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Questions tagged [lens]

A photographic lens is used to focus the light onto film or a digital sensor. Many cameras have interchangeable lens systems, allowing the photographer to choose the type of lens to use.

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4 “Pentax” Bayonet lenses without a Bayonet camera

I just dug out 4 lenses out of the closet with my old film Pentax. I have the following: Promaster AF100-400MM F4.5-6.7 Albinar Macro Zoom 80-200MM f3.9 Quantaray 70-210Mm F4-5.5 Quantaray 35-80MM ...
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Why is a lens darker than other ones when applying the same settings?

I own a Nikon D500 DSLR, with a Nikkor 16-80 mm 1:2,8-4E ED VR lens. I noticed that this lens, when applying exactly the same settings (same ISO, same aperture, for instance F8.0, same Shutter speed, ...
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Is 35mm on a cropped sensor good for fashion photography?

I am quite amateur with a camera but I want to become good in fashion photography. A top model has agreed for a photo-shoot for free and in return she wants me to make a portfolio. We are planning to ...
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Can I adapt my 38mm auxillary lens microscope to use more widely available 42mm ones?

I have a Bausch and Lomb/Leica StereoZoom 4 microscope that I would like to use for microsoldering and occastional photos. Unfortunately, it only has 10X eye pieces and no auxillary lenses or ...
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How were pictures turned from film to a big picture in a picture frame before digital scanning?

How did people after taking a picture with film and doing the chemical processes, get that small film image to become a big picture that could be framed and hung before the invention of a digital ...
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What defines an “objective”?

I'm not experienced in photography and would like to get some knowledge about the terminology. My question is: What defines an objective? Or: When would you define something as an objective? I mean, ...
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Which lense to buy [on hold]

I would like to buy another lenses for my Nikon D3500, I’m looking to get a wide angle lens, I have a 18-55mm lense and 70-300. I’ve been asked to take photos of a office but I need to have a wide ...
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Why is Nikon 1.4g better when Nikon 1.8g is sharper?

I am new to photography (just 3 to 4 months of experience) and I am looking to buy a new lens (either 35mm or 50mm, but mostly 35mm because I have already decided Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for ...
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Does anybody know what these bright curved lines are?

Shot with the Zeiss 35 2.8 on my A7iii. Any input is much appreciated! Also, here is some other shots I did, with some other settings too.
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Focus Issues Using a C mount Filter on a CS Lens

I'm trying to use the Arducam 8mp with CS mount with a 25.4 C-Mount Filter, but I am unable to focus the picture. The filter fits perfectly and still leaves room for the lens to screw in. It says in ...
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After market mods for the Petzval 85 Lomography lens?

So I bought a Petzval 85 Lomography lens second hand. It has a Canon EF mount. Before I bought it I checked that there were EF to MC/MD mount (my camera) adapters. A quick google showed they are ...
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Hasselblad 250mm mounted on my nikon full frame camera… what's it's effective focal length?

Hasselblad lens was made for 120 or 220 roll film... if I successfully mount it to a full frame 35mm camera, how long is the lens? What it's effective focal length? I just don't know the math... ...
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Can there be any issues in using Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH with Oly OMD10 mark 2? [duplicate]

I plan to get Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH for Olympus OMD10 mark 2. Should I expect any reduction in performance since I am not using Lumix lens on Lumix camera? I googled but did not find any concrete ...
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Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH vs Olympus M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

I want to understand what are the advantages of Olympus M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 over Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH because Panasonic is twice as cheap. Looking at specs those are pretty much the same ...
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Good lens for D800E for outdoors and travel

I almost don't know anything about lenses and cameras and photography, I just have D800E camera and I want to buy a lens that I can shoot photos of my family in travel. I have "Nikon AF FX DC-NIKKOR ...
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Canon 50mm 1.8 lens not autofocusing on *one* camera

I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens than when attached to my 100d doesn't autofocus. I presumed the motor had gone on the lens, as it had previously worked fine A friend has recently let me ...
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How to fix balsam separation?

How can balsam separation between glued elements be fixed? I'm planning to try to fix a couple lenses because what else am I going to do with them? It's about looking nice, optimizing image quality, ...
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Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F/1.2 vs Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH Power O.I.S

How much of a difference these two lenses will make in photo quality and what will be the difference? I am a newbie in photo and I am looking to invest in a nice lens for 4/3 that has max features in ...
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“Stack of Primes” vs “Honorary L” – How do these two 35-105mm f/3.5 lenses compare?

In the film era, which lenses people choose depends on which cameras they have (or vice versa). Nowadays, with mirrorless cameras and adapters, people can use nearly any manual lens they want with ...
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Travel walkabout lens for a Canon 5d mark iii

I recently upgraded my camera to a Canon 5d mark iii and now my kit 18-55mm lens no longer fits. I’m looking for a general, travel, walk about, portrait and landscape lens. I was thinking a 24-70mm ...
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After market lens for Yi 4k+ action cameras

I have a Yi 4k+ action camera and I'm about to travel overseas on vacation. I want to replace the standard lens which i believe is 150 degrees POV as it has too much distortion. Pixaero makes after ...
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Washed out, low contrast pictures on 35mm

I've been shooting film for a while on a Pentax K-1000. I usually use Portra 400, I always develop at the same lab and I always refrigerate my film, but recently I got back a batch of pictures that ...
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What is the Angle of View of the iPhone XS rear camera?

What is the angle of view of the wide-angle iPhone XS rear camera? I tried searching for this information on google, but I was unable to find a specific number (just that wide-angle lenses are ...
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What is black substance on inner surface of front lens element?

