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Questions about the non-lens portion of cameras that have interchangeable lenses

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Why does my new camera appear to have over 3000 photos taken already?

I just bought a new Canon EOS 60D and a new 8GB SDHC card. When I started it the first time I realised that the shutter count on Battery-Information-Menu was at 256 taken photos. I made a few shots ...
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Which impacts the speed of focusing more, the lens or the camera body?

Speed is the larger concern, but a description of accuracy would be appreciated as well.
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I would like to bare open my Canon D-SLR. Which tools should I buy and use in order to get the best results?

By best results, I mean, not damaging the tiny screws or any other fragile part of the camera. I would like to be able to open it, and then close it again.
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Which is the first camera that introduced dial method to set values?

When was the first camera with dial(wheel) method to input settings introduced? Which model is it?What is the method that is used before this?
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How is shots per second of a camera is measured?

I was just curious to know what are settings used in testing the camera's shots per second?Especially the shutter speed. Whether its set to the camera's maximum capability or any standard shutter ...
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Is introduction of touch screen in DSLRs a boon? [closed]

With Canon introduced EOS 650d with touch screen, does it have an useful effect on photographers?Will this storm drive other manufacturers too or will it fade away just with this?Also is there any ...
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How are Nikon model numbers classified?

How does Nikon series numbers work? For example for Canon is pretty simple: 1000 series is "cheap" 100 series (600D, 650D) is "enthusiast" 10 (50D, 60D) series is semi-pro 5 and 1 series are pro ...
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What are shutter actuations?

I was just reading the question How many actuations are "too many actuations"? and trying to figure out what a shutter "actuation" actually is. The only thing I can guess is that it's the number of ...
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how to improve body scape shots?

This is the best of a series of shots taken of an athlete model. The image does no justice to the model because it lacks the peaks and valleys the model worked hard to get. there was a clear 6pack on ...
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Is there a digital body which will let me use lenses from my Yashica Fx 2?

I have a Yashika FX-2 that I bought back in the 70's. I would like to upgrade the body to a digital form and I'm not sure which ones I can buy. I have several different lenses and I really don't want ...
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Is it possible to convert a film SLR to digital?

This may well be a question to which the answer is "can't be done," but I was wondering whether it was possible to convert a film SLR to a DSLR by putting a sensor in place of the film. I have a bunch ...
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How important is a backup camera body?

I've read that a professional photographer should have at least two camera bodies, with one serving as a backup. How important is it to have a backup camera body? Consider both amateur and ...
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Canon camera body names [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the major differences between these camera series by Canon? Right now I'm rocking a Canon Rebel XS and I get that there's some kind of progression from XS to ...
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Is it necessary to use a full-frame camera to get the best out of my Canon EF 180mm f3.5 L?

I do mostly handheld macro photography and I currently own a Canon 40D. I want to buy a new camera and I don't know what is the best choice. My goal is to get the best of my lens. So I'm not sure if ...
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How do I properly hold a rangefinder-style camera in portrait orientation?

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 has a fancy hybrid viewfinder, which can almost magically be switched between EVF and optical modes. In EVF mode, the display is created by reading the main sensor, so it's an ...
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What is an “image plane indicator”?

There is a symbol, a circle with a horizontal line passing through it, on the right side of the top-plate LCD of my Pentax K-5: This symbol also appears on my Pentax K-r on the left side of the ...
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What does the theta symbol near the flash represent?

On my camera, between the mode dial and the flash, there is a white theta symbol. I've also seen it on review sites in pictures of other cameras, often in different locations but always near the ...
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What types of digital cameras are out there?

Everything I come across while researching digital cameras for the most part falls into two categories: Point-and-Shoot and SLRs. Are there any other types of cameras, be it professional or consumer, ...
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Is 5D good as a second body beside a 5D mark II?

I own a 5D mark II and I do event photography. I have numbers of lenses in my collection and that's the reason I am looking for a second body, because changing lenses in event is a real pain. Do you ...
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Nikon vs Canon vs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the most notably differences between Canon and Nikon lenses? Is there any significant difference between Nikon and Canon? My original thought behind this ...
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Can I save money on lenses by buying a Nikon camera with an in-body autofocus motor?

I have dilemma what camera is better Nikon D5100 or D90. The first one is newer but the second one has lens servo ("screwdriver") motor. My question is: can I save some money overall with the more ...
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One expensive (L) lens or a variety of cheaper lenses, or a better body?

I'm a photography enthusiast, my current equipment are the following: Canon EOS 1000D EF-S 18-55mm (the kit lens) Sigma 55-200mm Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (the one i enjoy the most) Now so you can ...
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After 2 years of amateur photo, buy a new body or a great lens?

Two years ago I bought my first DSLR. Since then I have bought and inherited some lenses. What should I buy next, a better body or more lenses? I enjoy photography but I do it fewer than I'd like (not ...
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What do you call the symbols that you can see on the edges when you look into your camera viewer?

I'm talking about the tiny and sometimes quite useful symbols/indicators for this: http://a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/PentaxK10D/Images/Features/viewfinderview.gif is there a general name for the ...
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What is Quiet mode on a DSLR?

