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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70-200mm lens: Canon or Sigma? f/2.8 or f/4?

I was thinking of buying a Canon EF 70-200m f2.8 mk1 (I would love to buy mk2 but here's a noticable difference in price, at least in my country), but after awhile I came to the conclusion that this ...
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Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6 USM or 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS lens?

I am getting a deal on a Canon T3 cam with 18-55mm kit lens and I have choice of one extra lens: 75-300mm f4-5.6 and 55-250mm f4-5.6. I generally like to shoot street, abstract and nature photos and I'...
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Telephoto Zoom lens for Canon EOS 250D

I have a Canon EOS 250D with the basic lens kit 18-55mm. I am looking to purchase a telephoto zoom lens, not over the top price wise, but good enough to give me sharp impressive pictures for wildlife ...
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K10D poor focus - manual or auto - with full-frame zoom lens

I'm getting very poor focus particularly at the long end of an 80-320mm tele lens that I am using with my Pentax K10D. The lens was originally bought for my 35mm Pentax SLR (maybe an MZ5 or something, ...
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Origin of the sound / noise made by some stabilized lenses?

It has been reported that some lenses with VR (Vibration Reduction), IS (Image Stabilization) and lenses with OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) produce some noise. On Canon and Nikon lenses, noise ...
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How do I upvote you guys? [migrated]

I really appreciate everyone who reached out to me and are helping me make a lens choice. I want to upvote you all, but it's not recording my clicks. The fact that you spent your precious time (time ...
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What's the best Nikon lens for jewelry photography?

I am beginner, I am planning to do some silver and gemstone jewelry shoot for my wife. I have a Nikon Z6. What’s the best lens I can use for this purpose. I have a kit lens 24-200/4-6.3. I have plans ...
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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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My DSLR's autofocus doesn't work after I dropped it — how can I narrow down the problem?

If I try to focus by the shutter button the image doesn't change, even in live view (and I'm not be able to shot a picture). But if I hold the "AE-L/AF-L" button and click the shutter button I'm able ...
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How can I repair a broken lens?

The lens is a Canon EF-S 18-55mm. I recently dropped my camera from the tripod falling over while I was recording, now the camera won't AF and MF is very hard. It gets stuck easily when I try to MF ...
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How do I select a fixed lens for my APS-C sensor camera for a specific field of view/zoom

I have a camera that's been set up for a very specific application: it's a mirrorless Sony alpha 6000, with the lens that came with the camera: The Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Zoom Lens. I ...
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Can I use a EF lens with a EF-S camera?

I have a canon 760D. It has a EF-S lens mount. Am I able to use a EF lens with my camera?
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Rodenstock Sironar N Compatibility

Is the Rodenstock Sironar N 240mm F5.6 MC compatible with LF 4X5 camera ? Should I have any concerns ?
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Misfunction of Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 on manual focus?

I have a Canon T3i (600d) and two lenses: EF-S 18-135mm and EF 50mm f/1.8. While working with manual focus, I can shoot out of focus (on purpose) with the 18-135 (as expected). But with the EF 50mm, ...
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Why doesn't lens focus after turning focusing ring while set to autofocus?

My brother tried my new camera and was turning the focusing ring quite harshly on auto focus. (50mm canon lens) I’ve read multiple similar questions but nothing is quite what I mean. Ever since my ...
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Identifying full frame lens [closed]

I have a D7100 with three lens, a Nikon SWM VR ED IF 077, a Nikon SWM 058 and a Sigma DC 072. I am considering moving to a full frame Nikon and trying to identity if all or any of my lens are ...
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Why does my Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm seem to be more zoomed in at 200mm than my AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm? [duplicate]

Looking for some input experience here. I have a Nikon D3300 and the following lenses: 18-55 VR kit 55-200 VR 18-200 VR 35mm fixed I primarily use the 18-200 lens out of convenience but was doing ...
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Sigma 70-300mm macro or nikon 55-200mm vr ii

I currently have a Nikon d3200 and am trying to decide between these two lenses. I understand the sigma can only manual focus on my camera. Im mostly looking to shoot wildlife , landscape or other far ...
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UV and haze lens for Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Looking for UV and CPL lens for this camera. As far as I am aware the supplied lens is 58 mm. Offers seem to have either 58 mm lens sets from Fotover etc. or 67 mm lens form Neewer etc. I assume for ...
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Does the Nikon 35-70mm really equal the newer 24-70mm in image quality and sharpness?

I am planning to buy a AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, but I saw a second hand 35-70 f/2.8 AF in a store nearby. I did some research and I stumbled upon Ken Rockwell's 35-70 review, in which he states: ...
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Can anyone help identifying this (close-up or what) lens?

T-mount on one side and something strange (similar to Arri PL? on the other)?
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How to reduce shake at high focal lengths {2600mm-3900mm with adapters} when on a tripod?

I have a Nikon DIGITAL DSLR 650 1300mm zoom lens. In honour of this, I bought a Zomei tripod which is of good quality but even so, the slightest breath of wind makes the lens shake, and at such high ...
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How to calculate height of camera and ground coverage via geometry?

I have a GoPro7 that I will mount on a pickup vehicle to capture ground images with video capture. The camera isn't top down but has about 20 (or 30) degrees inclination from the vertical axis. I want ...
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Can I put different lenses with a lens adapter on a point and shoot?

I have the Nikon L830 advanced point and shoot camera. It's not a DSLR. Can I put a different lens with a lens adapter on my camera? I want to do that to have more control on the focus and the depth ...
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How to read a lens spot diagram?

