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What does my camera do with the distance information?

I'm looking at buying a used Nikkor lens to use on my D80 (and on whatever the next body I buy is when I finally retire that body). For many of the older lenses you can get a significant savings by buying the version of the lens that does not send distance info to the camera (non-D version). How much do I care? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Feb 5, 2014 - 4 answers

What lenses should I get for a Pentax K5 II?

I'm looking at buying a used Pentax K5 II as my main camera rig. The most important use of this camera will be for documenting fieldwork, including photographing specimens in the field. I'd like to have a small selection of quality lenses that will cover me for most situations. I've been doing research, but there are so many options that it's hard for me to decide. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Best starter lens for Canon 60D?

I'm buying my first DSLR, a Canon 60D. My original intention had been to purchase a body and (18-55mm) lens kit and spend some time learning with that before purchasing any other lenses. However, I have found an excellent deal on a 60D body only and am contemplating purchasing that and putting the savings (and maybe a little top-up from the slush-fund) to purchasing a separate lens. (Especially as i understand that kit lenses tend not to be great quality). What would be your recommendation for a good, versatile lens for a DSLR beginner?
posted by jcm on Nov 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me find the perfect backpack for my travels

I need a backpack that can hold a 15" laptop and also have a great area for a DSLR camera, flash, and a couple of lenses. Do you have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Apr 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Which Nikon lens for low light kid photos?

Can you recommend a Nikon (or nikon compatible) lens for taking photos of a busy toddler without a flash? (Anon so I can surprise my husband for his birthday.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 19 answers

DSLR filter: Help me pick my first non-kit lens!

Several years ago, I purchased a Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350D) with the kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm). I've gotten a bit better since the early days, and I have a good eye, but I'm still not well-versed in the really technical stuff. In any case, I'll be taking a trip to Scotland later this year, and I'd really like to use my first overseas trip in over ten years as an excuse to upgrade my lens to something nicer. Complications: I'm also getting married soon and of course paying for said overseas trip, so my budget is pretty low, at least in terms of lenses—no more than $500, and preferably below $400. [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jun 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Lights, Camera, Action

Help me buy Canon lenses without breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Apr 13, 2012 - 28 answers

Faulty Nikon D80: repair or upgrade with new lens?

I have a faulty Nikon D80 with two superb lenses. What model is its natural successor, and what is the best quality lens I can get bundled with it? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 8, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me take pretty pictures.

Relatively new Canon dSLR owner planning a trip to some Really Beautiful Places. Looking to invest in a lens that will help me take some amazing shots while I'm there as well as on future adventures. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Collection of questions concerning creatively capturing cars with a camera?

I am a novice photographer who would like to improve my skills at photographing vintage cars primarily outdoors in natural light. I am looking to replace my old Nikon D50 and 18-55mm lens with a Nikon D3300. What would be the must-have lenses, filters and accessories for my task? Also best camera settings? Also interested in tricks for getting compelling images. Close up? High angle? Low angle? Just experiment? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Jan 24, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me choose a new DSLR

I'm looking into purchasing a Canon DSLR and need some advice on which package to choose [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Jan 6, 2012 - 17 answers

We're gonna zoom zoom zooma zoom. Or maybe macro, I dunno.

My wife has a Canon DSL (Canon-EOS Digital Rebel XTi) with only the stock lens that came with it. I'd like to get her a new lens but I know very little about DSLRs. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 9, 2011 - 25 answers

Lens pls.

What's the best affordable (below $200) lens for my Nikon D40 camera? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg on Sep 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me buy a camera?

I want a digital SLR. Which one and what accessories? [more inside]
posted by mewohu on Sep 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Friday Night Lights are not, it turns out, that bright.

PhotographyFilter: Teach me how to shoot outside at night under stadium lighting. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Lights. Camera. Rental.

I'm renting a Canon DSLR (60D or T3i) for our vacation in Seattle. Help me choose one single lens to rent with it. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Sep 5, 2011 - 15 answers

New Lens or Flash? dSLR for stage photography.

New Lens or Flash? -- Stage, low-light photography. [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom on Aug 23, 2011 - 28 answers

Is my lens broken? Or just broken?

I think my camera lens is broken. Is my camera lens broken? Image (and more information) within. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 30, 2011 - 7 answers

a few good len(s)

[DSLR-filter] I'm buying my first DSLR camera! Woohoo, excitement all around (except in my wallet). I've settled on a Nikon D90, but I'm not sure what lens to get with it. Options/details inside. [more inside]
posted by firei on Oct 24, 2010 - 24 answers

Smallest VR / IS prime lens for Nikon?

