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

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What is the name for the cap that fits over a camera when no lens is attached

I have a Nikon D5000 and I was wondering if there is a specific name for a cap that would fit over the front of my camera when no lens is attached.
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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 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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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 I'...
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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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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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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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A/D conversion, processors marketed less actively than sensor characteristics?

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 Analog-to-digital-...
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What other 40mm frameline compatible rangefinders are there?

The possibilities. 40mm is a rare length, and I want a 35mm film camera. I do not want adapters. There are a few options: The Leica cl Small Affordable Light meter issues Old (likely to need ...
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How important is body microcalibration feature?

I'm considering buying a Canon 760D / Rebel T6S but it lacks autofocus microcalibration. It's an expensive camera and all upper models including the 70D offer it - so is it something that I can ...
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What is the use of the focal plane mark on a camera body? [duplicate]

My camera body has a small marking on one side, indicating the position of the image sensor. (The manual even makes a point of explaining that this mark exists, and what it means.) What possible ...
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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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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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Camera cleaning by professionals or by myself? [duplicate]

My camera has accumulated some dust on its chip over the past 3 years and I want to clean it. Do you have experience with cleaning your camera's sensors on your own with appropriate gear? Do you ...
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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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When should I upgrade my camera body?

As the question says, when should I upgrade my camera body? In particular, if I have a low- to mid-range body (A DSLR such as a Nikon D3200 or Nikon D5100, or Canon SL1 or T5, or a mirrorless camera ...
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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 again?...
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Is there ever a right time to upgrade to full frame camera body?

Context I've been shooting with an a6000 (APS_C mirrorless) and I plan to move on up to full frame, preferably mirrorless as well. I'm debating on when to upgrade, and probably don't plan to buy ...
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My Nikon is not Focusing [duplicate]

my nikon D3100 is not focusing and also 'Lens Not Attached' error is coming. I even chabged the lens from 18-55 to 50mm 1.8G but still the problem was not solved
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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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How can I clean the smell of cigarette smoke from my camera body?

I just bought a used Canon 600D, and one of the first thing I realized when I tried it out is that the body reeks of cigarette smoke. It smells like layers upon layers of nicotine are stuck to the ...
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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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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 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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E-mount lenses to A-mount bodies?

Is there such a way to adapt E-mount lenses to A-mount bodies? If not is there a reason this can not be done? If there is such an adapter can you recommend an adapter to me?
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Why is the neck strap of an SLR attached to the top plate of the body?

Why is it that the neck strap of an SLR is attached to the top of the body? In my opinion it would be better if the neck strap would be attached to the bottom of the camera body. This would have the ...
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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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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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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 Art+...
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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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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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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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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 international translations for Canon DSLR body names?

Canon uses different codenames for the same camera body depending whether it is sold in North America or Europe. In Europe we have the 50D, 550D and so on, while the US has XTi (or something like that)...
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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?