How to read such a lens spot diagram?
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Tokina AT-X 120 Pro DX AF 11-20mm f/2.8 vs Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX

for my Canon 80D am looking for a wide angle fast lens. Am considering the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8. Am confused though as I have found online two different names with apparently the same specifications. ...
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Can a Teleconverter be used to extend a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, a standard 18-55mm and Sigma 70-300mm lens without IS. Is it true that a teleconverter cannot be used with my Sigma lens? Can it be used only with block lenses, or is there any ...
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What is the most compact camera/lens setup with movements?

I want to try perspective control and I'm good with using film (large format too) or digital camera (full-frame) to do that. What is the most compact option, which can be used while traveling?
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Does the QX1 support passive lenses?

I'm just starting to get into photography and got a used Sony QX1 and the 16-50 kit lens. Now I'm looking to extend my glass collection. I've read that to use lenses without any electrical connections,...
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Canon EOS R or R5 with EF-S lens

Next month, I will buy a canon EOS R5 for concert photography. I will be short on money for some months or even a whole year because of this investment. I have a lot of EF-S lenses and some EF lenses ...
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How can I seal the sticky rubber on an aging Sigma lens?

I have been gifted an old Sigma lens from around the early 90s, but as is common with the soft-touch rubberised coating on lenses of this age, the material has started to degrade and has become sticky....
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Which lens should i choose for bokeh while video streaming?

I don't understand this lens topic. I watched so many videos and now i have more questions. I have a Canon M200 for streaming. I want nice bokeh effect for my background and silence auto focus. ...
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Which lenses should be included in a travel photography kit?

On a crop sensor camera, e.g. Canon EOS 7D, what would be the best kit to travel with around Europe for a few weeks? My shooting style will focus on landscape, architecture, and general travel shots (...
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How do I fix a stuck zoom ring on Nikon 18-55mm AF-S?

I have a Nikon D3100. The zoom ring on the lens that came with the camera is stuck. The lens is a AF-S NIKKOR DX, 18-55mm. Is is broken, or just stuck and is there anything I can do "unstick" it. ...
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Which is the better lens: Canon 28-80 USM I, 28-70 f/3.5-4.5 II or 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 II?

I own a Canon 6D and I need a general purpose zoom but I can't afford to buy an L lens, even an used one. I've read here about 28-80 USM I and 28-70 f/3.5-4.5 II. The author claims that those lenses ...
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What lens do I need to do super-close-up macro shots?

I really like to take pictures of insects, close up...get their eyes, their hair, or the texture on my bearded dragons toenails, etc. I've used a 28-135 (on a canon 7d) at 135 and just gotten as ...
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Lens for shooting paintings with Canon 550d

I am purchasing a Canon 550d primarily to document my fiance's artwork for archival purposes. I would like to know what lens or lenses you would recommend in order to minimise distortion. I will be ...
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What should I do when my D3400 aperture is stuck no matter what lens I use?

I have a D3400 and recently I haven't been able to change the aperture on any of my lenses in manual mode. I have lenses with aperture rings and if I set the aperture to anything below the largest ...
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How can I do 4x5 rise/fall movements with super wide angle lenses?

I'm looking for super wide angle lenses, ideally 50mm and below. I'm only interested about decent rise/fall movements because I do mostly architecture, and I'd like to be very close to the subject. ...
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Can any MFT lenses be turned into a practical object-space telecentric macro lens by reversing?

The micro four thirds specifications originally want lenses to be image space telecentric if possible. It seems that some MFT lenses actually follow that recommendation. Can reversing such a lens ...
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Canon 200mm f/2.8 L II USM vs Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO DG OS or something else?

I'm looking for replacement of my Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Camera is Canon EOS 700D. Requirements: amateur photograph, especially nature and birds, mostly walking rarely hiding, focal ...
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How to stop oil from returning after cleaning aperture blades?

I got a free copy of the Nikon 200mm f/4 Ai lens. However the aperture blades are stuck and oily from both sides. I managed to open the lens and clean the blades from both sides with alcohol. I ...
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How does Leica R Telyt-R 4/250mm compair to a more modern lens?

Looking for a 300m to use with Leica M digital 24Mb. Use case for the lens: Always from a tripod, only at infinity (no autofocus/quick focus needed), photographing objects that are not moving. I ...
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Unable to remove lens from my D750

My Nikon 200-500 has become stuck on my Nikon D750. The lens rotates slightly on the pins but won't rotate all the way to release. I'm guessing there's an issue with the locking pins on the D750. ...
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Canon Powershot SX260 HS problem

The camera was in my handbag along with a bottle of water that I THOUGHT was tightly closed, but instead was dripping. Now the camera will not start without removing and re-inserting the rechargeable ...
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What is causing the strange lighter circles in images taken with my Canon 15-85?

I took these pictures with my Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens this morning: Would somebody please tell me that what is that white part in the lower right corner of the picture? EXIF info: F/...
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What's the best choice of lens from an optics surplus shop to get a Stanhope Lens-like magnifying function?

I am looking to do some experiments with my cellphone and a lens, holding the lens in contact with my cellphone lens. I'm looking for a lens that has the shortest back focal length length possible, so ...
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Is there a zoom lens I can attach to a Kindle Fire for birdwatching?

This is probably pretty pedestrian for you all, but it's a sincere and slightly desperate question. My 94 year-old mom has been a casual birdwatcher her whole life. She's still pretty spry but has ...
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Are there any F/1.8 wide angle primes under 20mm for Nikon F? [closed]

Nikon has a 20mm F/1.8 and there is a Sigma 14mm F/1.8 lens. I wonder if there are any fullframe Nikon F mount lenses with an aperture of F/1.8 and a focal length in between 15-19mm.
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Would you consider this lens (Samyang 8mm CS II) defective?

I purchased a new Samyang 8mm F3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II today. After I made my first shot with it I immediately noticed a flaw. At f/3.5 the flare of bright objects is shifted towards the bottom (and ...

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