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Discussion of the buttons, dials, wheels, switches, and menus found on cameras.

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How can I fix a Nikon D7000 where the mode dial selects the wrong thing?

On my Nikon D7000, the Exposure Mode Dial suddenly changed its alignment. When I select P, the camera chooses A. The setting indicated on the selector dial does not match the setting as shown in the ...
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Do I use the camera or lens switch to change between auto and manual focus?

I own Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens. I am bit confused how the auto focus and manual focus switching works, particularly with my gear. The confusing part is both the camera and lens have an A-M ...
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How do I zoom in during image playback on a Nikon D3300?

I am new to the camera world. I have recently purchased a Nikon D3300. After I have taken a photo and try to view it on the screen, the plus (+magnification) button appears to do nothing when I try to ...
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Why does my camera turn off after taking 2 to 3 shots?

My camera is acting weirdly these days... After putting fully charged batteries into it I was only able to take 2-3 shots before it turned off and showed the battery low symbol. So I took my camera to ...
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Why can't I set the aperture on my Nikon D7200?

I have just recently bought the Nikon D7200 and am having trouble using aperture priority mode. I have been doing exactly what the manual says - I switch the mode to A but when I turn the dial on the ...
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Why does my remote automatically trigger the self-timer on EOS60D?

I have purchased a Chinese remote control. While setting it to interval shooting for time-lapse, it automatically runs the self-timer for 2 seconds, which is unnecessary and eats up the battery. How ...
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interval time on an intervalometer

i want to take about 399 images using a shutter speed of 25" set on Canon 7d using an intervalometer. should the interval setting on int be approx 27" and should i turn off preview? does delay on ...
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Why doesn't the f-stop on my D7100 change when I hold +/- and change the dial in manual mode?

On my Nikon D7100, the f/stop will not go down from 14 when I hold down the +/- button and turn dial. All I get is a little number below but the photos do not change exposure when I change this ...
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How can I change the ISO value on a Nikon D300S without taking my eye from the viewfinder?

I came from a Canon 450D to Nikon D300S and I have one minor complaint. The Canon allowed me to change all exposure settings while looking through the viewfinder and shooting in manual. In the Nikon, ...
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Why is the Depth of Field Preview button necessary?

I've looked far and wide but i cannot find the answer for this question. I know some older cameras and lenses used to have aperture rings on them, which allowed the user to set how open or closed the ...
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Why do camera manufacturers stick with the same awkward control layout imposed by film cameras? [closed]

You could replace the full set of controls with some much more intuitive and integrated click-wheel or touch-screen controls. But a good chunk of photography classes (my wife has taken a few courses) ...
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Is there a compact camera that offers secure deletion of pictures?

Does any manufacturer produce a compact camera which has the ability to securely delete pictures from the memory card? Or, failing that, have a format feature which really blanks the card rather than ...
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How useful is the top LCD screen on a DSLR?

I don't own a DSLR (yet), so i do not have an opinion on the question, but I'm really curious about the usefulness of a top LCD screen, as found on cameras like the Nikon D90 or d60 and up. Does you ...
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How can I get the bulb function to work on Olympus E-M5?

manual frustration with the E-M5! Whatever I do I can't get the bulb function to work and see the resultant image happening in the viewfinder or LCD screen. Help Please .
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Is there a way to press once to start and a second time to end bulb mode on a Canon Rebel T3?

I have a Canon Rebel T3. While the shutter speed is set to bulb, can I set it that so when I press the shutter release, it will open, and then press again to close? As it is now I have to continuously ...
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How is a Bulb mode enabled for a Canon EOS 70D?

I've owned a Canon EOS 70D for two weeks, but when I wanted to make a long exposure of the Geminid meteors I couldn't find the BULB Mode. Only a maximum of 30s shutter speed. So my question is: Is ...
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How do I control exposure in aperture priority mode?

I am a beginner, shooting in aperture priority mode. So I set the aperture I want for the scenery. Next thing is: how to control the exposure? I guess camera calculates everything else? I can ...
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Is there a way to change the size of the custom white balance sampling area on Fujifilm X cameras?

Like many cameras, my Fujifilm X-T10 has a feature to set white balance by framing a white object and clicking the shutter. From the manual: White balance measurement options will be displayed; ...
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Why don't the zoom buttons work on my DSLR?

I am a newbie to the new camera I just bought. It is a Nikon D5200 it has the original lens that came on the camera a 18-55 lens on it. My question is when I turn the lens to the 55 and then push the ...
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How to manually select aperture and shutter speed but have auto ISO on a Canon 7D?

I want to be able to manually adjust aperture and shutter speed, but leave ISO being set automatically. How can I do this on my Canon 7D?
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Unable to change shutter speed, ISO, or aperture on Nikon D3100 in any mode

I recently bought a Nikon D3100. But I have a problem now: I can't change shutter speed, ISO, or aperture in any mode. I am stuck at 1/100 and when I try to wheel it shows me 1/80 for a second and ...
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Why would I use manual camera controls instead of the automatic modes?

I'm very new to digital photography, so I still haven't gotten the hang of all this exposure and ISO stuff, etc. I have a Canon EOS T3. My question is how big of a difference does it make using ...
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How do I get back to shooting mode with the D5100?

Yesterday I got my Nikon D5100. After initial setup, I clicked a picture. All okay. Then to learn, I pressed the 'i' button to view the settings. Now I am not able to come out of this information ...
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How to change Shutter Speed and Aperture on Canon T2i?

I have a Canon T2i and I am having a hard time figuring out how to change the shutter speed and aperture. I have tried reading the manual but it seems to be a little unclear. Can someone please point ...
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Does the Sony A7 have a way to automatically adjust exposure parameters with a button press in M mode?

