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What kind of lens to use to get sharp images of people from a distance?

I am looking to buy a new lens and want something that will produce sharp images of people from a distance. I currently have a 50mm prime lens and my close-up portraits are great - crisp and clear - ...
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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM or Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS?

I need a recommendation. I want to buy a telephoto lens and I don't know a lot about photography. I am looking at these 2 options: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM: Fixed lens. Fast (f/2.8). Effective ...
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Zoom or Prime Lens(es) for Wildlife Photography on Limited Budget (Nikon D500)

I am currently looking into purchasing some new lenses to accompany my shiny new Nikon D500 on a safari trip in a month. In the past, I have used a Sigma 150-500mm (purchased in 2009 - see here) with ...
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How do I diagnose the source of focus problem in a camera?

Probably a novice question, but how do I correctly diagnose from a photo for what reason that camera wasn't able to focus properly? It can be any 1 of the following Unsteady hand Lens issue Metering ...
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How fast can you shoot your normal (50mm equivalent) lens handheld, and without optical image stabilization?

How fast can you shoot your normal (50mm equivalent) lens handheld, and without optical image stabilization? I have had the FUJINON XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS for about two years now. I am very happy ...
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Why do my studio shoots usually end up fuzzy? [closed]

I have been into photography for about a year now. I am very grateful I can use a studio of the local photographer here. Together we have build a cyclorama wall and the photo shoots are going pretty ...
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Should I keep Image Stabilization (IS) off when I do not actually need it?

I own a Canon 7D and a EF-S 15-85 IS lens and I keep the image stabilization turned on all the time. Recently, an experienced photographer told me that this is a huge mistake because it reduces image ...
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Where does the ¹/shutter speed = focal length rule for hand shake come from?

The generally accepted rule of thumb is that the shutter speed must be the same or larger than the inverse of the focal length. As is, it seems that it makes no sense as is: On a 24 Mpixels full-...
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What should I look for in a lens to take zoomed-in photographs of jumping horses?

I have a Nikon D3000 with a Nikkor AF 18-55mm lens and a manual Nikkor 28-200mm lens that I use zoomed-in more than 90% of the time. I love, love, love close-ups of horses, especially athletic ones. ...
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When should ¹/EFL become ¹/(2 × EFL) to avoid camera shake

Where is the boundary when I should set my shutter speed to ¹ / (2 × EFL) instead of ¹ / EFL to avoid camera shake? (EFL = Equivalent 35mm Focal Length). Let's assume the lens has no image ...
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What is crop factor and how does it relate to focal length?

I'm reading that a 50mm lens is recommended as a first prime lens for DSLR owners as it's supposed to give a 'natural' perspective, but when used on (most) DSLRs, the view is cropped, as if you were ...
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Getting a sharp focus on a 50mm when the subject is at 5m - 10m [duplicate]

I'm a novice photographer with a 450D/XSi. I'm using a 50mm/1.8 prime lens to start out and I noticed that a lot of times my pictures end up not being sharp for stationary scenes. I was mostly using ...
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What is the difference with ED and IF-ED lens?

I am confused with the difference between Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm F/4-5.6G Telephoto Lens and Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S VR DX IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens Can some one clarify me on this?? Thanks ...
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Is there any difference in image stabilization in smartphone camera and DSLR camera?

Nowadays, there are a lot of smartphones which offer OIS in their camera. I wonder if there is any difference compared to the lenses in DSLR camera. And most DSLR lenses are rated 3-4 stop IS, how ...
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How can I take crisp sharp shots without an expensive lens?

Recently I bought my first DSLR camera. It is a beginner's one, a Sony Alpha A230 kit. To tell the truth, my shots are no more crisp than those I used to take with my old point and shoot Nikon Coolpix....

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