Questions tagged [zoom]

An optical 'zoom' or 'variable focal length' lens is one that has a range of focal lengths at which it can operate. "Digital zoom" is a technology which simulates optical zoom by cropping the image.

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What affects DOF more…distance to subject or focal length?

Say I want shoot a butterfly. My goal is to make sure the butterfly fills the frame. I can do this in two ways...I can use zoom or I can simply move the camera closer to the subject. Which will ...
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Why is view on camera different from actual output viewed on phone?

I have a Nikon D5600. When I use telephoto lens (70-300 mm) for bird photography, on full zoom the bird does appear clear and near, but when the actual photo is produced, the bird appears far. When ...
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Why is zoom provided in Tokina 11-16mm?

I wonder what's the use of providing zoom in the Tokina 11-16mm. Why not make it an 11mm prime lens instead? It would contain less elements, so will produce sharper images. Also at such wide angle, ...
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What lens would I need to photograph a very distant cathedral dome?

I want to be able to photograph the dome of St Paul's cathedral from King Henry's Mound in Richmond Park. Would a telephoto or zoom lens be the best, what focal length/zoom would be the best for ...
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How to fix zoom creep in Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM lens? [duplicate]

I have the first version of the Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM lens. It has annoying zoom creep. If I walk around with this lens, with the camera hanging from my neck, occasionally the zoom ...
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How to soften a tight zoom ring?

After a fall, our Nikon Af-S 24-70mm 2.8G ED zoom ring got quite tight. It's specially hard to rotate it between 50 and 70mm. We can't send it to repair service, as we need it daily and have no ...
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Is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens parfocal or not?

I read a review of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. It said: Focus shifts while zooming. Zoom before you focus. Surprised by this (I don't recall ever seeing the focus scale shift while ...
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What units are used for zoom and focus distance for the varifocal Dahua camera? [closed]

I've been working with an industrial Dahua camera and since I do not have a full model of how the camera works (and because I'm a complete newbie to cameras in general), a few elements are still ...
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New camera won't focus while zoomed in, old one focuses perfectly. Why? [duplicate]

I take photos of computer hardware for sale on ebay. I had been borrowing a camera for photos (Olympus SZ-16) and the camera will be able to focus while very zoomed in to a device while relatively ...
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How commonly do constant-aperture manual zooms actually influence the aperture mechanically when zooming?

I have seen a few examples of constant aperture zooms (eg a 28-100mm f/4 Ricoh.) in the secondhand markets where the aperture appears to be not fully open (visibly non-round hole) at some zoom ...
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What lens do I need on a P&S camera for photographing faces?

I'm just someone who enjoys photography, but I'm not a photographer. I don't know a lot, so please try and keep things simple. I've been using a Fujifilm Finepix S9200, a bridge camera with a 24-...
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How to achieve photo with no blurred background [duplicate]

When zooming I want to keep background not blurred. Is this even possible? I will have multiple cameras pointing at one object from different distances can I get a flat picture on all of the cammeras ...
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High resolution photography with C API and optical zoom [closed]

I am currently looking for solutions to take high resolution photos of objects via a dedicated software. (The software will be developed by myself.) Therefore I am looking for ideas for cameras, where:...
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What is the theoretical relation between zoom length and guide number for a flash?

The point of a guide number is to specify the relation between aperture number and distance. For zoomable flashes there are still extensive tables considering ISO number and zoom length. The ...
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Why is there an underexposed “shadow” along edge of frame on 35mm film when using my 70-210mm lens?

I shot a few rolls on Minolta XG-M with different lenses and some images have an underexposed edge. It take a while for me to go through a roll, to the point of me forgetting which lens/settings I ...
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Better Circular Polarizer for Sigma 150-500mm APO HSM [duplicate]

I recently used my Sigma 150-500 lens to shoot my son surfing. I was using a circular polarizer. The shots all appear out of focus even though focus was good and depth of field was good, even though ...
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Are there any lens hoods with zoom-moveable petals?

On a wide angle lens hood petals should be open wide enough not to obscure field of view; on a telephoto lens narrow petals would block sun better if shooting close to the sun. I imagine it would be ...
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How is a lens's listed minimum focus distance affected by zoom?

I have a 55-210 zoom lens, and the specs show that the minimum focus distance is 1m. Does that distance remain constant if I use the zoom? Or does that change it? Thanks in advance!
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What does “AUTO-ZOOM” mean on my Zuiko lens?

"Auto-zoom" is written on my Zuiko 35~70mm lens, is this a name of some lens technology?
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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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200mm on 48MP body (with 2x digital zoom) vs 400mm on 24MP body

Is the "quality" from a 200mm lens on 48MP body (after a 2x digital zoom) going to be same as one on 400mm on 24MP body? Assuming the same apperture
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Why does my superzoom lens sometimes miss focus?

I've got a Nikon D7500 with the AF-S DX 18-300mm zoom, a combination I love. I do a lot of outdoor photography and find myself switching between wide angle and telephoto repeatedly as different shots ...
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What is the difference between the Nikon 55-300 DX and 70-300 DX lenses?

I am a new photographer and investigating entry-level Nikon telephoto lenses for possible purchase. (I already have the 18-55 kit lens.) I am confused about their telephoto zoom offerings. If I want ...
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If X fills the frame more than Y, does that mean X is closer to me in real life?

I saw this flat earther guy using the optical zoom of his Nikon P900 to zoom into a stop sign 1000ft away, then zooming into the sun. The gentleman was able to get a greater portion of his frame ...
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What is this odd brushstroke-like blur with my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II?

I am shooting a lot of low light sports up in the north and I have noticed a lot of back focusing issues that I mostly blamed on myself with a 5D Mark IV and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II. But ...
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How do I zoom in and out with Olympus Digital PEN series cameras?