What is the smallest Nikon (or compatible) image-stabilization lens? My search results seem to indicate it is this: Nikon 18mm - 55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) Vibration Reduction Wide Angle Autofocus Zoom Lens, which is a VR version of the kit lens on a D40. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 17, 2010 - 12 answers

DSLR lens advice wanted

I'm trying to come up with a package of DSLR lenses that will cover 99% of my picture-taking requirements at the least cost. 18-200mm all-in-one or 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses? [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Aug 31, 2010 - 14 answers

Really just want to take some cute pictures of my kid.

I want to buy an entry-level dSLR for everyday toddler/family pictures. Should I go with a Nikon D80 or a Canon Rebel Xsi? And which lens(es)? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 16, 2010 - 31 answers

DSLR n00b

New to the DSLR world, and I need the hive mind's help with a couple questions. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Oct 20, 2009 - 19 answers

Whats an ideal everyday lens for an EOS 450D?

I need advice on a 'walking-around' lens on a sub-frame Canon DSLR. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Sep 24, 2009 - 33 answers

Help a DSLR Noob

[DSLR Noob Filter] Do I need to invest in a VR (vibration reduction) lens? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 21, 2009 - 28 answers

Cheap DSRL for low-light?

What cheap kit should I get to take relatively low-light photos? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Feb 26, 2009 - 21 answers

What DSLR + lens to shoot hockey (indoors)?

I want to shoot indoor hockey with a DSLR. What should I get for ~$1000-1500? I'm looking at Canon and Nikon. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Feb 19, 2009 - 18 answers

Best low-light lens for Nikon D80?

I am looking for a lens for my Nikon D80 that works well in low-light conditions. Something relatively compact and not too expensive would be best. [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Dec 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Best lens for low-light photography with a Nikon D50?

What is the best lens to use with a Nikon D50 for low-light situations where the subjects are moving? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Sep 3, 2008 - 20 answers

Old Lens with New dSLR?

dSLRfilter - What will a dSLR think about my 30 year old lens? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Aug 10, 2008 - 15 answers

Inexpensive, basic lens for a Nikon D40?

Inexpensive, basic lens for a Nikon D40? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on May 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Strike a pose, please.

Getting a DSLR today. What lens options should make a good set to take the plunge? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on May 5, 2008 - 20 answers

How useful is a 80-300mm lens for a DSLR?

Upgrading to a DSLR camera for the first time: how useful will an additional lens be? [more inside]
posted by unless I'm very much mistaken on Apr 24, 2008 - 22 answers

understanding lens on a Pentax DSLR

Lens 101 for new Pentax K100d DSLR owner. [more inside]
posted by bystander on Feb 6, 2008 - 13 answers

The photographer and the lens

What lens to buy? [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Jan 30, 2008 - 23 answers

Best walkaround zoom for Pentax K100D

I bought the Pentax K100D dSLR, partly on recommendations from here, and I love it. I have the 18-55 kit lens and the 50-200 zoom lens, which I mostly use. Now I would like to buy a faster in-between zoom, somewhere from 24-28 at the low end to 75-135 at the high end. I am trying to figure out whether to buy a Pentax, Tamron, or Sigma lens and am getting confused with all the contradictory reviews. The Tamron 24-135 is praised to the skies by some and trashed by others. I am leaning towards the Tamron 28-75 but would like something closer to 100 mm. Any advice?
posted by blue shadows on Nov 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Favorite Nikon Macro Lens?

What's your favorite Nikon-compatible macro lens? I'm completely new to macro photography (and still pretty new to photography in general, having purchased my first DSLR a little over a year ago), and I'm leaning towards the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF, largely because of the price differential between this and some of the other Nikkor macros. Anyone have any great experience with some of the makeshift macro lenses (using extension tubes, reversing rings, etc)?
posted by jacksides on Jul 23, 2007 - 9 answers

How-to buy a camera lens off craigslist?

Buying a used dSLR lens via craigslist: What to look for? How much to offer? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Jun 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Decent budget lenses for shooting babies, beautiful scenery, (and maybe) blooms?

Prospective DSLR user ISO decent budget lenses for shooting babies, beautiful scenery, (and maybe) blooms. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on May 8, 2007 - 23 answers

What type of lens should I settle on for my DSLR?

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR camera, and am looking for some input on which lens(es) to purchase. [more inside]
posted by tomorama on Apr 26, 2007 - 45 answers

Best lens for K10D camera

I am planning on buying my first dSLR camera, a Pentax K10D. What would be the best lens to go with it? I can only afford one, so I was going to get the Pentax 24-90 zoom but I am not able to find one. What other similar lens would you recommend?
posted by blue shadows on Jan 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Best every day dSLR lens and accessories?

This is a two part question: Which every day lens should I buy for my dSLR, and what other camera accessories should I get? There is [more inside]
posted by geeky on Oct 11, 2006 - 25 answers

Budget first-lens wide-angle options for a Canon 350D purchase?

Budget first-lens wide-angle options for a Canon 350D purchase? I'm looking at buying the latter, and want to find the most bang for few bucks on the former. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 11, 2006 - 19 answers

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