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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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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

Selecting an appropriate aperture When shooting sports in low light you're not going to be able to shoot at f/11. Most of us use f/2.8 lenses and shoot wide open. We do this not only because it helps ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

Sports photography usually require two things: a long focal length and a wide aperture. The long lens is required to shoot action a long way away. The wide aperture is used for two purposes: ...
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Looking for an excellent telephoto lens that can also shoot bad photos at 30mm if need be

There's a reason no one makes a 24-200mm FF lens. Several, in fact. The main one is that not many photographers who know what they are doing would ever consider buying such a lens for a 20MP FF ...
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What knowledge or equipment is needed to photograph a classical concert?

This an old thread, but probably worth updating to take improvements in equipment. I've been shooting classical concerts since the 1970s - using 35mm SLRs in rehearsals and Mamiya TLR for concerts and ...
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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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Is the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D a good choice for a D750?

Yes. There is no reason I'm aware of that makes the 85mm f/1.4D a bad choice for a D750. According to reviews, it is a very good lens, both in terms of optical quality and mechanical stability, as is ...
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What's the best Nikon lens for jewelry photography?

Product photography of jewelry is not optically tricky. The kit lens you already have will do nicely. No need to rush out and buy a 50mm. That said, a 50mm prime with a large aperture, say f/1.4 will ...
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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

35mm is not wide enough for many types of general photography. With any group shots, (especially indoors) or any large outdor landscape scenes, you will need something like 16mm to 18mm to get ...
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What knowledge or equipment is needed to photograph a classical concert?

here's some hints from someone who's been photographing orchestral performance for 12 years. Know the music beforehand. Don't let the pauses, or quiet moments take you by surprise. Tripod well get ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

The most obvious thing is that you chose to use f/11 for your photos. At least according to the EXIF data on this image, your lens had a maximum aperture value of f/5.1 at this focal length. By using ...
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What is the difference between the various image-stabilized Canon 18-55mm lenses?

The two main choices you'll find from Canon are that you can get an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 with either the newer "STM" (stepper motor) design, or the non-STM version "II" design (which uses micro-motors). ...
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What lens will let me take a photo of a bird high up in a tree?

What lens would work for a canon 6D to take up close photos of birds far away in the trees? It comes down to three questions: How up close do you want to get? How far away are the trees? How big are ...
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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around?

None of these lenses are going to approach L series lenses in terms of build quality and the ability to take punishment and just keep working as they should. There are reasons they offer near the same ...
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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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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

It depends. This is why getting a blanket lens recommendation almost never works. Everybody has a different set of priorities on what and how they want to shoot and how much they have to spend. ...
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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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How do I chose a lens for portraits which will also be useful in other situations?

The best lens for multi-tasking is a zoom lens. That is exactly what it is good at. You get to decide what trade offs you want. It sounds like you want an excellent general purpose lens, and also ...
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Use a fisheye lens on APS-C camera as ultra wide angle

A fish-eye lens is not just a lens with a very short focal length, it also has a specific distortion (cf. fish-eye projection vs. rectilinear projection). So while you can use a full-frame fish-eye ...
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How do I choose between an ultrawide zoom or the kit zoom as a beginner interested in architecture and landscape?

"Kit" lenses are often very good value for money, for two reasons - the manufacturer makes them cheap so they can be included with a camera without raising the price too much, and they don't want the ...
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How do I choose between an ultrawide zoom or the kit zoom as a beginner interested in architecture and landscape?

You're basically considering two different types of lenses: a "walkaround" zoom, and an ultrawide zoom. The 18-55 is less expensive because it's also sold to go with a camera body in the box, and you ...
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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

portrait, landscape, macro If these are the kinda of photography you intend on doing then maybe the kit lens is the better choice over the 35 prime. I assume you are going with the 55-200 regardless ...
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Is the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D a good choice for a D750?

Maybe. If you are primarily concerned with AF accuracy, a lens with an electronic connection to the camera and an internal SWM will very likely provide more shot-to-shot consistency than a lens ...
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What is the use of tele converter? Is it possible that it can be used for all lenses or only for the specific lens?

A teleconverter is basically a magnifying lens used between the camera body and the existing lens, it is also called an Extender. Physical compatibility with a teleconverter depends on the lens being ...
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Picking a right Fuji X lens for model/toy photography

The benefit of dedicated macro lenses is that they can focus very close, and achieve a 1:1 or 1:2 reproduction ratio. Based on your existing data (which is cool!), it looks like you're shooting a ...
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Help me find a lens with peculiar bokeh

In order to suggest lenses, we first have to identify what types of bokeh you are interested in, and which lenses exhibit those types of bokeh. "Soap Bubble" bokeh The first image is a very ...
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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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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around?

We all see things differently. People who complain online are likely to outweigh the people who write to tell you how happy they are. In that case, just be aware that complaints are far more frequent ...
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Options for MACRO 1:1 with Built in Motor

Nikon's macro lens lineup lists the following non-DX (that is, full frame), 1:1 lenses with built-in motor (AF-S): AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED The ...
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How to determine which lenses are good at testing teleconverter quality?

You can figure out whether the TC is the major cause of loss of sharpness by measuring lens resolution with and without TC. Measure lpmm using a resolution test chart without TC. If you max out the ...
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