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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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Can I use vintage lenses on Nikon D3200

I tried researching this but I kept getting contradictory answers - is it possible to use vintage/film lenses on Nikon D3200 (with lens adapters if necessary)? If so, are these lenses limited to ...
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Will too much time-lapse photography reduce a DSLR's life, or cause any other damage?

I own a Canon 550D, and I'm planning to do some time-lapse experiments this weekend just for fun. Will it cause any damage or reduce my DSLR's lifetime if I do too much of it?
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Does Expeed 3 make D3200 better than D5100?

I am thinking of my buying my first DSLR and have narrowed down to D3200 and D5100. Given that their price is the same, I am having a tough time figuring out which one to buy: D5100 is the more ...
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Recommended way to do photomicography outdoors?

The first part of the question is, what is the best microscope to use that you can attach to a DSLR camera (I have a Canon 7D), that's reasonably priced (not like $20k or whatever, ideally less than ...
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Is a 3rd party (Tamron) lens safe to use on a Canon EOS 600D?

Is it safe to use a Tamron lens with my Canon EOS 600D DSLR? Will it affect the sensor in any way?
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How to figure out if a DSLR will help my interest in photography?

I bought a point and shoot camera 2 years back and now I feel like I need a dslr with 50mm lens (because I think 50mm pictures look stunning) The problem is when I initially bought the PnS camera, I ...
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What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR?

I am thinking of buying a digital SLR camera. What things should I be looking for?
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How do Micro 4/3s cameras compare with DSLR cameras?

What are the major (and perhaps more subtle) differences between the newer Micro 4/3s format in comparison to the well-established DSLR cameras? What are the pros and cons of the Micro 4/3s format, ...
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Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately?

I am planning to buy a DSLR soon. Before I zero in on the model, I want to know whether it is advisable to buy a kit (body + 18-55 lens) or not? OR should I go for the camera-body and the lens ...
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Why isn't saving photos as TIFF files a popular choice by DSLR manufacturers?

Why do many DSLRs have the option to save in RAW or JPEG but not in TIFF? It would be useful to save it as a TIFF file using lossless compression. It would be a midway between RAW and JPEG. Is it ...
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Replace existing 2006 Canon Rebel XT or repair it?

I have an 2006 Canon Rebel XT with the default (16-18mm???) lens. In all these years I haven't cleaned the lens or camera and I have got a little scratch (visible on pictures only when noticed ...
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Key Points When Buying Used Camera-Body? [duplicate]

I'm looking to buy my first DSLR (Nikon D610), and was wondering what are they key factors to look for, when purchasing a used/refurbished camera? I've read through, Refurbished , and the answers ...
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Beginner photography - Low end DSLR vs mid/high end Point and Shoot/P&S?

I am an beginner enthusiast and I don't want to become professional ever. However, I want to be able to shoot good quality photos that can be used for personal purposes or sold off to say people, ...
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Why do my photos appear more in focus when I use a long exposure?

Why does an unfocused lens still give a focused view with a longer exposure? For example, I took an out-of-focus photo with a ¹⁄₁₀th second exposure (at f/7.1), but when I change to 10 seconds (at ...
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Can I put different lenses with a lens adapter on a point and shoot?

I have the Nikon L830 advanced point and shoot camera. It's not a DSLR. Can I put a different lens with a lens adapter on my camera? I want to do that to have more control on the focus and the depth ...
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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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How do DSLRs figure out what aperture to select in P mode?

In program mode, DSLRs adjust not only the ISO and the shutter speed, but also the aperture. The aperture has a huge impact in some situations. For example, when shooting a close subject in front of ...
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How do Cokin and Lee filter systems compare to each other?

Is there any material difference between Cokin and Lee filter systems? I'm looking for a limited range of filters - ND, Grad ND and Polariser - for use with a Sigma 10-20 Wide angle lens on a Nikon ...
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Why are SLR lenses so much larger than Sony E-mount lenses?

Most lenses for Nikon and Canon APS-C SLRs seem to be much larger than Sony E-mount lenses, despite the sensor size being the same (APS-C). This holds for both primes and zooms, and it holds for the ...
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Can I save the JPEG preview image that's generated in-camera when I shoot in RAW-only mode?

When you're shooting in RAW-only mode (not RAW+JPG), most (all?) cameras also generate a JPEG preview using the current style settings. This is what you see momentarily when you first import the image ...
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When is a camera 'worn'? [duplicate]

How many frames does a 'worn' camera have on its back? 10,000? More? Less? When should you decide not to buy a used camera, frame-wise? My girlfriend and I shoot something like 3000 frames a month. ...
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Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm VR lens producing blur and below par images

I am a beginner to the photography on DSLR. I have started with VR 18-55mm kit lens and its been not at all satisfactory till now. All the images I have taken till now are blurry. I have checked with ...
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What features would cause a portrait photographer to choose a DSLR over Mirrorless?

With the new line of mirrorless cameras being announced this fall, the gap between DSLR and mirrorless cameras continue to close. There are many generic discussions comparing the two, but as a ...
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Switch from T3i to Fuji X20? [duplicate]

I've had a Canon T3i for about a year now, getting it as an upgrade to a small Canon point-and-shoot. I mainly got the T3i for the additional shooting setting controls and the ability to change ...
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Which DSLR camera to choose for semi-pro use? [closed]

I want to buy a DSLR for casual photography and sometimes professional use. Professional use would include shooting architecture (working with wide angle lenses) and events (low-light conditions). ...
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Mode dial fell off for Nikon D7000

After preparing myself to watch camera video, I dropped my nikon and the dial fell off. Is there a way of fixing this? http://imgur.com/a/X9fMW
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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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Which Nikon DSLRs have an autofocus motor in camera body?

