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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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Low light photography with lens limitation

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 ...
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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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Why is my aperture limited to less than the maximum even in manual mode?

The aperture changes because of focal length not focus. Your lens has a widest aperture of f/3.5 at 18mm but to due physical properties of lens design, the widest aperture becomes f/5.6 at 105mm. ...
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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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Blurry Pictures with Nikon D3100 18-55mm lens

What you are seeing is called motion blur. Simply stated, it is blur caused by motion during exposure. Horses obviously move and their legs will show even more motion. The solution to this is to use a ...
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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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What can be done using a 18-55mm lens?

You may need a different lens if the kit doesn't fit the subject matter you're most interested in shooting, but given that you're relying on Auto mode even after a year, perhaps it's more a matter of ...
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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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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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What can be done using a 18-55mm lens?

Type the name of your lens in a Google or Flickr searchbox to see what others can do with it. Then pick a picture you like and try to recreate it. Learn what you need to know about settings along ...
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Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm VR lens producing blur and below par images

Are you using single capture focusing mode? (S)? (This is usually a physical switch on the camera, switching between S/C/A, in the case of the D5000 specifically it's an item on the Info screen). If ...
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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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Does this test chart show that my kit lens front focused?

It appears your test chart and camera may not be properly aligned with each other. Until that is corrected your results will not be valid. If, as appears to be the case, the left side of the chart is ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is my aperture limited to less than the maximum even in manual mode?

The description of the lens is: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens It should also say that marked on the lens. That means its maximum aperture is f/3.5 at widest angle, but f/5.6 ...
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effective 12 megapixel in Nikon kit lens

Clearly you need a better lens. The 18-55mm is extremely soft which shows even more with 24 MP sensors. Instead, if you are looking around the same focal-range, the AF-S DX 17-55mm F/2.8G is immensely ...
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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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