There is a dial with a magnifier icon, but it doesn’t do the zooming. The lens doesn’t have zooming, it only has focus.
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What factors affect the detail and clarity of a photo taken by a digital camera?

By clarity, I mean to preserve as much detail as possible when zoomed in. For example, I take a photo of my cat 10 meters away, and I want to zoom in and able to see each single fur as clear as ...
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Why doesn't the picture become darker the more you zoom in?

As your lens's focal length gets longer, fewer photons pass through the lens to hit the mirror/sensor. Why don't you see darkening when you look into the viewfinder and zoom in with a zoom lens, and ...
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How do manufacturers get to high (83x) zoom levels on hybrid cameras?

Obviously the biggest hybrid zoom on the market (Nikon Coolpix P900 I think) does not range from actual 24 mm to 2 meters in physical length, but what kind of optical systems do manufacturers use to ...
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How to zoom with Canon 77D with Canon 50mm 1.4 lens?

I've just bought this camera and the lens, and I feel so silly; I don't know how to zoom. Do you know how? When I turn it on it seems to be zoomed and I would like to zoom out.
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42.8mm on Nikon COOLPIX P7700 > 55mm on Canon EOS 77D? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon COOLPIX P7700 and because it has been losing function due to wear and tear after 6 years, and I wanted a better zoom range for wildlife, I decided to get a Canon 77D DSLR so I could get ...
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What's the most important factor to get clear images using high telezoom on moving subject?

So let's assume I've got the focus nailed down, so my focus is the best possible. I have a single subject I'm shooting at very high telezoom on Panasonic TZ-80, using 60x or 120x zoom, so the camera ...
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Digital zoom: Is the exposure computed using the zoomed frame?

I am trying to focus on the differences between digital zoom and cropping an image afterwards. This is discussed in detailed here: Is digital zoom really useful? focused on the compression ...
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What causes this pattern? [closed]

What causes the pattern seen on the image (it is a still from a video)? This doesn't seem to be a Moiré. It seems to be largely related to the camera or the filter (the pattern is fixed and aligned ...
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Layman's guide to making distant things clearer - add on lenses/monoculars for mobile phones

I'm completely at sea with magnification, crop, zoom and telephoto, despite reading various info. I think it's because I'm not terribly scientific! All I would like to know is, if I am shooting ...
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I'm on a budget of around $200-250. What is a good lens for photographing wildlife?

I have a Nikon D3000. I love photographing all wildlife, but especially bald eagles. However, I can't zoom in nearly enough with my 18-55mm lens that came with the camera. Would the 70/300 be enough? ...
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What camera should I buy as a first year animation student? [closed]

I am a first year animation student and my question isn’t very specific but I just need some advice on buying a camera as I want to make the right decision. First of all, I’m a beginner in ...
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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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Why can't my compact digital camera focus when applying 8x zoom?

I have a compact digital camera which is Canon IXUS 165. The specification is in this link. I bought it in June 2016. It has 8x Optical Zoom. Just now I was zooming 8x on something, and when I tried ...
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Should we zoom or not zoom while taking night sky photo [closed]

I was trying to capture Northern lights during my recent trip to Iceland, although i couldn't capture them well but i was left wondering if i should zoom towards night sky while clicking photos or not ...
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My Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 jumps to f/6.7 beyond 360mm

I got a brand new lens today: a Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD. I have mounted it on my Nikon D80. This lens seems to have a problem with its aperture: At 100mm, I can operate from f/4.5 ...
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Upgrading to Nikon 18-300 zoom

I've got two lenses for my Nikon DSLR (the D5100) - the 18-55 zoom it came with, and a 55-300 f4.5-5.6 zoom that I really enjoy for wildlife. The problem I'm running into, is that I often find my ...
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Is Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD better than Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300 mm 1:4,5-5,6G ED VR?

I am new to photography. I got a chance to test both the lenses (Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD and Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300 mm 1:4,5-5,6G ED VR). The Nikon lens has VR and hence with full zoom, ...
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How to enlarge an object by x-times with an optical zoom

My camera employs a 30x optical zoom, with focal length ('f' from here on out): f = 4.3 mm to 129 mm. If I am at 1x and I see an object as 100 pixels, to enlarge it to 150 pixels, can I set the zoom ...
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Why do photo cameras lose focus when you zoom, when movie or TV cameras keep it?

In photo cameras, i.e. (D)SLRs, digital cameras, etc., when you focus on an object and then you zoom (in or out), the object gets out of focus. On the other hand, in movie or TV cameras, the focus is ...
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Universal solution for wide focus length DSLR camera in 2017

Please help me to find the right solution for my needs. I'm looking for a high quality camera, it should be modern, capable to record high-quality videos in FullHD (4K not needed at all). In the ...
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Is an inexpensive used Pentax lens worth buying for mounting on a Canon Rebel T5i? [duplicate]

I have found an smc Pentax-A 25-135mm f/4 at a local thrift, for $60. Everything seems to be working great, and it's without scratches. Is this a great deal, or not so much? Is this a good lens? I ...
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Zoom or Approaching [duplicate]

I know that capturing a near object and capturing the same object with going apart with zoom makes a lot of sense But I'm confused what change does it do to the picture?? Could anyone help me in this?...
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Logan Paul camera?

Ok in today's vlog thats 23 August from India , He had posted a vlog about capturing Eclipse . Where he purchased a 14k dollars worth lens. But the lens didn't work with his camera ??? Why did ...
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First full frame with Canon 24-105 f4 kit or 70-200 f2.8

I am interested in wedding photography. I currently have a 50mm f1.8 lens. I am going to purchase my first full-frame camera soon. I can only afford one lens right now, so I need to decide between ...