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Will I get the same result if I use 18-55mm lens at 55mm (full zoom) and 55-200mm lens at 55mm (no zoom), if not, then why?

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 ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

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 "...
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Will I get the same result if I use 18-55mm lens at 55mm (full zoom) and 55-200mm lens at 55mm (no zoom), if not, then why?

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 ...
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Using Auto ISO when shooting

I was told it’s not good to use auto ISO If unqualified, whoever told you that is a fool. Auto ISO is a tool, and as with any other tool it can be used well and it can be used badly. Instead try to ...
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Using Auto ISO when shooting

It’s getting me the shot even though there is some noise This is the point. If your priority is getting the shot, why not. But if your priority is getting a printable photo (which is what many people ...
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What is so special about the 18mm focal length in kit lenses?

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 ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

Question asks for opinions, but the answer can be subjective and still be on spot. The first thing to consider when taking photos is your skill, not the camera. And unless it comes to professionals ...
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Will I get the same result if I use 18-55mm lens at 55mm (full zoom) and 55-200mm lens at 55mm (no zoom), if not, then why?

Although your composition will likely be the same, there may be differences in falloff (vignetting), barrel distortion and chromatic aberration. You may also reach limits of the lenses' apertures. ...
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Pentax K-x with kit lenses problem producing sharp photos

Using the smallest aperture is not optimal for sharpness, as that causes Diffraction. Go with f/8 or f/11 for best results (it depends on the lens, and some Pentax cameras have a special "MTF" setting ...
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Are kit lens from Pentax and Fujifilm also considered inferior?

To gear snobs all lenses are inferior except the most expensive one they own. To actual photographers no modern lens is inferior, it's just that some lenses are less not-inferior than some other ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

It’s very subjective, if the kit lens is good or not. Most people can't tell the difference between a photos taken with a high quality lens and a fair one, only the really bad lenses stands out for ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

Don't be fooled by what others say about the kit lens. Sony has a reputation to live up too. The kit lens specifications has been chosen to provide a good entry level lens. Your best choice is to ...
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First full frame with Canon 24-105 f4 kit or 70-200 f2.8

So I need to decide between body + kit lense or body + 70-200 f2.8. which is the best choice ? Of the two, the EF 24-105 f/4L is the better choice, considering that you say you're interested in ...
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Will a mid-range wide-angle lens open up creative possibilities for landscape, when I already have a kit zoom?

My gut says to me that this is one of those questions where if you have to ask, it isn't a gear problem. When you need a wider and lens you will start to feel it. For example this shot It was a ...
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Do prime lenses still have some advantage over kit lenses when stopped down?

It obviously depends on the lenses being compared. Looking at this comparison of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, both at f/5.6 for example, the prime is sharper, even in ...
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What are the details of the lens that comes with the Fuji X-T20?

The X-T20 is just a camera body and doesn't necessarily come with a lens at all. What you're probably thinking of is that interchangable lens cameras are often sold in a package with a "kit lens", but ...
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Why are my photos not crisp?

On top of the detailed answer on top of this page, there can be two (rare) cases for out-of-focus images, linked to the Autofocus : your step-by-step motorized lens is too imprecise for the perfect ...
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Why are my photos not crisp?

Taking a sharp image can be affected by a couple of different things: where you set the focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and how the camera is held. Try using a tripod or placing the camera on a ...
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Is a kit lens capable enough to take snaps at engagement event?

Yes, of course you can take pictures with them. Will the pictures be as good as a professional would get more expensive lenses? No - but then a beginner won't get as good photos even if they're given ...
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Do prime lenses still have some advantage over kit lenses when stopped down?

My experience (Sigma 17-70mm (which I found at least as good as my kit lens (a 18-55mm IS) vs Canon 50mm f/1.8, on an EOS 450D) is that you can still see the difference. Crop of a test shot from my ...
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Is the Pentax 18-135 kit lens different from the "same" lens available separately?

Exact same lens. Generally, the bundled price is lower than buying separately. Reasons to buy the camera body only include: You already have a lens collection and don't need that one. You're planning ...
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How to get sharper photos with a kit lens when in low light conditions?

Find some way to stabilize the camera, if no tripod place it on top of something like a table or your backpack. Set iso to 100 and set a 2s timer, press the shutter and release the camera. Wait for a ...
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Using Auto ISO when shooting

What are some best practices? This is all opinion... or, at best, situational. My personal feeling is that it is best to learn exposure in full manual mode and learn/understand the exposure triangle. ...
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Using Auto ISO when shooting

In my opinion, there is only one best practice. Know your stuff, know your gear. In this case, define what is the maximum iso you are willing to use, the maximum noise you are willing to accept in ...
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Lens auto-focus not working well

With any of these modes, you have to be aware that the camera is not actually 'intelligent', nor particularly 'smart'. You have to give it some good clues as you what you're after, and also try your ...
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Can I work with ONLY a single fixed focal length lens?

Generally speaking, kit lenses are "good enough" to get you started taking decent pictures, but not good enough for technically outstanding picture quality in anything but absolutely ideal conditions (...
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Will stacking two 10-stop ND filters let me get a wider aperture, like f/8, for long exposures?

Is it possible to get wider apertures, like f/8, if we stack two 10-stop ND filters? Absolutely. Let's assume you're shooting on a bright sunny day at a sunlit subject. Then by the Sunny 16 rule, At ...
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Is an 18-55 mm kit lens enough for a beginner?

Do you understand what kind of photography you want to do, what the limitations of the kit lens are, how the kit lens is going to hold you back and how the 55-250 would solve those problems? If the ...
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Do prime lenses still have some advantage over kit lenses when stopped down?

It depends on your requirements, the specific lenses, the camera, and the metrics you use. The only way to know is to test your lenses. As you note, light gathering ability pretty much depends on the ...
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Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately?

It depends on your level of expertise in judging what lenses you need. If you are a complete beginner who doesn't know what all those letters and numbers on the lens actually mean in practical ...
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