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Digital Single Lens Reflex (Digital SLR or DSLR) cameras use a mechanical system to allow the image coming through the lens to also be viewed through the camera's viewfinder. This class of camera is the primary digital type used by professionals and are usually compatible with the lenses used on ...

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Why are SLR mechanisms still prevalent among high-end digital cameras?

I understand that back in the days when cameras captured images using photographic film instead of image sensors, the SLR design was a major innovation. It let you see through the viewfinder exactly ...
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Why the need for SLR in digital cameras?

Excuse my ignorance but as far as I know, SLR was invented in order to get the photographer to see (through the viewfinder) exactly what image will fall on to the film. In digital cameras the image ...
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Can I capture still images on my DSLR at the same rate as shooting HD video? (30 fps)

I have a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR. It looks like it can do 30 fps in HD video mode. However, I'd like to capture still images at 30 fps—is this possible somehow? Would I have to resort to some ...
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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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Looking for a dslr camera [duplicate]

Being a beginner, which camera I should buy?. Canon 1200d or Nikon d3200. I would love to have detailed analysis between them. And suggest some standard lens for that particular camera, for example - ...
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Is it safe to change the lens on my new DSLR?

I recently bought myself a shiny new DSLR camera. Before I can use it, I had to do something kind of terrifying: mount the lens. Now of course, half the advantage of SLR cameras is that the lenses ...
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Does a lens exist that is parfocal, has a linear zoom throw, and is affordable?

I'm working on a project to create, essentially, a servo-powered zoom lens, using a (D)SLR zoom, a zoom ring gear, and a stepper motor. After mounting the zoom ring gear, I'll attach a pinion gear to ...
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Gear for carrying and storing a DSLR on a backpacking trip?

I'm planning on going on a short backpacking trip at the end of this month and would like to take along my DSLR. What are some good options for me to carry and store my camera and a tripod if I'm also ...
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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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Non-DSLR Beginner Camera choices

I've been wanting to get into photography as a hobby for a while (I've been restricted to getting creative with screenshots in video games in the meantime), but the main thing that's been keeping me ...
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What's the widest wide-angle lens available to Canon Full Frame DSLRs?

Is there anything wider than the Sigma 12-24mm? Are there any attachments I can put on my camera to get an even wider focal length?
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How do I permanently set continuous mode on the Nikon D5100?

I'm traveling and I don't have access to my manual, so I'm sorry if it's in there. I flip between modes a lot and tend to use full auto (when family doesn't have patience for me to set something up). ...
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Quickly Move A Circular Polariser Between Lenses

I have sausage fingers and often shoot in cold and wind. I have a 77mm circular polariser and rings that I leave on my lenses that step them up to 77mm. I find screwing and unscrewing the polariser an ...
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What can cause black corners in an image?

There are completely black corners in some of my photos. What can cause it? I have a full-frame Canon 5D Mk II and had the problem with my 24-105 Canon lens recently and have experienced it with my ...
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Do digital cameras lose picture quality over time?

For some reasons when I look at my first pictures from my camera (DSLR), they look stunning. I know it could be just psychological. Another friend told me that her camera was really good when she ...
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Nikon D5200 - Dark band occurring on right half of liveview and in videos

OK, here's my story. One day, I noticed that the liveview of my D5200 started to exhibit a darker band/ stripe when exposing in low-light environment. Literally the right half of the screen appears ...
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Do different “Picture styles” affect RAW output?

I was reading again the manual of my camera (Canon 50D, but I am sure that each DSLR offer the same kind of functionality, albeit I don't know the exact names adopted) and noticed the issue of Picture ...
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Hot-swapping batteries in a battery grip

I was thinking how good this would be for long recordings, where for example, you have the camera connected to a computer as an external camera, and then have it running through digicam control: My ...
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How can I connect multiple Canon dSLRs in parallel to a computer?

I want to connect a couple of Canon cameras with my computer in such a way that a single click both captures images and stores them on the computer. I am trying the same in c#. Actually, I have ...
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Do DSLRs allow use of electronic shutter for photography for stop-motion?

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR soon for doing frame-by-frame paper, stop-motion animation video work. I do not want to have to keep fixing a mechanical shutter for my DSLR, which I hear is a ...
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How can I measure and duplicate camera orientation on a ball mount?

I have a Pentax K5 with its default lens, and a ball-mount tripod that can hold 17 lbs max. I need to take two shots in two different locations, and have the camera in the same spatial orientation ...
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What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first “serious” camera?

I am thinking of buying a camera to learn photography. Most of the time I'll be shooting portraits and landscapes. But I am not sure where I should start. Most of my friends tell me that I should get ...
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Will metering from a DSLR apply to a film SLR?

I still like to shoot with film (I use a Nikon F3) but I like the immediate feedback of digital. I'm thinking of buying a used DSLR to help me get the framing and lighting right when I shoot static ...
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Is there any significant difference between Nikon and Canon?

I'm considering purchasing a DSLR for the first time here in the next couple of months. The two "big boys" seem to be Canon and Nikon. I've looked at both companies, and I can't really see significant ...
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Which DSLR Camera to buy Canon 700D(T5i) vs Nikon D5500? [closed]

I am a beginner with DSLR.My purpose is nature photography and videos. I searched over internet and found Canon 700D at much lower price but Nikon D5500 providing much more features. So I liked ...
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What can I do when my Nikon D5200 gives an SD card error with every card?

