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  1. #1
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    Which lens was used to take a photo?

    I have a Nikon D80 DSLR and four different lenses and Adobe Photoshop Elements 4

    If I choose a photo and then open Show Properties and Metadate, I am told that the photo was taken with a Nikon D80 camera, but I am not told which lens was used.

    Surely, a Metadata record of the make and type of lens that was used to take a photo is as important as the make and type of camera used.

    Is there software that will tell me. Or am I missing something?

    Woodpigeon

  2. #2
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    i use a program called faststone image viewer and when i have in full screen mode. and slide the pointer all the way to the right it shows me the Exif. and shows me the focal length. i never heard a one that tells you what kind of lens it is.

    D40 18-55mm Tamron 70-300MM SB400
    Canon S3 IS
    Canon A570 IS
    Kodak Z710

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    lightroom tells me what lens was used...
    Nikon D7000 - Nikkor AF-S 70-200vrII f2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 105vr f2.8 Micro | Nikkor AF-S 16-85 | Nikkor AF-D 35mm f2 |Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro | SB-700 | SB-600


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    Capture NX shows what lens was used. I believe PSCS3 does also.
    Jason

    "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier dies but once."-2Pac


    A bunch of Nikon stuff!

  5. #5
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    Thank you.

    My lenses are -

    Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED
    Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED
    Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8D
    Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1:3.3-4.5 [seconhand and rather old]

    Adobe Elements 4 Metadate also has 'Focal Length' and a number, as per wilson44512. I assume that the number indicate the focal length of the lens used? So, what was that lens, please. If I used my 55-200mm lens, what would the Metadate Focal Length be? I surmise that if I used my 50mm 1:1.8D, the Metadata Focal Length would be 50.

    I hope always to use Nikon lenses so it is really the type, or focal length, of the lens that I would like to know

    woodpigeon

  6. #6
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    The Microsoft Photo Info add-in will allow you to see EXIF data as well as add your own comments http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...photoinfo.mspx and works with both Vista and XP, see the FAQ page http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...toinfofaq.mspx for more info, especially concerning Nikon RAW files. Additionally Vista will allow you to add columns in Explorer to display this info.

    Lucy
    In Use (all Nikon)
    D2x, D200, D2Hs (x2) F6
    400mm f/2.8D, 70-200mm f/2.8G VR, 28-70mm f/2.8, 17-35mm f/2.8, 60mm f/2.8, 10.5mm f/2.8G DX, 1.4x 1.7x & 2x Teleconverters, SB800 x 4 plus various tripods, bags, leads, etc


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    D1, D1x, D2h(x2) F3(x2) 80-200mm f/2.8 Mk2 (x2), 80-200 f/2.8 Mk3, 28-70mm f/2.8 (x2), 17-35mm f/2.8, 16mm f/2.8

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodpigeon View Post
    If I used my 55-200mm lens, what would the Metadate Focal Length be? I surmise that if I used my 50mm 1:1.8D, the Metadata Focal Length would be 50.
    The focal length reported is the actual focal length of the lens at the time the photo was taken so if you have any focal lengths over 70mm then by default you must have been using your 55-200.
    Anything between 18 and 35 must be your 18-70.
    Any number other than 50 between 35 and 55 could be one of two lenses (18-70 or 25-70) and if you have a number of 50 it could be also be one of 3 lenses. If it's between 55 and 70 then you have a choice of two lenses.

    You should get a program like the ones already mentioned or Opanda that will tell you the actual lens used rather than just the focal length otherwise it's just a guessing game.

  8. #8
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    To everyone,

    Many thanks for your interest and advice. I have a better understanding and this question can now be put to bed.

    woodpigeon

  9. #9
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    The information is in the EXIF, but most viewers don't seem to display that particular field. EXIF Viewer (http://www.amarra.de/exif_uk.htm) will show you the lens, not just the focal length. There's more info in the EXIF than you likely have any idea is there.

  10. #10
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    Thank you. I shall investigate EXIF Viewer when I get my camera back. It went back to Jessops this week to have a spot of dust removed from the sensor and I'm also hoping that a distortion problem will be solved. Have used four different lenses and there is distortion with each. 'Saw tooth' edges and 'disjointed' and 'barley sugar' straight rods and tubes. Frankly, a disappointing camera and it was new when I bought it in June last year. I tried to get an explanation why there is distortion and the manager of the store where I bought it told me I was slagging off a good camera. He didn't even look at it.

    Yours sincerely, woodpigeon

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