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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Lenses for fast-paced environment

What two lenses should you carry to be able to take a majority of shots in a fast paced environment? Or more specifically: I just watched a documentary on PBS about Pete Souza, the current White ...
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What Nikon lens to buy to make photos of birds?

Currently, the zoomiest lens I have is a Nikon 18-200mm. I want to be able to take photos of wildlife, or in most cases birds, which I can't do at 200mm. For a long time, I wanted to purchase a Nikon ...
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How can I get bokeh with an aperture of 3.5 as my max?

I am trying to get DOF portraits of my daughter with my Nikon d7000, as per my previous post. I have zoomed in to 100mm or so and tried to get a large aperture but as I zoom, the camera decreases f# ...
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Can I get a shallow DOF using a kit lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens? Is it possible to generate shallow DOF with a "kit" lens, and how? In my case, I have the Nikon D7000 with the 18-105mm f/...
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Do good lenses really last a lifetime?

I’ve heard people say “a good lens will last a lifetime” many times. Is this actually true of modern lenses? More specifically, will a good lens be usable for a lifetime? With an inexpensive adapter, ...
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How do I properly position a lens hood?

I understand the basic idea of a lens hood, but after looking at mine and contemplating how to use it, I get stuck on the same question every time: Does the orientation of the hood on the lens matter?...
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What does small depth of field mean?

Can anyone clarify for me the various terms used to describe depth of field? There are so many it's hard without a photo dictionary to relate in my head what's actually being said to me about the ...
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What is “angle of view” in photography?

I read on the Lens Buying Guide @ neocamera: Focal-length determines the angle-of-view seen through a lens for a given sensor-size. With a full-frame sensor a lens gives the same angle-of-view ...
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Does it make sense getting any of these “extra” lens packages? [duplicate]

I see many packages sold online with a camera body and extra lenses. Are they any good? Since they're bundled, is the price better then buying the "extra" lens later?
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Anyone got some good, simple introductory lens guides?

I want to educate myself and am immersing myself in everything photography-related. I'm picking up the concepts fast because I was a physics major in college (and thus have some background in optics) ...
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How to tell a Nikon or other-brand DX lens from an FX lens?

I'm thinking about getting the Nikon D7000 body-only, and want to know how to tell an FX lens from a DX lens. I may upgrade in the future to an FX body and would like to have glass ready to go when I ...
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Should I get a kit or separate lens for my D7000?

I am set on getting a D7000 and am drooling already to get one. My only hurdle left is to determine whether the kit lens is good or if i should get the body only and put the 300$ difference between ...
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What type of lens will auto-focus on Nikon bodies without a focus motor?

I know my D40 doesn't have a motor in it to auto-focus lenses. What type of lens has the motor in it? How can I know which lenses will and will not work?
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What does “usable number” mean in lens specification?

I just got a new Canon EF50/1.8 II lens. Looking at the specs included with the camera there is a line that says Filter Diameter / Usable Number 52 mm / 1 What does "Usable Number" mean?
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Pentax to Canon Adapter

My dad has an old Sears KS-2 + 50mm f/1.7, which from a bit of research seems to use a Pentax K-mount. I've looked around a bit and found a Pentax to Canon adapter, which says it supports af-...
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Is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS lens hard to sell because people would prefer the f/2.8?

I have been trying to sell my Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS USM Lens for ages now, but no one seems to want it. Could it be because the f2.8 is a better lens and people would rather pay the extra and ...
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What fixed lens to use on a cropped sensor DSLR for mountain landscape photography?

This spring, I want to do a few trips to mountains to take some shots of mountain landscapes, including in sunrise/sunset environments. I already have a Nikon 18-200mm VR (3.5-5.6). I imagine that it ...
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long range canon lenses

Currently I have a 7D and 2 lenses: a 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - which I use as a general purpose / go around lens - and a prime Sigma 30mm f/1.4 - mostly for concerts: indoor, low light scenarios (given ...
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Are there differences between cheap and expensive microfiber lens cloths?

You can find microfiber lens-cleaning cloths on the web for less than $2, or pay $6 for a "Canon" microfiber cloth (or buy at a retail camera store for $15-20). Are all such cloths pretty much the ...
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Choosing first lens for Nikon D-90 body

I'm looking to get a prime lens to go with the Nikon D-90 body. I'm looking at 50mm or 35mm and f/1.8 or f/1.4 and AF or AF-S. It appears that VR (Vibration Reduction) is not an option for any of ...
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Is a VR lens worth getting?

I'm thinking of getting a new lens for my Nikon D200. The question is whether or not to get one with VR (Vibration Reduction). I'm looking for something for taking motor sport and wild life pictures....
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Fisheye Lens for Minolta MD mount

Where can i get a minolta fisheye lens (MD Mount) for around 150 dollars or less. Or can i get a lens that gives some of the distorted perspective of a fisheye lens for around the same price?
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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM?

I'm looking to purchase a new lens. The types of photos I take are: Portraits Candids Street Random objects here and there Architecture Occasional landscape when on vacation They are ordered in ...
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Which are must have lenses for Canon?

Which lenses are must have for a Canon user having photography as hobby. Please consider the following: Praiseworthy Hobby use. All kind of photography: landscape, macro, portrait etc. Answer one ...
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Can a neck strap be attached to Nikon 80-400mm?

I saw somewhere that a large and heavy telephoto lens had an attachment for a neck strap, that replaces the neck strap for the camera body. It was, I think, a Nikon 200-400mm lens. But I'm not sure. ...
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Do top-of-the-line lenses transmit more light at the same f-stop?

