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Which should I buy as a starting prime lens, Canon 35mm f2 or Canon 50mm f1.4?

I am pretty new to photography. I have an APS-C camera, Canon 77D with a EF-S 18-135mm kit lens. I want a prime lens for shooting nice bokeh portraits along with street and day to day life photography ...
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Supertele: 400mm vs 600mm

Im about to get the Nikkor 400mm F/2.8 VR (not the FL one). This is a lens I always desired. I have already planned some tours through northern Europe and hope to gain some wildlife photography ...
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Which scenarios are better shot with a prime lens versus zoom lens or macro lens?

What scenarios are better shot with a prime lens? A zoom lens? A macro lens?
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Are internal focusing primes actually uncompensated varifocal lenses?

If I shorten the focal length of a lens without taking any other measures, that will reduce the required flange distance for infinity focus - meaning that if the actual flange distance is not changed, ...
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Should I crop photos from a prime instead of using a zoom lens?

I wonder whether using a compact, bright, fixed focal lens instead of a large zoom lens will yield comparable results in terms of light gathering ability and resolution. I am not interested in ...
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Which prime lens to get after the 18-55mm & 55-250mm?

I started out with the 18-55mm IS kit lens on my Canon EOS 550D over a year ago, and added the 55-250mm IS a couple of months back to augment my telephoto reach (based on the recommendations in one of ...
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What are the pros and cons of constant-aperture zoom lenses, for a relative beginner?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and I bought the Sony 18-105 F4 constant-aperture lens. I'm aware that the constant-aperture F4 gathers more light than, say a F3.5 - 5.6, and it gives you more control over the ...
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Is it true that there are no stabilized prime lenses (and if so, why)?

Fast prime lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens work nicely in low-light situations. But I'm quite sure they would work even more nicely if they had optical image stabilizers. It seems to me that no ...
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Will a prime lens help me get better portraits at a wedding?

I have a Canon 600D with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. I have a friend's wedding coming soon, and I'm not sure if my zoom lens will do a good job or not. I was thinking of buying a prime lens so ...
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How does background blur and DoF vary with sensor size for a prime lens?

Let's assume I have a prime lens for full frame, with fixed specs (let's say 85mm f/1.8). Changing the lens is not an option, but I have a choice of a full frame camera and a crop sensor camera. The ...
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Can you recommend any resources about dance photography?

My main focus area in photography is dance; and at that mostly social dancing. This usually means: spontaneous action, no way to stage anything or prepare beyond being "in the moment and very ...
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How do I control aperture with lens reversal for macro? [duplicate]

I bought a lens reversal ring to try macro photography on my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. But when I tried it, I couldn't control the aperture as my lens doesn't have manual aperture control. I attached the ...
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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 do I find a cheap prime wide lens (28mm) to use reversed on a Canon DSLR?

I'm interested in experimenting with the reverse lens to shoot macro but as this is all an experiment, I don't want to spend that much money on it. I've been watching a Youtube video and they said you ...
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50mm vs 85mm for portraits on a crop sensor?

I've read several times that a 50mm lens will make features like noses noticeably stand out compared to an 85mm lens. However, I'm never sure if the post/article is describing results on a full frame ...
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Why there is no image-stabilized Canon 50mm lens?

Canon's 50mm prime lenses are all non-IS (Image Stabilization) for some reason. Considering the popularity of these range primes, shouldn't Canon be interested in shipping a new, optically improved IS ...
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Which prime lens for Pentax APS-C?

My girlfriend is buying a Pentax K-5 (I already have a Pentax DSLR so we thought it made sense for us to be able to share lenses), and she's not sure about which lens to get with it, so I've been ...
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What is a good wide-angle prime lens for Nikon DX (APS-C) format?

I am looking for a wide angle lens for my D90, between 12 and 18mm focal length, preferably a prime, because I like fast(er) and cheap(er) lenses. Any recommendations ?
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What software can show my most frequently used focal length?

