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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Which lens is best for athletics?

So I am an athletics photographer, and I have a dilemma. First off, I use the 5d mark II body. Currently I own the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM II and I LOVE it... except for indoor photos. Before I ...
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Projector Design and lenses

I am working on a project where I need to project a single image onto an object, Originally I was looking at the digital projector route but due to cost and complexity this has been ruled out. I found ...
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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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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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Why is my Nikon 18-300 lens not focusing at higher focal lengths?

I found a similar question about the 18-200. Someone suggested screwing the front element tighter. Is it possible to do the same with the 18-300? My problem happens at 200-300mm. I am not sure how to ...
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Camera showing incorrect used focal length in EXIF data

Using a Canon 5D Mk2 with a 17-40mm f/4L lens. Everything seems to work just fine, except no matter how i shoot, the EXIF-data will show 40mm as the used focal length, even if I know the image is ...
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Can I reattatch the parts of my Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens which broke in a fall, without further disassembly?

The upper part of my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens is separated from the lens body due to a fall. One of its 4 lugs has broken off. Can I still attach the upper and the lower parts without ...
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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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Can I use a lens with aperture ring on an adapter that has its own aperture ring?

I want to use a Helios 44K-4 58mm f/2 on my Sony A6000. I found an adaptor with aperture ring, but the lens already has an aperture ring. Can I use it anyway? This is the adapter: K&F Concept PK/...
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Why does my adapted f/2.8 lens make very dark images in manual and action mode?

I'm using a Sony A7 II with adapter with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L and a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L both with the same settings, but the exposure on the 24-70mm is darker in the manual and action modes, but ...
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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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Lens recommendation for tiger photography

I am planning to take a photography tour in India to photograph tiger and other animals. What lens would be recommended for such purpose? I am canon user and have 5d mk iv with 100-400 IS I. I have ...
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What are the different types of auto-focus motor and how do they compare?

What is the difference of ultrasonic motor, stepper motor, and electromagnetic drive? Which one of these are lens-based or screwdrive? What are the advantages of lens-based servo over screwdrive and ...
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Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8 lens problem: AF and aperture don't work

I bought this lens second hand from someone who has no idea about this kind of thing. The price WAS low, but not low enough to justify a broken lens. It has no glass scratches and at 300£ it seemed 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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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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What are the underlying causes of artifacts seen with anamorphic lenses?

When a camera with an anamorphic lens shows some artifacts, they are usually either an oval bokeh (vertical) or a lens-flare steak (horizontal). How much of these artifacts are due to the "anamorphic ...
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What is the impact of changes between the old and new Nikon 18-300mm lens?

The lenses I am considering are: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens (new) Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens (old) As far as I can tell the only differences are: ...
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How can I tell whether or not a lens has focus breathing?

So recently I got a 90mm macro lens, installed a focus bracketing app onto my camera and let it run. Unfortunately, turned out that this lens has focus breathing which means the actual zoom level in ...
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Old photos given to historical society by varies families

Some who had access to photos givento historical society of 100+ yr old photos, wrote a book, in this book he used the photos donated to the historical society. He published his book and copyrighted ...