We usually refer to the F number to compare how fast is a lenses with another one. I understand that the optic quality should help as well — so would a L series in Canon (or whatever is the equivalent ...
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Does a bigger aperture create better photos?

I have observed that the wider the aperture, the more expensive the lenses are. However, I would like to know whether it really makes a difference in your photos or not?
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popular fd/canon ae-1 lenses/acessories

I'm giving serious consideration to switching from primarily shooting film with a Pentax K1000 to a Canon AE-1 (and/or AE-1 Program). Is anyone familiar with the model? What are the popular fd ...
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What makes a Carl Zeiss lens so special in a smartphone?

There are smartphones on the market that have a focus towards photography. Some are equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens. I have looked into Wikipedia, which tells me that they are a brand who produces ...
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Can a hard impact foul up a lens' focus?

Recently, a camera with lens attached got knocked off a chair and hit the floor (not my gear, fortunately!). Following that, the lens would not focus properly, either with manual focus or auto. The ...
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Which Nikon lenses for family photography?

I've become my family's un-official photographer, pretty much, and found myself in need of a better camera. (We have a large local close young family, so 20+ running around the house occasionally — ...
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How can I fix a broken lens/autofocus?

My 35mm f2 canon lens's autofocus has stopped working. In manual focus mode the focus wheel is locked, and in autofocus mode the focus wheel spins freely but does not change the focus at all. In ...
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Why are wide-angle lenses so much more expensive?

What is it about wide-angle lenses that makes them so much more expensive than an equivalent-quality tele or prime lens? Take the Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM, for example. RRP is nearly £1,000! Are they ...
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Is there a drawback in buying an imported (gray market) lens?

I am planning to buy a Nikon 55-200mm lens and I was checking prices at B&H and there is a $30 difference (almost 15% of cost) between "Imported" and "USA" lenses. What is the difference between ...
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How well do tilt-shift lenses work for nature/landscape photograhy?

I am in the market for at least one wide-angle prime lens. I've focused most of my search on 50mm and 24mm prime lenses from Canon, Zeiss, and Sigma. Crossing paths with another avenue of research in ...
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What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?

I'll be trekking in the Nepal Himalaya for 3 weeks in December, in a variety of conditions, but predominantly cold (-5°C to -30°c) , clear and dry, at altitudes of up to 6000m. I'm trying to travel ...
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What is a good two lens “starter kit”?

A friend of mine is buying his first DSLR. He's chosen an entry-level Canon model, and wants to know which lens he should go for. My advice is to go for a good 70mm prime and an 18-200mm. The former ...
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Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?

I am in the market for a 50mm lens for my Canon DSLR. I've read plenty of reviews, and all of them have great things to say about both lenses. From a scientific perspective, the f/1.2 performs better ...
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What features differentiate Nikkor and Tamron/Sigma lenses?

I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion about Nikkor vs. Tamron and/or Sigma lenses. Is it worth the extra money to purchase Nikkor lenses? I haven't had the chance to compare these. Are the Nikkor ...
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Which setup should I choose for taking pictures of Trick-or-Treaters tonight?

I've dug up my dad's old Pentax K1000 SE, along with his old lenses, and picked up some 400 film. I'm wondering which of these lenses I should go with to get the best shots tonight (outdoors, no flash)...
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What size lens is recommended for flying bird photography?

My wife has a Canon 450D and a 70-300 lens for long distance shots. I am considering a present or two and good advice from jrista suggests possible upgrade of camera to a Canon 7D and of lens to a ...
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New zoom lens for semi-old DSLR, or new camera altogether?

After doing some shooting with a friend's camera, equipped with a 18-200mm lens, I find my own 18-70mm lens rather limiting. I mostly do snapshots while traveling and/or with the scouts, and versatile ...
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If a lens supports 18mm focal length, is that a wide angle lens?

If not, what's the difference? A photographic comparison as an example would be great (assuming they are different).
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What Pentax macro lens do you recommend for outdoor activities?

I am a Pentax K20D owner, and now I'd like to buy my first macro lens. Candidates I consider are: Pentax-D FA 100 mm F2.8 Macro 365 g, 560 €. Pentax-D FA 100 mm F2.8 Macro WR weather-resistant, 340 ...
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Is it worth it to have the 50mm f/1.8 Canon lens?

Is it really useful to have a fast prime lens for portrait photography, considering a low budget? If it is, what about the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II? I have an entry level 18-55mm lens and a Canon 20D.
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How can I determine if my Sigma 10-20mm lens copy is appropriately sharp and focusing right?

I just purchased a Sigma 10-20mm lens (Canon mount) and based on the reviews I was aware that many people receive copies of the lens that are soft or don't focus properly. I purchased from B&H, so ...
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What is a “4P” Lens?

I am a noob in photography and don't have any idea of lenses and optics... Recently though I was looking out for some camera modules and couldn't understand some of the specifications mentioned in ...
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Is the Canon EF 35-105 lens compatible with Canon T2i body?

I recently upgraded to a T2i from the original Digital Rebel. I usually used the Canon EF 35-105 lens on the old Rebel. When I put that lens on the T2i after about 5 seconds everything goes off on ...
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How compatible are my old Nikon lenses?

I'm looking at buying a new SLR body. I have an old film Nikon entry-level SLR (about ten years old) with a kit lens. If I buy a Nikon body, how likely is it that my old lens will work on it? Would I ...
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How can a 18-55mm lens focus on objects beyond 55mm?

I guess this is a total noob question, but doesn't 18-55mm mean that it can focus only up to 55mm?