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What's a nifty-fifty?

What's a nifty-fifty? It's a budget level 50mm prime lens. Pretty much all of the various camera makers offer one. There are several reasons that make them so nifty. Price - They're some of the most ...
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Why are my film photos coming out so dark, even in bright sunlight?

The "Sunny 16" rule says that on a sunny day at f/16 you should be at approximately 1/(ISO) seconds for a good exposure - i.e. 1/200s in your case. You're two and a bit stops shorter than ...
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Is having only a 35mm lens on APS-C sufficient for travel shooting in NYC/Washington DC?

If you're going to be moving around Manhattan all day, you'll probably want to bring some sort of bag with you to carry things like a light jacket (it can get chilly in the shade, or on the water, and ...
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Why am I having problems focusing with extension tubes?

Extension tubes do two things you may not yet have noticed. They reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor*. This is often enough to prevent autofocus from working at all. It's usual to abandon ...
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What can an 11mm lens do what a 50mm can't?

What would I have to do to take such photos from a 50mm lens of a Dx camera? You can't take those pictures with a 50mm lens and a DX (1.5X APS-C) camera. To fit all of what an 11mm lens will give ...
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Why am I having problems focusing with extension tubes?

When you add extension tubes, your camera become myopic, it will no longer focus to infinity (the ring shifts the focus range towards you). The thicker the ring or the shorter the lens, the more ...
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Why do zooms have small apertures even around 50mm?

Update 2023: some of the elements of my answer below assume a DSLR, and in some cases mirrorless system make some of these issues less of a challenge. The points about zoom lenses requiring a more ...
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Is having only a 35mm lens on APS-C sufficient for travel shooting in NYC/Washington DC?

(Personal opinion) It depends on you. The big advantage of the zoom lens is... you can zoom. With it you can make shots from all places without having to move so much. Lady Liberty - zoom - click - ...
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Is a 50mm lens suitable for product photography?

If you have a specific style you’re going for, link an image in your question and we could advise on lens selection. That being said, product photography more heavily relies on lighting and set up ...
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How to achieve a normal 50mm look with a Nikon APS-C camera?

Do I buy a DX 50 mm or get the FX 35mm? That's up to your preference. Will they have the same effect? No. A 35mm FX lens or a 35mm DX lens will have the same effect with your camera. A 50mm FX lens ...
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(film) What can cause blue vignetting on sub-exposed or dark shots?

Based on the following evidence: Both pictures are underexposed or simply have dark zones on it's borders (black zones are more sensitive to parasitic light inside the camera) Looking at the ...
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Why are my film photos coming out so dark, even in bright sunlight?

OM-1N: Was that the one that originally had a mercury battery in it? If so you need to understand that those are unobtanium and that they don't have the same voltage as standard alkaline etc. My ...
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Is there any critical feature present in Nikon 85mm f/1.8G over 50mm 1.8G?

You seem to be under the misapprehension that all lenses should cost what a 50mm f/1.8 costs. The 50mm lens is actually the outlier. The focal length lends itself to simpler designs. An 85mm lens, ...
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Is there any critical feature present in Nikon 85mm f/1.8G over 50mm 1.8G?

The 85mm requires bigger glass elements to be able to offer the same aperture f/1.8 as a lens with a shorter focal length. This alone makes it cost more. In addition, it becomes heavier so it also ...
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Why am I having problems focusing with extension tubes?

What everyone else said... Try looking at something relatively close (flowers on a table, etc.) and focus by moving closer or further away. You'll find that the focusing ring may have little effect, ...
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Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM - is my lens normal?

My copy of Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM is pretty old. But I see the same marks inside. For me it seems like mechanical thing, intended to tighten the elements inside.
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Is it stupid to purchase AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D over AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G to save a few bucks?

I think you forgot one really basic thing. Image quality. You may want a side-by-side comparison of the much older D design to the digital-era G design on a full-frame camera, such as this one on the-...
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Is there a low light picture quality difference between 50mm 1.8 G and 85mm 1.8 G Nikon?

If you are shooting under fluorescent lighting, you can use the same camera, the same lens, the same exact settings, etc. and still get varying results. That is because fluorescent lighting flickers. ...
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Is there a low light picture quality difference between 50mm 1.8 G and 85mm 1.8 G Nikon?

Hard to tell, but most likely it's nothing to do with the lenses and everything with the camera settings. DSLRs, especially when on automatic modes, tend to try to do a lot of colour compensation for ...
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What's a nifty-fifty?

There are several things : They are typically (but not always) small lenses. Compact, easy to carry. They are typically a good focal length either on full frame or crop frame cameras. On crop frame ...
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Nikon 35mm 1.8g or 50mm 1.8g on D3200?

For portraiture on crop sensor cameras, the 50mm lens is a better choice. The ideal portrait lens in general is about two times the diagonal of the image capture - about 100mm on 35mm and full-frame ...
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Is a 50mm lens suitable for product photography?

Likely a 50mm lens will do the job. However you might appreciate some insight as to how focal length intertwines with format and the task at hand. The fundamental focal length for any format (...
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Need shutterstock photo rejection solution!

I'm sure some of the time, such as Shutterstock use AI to do the first pass, so if something doesn't fit the 'rules' it's kicked straight out. It's as though they want a big neon sign saying "...
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Why am I having problems focusing with extension tubes?

Best to place the camera with tubes mounted super close to the subject and then slowly move the camera, further and further away from the subject. In other words, achieve sharp focus by camera ...
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Lens for beach and portrait photography

Generally, the longer your lens it set (say at 100mm with wide-open aperture) the further away you can be while maintaining an out of focus background. However something to think about is "Beach" ...
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Is it stupid to purchase AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D over AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G to save a few bucks?

"...all Pro FX bodies have AF motor built inside the body. Hence, SWM in 'AF-S' lens is redundant." Not necessarily. The performance of camera based focus motors and lens based focus motors is far ...
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Ideal way to focus for portrait photography using a prime lens with narrow depth of field?

Should I use focal points to focus on the subject's eyes to maintain sharpness or go for manual focus ? The most accurate will be live view with magnification. Besides that, selecting the ...
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Why is aperture stuck at F1.8 on Yongnuo 50mm for Canon EF?

So, because of your live-view test, we know that the diaphragm is functioning. But on other shots, it isn't. I'm wondering if there's a timing problem. As in, the lens is stopping down - just after ...
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On a Micro 4/3s camera with a Speedbooster adapter, does a 50mm lens still effectively become a 100mm lens?

You speak of two different factors. The 2x crop factor equivalence of 4/3 sensors is based on the sensor size. The 4/3 camera sensor has a crop factor of 2, meaning it has a diagonal 1/2 the ...
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