I've heard that some newer DSLRs have a "Quiet" mode that reduces the noise the camera makes when you take a picture (as mentioned in answers to some questions) How does it work? Are there any ...
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How important is lack of color matrix metering and 100% viewfinder in Nikon F100 compared to Nikon F5?

I'm planning to buy a film camera. I'm undecided between Nikon F100 and Nikon F5. The major differences that I could figure out from Thom Hogan's review are: Pro F100: F100 is lighter than the ...
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What's behind these memory card problems with my new Nikon D7000?

Recently I bought Nikon D-7000. It's fantastic camera, but I am facing few problems: I am using 16GB San Disk memory card in slot 1. While taking photos, sometimes it shows a memory card error. If I ...
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How to clean an oily spot from the camera body?

This is very trivial. You are eating some food, you grabbed your camera for some reasons and inadvertently you left an oily finger print on your camera. It should be easy to remove right? But it ...
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Is there any bridge camera with an interchangeable lens?

In another question, I read that to begin with a budget of 250 Euro max, I could get a bridge camera. But are there any with the possibly to change the lens?
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What sets apart DSLRs in different price levels?

I was going through different models of Canon and found that the price range of the camera body for entry level DSLR is lesser than the semi-professional DSLR although both of these range of cameras ...
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Can I replace or repair the rubber wrapper for ease of holding my Rebel T2i?

I just got my Rebel T2i in the last two or three months, and since I haven't bought a camera bag yet, I just take my camera in my backpack with my notebook and other accessories. I don't know how ...
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Why has no one invented a 4:5 aspect ratio APS-C/35mm-sized DSLR?

People keep inventing different form factors and formats for cameras, but none seems to have hit on what seems (to me) like an obvious one. Why doesn't somebody build a camera with a sensor that has a ...
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Are mirror-less cameras good enough to buy instead of a DSLR for home/amateur use?

I'm an amateur photographer looking to buy a camera for my home use. I called myself "photographer" just because I actually can press the button and take a photo! My first digital camera was VGA ...
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Is it possible to make a 35mm digital camera with the same size / weight / price as a 35mm film camera?

Why are full-frame digital cameras huge, heavy, $6000 beasts when 35mm film cameras fit in a pocket and cost $6? Are full-frame cameras getting smaller, lighter and/or cheaper? If not, why? If ...
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Why is there a mechanical shutter in a digital camera?

I understand that in a camera the diameter of shutter opening — the aperture — controls how much light comes in, and this affects the resulting exposure. But I don't understand why, in a digital ...
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What are all the options or features a DSLR camera body can have?

I was curious to know if there was a place that lists all the options that are possible on a DSLR camera or even which cameras have them? for example: Video recording, Night vision, The speed in ...
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What are the consequences of making camera bodies black?

Considering that silver and other camera colors are outsiders, I wonder if there is a specific reason to make black camera bodies. I can think of several "marketing" reasons (discretion, first, or ...
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Is there a difference in the sensor technology in entry level cameras vs. that in pro or semi-pro DSLRs?

Obviously there are differences in everything, both optics-wise and mechanism-wise, but I would like to know: Are the materials used to construct sensors (disregarding sensor size) different at any ...
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Can the camera be considered to the Human eye? [closed]

So mirrors make you look so big, and some mirrors don't. And they only thing that actually tells you your volume of you body, is the human eye! So, If i took a picture Would it show me, what other ...
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Should I consider spending more money now on a body if I don't plan on upgrading anytime soon?

I know the general advice is to spend money on lenses and avoid spending on the camera body. However, I'm in a position where I intend to purchase a camera to last for 15 or 20 years. I'm not a ...
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Does the camera tell me the shutter speed it will use when in aperture priority and the aperture and ISO are set?

I am wondering if a DSLR can show what the shutter speed it will use prior to shooting. I was doing some shooting in a library this morning and was using aperture priority. My daughter was running ...
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In film cameras with film advance levers, what happens if I don't crank the lever all the way?

In film cameras with film advance levers, what happens if I don't crank the lever all the way? Will the lever 'remember' the last position it was at and keep the shutter button locked until I crank it ...
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What motor gets used if both lens and camera body have a focus motor?

If both a camera body and lens have motorized autofocus, would one be used over the other or would both work in tandem to speed the focus process along?
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Is Image Stabilization better in the lens or the body? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between in-lens image stabilizing and in-sensor image stabilizing? Some DSLR manufacturers have image stabilization (IS) in the body of their ...
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Are there any 35mm cameras that I could control with a computer?

I saw some work at an art show last night that reminded me that I'm interested in trying out Redscale at some point. And so I was browsing around online for redscale stuff today, and came across a ...
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“Factory reset” for D40?

I'm getting my D40 prepped to be sold, and I want to set the camera back to the original factory settings. When I do the "two button" reset (holding the "I" and "info" buttons down for two seconds), ...
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What's the difference between the levels of weather sealing on DSLRs (e.g. 50D vs 7D vs 5D vs 1D)?

My Canon 450D can (or at least has) survived light rain, condensation in the cold and a little icing up overnight during astrophotography... The various different levels of camera above the ...