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

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What are the technical advantages and disadvantages of mirrorless?

The main doubt one can have about mirrorless is, I think that they do not provide ttl viewfinder. Is this a big disadvantage? In what way is it worst (or best) than classical reflex system? What are ...
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D90 and lenses upgrade [closed]

I have a Nikon D90 and currently use the following lenses: Nikon 70-300mm VR Ed IF Nikon 55-200mm DX AFS Nikon 18-55mm DX Sigma 70-300mm APO Macro My question, is the Nikon 55-200mm unnecessary ...
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Is the Nikon D5200 good enough for professional use, such as wedding parties?

Assuming the photographer has professional skills, are cameras over $2000 required? I really think from an image quality perspective, the Nikon 5200 is enough, the rest of the features of more ...
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Nikon D3200 lens flange has undocumented Button or lever

There is a button or lever located on the outside of the mounting ring, on the shutter release button side, lower quadrant of the ring. Mounted lenses, AF or AI do not make contact with this lever or ...
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Is it technically possible to build a camera body to correct for lens defects?

Most lenses tend to be expensive because the lens needs to be very complicated in order to correct for various optical effects (aberration, etc). Is it possible to build a sensor and processor ...
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Does a “body-only” DSLR need a lens added before use?

What does it mean for a DSLR camera to be described as "body-only"? I found one advertised for sale that was described as such, and I don't know if I'll need to add a lens. I assume that it means ...
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Body difference of D90 and D7100

I had a D90 for many years and sold it for a D7100. However the D7100 body looks like it's made lightly or cheaper than the D90, is that so? The feel of the D90 was solid with hard plastic but with ...
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What should I buy? (new body vs. lens) [duplicate]

Right now I have a Nikon D3100, a Sigma 50mm f1.4 (older version). Right now I have almost 1300$. What do you think I should buy? I'm hesitating between the Nikon D7100 or buying a Sigma 35mm f1.4 ...
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How do I do macro photography with a Tamron 18-270 VC macro lens?

I have just bought this lens for my Canon EOS 700D camera. How do I activate the macro facility on this lens?
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Is there a viable way to touch up the paint on an old camera body?

I'm using an old Canon New F-1 body. Its finish is completely black, but along the edges the paint has worn away. Is there a viable way to touch up the camera and get the nice black surface back ...
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What's the best bang for your buck to improve low light portrait shots: Lens, Flash or Body?

I want to get better action shots in low light indoor conditions. I've got a Canon T1i (APS-C size) with 3.5-5.6 18-55mm lens, and am thinking about a flash upgrade, a lens upgrade, and/or body ...
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What specific features do people upgrade camera bodies for? [closed]

I started off with an MFT camera after a lot of research, and now I find myself in a position wanting to upgrade to a camera+lens with good autofocus response. I wish I knew earlier, that this was a ...
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Viewfinder coverage: is it area or angle of view?

When whe specs of a camera say that the viewfinder has e.g. 95% coverage, does it refer to the area or diagonal angle of view? I'm more inclined to think it's about the area, but couldn't find ...
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How many actuations are “too many actuations”?

When looking at used camera bodies, a question that comes up a lot, is "how many shutter actuations, or clicks, does it have?" What I am wondering is, how many is too many. In other words, is there ...
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After how many shots is a camera considered old? [duplicate]

Many sell used EOS cameras and the number of shots vary a lot. People I have talked to tend to stay away from cameras that have more than 10.000 shots. Given that on a shoot I make an average of 200 ...
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What makes a camera 'weather sealed'?

What is the structural and mechanical differences between a weather sealed body and a non weather sealed body? Is weather sealing still effective if the lens isn't weather sealed?
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digital back for 35mm reflex cameras [duplicate]

Do you think there is a chance to see on the market a 35mm digital adaptor that can convert a 35mm reflex camera into digital camera? I saw many links with Nikon rumours about patents, or even some ...
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Should I upgrade my Canon body or lens for upcoming travel?

Having trouble deciding what to do. I am about to go on my honeymoon to Borneo, with lots of jungle tours, and wildlife spotting. I have a Canon XS with a kit 18-55 and a 75-300 non IS. I don't use ...
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What Canon film SLR with EF/EF-S lens support should I get?

I've been thinking about trying my hand at film photography recently, mostly to try and improve my skills so I'm using all the knowledge but on a more instinctive basis rather than shoot review, but ...
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How to clean a lens cover?

I own an all-in-one camera: a Canon Powershot A710. I'm not aware what happened exactly, but now the automatic cover (the thing that opens when you turn on the camera and the lens pops out) is sticky ...
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Why do you need a viewfinder in MILC?

What are the main reasons for choosing a mirrorless camera with a viewfinder?
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Thinking of upgrading my 550D, should I go for 7D or 5D? [duplicate]

Yep, I think this question has been asked quite a number of times, just thought I should ask based on what I need. I'm currently using a (close to) 4 year old 550D, so I was thinking it was time for ...
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Will I damage the command dial on my D5200 if I rotate it quickly?

In a Youtube video on the D5200 I saw that the guys handling the camera rotated the command dial very fast. I used to rotate the dial one jump at a time fearing that otherwise I would damage the ...
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Is my Canon camera broken, or do I just need a new battery door?

I lost my battery door months ago after misplacing it and upgrading to an external battery pack grip. The camera (Canon 5D) one day mysteriously stopped working and I assumed the battery pack was ...
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Why don't camera manufacturers offer pro bodies and pro lenses as a kit?