Many people recommend a focal length of 35mm, 50mm, and sometimes even 85mm and upwards for those interested in purchasing a prime lens. I, however, would like to figure out what focal length(s) I use ...
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Is a fixed length macro lens better at some tasks than a non-macro lens of the same focal length?

I'm considering getting a 35mm prime lens to augment my current lenses. I'm not looking for a zoom. I can get an f2.8 macro, now, or special order an f2 non-macro lens. Both are roughly the same ...
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Why are 50mm no longer the default kit lens for prosumer SLRs?

Every time someone asks me for a kit recommendation I point them towards some sort of prime lens with a standard focal length. Similarly, almost anyone I talk to about the ideal budget kit swears that ...
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which is better for makeup videos and portrait; canon 50mm f/1.8 or a 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 , and why?

I make makeup videos for youtube and recently got the canon rebel T5i as well as the 50mm f/1.8 and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses. I am not sure which is better for taking photos and which is better for ...
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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around? [closed]

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T5i/700D body, an EF-S 18-55 wide angle lens, a 70-300mm telephoto lens, and the kit lens that came with the body. I am still building my lens collection and am looking for ...
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Do prime lenses still have some advantage over kit lenses when stopped down?

I understand the primary benefit of a prime lens is the fast speed that you can get from wider aperture sizes. But when stopped down (to get a deeper depth-of-view), does it matter which lens you use? ...
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Zoom or Prime Lens(es) for Wildlife Photography on Limited Budget (Nikon D500)

I am currently looking into purchasing some new lenses to accompany my shiny new Nikon D500 on a safari trip in a month. In the past, I have used a Sigma 150-500mm (purchased in 2009 - see here) with ...
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Would a fixed or zoom telephoto lens be better for learning?

My daughter has a Nikon D-90 camera body and two prime f1.4 lenses 50mm and 35mm. She is interested in learning more, and I am curious which of a zoom or fixed telephoto lens would help her best? Is ...
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What lens should a new photographer consider starting with? (prime vs zoom, focal length, etc)

It seems like the generally recommended practice is to start with a prime and build some skill with something like a 35 or 50mm lens first before moving on. If I'm primarily going to photograph my ...
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Is replacing all my Fujifilm gear with this Canon zoom lens an upgrade?

I'm a hobby photographer. I like taking portraits, which I often do at festivals and conventions. I usually take the following gear: Fujifilm X-T2 (an APS-C sensor mirrorless camera), a 16-55mm f/2.8 (...
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Dogs & Portraits: Should I buy the Canon 50mm f/1.4 or the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 for my APS-C DSLR?

I recently purchased a Canon EOS 77D (which offers an APS-C sensor) with a Canon 70-200mm f/4. Now, I am looking to purchase a prime lens. My research suggests a choice between the Canon 50mm f/1.4 ...
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Is not having AF-S in Nikon 50mm f/1.2 a big concern?

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 doesn't have AF-S, it's manual focus. Given that I will mainly using it for taking portrait where I presume to have enough time to focus properly on the subject, can there be any ...
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Nikkor f/1.8G 35mm or 50mm?

I'm new to photography. I got a Nikon D3100 with the 18-55 kit lens. I was looking to buy a f/1.8 prime lens, and I found two options: AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G How ...
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Are there any MF standard fast primes for Mirrorless APS-C systems that are not available for APS-C DSLRs? [closed]

I am currently using the Canon 700D and think of shifting to a Fujifilm X-T1. I came across the kamlan f/1.1 which is a very fast standard/short telephoto lens. I am looking for sub-750 USD lens, that ...
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What is a 200mm lens good for?

I just found that there is a 200mm lens at my school. It is a Canon with Image Stabiliser (with red detail). It is old, at least 10 years. It has been great playing around with it, but I really don't ...
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Does Yongnuo YN50 provide Auto Focus with Nikon D5600?

I want to buy Yongnuo YN50 prime lens for my Nikon D5600 camera. I have got 2 main questions regarding it: I am not to find information if it provides AF with Nikon D5600 body (for example, Nikon F/1....
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Shooting portraits - aperture size and focusing techniques [duplicate]

I've recently bought a nikon 50mm prime 1/1.8f lens, and I'm learning about shooting portrait photos. What I wonder about is how to focus on the eyes while having aperture wide opened at 1/1.8? The ...
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How fast can you shoot your normal (50mm equivalent) lens handheld, and without optical image stabilization?

