Westminster fountain at sunset

by Jorge Córdoba

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

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 ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
3answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
530 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
130 views

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?
4
votes
5answers
728 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
142 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
272 views

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 ...
26
votes
8answers
8k views

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?
0
votes
1answer
88 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
14
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
10
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
61 views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
598 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
470 views

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 ...
8
votes
6answers
511 views

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, ...
2
votes
2answers
288 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
124 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
84 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
102 views

Specs to look for in my first camera [duplicate]

I would like to start a Photography course soon but I don't have a camera and I don't know what specs to look for when buying one. This will be my first camera and I really don't know a lot about ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

What is the difference between these various Nikon zoom lenses?

Nikon AF-S 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G ED Nikon AF-S 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G ED The second one costs twice as much money as the first one, but what's the benefit of choosing the second one? Same with ...
27
votes
5answers
3k views

What do Pentax, Sony, and Olympus DSLRs offer that differs from Canon and Nikon?

We have a question and answers outlining the significant differences between the "big two" DSLR brands. I'm interested in the other DSLR makers, and how the cameras they make compare in terms of ...
0
votes
3answers
416 views

Camera Bag Recommendation: is the Case Logic SLRC-205 suitable for all my gear?

At present, I only have the option to buy a camera bag is online, so I am not able to try out different bags. I have narrowed down my choices to the Case Logic SLRC-205 sling bag, because it seems to ...
5
votes
3answers
10k views

How do I set my Canon 600D for Long Exposure?

I have a Canon 600d. I need to have a long exposure. What settings should be used to achieve a long exposure in my camera? I tried searching and most of them say bulb mode. I don't see it in my ...
0
votes
3answers
446 views

Storing camera body with lens attached or just the body alone with body cap in dry cabinet? which is better?

Storing camera body with lens attached or just the body alone with body cap in dry cabinet? which is better? which is highly recommended?
2
votes
2answers
672 views

Does live view increases the number of shutter actuations?

Does live view increases the number of shutter actuations? I heard this before and I just see it now here, but that doesn't sound right, does it? I mean in live view the shutter should remain open all ...
6
votes
8answers
1k views

Why am I having trouble getting sharp results with my new DSLR, compared to a point and shoot?

I'm having issues with my new Nikon D3200. I am new at photography, but I've previously used my parents camera (a Canon) for my brother's senior photos, and those were crystal clear. I've got this ...
6
votes
3answers
411 views

Do I need a polariser for winter sports?

This will be my first year taking my DSLR to the slopes, I want to get the best pics possible. I have thought for a long time that the main thing I would need is a circular polariser to eliminate ...
0
votes
2answers
187 views

Why do some professional DSLRs have a lower dynamic range than the mid-range ones?

Specifically I'd be interested to know why the D4 has a 13.1 EV range and the D7000 has a 13.9 EV range?
3
votes
5answers
723 views

What are practical advantages of Compact cameras over DSLR? [duplicate]

In the past there was huge difference between amateur and professional cameras, but due to the market demand, companies are producing cheap professional (DSLR) cameras, and more advanced compact ...
15
votes
7answers
2k views

My viewfinder is too small — what can I do about it?

I own a 450D, and I am very satisfied with the image quality, features, and so on. The only thing that disturbs me is the viewfinder. I can barely see the whole image when looking through it (black ...
1
vote
2answers
276 views

Why don't DSLR camera specifications include a zoom ratio (e.g. 3x zoom) like compact cameras?

For example, there is no mention of the zoom here. I'm guessing that it's specified in some other specification. If so, what do I look at and how do I compute the zoom from it? I've looked at a few ...
2
votes
1answer
111 views

Can a broken CF card break a camera?

I recently made a stupid mistake of putting a broken CF card back into my Canon 350D. The result of this was that now the camera only shows "no CF" on the LCD, but refuses to do anything else. No ...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

Not getting 3 frames/sec on Rebel Xs [duplicate]

I have a Canon Rebel XS that I bought approx. 5 years ago. Just recently I noticed that I am not getting 3 frames per second anymore. (It was definitely getting 3 before.) I shoot in the the large ...
2
votes
2answers
629 views

How is the cold resistance of entry level DSLRs?

Next month I am going to North of Sweden for 6 months. So I'm looking for a new SLR-camera to take photos there. I'm not a professional photographer so I decided to buy an entry level SLR camera - the ...
2
votes
1answer
439 views

How useful is silica gel for protecting SLR cameras against condensation from changes in temperature?

I am planning to travel to places like Switzerland (Mt. Titlis) which has temperatures going down to -15 C. I have the Nikon D3100 SLR camera. I am not sure about the performance of the camera in such ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Could i go for kit lens or body+separate lens? [duplicate]

I'm going to buy Nikon D 7100. But regarding lens, i'm not sure what is better to opt? Could i go for kit lens or body+separate lens????
0
votes
1answer
131 views

Are there DSLRs that embed image stabilisation info in EXIF data?

Are there DSLR:s (or any other camera for that matter) that embed image stabilisation info in EXIF data? I can't recall I've ever seen that. If not — why not? It seems like a useful marker.
1
vote
3answers
1k views

DSLR Lens For Close Range Full Body Shots

I have a Nikon D800 and a 70-120mm zoom lens and a 105mm macro lens. I am doing portrait photography and I want to be able to take photos at close range (just a few feet away) while still capturing ...
2
votes
1answer
324 views

Will it harm my DSLR if I keep it on for a period of several years?

If I want to take one picture every 30 minutes (and don't get a live view from camera), can I keep my DSLR camera on during the day for two or three years? I use an adapter instead of the camera's ...
1
vote
1answer
179 views

Why do I see different focuspoint in my DSLR's viewfinder and screen with old lenses?

I've had an old completely analog Praktika SLR with a set of lenses for a few years now. The camera and lenses are still quite good but I wanted to go digital. Having recently acquired a Nikon D5200, ...
0
votes
0answers
106 views

EDSDK event to detect Took Picture

I have a Canon EOS 1100D(Rebel T3) and with EDSDK dlls wrote a program to control my camera with the computer. I want to take pictures remotely by a "Wireless Shutter Release Remote Controller", and ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Very old Ricoh camera and lenses to work with newer Canon EOS camera

I've been given an old bag of Ricoh camera and lenses and I find that it would be such a waste not to be able to use in some way all this again for something. Can you give me some suggestions as to ...
1
vote
4answers
253 views

How do I decide what lenses I will need for a trip to New Zealand? [closed]

I am going to visit New Zealand (both islands) and just trying to select lenses to take with me. I have Pentax K-x DSLR and following lenses: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Pentax-DA L 18-55mm ...
12
votes
5answers
2k views

Are refurbished digital SLR cameras okay to buy (and worth the small savings)?

I ran across a few refurbished cameras (from reputable sites) and my question is this: Are refurbished cameras normally okay to buy? (Note: I am referring to DSLR cameras that are body plus one ...
2
votes
4answers
346 views

Is optical image stabilization a necessary feature for any lens?

I am looking to buy a decent telephoto lens for my Nikon D3100. A 55-200mm Nikon lens costs almost Rs. 9000 ($144.67) and a Tamron 70-300mm lens costs almost $130 . The problem is that these lenses ...