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Technique is typically at fault with "fuzzy" images 99% of the time with someone new to interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) with only a low-cost kit lens. The lens is not the problem. Low end kit lenses are limited, and they are cheap, and there are much nicer lenses around, but how you use one is more likely to be the fault than what glass is in the lens. ...


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What can be done using a 18-55mm lens? I have a Canon EOS 1000D with 18-55mm kit lens. I agree on the need for a long range lens, but I am not quite ready to quit on this lens just because of the zoom range. I have tried shooting flowers, close-range portraits, still-life and I liked the photos it gave. I need pointers about where this lens is ...


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At 50mm on your 18-55, the max aperture is f/5.6. On the 50mm f/1.8, the max aperture is - obviously - f/1.8. It is perhaps not immediately obvious, but f/1.8 lets in 10-12 times more light than f/5.6. That is the difference between shooting at 1/10 second shutter speed (which is absolutely a no-go for moving subjects) and shooting at 1/100 (which is a ...


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Yes. Prime lenses usually offer both superior image quality and larger apertures compared to zoom lenses of similar price. This is due to simpler mechanical construction, as less moving parts are needed, and due to especially chromatic aberration being easier to correct for just one focal length. The decision between 35mm and 55-200mm is in the end about ...


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How can I make it work wonders ? By lighting your images properly. This doesn't mean you have to buy loads of studio lighting gear, when you know how light works you can apply this to natural lighting just as effectively as artificial. Proper lighting will reduce the dynamic range of your scene by brightening shadows, and will create contrast by ...


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There are so many variables here, it would be impossible to give you a precise answer. It depends entirely what you are wanting to do... The kit lens can, in many cases, give a satisfactory photograph, however there are two main areas in which the kit lens suffers in competition against a pro lens: Aperture. Kit lenses are slow. They are usually about ...


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In general, yes, since 55mm focal length is 55mm focal length. In particular, no, since no two lens designs are exactly the same. Can you tell me what difference will I get? It depends on the specific designs of the two lenses in question. What are their maximum apertures? How many aperture blades? How much light fall-off is there between the center and ...


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I believe this is for the simple reason that many people buying "pro" bodies will have been DSLR/SLR customers previously and will thus have an existing lens collection so are unlikely to need as many different options in terms of bundled lenses. The digital rebel end of the market is still capturing new DSLR customers who are upgrading from non-...


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I am on the edge of investing in the Sony a6000 ... Ok, fallacy #1. :) You never invest in a camera unless you're a pro and can write it off on your taxes. Cameras depreciate. Even while new. Your "investment" will never give you any monetary returns. This is an expense, pure and simple. (If anybody has other suggestions in that price range - I am ...


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Background blur, as an intrinsic element of a lens, is related to the physical diameter of the aperture as observed through the front of the lens. This is often called the "physical aperture", however it is more appropriately termed the entrance pupil. The size of the entrance pupil is really what determines how blurry OOF content will be, as it is the ...


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No, the lens does not zoom automatically. Almost all SLR zoom lenses are zoomed using the zoom ring, very few have a motorized zoom mechanism.


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The answer to the question "should you consider a 35mm lens" is obviously going to depend a lot on you and on the type of photography you like to do. However, there are at least two factors (other than the very different focal lengths) that set the 35mm f/1.8 lens apart from the other two lenses. 1) Speed of the lens (how much light it lets in): An f/1.8 ...


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They will be very similar, as the focal length are the same. However because of lens design the image quality might be massively different, as distortion, chromatic aberration and the available maximum aperture might mean you get better results using one lens over the other. Generally for cheaper kit lenses it is usual that they do not have a constant ...


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Why are lenses included in kits so bad? Kit lenses aren't bad -- they're just optimized for different parameters. A kit lens is meant to be a decent general purpose lens that'll get you started with your camera and at the same time keep the price of the total package down to a point where you'll still buy it. If you compare the EF-S 18-135 IS to lenses that ...


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It's not my favourite lens because of the quality, but I use it a lot anyway. I use it to shoot architecture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47529217@N08/6798047215/in/photostream Portraits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47529217@N08/6809091667/in/photostream/ Recently tried to shoot trailing lights: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47529217@N08/6668797795/in/...