How fast can you shoot your normal (50mm equivalent) lens handheld, and without optical image stabilization? I have had the FUJINON XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS for about two years now. I am very happy ...
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Do fixed focus distance lenses exist for Micro Four Thirds?

I have a Panasonic GH5 camera. Is there a Micro Four Third lens that has fixed focus? I want a lens that would allow me to just shoot video of my son running around without using the AF/MF, I do not ...
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What's the advantage of buying a fixed 50mm f/1.8 lens when my camera has an 18-55mm zoom lens?

I've got a Nikon D3100 with an 18-55mm zoom lens. I'm keen to experiment with some other lenses and a friend of mine recently reccommended I purchase a fixed 50mm f/1.8 lens as he said it's good for ...
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Canon 5D Mark II vs Canon 1200D on 50mm Prime Lens [duplicate]

I have a Canon 1200D and 50mm f1.8 Prime Lens, I have shot some pretty awesome pictures with this combo. Now that I am planning for a High End DSLR, I just want to know what will be the exact ...
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Sharpness and bokeh comparison of Nikon 50mm f/1.2, f/1.4G and f/1.8G

The contestants are Nikon 50mm f/1.2, f/1.4G and f/1.8G. The list prices are 38,550 INR, 27,990 INR and 18,000 INR respectively. Bokeh: As with any portrait lens, I want a creamy bokeh performance ...
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Will primes become rarer in the 24-70mm range for DSLRs like they did for the 70-200mm?

The trinity 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm zooms are lens that professionals rely upon for the convenience of a zoom but a good quality similar to a prime. A lot of development has gone into these as ...
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What's the point in high quality rather expensive cameras with permanently mounted prime lens?

Sony RX1R II and Leica Q are two good examples for the current state of technology. Both are packed with a lot of neat features, both have high ISO, impressive stabilization, both are rather compact ...
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Third party EF or EF-S prime lens < 35mm

I am wondering if there are any budget priced third party canon EF or EF-S prime lenses that are less than 35mm, and better yet, pancake compact? I have investigated it and come up with nothing....
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How can one use a reversing ring with Nikon G lenses?

So, this blog (credit to mattdm for pointing it out) says: Firstly, when you turn the lens around you obviously lose the CPU connection between the lens and the camera, so say goodbye to autofocus, ...
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Please review the image and comment [closed]

Hey fellow Photographers, I've taken the below image today and info attached. Please review and comment on it which would help me to improve. Exif : Body : Nikon d5300 Lens : 50mm Exposure : 1/...
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Is there a low light picture quality difference between 50mm 1.8 G and 85mm 1.8 G Nikon?

Yesterday I went to the Nikon showroom and tested both the lenses with 5500 and 5300 bodies. Not sure which lens was mounted on which one though. There were florescent yellow bulbs in the shop, no/...
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Would it be better to use a 35mm prime instead of a 50mm prime on a cropped sensor body?

It's said that 50mm is close to what the human eye sees and is a very versatile focal length in general, especially good for street photography which is what I'm most interested in. That being the ...
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Are prime lenses sharp across the whole frame while zoom lenses are soft in the corners?

Somebody told me that there is a difference in sharpness between a zoom lens vs. prime lens. A 58-200mm will give sharp focus in the center of the frame but blurry performance at the corners, while ...
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Beginning model and prime lens [duplicate]

I was thinking of buying a Canon EOS Rebel T6 to start of with DSLR. Is it a good option? Previously I have used Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D3300 from some of my friends. And also should I buy the f/1....
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How to avoid changing lenses all the time when shooting with primes?

I recently purchased an entry-level DSLR and a couple of nice prime lenses, mostly for the purpose of taking artistic shots of city streets. The primes are 35mm and 15mm, or about 53mm and 23mm full-...