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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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What are the differences between the Nikon 55-300mm and Nikon 18-105mm lenses?

I bought a Nikon D5200 and I'm willing to go out of the kit lens. So I stumbled upon two lens that I can afford, but I don't know which one to pick because I'm still a beginner. Can you please tell me ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of zoom lenses with a wide range of focal lengths? [duplicate]

Are there some disadvantages of a zoom-lens with wide range focal length compare to a lens with narrow range both having the same max. aperture? For example, if we have two lenses: Sigma 18-55mm f4 ...
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How to fix Canon 17-40mm F4L loose zoom ring?

I bought a used Canon 17-40mm F4L a while ago, and I just noticed it had the Zoom Ring kind of loose and also a lot of my pictures that were taken at the widest were 19mm instead of 17mm
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How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom?

What is the rule to convert the 'mm' notation to the 'optical zoom' notation? I searched a bit and found this one: optical zoom = maximum focal length / minimum focal length For example a 18-55mm ...
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Can I mod binoculars to connect a T2 adapter (for EOS)?

I'm afraid of breaking my binoculars if I remove the eyepiece. I'm looking for a cheap way to get some zoom for a lower price than a celestial telescope.
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24-105 f4 vs 24-70 f2.8

I am looking for a secondary zoom lens for my Fashion Shoots. I'll be using the 50mm 1.4 as my primary go-to lens and the zoom for everything else. I was wondering which of those lenses perform better ...
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How can I use sigma zoom 100-300mm on my new Nikon D5100? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use a Sigma zoom 100-300mm lens on my new Nikon D5100? I tried fitting it but couldn't. Can you suggest an adaptor or something that I can fit into to use this lens on my Nikon ...
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Are prime lenses sharp across the whole frame while zoom lenses are soft in the corners?

Somebody told me that there is a difference in sharpness between a zoom lens vs. prime lens. A 58-200mm will give sharp focus in the center of the frame but blurry performance at the corners, while ...
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How to work out the base “zoom magnification” of a lens? [duplicate]

I've come from 3x Zoom magnification land and am having a hard time adapting to all these complex "mm" systems. I'm thinking about buying some lenses to enhance the range of zoom of my Sony A5000 ...
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Upgrading to a better quality camera before a wildlife-focused vacation [duplicate]

I'm sure this has been asked many times before, but anything would be helpful. I'm looking to upgrade from a standard point-and-shoot to a higher quality camera before a safari vacation. I was ...
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Why don't all zoom lenses have variable f-numbers? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the f-number is a ratio between the focal length and the aperture diameter. A zoom lens can change focal length, but shouldn't the maximum aperture be a fixed size? If so, that ...
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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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Can extension tubes be used to zoom in in pinhole / zone plate photography?

In a recent question it was stated that You cannot change the focal length of the zone, it is fixed and a characteristic of the physical dimensions of the camera As far as I know, focal length ...
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Comparing focal length [duplicate]

Hello I want to move from my compact camera to a dslr. I am fan of landscape photos so I want to buy an ultra-zoom lens. My camera supports 14x optical zoom. I know that for compact cameras it's just ...
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Why is my Canon 55-250 IS lens blurry at focal ranges beyond 100mm?

I recently purchased a used Canon 55-250mm IS lens and it works nicely at 55mm(even with lower shutter speed, and f/4 aperture), but turns out quite blurry at longer focal lengths, even with a shutter ...
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Why doesn't the zoom ring on my Vivitar 75-205mm lens turn?

I bought a Vivitar 75-205mm zoom macro lens for Minolta MD yesterday without paying much attention to the seller's details: I bought it as a gift to someone important for me. She only has a 35mm ...
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What difference is there between the 50mm in a zoom lens, a 50mm prime lens, and a 50mm macro?

I would like to know the differences between: 50mm prime lens 50mm in a zoom lens 50mm macro lens
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What is the difference between a telephoto lens and a zoom lens?

Looking at the product page for Nikon lenses, I notice a distinction between telephoto lens and zoom lens. What is the difference between the two? Why would I want one over the other? I wiki'd ...
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If the zoom number doesn't tell me magnification, what does? [duplicate]

I've read How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom?, and learned that the times-zoom number doesn't tell you much. So, how do you determine the magnification — the amount a lens ...
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Are compact cameras with a zoom lens safe from dust?

The only relevant "dust" references in my holiday camera manual are: Do not store or use the camera in locations that are: ... very humid or extremely dusty and Build up of dust in your ...
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Is it safe to zoom while taking a photo for the effect?

I have clicked some photos by using the trick of zooming in and zooming out with the lens while the shutter is open. All the photos came pretty cool and crazy. I am very happy with the effect, but I ...
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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 - How does it compare to binocular magnification?

I know almost nothing about photography. But I am interested in learning. My dad just purchased a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. I own a pair of Leica 10x50 binoculars. I asked him how the maximum zoom or ...
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What are the disadvantages of super-zoom cameras compared to binoculars?

Maybe it is clear from my question that I don't know much about lenses, both on binoculars and super-zoom cameras, for example I don't know how can I compare the light that enters a binocular with a ...
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Best all-around ~$600 standard zoom lens for Canon? [closed]

I have a Rebel T2i, I was wondering what standard zoom lens is the best around $600. I'm mainly shooting landscapes / cities / peoples. I've done some research and came up with 17-50, 18-55 from ...
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Lack of sharpness: is it me, or my zoom lens?