Is there a button (or custom function which could be assigned to some button) to auto-adjust exposure in Manual exposure mode on Sony Alpha 7? I am a new A7 user, and didn't find one yet. On other ...
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Moving the Color Trim to Quick Control Screen

I just got a Canon 5d Mark ii, and I am trying to get the settings so that the color trim is in the Quick Control Screen. Does anyone know how to get this there? Thanks!
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What is Bulb Mode?

My camera has a 'bulb mode,' and several questions on photo-SE refer to using Bulb Mode. A few questions: What is 'Bulb Mode?' Why is it called 'Bulb Mode?' What is 'Bulb Mode used for?
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Where is the setting for metering mode located under the D90 menu?

I own a Nikon D90 Camera. I know that I can select one of the metering modes by using the metering button provided on top of the camera. However, I would like to know under which menu item do these ...
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Pictures I took from my Nikon D5000 have low contrast. Whats wrong with my camera? [closed]

The pictures I have taken with my Nikon D5000 have low contrast, is there anything wrong with my camera? Every time I import pictures to Lightroom I have to adjust contrast to get a clear picture. ...
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Is it possible to get tethered focus and aperture control with any current DSLR?

I'm looking to get into some photography work and I had a couple questions. I'm quite an amateur at this, unfortunately, so I would appreciate any and all assistance! I want to be able to control the ...
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Looking for features on entry-level DSLR cameras

I am looking to upgrade an old Nikon D70 DSLR, as far as I can see features like dual control dials, and monochromatic LCD's on the top face of the camera displaying status information are missing ...
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How do disposable cameras work without exposure and focus control?

Before I got into photography, I used to use disposable cameras with ISO 400 film. I've gotten some decent results in various lighting, both inside and outside and at different focus distances. How do ...
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Can I change the Fujifilm X-Pro 1's viewfinder magnfication manually?

The Fujifilm X-Pro 1's optical viewfinder mode automatically switches magnification to match the prime lens mounted. There's a "bright frame" electronically drawn as a heads-up display showing the ...
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Does the Nikon D600 have a lockable mode wheel?

At the moment I am using a D7000 for portrait shoots but for some reason I keen on knocking the mode wheel from A to M quite often and it results in over or underexposed shots. I see that on top of ...
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Can I use the Samsung Nx300 in bulb mode without continually holding the shutter?

How can I shoot with my Samsung nx300 in bulb mode? Without continuing to press the shutter button? Thanks
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What does the Custom White-Balance *icon* represent?

I already know what White Balance is (at least enough to get by!) I already know what Custom White Balance is. All of the pre-configured White Balance options on the Canon DSLRs have meaningful icons ...
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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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What is the depth-of-field preview button on my DSLR supposed to show me?

I'm fairly new to DSLRs and I've been exploring the functions on my new Canon 60D. There's a button to the side of the lens described as the "depth-of-field preview button". Based on the limited ...
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How do I keep the Quick Control screen from constantly appearing on my Canon 60D's LCD monitor?

The following just happened today: When I turn on my Canon 60D, the Quick Control screen is shown on the LCD monitor, for the length of the auto power off time. Then power turns off. Similarly, ...
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Why does my D90 shutter release button sometimes not respond?

Once in a while, my recently acquired used D90 doesn't respond to the press of the shutter release button. Half-press, full-press, neither works. I make sure the Automatic/Manual focus switches are ...
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What cameras have aperture controls on the lens?

I used to own an old Minolta x-700. The thing I loved about that camera is that aperture was controlled using a ring on the lens. I've since used other cameras where aperture and shutter speed are ...
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Can I make my Canon dslr instantly zoom to 1:1 after shooting a picture?

When you shoot a photo, your picture is displayed onscreen. It's said to be possible to zoom in the picture, but pressing the zoom buttons do not zoom but activate their second function. So is it ...
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How has the interface changed from the Fuji X100 to the Fuji X100S?

How does the Fuji X100 interface different from X100S? I've read a lot of reviews that said that when the X100 first came out, the interface was very convoluted. Also I read that with the latest ...
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How do I select a focus point on the Nikon D5000?

My Nikon D5000 has 11 selectable focus points but shamefully I don't know how to choose another point other than the center point. How can I do this? Am I misunderstanding concepts?
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Can I activate VR using the AF-on button instead of a shutter half-press on my Nikon DSLR?

Usually I use the AF-on button on my Nikon D300 to focus when shooting sports. This way I can focus on the center, recompose, and be ready when something interesting happens. When using a lens with ...
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Why do Nikon cameras use lowercase “O”s instead of zeroes?

On every Nikon camera with an external LCD display and/or an in-finder one, figures of zero are stylized as the bottom half of an 8 rather than the outer rectangle of segments as used on almost every ...
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How do I activate wireless flash control with a Canon 60D?

I recently purchased a 430EX II for my 60D. When trying to set up the wireless flash control, I don't have "Flash Control" as an option in my menu. Do I need to perform a software update?
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What is the “AF Stop” button on some Canon lenses?

When looking at custom functions in Canon camera manuals, I've come across mention of setting functionality to have happen when the "AF Stop" button is pressed - a button that, apparently, exists on ...
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How to avoid switching “modes” of 4-way controller on Pentax K-5?

I quite enjoy ergonomics and user interface of Pentax K-5, except this one thing that drives me nuts. I shoot almost exclusively using a selected focus point, and the arrow buttons have two "modes" ...
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Are there any DSLRs with large controls that don’t need good hand-eye coordination to use?

It seems that cameras are getting impossible for people with poor motor skills to use. I have a friend that used to have a camera on a tripod that was fixed to his wheelchair. However he can’t ...