a reputable vendor through the mail. I purchased insurance just in case the lens did not work or was damaged in shipping. I'm not a professional but I ...