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What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?

I just saw a Leica M9 priced at 6995 USD, and a Leica M8 at 6295 USD. This is similar to the price for a high-end Nikon D3X or a Canon 1D Mark IV. So, I am trying to compare the specs, but can't get ...
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Is it physically possible to build a long zoom (17-300 mm for example) at an aperture value of around 1.4 or 1.2?

I'm curious if the physics allow a company to build such a lens of course with good IQ, minimal color aberration, maximum sharpness, and little to none lens vignetting or edge softness
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What is an ultra-wide lens?

What is the point at which a lens is considered "ultra-wide angle" vs just wide angle?
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What's a nifty-fifty?

In the comments on Who, or what, is an "Uncle Bob"?: ... it does have a place amongst the terms and slang used by photographers (nifty-fifty is another example, if you're versed in ...
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Retrofocus lens? What's that?

I saw that in Why do some people prefer 50mm to 35mm prime lenses, even for a crop sensor? , in @MattGrum's answer: ... The 50mm is a simpler design compared to the retrofocus 35mm ... What's ...
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Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made?

Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made? By ulta-wide angle I mean anything under 24mm equivalent, although ideally I'd be after something around 12mm. I'd prefer something ...
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Does a large mount diameter really allow design advantages for large aperture lenses?

To keep the conversation simple, please focus only on native lens design for the mount. So with the recent Nikon mirrorless announcement, Nikon has been touting the bigger mount. I am no expert in ...
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Are there any Canon EF-S prime lenses or tele-zooms?

Canon is supposed to have introduced the EF-S system for the APS-C cameras to make smaller\lighter lenses and keep the costs low. However, most of their EF-S lenses are general purpose zooms in the ...
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Is there construction-agnostic term for a lens with a long focal length?

Turns out that telephoto refers to a specific construction of a long-focal-length lens, i.e., one where the lens is physically shorter than the focal length. Is there a generic term for referring to ...
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What are the comparisons between the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II lens vs the TS-E 45mm f/2.8?

I'm not sure which one suits best my needs. However, I am curious to know why the 24mm is a lot more expensive, given that it is a f3.5. Perhaps, the maximum aperture does not matter very much with TS ...
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Below which focal length are lenses considered to be wide angle?

Focal length is the only factor that decides whether a lens is described as being normal or wide angle. Below which focal length are lenses considered to be wide angle? Is this focal length the same ...
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Why doesn't Nikon offer a low-priced wide-angle, low light lens — and what are my alternatives?

I mostly do macro photos of plants, and for that purpose I have the excellent Micro NIKKOR 105mm. However, occasionally I go to dance parties and try to photograph people dancing. There are three ...
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Compare Canon 16-35mm II and 14mm II in terms of image quality

I've got several primes (200mm f2, zeiss 100mm, 85mm f1.2, 35mm f1.4) and the Canon 16-35mm ii lens. My problem with this lens is that compared to the primes I have, I feel that the image quality of ...
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Which wide-angle lens for Nikon? [closed]

I have a Nikon D70 and my better half has a Nikon D3000. She uses a 18-55mm lens (I think) and I have a Nikon 18-200mm lens which I love. We are going to Peru next year and I would like to get a wide-...
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How can I increase the flange focal distance (back focal length) of DSLR lens?

I am working on a custom setup where I am using a DSLR lens (Canon 50mm f/1.8) to project an image onto an image sensor (image plane). For my application, I require a very large distance between the ...

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