I am specifically talking about Nikon 24-70mm f 2.8 lens Here is the picture I took with that: And here is another one I took with my prime lens Nikon 85mm f 1.8 I think this one is sharper and ...
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How much zoom does a lens need to have before we call it a superzoom lens?

I've read that superzoom lenses have poor image quality, but how much zoom does a lens need to have before we call it a superzoom lens? 3x is certainly not a superzoom, while 10x probably is. ...
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What is the EF 28 - 105 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 lens best for?

I've been shooting for about a year now and am slowly acquiring lenses. I just bought two used on craigslist from someone who was getting rid of equipment. Canon EF 28 - 105 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 Canon EF ...
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Why doesn't exposure change when changing focal length?

With a Canon 550D camera and a Tamron 18-270 mm zoom lens, I tried to fix shutter time, aperture (f/8.0 to cover all zoom range), and ISO, so the exposure meter read 0.0 with 18 mm focal length and ...
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What criteria to consider to match cameras and lenses for shooting people at parties?

I normally don't like shooting people that much, because I like to experiment with settings, lenses etc. to get a result that I like, so it helps when the subject doesn't move (Mountains and buildings ...
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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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How to shoot a 220 yard photo with an 18-135mm lens

I recently bought a Canon T4i with the 18-135mm lens. I am interested in shooting some shots of a pair of eagles that are 200 yards behind my house. I am unable to zoom in clearly to make them fill ...
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How durable are zoom lenses?

I've heard that zoom lenses after some intensive usage become "sticky" and difficult to operate. What's the aproximate durability for a zoom lens like a Canon EF-S 18-135, shooting ca. 1000 - 2000 ...
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Do I need other camera lenses if I have an 18-200mm or other super-zoom?

I wanted to ask that once you have purchased a lens of say 18-200mm, then is it required to purchase other lenses — say 24-70mm, 24-105mm, 18-105mm, 28-135mm,etc. Does 18-200mm lens satisfy all the ...
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Can a lens be a zoom lens and a macro lens at the same time?

I am planning to buy an entry level SLR camera, mainly for use capturing macro and portrait photos. However, I'm a bit confused by this lens which is described as "Tamron AF 70 - 300 mm F/4-5.6 Di LD ...
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How do zoom, magnification, and focal length relate?

Zoom lenses and cameras with superzooms are often sold with a times ("×") zoom number — like a 12x zoom or 30x zoom. The question How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom? ...
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What is a pump zoom lens?

While browsing for cheap second hand lenses I found the Cosina 70-210mm f4.5-5.6. The seller notes that it's a pump zoom. Googling the term does yield some results, but these simply state that a ...
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How effective are the rear weather sealing rings on lenses?

I am kinda torn between buying a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, Nikkor 17-55 f2.8 and Sigma 17-50 f2.8 for my D3100 and D7100 cameras. The reason for confusion is that the Nikkor one has a weather sealing ring ...
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What's the difference between zooming in on a subject vs moving closer? [duplicate]

If I stand 10 feet away from a subject and I want a close up shot, I can either zoom in or I can physically move the camera as close as possible to the subject. Which one is a better practice, or is ...
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What is the best lens for taking photos of birds?

I was using a Panasonic Lumix, now I finally got a Canon EOS 60D, but I was used to that 18x zoom that my old camera has, because you can't get too close from the birds to take pictures, since they ...
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Why does this lens lose focus when you zoom in but not when you zoom out?

This is regarding the Sony 18-105 E-mount constant-aperture zoom. I took at photo at 18mm, focusing manually: I then zoomed to 105mm, and took another photo, keeping the same focus: Notice that ...
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What are the pros and cons of constant-aperture zoom lenses, for a relative beginner?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and I bought the Sony 18-105 F4 constant-aperture lens. I'm aware that the constant-aperture F4 gathers more light than, say a F3.5 - 5.6, and it gives you more control over the ...
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Difference between zoom and focal length? [duplicate]

Until now I thought that focal length is just another way of measuring how much a lens zooms: The higher the number the more it magnifies, the smaller the number the wider the angle and thus the less ...
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Is it normal for focal length to change while focusing?

When I change the focus distance on my Pentax 55-300mm lens, the focal length appears to change. More specifically, the lens appears to zoom in as I focus towards the minimum focusing distance. This ...
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What is the limiting factor of picture resolution?

What is the limiting factor? E.g (thought experiment) If we are 200m away from a tree (let's pretend it's perfectly stationary) and we take an exposure for a week, shouldn't we collect enough photons ...
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Sony 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAM (SAL1855) lens broken

I have a Sony 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAM (part no. SAL1855) lens that has taken a knock and the zoom ring is now stuck fast at 55mm and the focus ring doesn't want to pull all the way in. Are there any guides ...
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Fixed lens camera [closed]

I hardly ever use the zoom on my camera, and am considering getting a fixed lens as my next camera. I want to ask does anyone know the release schedule of fixed lens camera's, are there any decent ...
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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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Variable focal length for macro lenses?

True macro lenses come in fixed focal length. Are there any macro lensens which have variable focal lengths? And please explain why yes or why not?
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Why does the angle of view narrow as you zoom in? [duplicate]

Why does a 4mm lens have a wider angle of view than an 8mm lens ?
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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 ...