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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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Why am I getting soft images with my Sigma 24-70 f2.8?

I recently purchased a Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 lens which I am using on a Canon 40D body. Around 8 of 10 shots were soft, regardless of subject matter. Exposure, white balance etc. all looks fine. I only ...
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How to reduce shake on a Nikon DIGITAL DSLR 650-1300mm {2600mm-3900mm with adapters} zoom lens when on a tripod?

Nikon DIGITAL DSLR 650 1300mm zoom lens. I have one of these lenses. In honour of this I bought a Zomei tripod. Tripod is of good quality but even so, the slightest breath of wind the lens shakes, ...
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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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Why can't my Nikon P900 zoom like the demo videos I've seen?

I have a Nikon P900 and I am somehow disappointed by the zoom level. It is obviously better than my other camera (Panasonic FZ-50, comparison done by making photos of the moon), but still... (please ...
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Variable Aperture Zoom Lens Dials

I'm new to photography and recently won a bid on a Nikon D70 with a Nikon AF Nikkor 24-120mm 1:35-5.6D lens. I know the lens has a variable aperture. What I can't figure out is what the top sets of ...
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Darktable: zoom impacts exposure?

I just have observed a strange behavior in Darktable (Fedora 32, darktable-3.2.1-1.fc32.x86_64): when looking at the image with 'fit screen', it is much darker than the 100% view. After saving the ...
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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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Olloclip Macro 21x lens for iPhone able to shoot objects far away?

Can Olloclip Macro 21x lens for iPhone be used for shooting objects far away? (note: amateur in photography and lenses seeking help from experts)
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How can I magnify ≤1mm objects onto a display for under $200?

Question updated/clarified I'm looking to perform feature identification on small tick/bug/mite-like creatures approximately 0.3mm to 1mm in size. I'd prefer to be able to project magnified images ...
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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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Cause of bokeh with dark ring and bright center

This is a detail from a photo that I took with a Fujifilm XF55-200mm lens. The lens was zoomed all the way to 200mm, and the aperture was wide open—f4.8. I wonder whether somebody knows the cause of ...
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What is the difference between a telephoto lens and a zoom lens?

Looking at the product page for Nikon lenses, I notice a distinction between telephoto lens and zoom lens. What is the difference between the two? Why would I want one over the other? I wiki'd ...
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low element count primes render better than high element count zooms? Which image is which?

I was told that prime lenses with low element counts have the potential to produce better colors and greater contrast than lenses with many many elements inside. I was told primes mostly 'render' ...
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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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Zoom lenses for wildlife at 600 meters

I spend alot of time driving back roads for work I just got a rebel 7 and I'm trying to find a lense for taking picture of bears and other animals from about 600 meters and have a fairly close up ...
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Can digital zoom affect focus

I was always under the impression that digital zoom has little use since the same thing can be achieved on a computer afterwards by cropping. I recently purchased a point & shoot digital camera ...
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Should a Nikon 18-55 lens zoom automatically?

I have purchased a Nikon D5000 camera with 18-55 from eBay. The lens focuses automatically, but should the lens also zoom automatically or is this controlled manually by the zoom ring.
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Is there an EASY way to get geotagging with a compact camera without GPS?

Is there a compact camera with decent zoom (30x) with which it would be easy to have the photos geotagged? What is the best practice to have both good picture quality (use a compact camera, not ...
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What is focal length and how does it affect my photos?

What is focal-length? Are focal-length and zoom synonymous? How does the focal length of a photo affect it? Are there common uses for different focal lengths, and how can I decide what to use when?
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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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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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How to get sharper photos with a kit lens when in low light conditions?

I took my new Nikon D7500 out yesterday and its my first DSLR. I would like to get some thoughts on shooting sharp photos in low light conditions with it. I was shooting after sunset but before ...
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How do constant aperture zoom lenses work?

Cheaper zoom lenses usually are faster at the wide end and slower at the long end (for example, the $150 Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6). More expensive constant-aperture zoom lenses have the same ...
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Why does aperture change when I zoom my lens even in manual mode? [duplicate]

I have my Nikon D7500 set to Manual Mode. I can change the shutter speed and it maintains the setting. When I change the aperture, the setting is not maintained and varies depending on the zoom 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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What digital camera should I buy in order to use a Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm f/:3.5-4.5 lens?

I have a Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 35-105MM 1:3.5-4.5 Lens f=35 and I'd like to know: which digital camera is compatible with this zoom? thank you lots, Giorgia
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Why does this lens lose focus when you zoom in but not when you zoom out?

This is regarding the Sony 18-105 E-mount constant-aperture zoom. I took at photo at 18mm, focusing manually: I then zoomed to 105mm, and took another photo, keeping the same focus: Notice that the ...
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Which lens has the same capability of lens mounted in Nikon P1000?

I am a beginner in photography and I have a Nikon D3400. I was impressed with the super zoom of Nikon P1000. But, I came into a conclusion to buy a tele lens rather than going for P1000. P1000 has a ...
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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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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 are push/pull zooms relatively rare?

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM has a push/pull zoom mechanism instead of a zoom ring. Other lenses, like the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF that was released in 1988, use this type of zoom too, ...
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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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Can I convert binocular zoom to equivalent lens focal length?

I read another SE post that shows how focal lengths can be converted to optical magnification, but it isn't clear to me how it would work the other way around. My binoculars are adjustable from x10 to ...
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Why prefer the 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses vs 18-200mm?

There seems to be a preference for to have the 18 mm - 55 mm 55 mm - 250 mm lenses, but no mention of why they're better than a single 18-200mm. Could someone please explain why the two separate ...
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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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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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Why does my aperture setting change as I zoom on my DSLR kit lens?

I am new to the photography field, there are few things which I am not able to understand. I am playing around with my Nikon D90 along with its kit lens (18-105mm). While reading about Depth of ...
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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 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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Best lens for taking pictures of surfers

I'm just trying to decide which new lens to get. I need to take surf and windsurf photos from onshore. Sometimes 300 mm is enough but there are many times they are too far away. I have a sigma 70-300 ...
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Variable focal length for macro lenses?

True macro lenses come in fixed focal length. Are there any macro lensens which have variable focal lengths? And please explain why yes or why not?
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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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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 many moving elements in a Canon A490?

I got mugged a few days ago, but got my camera back in the end. Bonus: I got some sand too. I now have the camera in pieces, cleaning them as I go along, and the lens barrel extends and retracts ...
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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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How do zoom, magnification, and focal length relate?

Zoom lenses and cameras with superzooms are often sold with a times ("×") zoom number — like a 12x zoom or 30x zoom. The question How do I convert lens focal length (mm) to x-times optical zoom? ...
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When you zoom in with a lens on an SLR why does the lens go in then out?

I guess this is more a question of optics than photography but I just got an SLR with a basic 18-55 lens. I noticed that when going from 18 to 55 or 55 to 18 the lens physically comes back in and ...

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