My D5200 has developed a problem, every time I turn it on I get the error message "This memory card cannot be used. Card may be damaged Insert another card." I have tried multiple memory cards in the ...
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Why does my camera lens only work with a Polaroid .43x lens? [duplicate]

I got a brand new Canon Rebel T6i and along with it came an ef-s 18-55mm lens, and a Polaroid studio series .43x wide angle lens (which I believe is a telephoto lens). The camera worked fine, but ...
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Why does my Canon 24-70mm L Lens appear to produce higher noise/grain than my 50mm f/1.4 in similar environments?

I just purchased a brand new 24-70mm f2.8 II for my upcoming trip. I've been testing out this lens for the past few days, and have noticed something that I'm a bit confused by. It seems by my tests, ...
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How common are hot pixels on new cameras?

How common are hot pixels on new cameras?! I read that people may check up to 5 cameras at stores to actually find a perfect one, is this true? so how commons is this? what is the chance of getting a ...
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Mirrorless camera vs. mid-range DSLR — how to decide?

I am in the market for a new mid-range camera for still images (not video). I am currently a Canon T2i user. I originally posted the question as: Olympus EM-1 vs. Nikon D7100. But that got me ...
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Using SLR Lenses on DSLR Cameras

I'm just starting out with DLSR photography - I recently purchased a Sony A230 with the kit lens (18mm - 55mm). I know that the lens mount is compatible with Minolta lenses. These lenses were ...
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Digitizing old photos flatbed scanner or dslr?

After plenty of research I realised that flatbed scanners lose the battle to dslr when it comes to scanning negatives as seen in the picture: But what about old basic paper photos? Will an average ...
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Help me choose my DSLR / mirorless camera for video [closed]

I have spent one week of my life already watching videos on Youtube, trying to find a camera for myself. I am searching for a camera which will make filming of my Youtube videos a breeze. But my ...
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How to automatically measure subject dimensions (width/height/distance) without physically measuring?

What methods are used for automatically measuring the dimensions (width/height/distance/etc.) of a subject without having to get in there with a measuring tape? I am just starting to get into ...
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What is the best way to clean the sensor on a digital SLR?

I've got a couple of spots of dust on the sensor of my Canon 20D - a rocket blower isn't shifting them, and I'm ridiculously scared of some of the more direct methods for cleaning sensors -- what ...
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Dead bug on the inner side of the focusing glass — how can I get it out of there?

Today, while taking some photos, I noticed some dirt on my DSLR. After some investigations, I found that it was a dead bug (or it looks like), and it seems to be on the inner side of the focusing ...
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How can I fire two cameras simultaneously with different settings but the exact same view?

I have an idea I want to play around with and I was hoping something already exists for it but google has turned up nothing. I want to use two cameras synchronized to fire at the exact same time and ...
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How to programme EOS utility to take n number of shots?

I just installed the EOS utility program and wanted to know if it's possible to tell the program to take let's say 10 or 15 or 40 shots in a row, well you get the idea.
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How farther objects in a scene makes more bokeh? [duplicate]

Why is it that DSLRs makes more bokeh from far objects compared to near ones (Large apertures)? How camera sensor (or lens) function to take this shots? EDIT: My question is different as in the link ...
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Is always leaving power on bad for CMOS?

I am pretty new to DSLR, and there is one thing I am curious about. I watched some videos and heard from my friends that it is ok to turn the power button on even you do not use the DSLR (camera will ...
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What type of lens equipment would work well for portraits of makeup clients? Is a standard 18-55mm enough?

I am a professional makeup artist who is looking for good equipment that fits my needs as artist. I want to use this camera to be able to collect high quality images to add to my website portfolio. I ...
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Camera bag suggestions for DSLR and a Laptop [closed]

My requirement may sound very peculiar but still thought of taking suggestions from all of you. Mostly I travel with a mid size DSLR 1-2 lenses (50 mm, 18-105mm) and few accessories and a Laptop ...
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Should I get the Sony Alpha a7r II or a DSLR? [closed]

I've had the camera I have for a few years now (the Nikon d40x) but have been thinking about getting a new camera as the Nikon d40x doesn't have great low light performance. I've been thinking about ...
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What type of lens should I buy? [closed]

I'm fairly new to the photography and just recently have been looking to buy new lens. My boyfriend bought me a Nikon D3200 last Christmas and I just recently started using it more frequently. The ...
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How to use a fisheye lens on a Canon T3i compared with a T2i?

The question may seem simple, so let me explain it more: I had a Canon T2i, which I used for a time with my fish eye lens. When zoomed all the way out on the fisheye lens there used to be visible in ...
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Does mirror lock-up drain the battery?

When using the mirror lock-up mode or Nikon’s exposure delay mode, is it true that keeping the mirror raised for some time requires more battery power? Is the mirror flipping mechanism continuously ...
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How does shutter work when shooting videos? [closed]

I am a little confused about the concept of shutter speed in video shooting mode. I assume that the "shutter speed" means how fast the shutter would open and close. When this happens, I would hear a ...
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Is this a scratch or dust in my Nikon D3200 Viewfinder? [duplicate]

I recently bought a refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR and saw this speck in the viewfinder. My question: is it just dust or a scratch? (This does not effect my photos- just the viewfinder.)