I have a Nikon D3000 and a lens which has no autofocus motor. But under the lens, I have found a screw which rotates with the focusing control. My D3000 does not have any autofocus motor inside the ...
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Accuracy of shutter actuation count in Canon and Nikon cameras

Nikon In most Nikon DSLRs, shutter actuations could be found in the Exif data and it's possible by using a tool as simple as this online Exif viewer, however Nikon support website says that: This ...
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Where is the Canon DSLR second-hand sweetspot?

I currently have an EOS 3000V. It was my first SLR and I thought that the romance of film would outweigh the impracticalities. It's served me well for a couple of years, but I'd really like to step ...
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How do I choose a zoom lens for my Canon DSLR when I'm ready to move beyond the kit lens?

I am using Canon 500D with the kit lens (18-55). I think I have done enough with 18-55 and want to try out next lens. I have already decided to purchase 50mm prime. I also wanted to get a Zoom lens. ...
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What are the extra features offered by a higher end model camera body?

The role of a lens is pretty clear for a nice sharp image, but how much does the camera body matter? What are the extra features offered by a higher end model? How much difference do they make?
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What are the main factors that will affect the sharpness of my images?

I am relatively new to DSLR photography and I am mainly learning by taking photos and enjoying doing so. One of the curiosities with my photos are how the level of sharpness varies from photo to ...
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Dust on eye piece DSLR

My DSLR got some dusts on the viewfinder [eye piece]. I've cleaned the both the mirrors [the focus screen] but it looks like the dusts are on where we put our eye. Should I clean it [dust may find ...
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Are there any disadvantages to using a single microSD card in multiple devices?

... for example, in a digital camera, a tablet and a cellphone, all of which have cameras on them and will be storing images on the card. I'm asking not from a mechanical standpoint (assume the card ...
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What are the major differences between these camera series by Canon?

Here is a shot of the different series of camras that Canon has to offer: There's several models of Rebel, then there's the 50D, the 5D, and the 1Ds. Broadly, which one is for whom broadly?
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Aperture message : F -— when focus to press shutter release

When I press the shutter release to focus, a message on the viewfinder displays F--- Any photos snapped turn out black. I switched the camera off, took out the battery and memory card and rested it ...
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Mirrorless Camera vs mid range DSLR — how to decide?

I am in market for 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 thinking, ...
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Long exposure photos in daytime [duplicate]

I was trying to take a long exposure photo during the daytime (my first attempt at doing so), details for settings given below, but on LCD, I couldn't see any object, it was all white, as in like lot ...
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How are the red focus point indicators displayed on a dSLR's focusing screen?

The question Why do the focus points leds appear shadowed? raises another question for me. How are these indicator lights implemented in typical dSLRs? Are they actually small LEDs etched into the ...
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Is the smaller mass and bulk of Micro Four Thirds gear vs. APS-C DSLRs meaningful?

I currently have a Nikon D90 and a few DX and FX lenses. I am thinking about changing to Micro Four Thirds (as it's a drag carrying around a big DSLR all the time, and my most important shoots are on ...
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Buying my first DSLR [duplicate]

I am planning on buying my first DSLR. The things that I have in mind are, Earlier used a point-and-shoot camera. Budget of 550 USD to 650 USD (for body). Perform a lot of street photography. Go ...
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What differences between point and shoot zoom versus DSLR zoom cause the price disparity?

I'm just getting into the world of photography, stepping up from a point-and-shoot. I've just purchased a Nikon D3100 and it should be here in a couple of days. I've done lots of research, but ...
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How would a mobile phone with external zoom lens compare vs DSLR?

I am new to photography and my knowledge is limited to just this - have sufficient light, press button to take photo, quality of images in digital zoom is not as good as that of optical zoom and ...
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You have two rooms to build your photography skills, measuring about 12 x 12 feet and 9 x 8.8 feet. What lens/lenses would you buy and why?

After days of indecision I've decided I'll be buying the Nikon D5100. Now my only issue is what lens/lenses to go for. I think it will be best to give you an idea of what types of photographs I intend ...
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Why is the main sensor not used instead of the separate AF sensor to focus a DSLR?

From this answer I understand that the reflex mirror of a DSLR is actually not reflecting all the light, but it passes a certain amount on to the AF sensor. So if the reflex mirror can pass light, ...
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Do separate autofocus motors exist for entry level Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D3200, which doesn't have an autofocus motor. Therefore, I'm mostly deterred by lenses that don't have focus motors in them. But the ones that do have it are much more expensive. Take ...
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Is it possible to make an image which is only photographable in black or white?

Not sure if this is the right forum to ask this. Here is what I'm looking for: Example: I have a color photo could be text could be an image What I would like: if someone photographs this ...
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How can I start a career in developing software for High end DSLRs? [closed]

I've been interested in this for quite a long time now, but just recently it occurred to me that i want to do this as a career, but i Haven't got a clue as to how or where to start from, I'm about to ...
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CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?

I seems that all cameras take photos in RGB format and printers take photos in CMYK format. If the photo is not in CMYK, then the printer converts it to that format with some loss of quality. Can the ...