I've noticed a old few lenses have some type of black substance (residue, coating, or powder) on some of the elements, especially the inner surfaces between the first and second element. The substance ...
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How to take wedding photos [duplicate]

I am photographing a wedding party in a small window less room what lighting and lens would be best used
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What is the design reason for the huge price gap in APS-C 16-x0 small zooms, from kit to next better option?

Sony is a good example here, there is the very inexpensive kit SELP1650 and the many times more expensive SEL1670Z (which seems to be of disputed quality advantage looking at some reviews) ... and not ...
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STM Lenses working for Canon Rebel T7/ Canon 2000D?

I want to buy a lens for my new camera and everyone says that STM or USM Lenses are the best choices but also they said STM and USM lenses will not work for Canon Rebel T7/ 2000D ! is this correct?
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Is it normal for EF 24-105/4L IS to autofocus when switched to manual focus?

I'm using a Canon 6D mark II. I recently got a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L. I wanted to try using manual focus, so I switched the lens to manual focus, but it keeps auto focusing when I half press shutter ...
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Question regarding name of style of photo

So, I am currently building a website and it's partially photogenic, therefore, I need really clean photos. I was looking for a style that would fit what kind of photos express who I am and what I am ...
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Does crop factor affect quality? [duplicate]

I've heard about this crop factor on DSLRs, and I was curious : does a shot affected by the crop factor damage the quality of the shot (lower resolution or lower overall quality) ? To be honest I don'...
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What are the disadvantages of the new Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 versus Sony's current 85mm offerings?

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 is a relatively new lens and there don't seem to be any comparisons between it and the 85mm lineup that Sony currently offers. I get that's it's a manual focus lens, but I am ...
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How should a Dandelion chipped lens behave on a Nikon F5?

I’m running two Nikkor Ai lenses with dandelion chips on a Nikon D800. Both work great. I’ve recently started using a Nikon F5 film camera. The same lenses don’t give any aperture readout or ...
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what does f 22 do if lens only shuts down to 6.3 [duplicate]

what happens when I dial in an f stop of 22 on my old canon xti using a 200mm telephoto 3.5 - 6.3?
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Should change body or glass [duplicate]

ive been using a nikon d3100 body and the stock lense that came with it. ive been looking at new bodys, but ive also been looking at lenses. the body ive been looking at is 24 mp opposed to the 14 on ...
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How do apertures which seem too large to physically fit work? [duplicate]

A 400mm f4.0 lens is supposed to have a maximum aperture diameter of 10cm. Looking at such a lens they don't seem big enough to fit that kind of aperture including all the mechanics for control inside ...
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Canon Rebel T5 DSCR zoom lens recommendation [closed]

I am going on an Antartica cruise and want to take long distance photos from my balcony and want a zoom lens that won't kill my budget (can't afford those $2,000 lens'). Would appreciate any ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Soligor?

There are Soligor-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Soligor encoded the manufacturer in the serial number, so in principle, I just need to find a list of ...
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What is the difference between the various image-stabilized Canon 18-55mm lenses? [duplicate]

I'm looking at buying a new 18-55mm lens as the one that came with my 4000D doesn't have image stabilisation, which I really need. It seems like canon have made many EF-S lenses over time that all ...
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What lenses other than MD can I use with a Minolta XG-7 camera with an adapter?

I recently bought a Minolta xg-7 camera at a thrift store. The store only had the body available but it was so cheap that I thought I could by a lens separately. I have found a few MD mount lenses ...
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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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Using Nikon PS-4 bellows to copy 35mm negs

I want to digitize my old b&w negs, and have an old PS-4 bellows unit to use on my Nikon D5200, an SLR with a DX format sensor. My PS-4 manual predates DX, and shows a table with lenses from 20mm ...
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Is it a fungus or something else?

the following picture is from my dad's Konica Hexanon f/1.7. Would you call the white layer a fungus, haze, dust or something different? Thanks
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Travelling, Need a new lens [closed]

I am travelling at the end of this year so I want to use this time to save for a lens. I have the Canon 5D MKIII and when I stopped photography for a while due to other commitments I sold my other ...
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What is cause of spots in image taken with dusty Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm ED VR II? [duplicate]

Dust or pollen inside this lens is common problem so I finally removed the front element and cleaned it, but even after this procedure I have the very same specks in a video as before. So I guess it's ...
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Is Canon 50mm f/1.2 with Canon EOS 80D suitable for portraits, landscapes, travel/nightlife photography?

I'm purchasing my first DSLR camera (Canon 80D) in a few weeks. I want to use it mostly for portraits, landscapes, travel/nightlife shots. I've come across the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, and wanted to know ...
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Does field of view change for different lens model for the same focal length?

I am using two lenses - Tamron 75-250mm F/3.8-4.5 Model 104A and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm. When shot with lenses set to 250mm of focal length, the field of view for the Tamron lens is greater than the ...
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Looking for a travel lens for Canon 5D MKIII [closed]

I've decided to change my style of photography and I'm more interested in doing travel photography and landscape. Im stuck between getting the 16-35 f4 IS and the 24-70 F2.8 MKII. Which one should I ...
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How can a lens produce better (or worse) colors than another one?

So I was looking the Lomography Lomogon 32/2.5 Lens, which looks pretty cool. However in the copy they claim that it produces images with great color. Now if the lens glass is slightly tinted, then ...
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Stuck lens off - scared to reattach another lens

I managed to get my 50mm lens off my camera (it was stuck) and it looks like one of the lens pins was broken. I'm scared to reattach another lens. Was it the camera body that was making the lens stuck ...
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Why does some lenses have red focus points on their focus rings? [duplicate]

A typical lens have white focus indicators on their lenses [5m 50m and infinity] but some have red points for 85m and farther and some lenses have a red curve instead of numbers. What are these red ...