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The Tamron is known to be optically very good and sharp wide open across the frame. I know semi pro Nikon users who use that one on a crop camera for e.g. wedding shots. The F number on your kit number is only F3.5 on the widest and if you go into Av and keep an eye on it, you see it drops very quickly to F5-5.6. The range 2.8 - 4 is a stop (double the ...


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It means, normally a 550D comes with the older 18-55 IS lens, and now you will get the 18-55 IS Mk.II instead. Note that optically, the two are identical. The only improvement is IS algorithm (the algorithm, not hardware) Other than that it is cosmetic : the silver band is now painted black instead. In terms of performance, there is no difference between ...


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Small sensors can be better for macro images, the standard definition of macro means a 1:1 size ratio between subject and film, so you could project an image of a 35mm object onto a single piece of 35mm film. Because compacts (usually) have smaller sensors a true 1:1 macro lens on a compact would be capable of filling the frame with smaller objects. A DSLR ...


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DSLRs are designed to allow you to change the lens. They are offered as "body-only" for people that already have compatible lenses, or know exactly what they want. Most folks who are new to DSLR want to buy a complete camera, body and lens. So all the manufacturers offer a combination of the body with a cheap lens. This is the "kit lens" For entry level ...


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I guess that the kit lens is a 18-55 mm f/3,5-5,6 and together with a D90 there is no reason to buy a full-frame camera. It wont solve any of your problems and you'll be able to take this photo with the gear you have without any problems at all. Firstly, you would want to stay away from shooting at f/22. It will not give you sharp images nor the light that ...


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It's mostly because the standard zoom kit lens for film cameras would start at 28mm. This is the widest you can typically go before hitting the more expensive exotic glass. The APS-C field-of-view equivalent for what 28mm on full frame looks like is 18mm. So that's what most kit lenses for APS-C sensor cameras use. You'll note further down that list that ...


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Advantages: You'll get f/1.8 @50mm which is much useful in low light conditions. Your images will be slightly sharper than usual. Specially if you shoot around f/2.8. You'll get shallower DOF which will get significantly better background blur and subject isolation. You will get the taste of walking zoom method :) Disadvantages: It will not AF in your ...


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Before you get any other lens, get the 50mm f/1.8. Its a must-have lens for anyone even remotely interested in portrait photography. You just can't go wrong with it. Actually I never used the 18-55 after I got my fifty prime. For your zoom needs, you would be better off with a third party lens like the the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (non-VC). At INR 21,000 ($440) ...


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You haven't given any information about how these combinations will be used, so any answers have to make some pretty sweeping assumptions about that sort of thing. With that caveat in mind, though, here are some general thoughts. If this kit is the only set of camera equipment you're ever going to purchase, and these are your only options, I'd have to give ...


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A kit lens is a lens included with a camera. The Wikipedia article for kit lens begins with: generally an inexpensive lens priced at the lowest end of the manufacturer's range so as to not add much to a camera kit's price. The tag wiki excerpt for kit-lens: A "kit" lens is a lens included with a camera body at time of purchase.


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One factor is the lens' maximum resolution. The less sharp a lens is at its peak resolution, the easier I think it is to label it parfocal. If a lens is razor sharp when focused properly, even a little movement one way or the other will be quite noticeable. Not quite so much if the lens is a little soft to begin with. Another factor that may make it easier ...


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Using the dpReview lens widget it appears the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is sharpest at f/8 for most focal lengths. There are some points in the zoom range that center sharpness is better at f/5.6 but usually at a much greater expense to edge sharpness. At DxO Mark, the results for the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR are similar to those at ...


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It is mainly about the cost/benefit ratio of making cheap lenses. It doesn't cost a lot more to make a lens f/3.5 than f/8 at an 18mm focal length since the entrance pupil (sometimes referred to as the effective or apparent aperture) is still well within the diameter of the mounting flange used by most interchangeable lens camera systems. As the lens is ...


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To maximize background blur with a kit lens (Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 for example), you will need to zoom in as much as possible and use the widest aperture possible at that zoom. This will increase the physical size of the discs that are projected on to the sensor, but will not increase the size of them relative to other things in the scene. This is because ...


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