Why do camera manufacturers (Canon, for the sake of argument) not offer multiple types of "kits"? For example: 5d mkIII + 24-105 for $$ 5d mkIII + 24-70 F4L for $$ + $$ 5d mkIII + 24-70 f2.8 for $$ ...
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How to open the broken battery slot of my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS?

I have a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, and the battery slot is the one in the following picture. Unfortunately, someone borrowed it from me, and the broken slot is now broken in a strange way: it is ...
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What operating systems run on today's DSLRs?

I was just wondering if anyone could provide names and a bit of background on the Operating Systems the current day DSLRs (namely, Nikon, Canon) use.
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A/D conversion, processors marketed less actively than sensor characteristics?

Two questions: In most literature about digital photography, there is some info-graphics about the path of the light signal from sensor to the storage. It starts with sensor, then there is the ...
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What is the benefit of the sensor marker?

I know that this marker on my Canon EOS shows me where my sensor is: Form technical point of view this is interesting, but is there benefit for me as a photographer to know exactly on which level ...
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When a lens and camera are callibrated together, which is changed, and might other lenses be adversely affected?

I wonder what exactly is the calibration of a camera body and a particular lens. I know the effect, but how it is achieved? I recently bought 80-200 (the two-ring version), I was waiting for too ...
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What are the heaviest parts of modern DSLR bodies?

60D = 755g 600D = 560g Both are built on an aluminium chassis. The only difference I can think of is a pentaprism. Is it really that heavy? Almost + 200g What are the other heavy parts?
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What do you get for spending more money on a camera body?

I'm looking at DSLR bodies, and I have only one real feature I'd really like to have -- 1080P video recording. I'm looking at Nikons here for this example, but only for illustrative purposes -- I'm ...
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Same serial number on cameras from the same manufacturer

I found out that a Nikon D3000 has the same serial number as another Nikon D5100. I always thought serial numbers were unique at least among manufacturers, are they only unique amongst the same model ...
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How do camera body motors compare to in-lens motors for focusing?

What is the difference between using a motor on the camera body and the motor built into lenses? Aside from how both compare in terms of speed, what differences would I notice if I use a body with a ...
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The name of the gum part on the camera body for replacement

What do you call this gum part on the back side of the camera body where you hold your thumb at? My camera is a 5-year-old Nikon D90 and I have used it in many extreme situations without taking ...
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what are some online Simulators for Photographic equipments?

What are some online simulators for equipments like camera, lens, etc? I have been asking this question a few times and searched about it and found a few things. I present it in Q&A format so that ...
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How to tell if an impact to the camera caused any damage?

Today I dropped something on my camera's body, on the back of camera on image magnifier buttons. there is no signs of damage on the LCD or body and the buttons are working. I actually dropped the ...
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What is a magnesium alloy shell?

I have a Canon DSLR with a magnesium alloy shell. What does this mean, what are the other metals that make it an alloy, and why was magnesium used and not aluminium and steel?
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Is it lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies?

I read somewhere on this site itself that you should spend more on your lenses and less on your camera bodies. Is it a myth or a fact that mostly it is the lenses which make your photographs not the ...
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How to compare two DSLR bodies?

All DSLRs generally have: A manual setting for ISO, shutter speed, aperture Manual focus Raw format support Macro focus Custom white balance settings So, what are the factors which distinguish ...
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Can anyone review the Yashica 300 AutoFocus SLR?

I recently inherited a Yashica 300 Autofocus SLR. Because the camera was manufactured (1993) before we had online reviews of anything (cameras, books, TV's, etc.), I can't find any reviews on whether ...
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Why not have the diaphragm in camera body instead of the lens?

Why is the diaphragm to control the amount of light entering the camera typically in the lens and not the camera body itself?
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What characteristics make a digital sensor good?

Generally, the technical image quality of a digital image (before we get to the post-processing stage) is the product of the characteristics of the lens and the recording medium, with an important ...
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How does the D800E reverse the effect of an antialiasing filter by adding another filter?

According to http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d800-vs-d800e the D800E differs from the D800 in that one of the layers of the filter reverses the effect of the initial low-pass filter. How does this work? ...
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How small can current SLRs get and still give comparable photo quality?

Let's take the full-frame Canon 5D as example. How small can this camera be and still give comparable picture quality? What are the design constraints? Besides the sensor, the body, can the lenses ...
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Why is my 7D so loud?

I upgraded from my XTI with the 28-105 USM lens to the 7d with the 28-135 (130 maybe) USM IS lens. I'm just getting it unboxed and getting familiar with some of the buttons, etc - but i've noticed ...
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What is the bill of materials for a typical single lens reflex (or mirror-less) camera? [closed]

How does the bill of materials for a camera contribute to the actual cost and/or price of the camera and how do the hidden costs in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a camera to the public ...
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Do I need high end body to use telephoto lens?

I own a Canon 550d and wanted to buy telephoto zoom lens is it essential to buy high end body like 7d or 5d mark iii?
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As a beginner, which do I need to focus on more, camera body or lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When buying entry level cameras, are lenses really more important than the body? Is lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies? I am planning to get a DSLR, ...
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SLR camera with inbody motor verse AF- S lens [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do camera body motors compare to in-lens motors for focusing? Can I save money on lenses by buying a Nikon camera with an in-body autofocus motor? I would like to ...