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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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Is Cowboystudio 4 channel remote trigger compatible with Canon 60d?

The trigger's test button works with my two studio strobe flashes, so i know it's not the flash system. In my settings under flash control, flash fire is enabled, when i click on built in flash it ...
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Methods for dithering a DSLR

I have been doing nighttime landscape astrophotography for about a year now and really want to start uping my game. In order to get the highest signal to noise ratio possible, it is driving me to the ...
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Are DSLRs a dying breed, making now the time to switch to a mirrorless camera system?

I came across this thought provoking article on Stuck in Customs today that makes a strong case to hold off too much investment in DSLR gear, and instead switch to mirror-less cameras like the Sony ...
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Too heavy a lens? [duplicate]

Silly question. I have a Nikon D5100, that unfortunately just needed to go in for service. I am trying to make sure I don't do whatever I did again. I just got a new 500mm lens, it is quite heavy. Is ...
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What's the point of a DSLR? [duplicate]

Now that we have digital sensors which can be exposed to light repeatedly, why are SLRs still around? Wouldn't a digital viewfinder or a simple LCD be less bulky and prone to failure in addition to ...
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Lens Adapters For Point and Shoot Cameras?

I have an old Kodak DX7590 and I was wondering if there were any lens adapters that would work with it to turn it into a mediocre DSLR
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How do I avoid dust entering my camera when changing lenses?

Akin to Should I be worried about getting dust inside my SLR? and What should I do to avoid switching lenses?, I have a certain paranoia of dust/debris entering my camera when changing lenses. Are ...
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What effect does a bright light have on a DSLR? [duplicate]

What effect do bright lights have on DSLRs? For example, would shining a flashlight into the lens have any effect? The flashlight I am currently using is 300 lumens.
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How to make a microscope with a DSLR camera?

There are lots of budget cameras (for example about $200) offering 30X optical zoom lens along with 8.0 million pixels of image capture. Definitely, the quality of picture, focus, and depth of field ...
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What is the reason of “banded” bokeh on Sony a7?

Watching the photos made using Sony a7 cameras with fast lenses, I've noticed one interesting thing about the bokeh. It seems to be that its shape is more geometric, more "banded" in comparison to ...
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Takes long to turn on with memory card but not without it

My camera used to turn on regularly and begin functions normally and I'm not sure how long ago it was but after not using my camera for a while I turned it on and the image would load and you can see ...
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Wondering if my Nikon lens is broken

I have a Nikon D50 (not sure what lens right now but could check if necessary) and I recently took it traveling with me, and I'm not sure if I damaged the lens or if a setting is off. It's making all ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

So I recently came back from Australia, I took my Panasonic TZ40 P&S camera, supposedly one of the best all-round compact cameras. I took quite a few photos at the Blue Mountains, and I compared ...
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Is Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm Lens compatible with Nikon D5100 DSLR?

I plan to buy the Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G lens for my Nikon D5100. I want to know compatibility, performance and quality of the lens-D5100 combo.
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What are the pros and cons of a viewfinder versus a liveview?

Provided a DSLR has both i.e. a viewfinder as well as a liveview feature. Which one is more preferable for focusing and composition, and why? Is there something which can be done through a viewfinder ...
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What filters are commonly used in photographing the moon with a DSLR at night without a telescope?

All my, very limited, experience photographing the moon has been through small telescopes with low resolution mono-chrome cameras. Limited in that I prefer deep space objects with large scopes at very ...
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Combining multiple exposures

I find it interesting that the idea of combining bracketed exposures to increase the recorded range of brightness has gone mainstream (known as HDR) to, the point where it is built into the camera's ...
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What exactly happens when one turns the focus ring on a DSLR while shooting video?

I'm about to buy my first DSLR and I'm trying to understand every single aspect of it. If I've got a prime lenses and I'm shooting a video with f/2.8 aperture, I'm going to have a fixed depth of ...
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Are images like this possible straight out of a D40 without post-processing?

These are probably one the best shots I ever saw using the entry level Nikon D40 (which is the only DLSR I have). While my skills are far from pro, I think these photos are quite too good to be true ...
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What is the diameter of my lens? [duplicate]

So recently I bought a used lens - Canon ef 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 usm with the metal mount but it came with no lens cap and I want to buy one now but I can't see the diameter of the lens on it anywhere ...
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How to capture snow flake?

Can someone explain how to capture a snow flake as a subject? I would like to know the settings and info for both DSLRs and camera phones like the Lumia 1020. (I would prefer Lumia settings; there are ...
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How to fix a Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E lens not being properly recognized on a D300?

I have a Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E mounted on my D300. When I set the aperture on 2.8 on the lens, it is seen as 1.8 on the D300. At its maximum, when set at f/22 on the lens, it is seen at f/16 on ...
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Cheapest camera possible to use for “scanning” slides using a projector and a camera

I've recently decided that my parents would love to have their slide collection in digital format, because being on slides means they are never looked at- most are older than I am, yet I don't think ...
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What to gain from using a Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G instead of a AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G

After debating the old age 50mm vs 35mm, I have opted to go for a 35mm. I have a Nikon D3200 with a Yongnuo Flash, and just acquired a Nikon SB-600. I shoot two things: clubs/nightlife and weddings ...
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Contrast detection AF not working?

What are the possible reasons why my Nikon D3300 won't focus properly at all on live view? It works perfectly when using phase detection (or when looking through the viewfinder), but when I start ...
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How do I achieve this look #84934837 [closed]

Sorry for being another one of those. But I'm really curious to know how this look is achieved: http://i.imgur.com/TBVIJEE.jpg More examples can be seen here: http://ilovewildfox.com/my-home/ I know ...
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Is Nikon D3200 optimal for my situation? [duplicate]

I am considering buying my first DLSR and found the D3200. It appeals to me because of the high MP count, 1080p video shooting and low price. It also seems to do very well on this site: ...
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What should I consider when using DSLRs in cold weather?

What temperatures can consumer-level DSLRs and lenses typically handle? Are there any precautions one should take too minimize potential problems (e.g. condensating water)? What about moving in and ...
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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 would be a DSLR to use for combination outdoor photography and astrophotography? [closed]

I'm looking to start - finally, getting into photography again. I used to have a Pentax 1000 years ago that I used for B&W pics. Now, I want to get into both outdoor photography and ...
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How outdated is the Nikon D80? [closed]

I have a Nikon D80, I know it is no longer produced, but how "outdated" is it? Also, how long do cameras typically last with average use?
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Using a linear polarizing filter with a DSLR [duplicate]

Can I use a linear polarizing filter with a DSLR camera in manual mode?
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What kind of plastic is used for good camera bodies?

My Canon DSLR camera bodies are made with glass filled plastic over aluminum skeleton. What is glass filled plastic? It doesn't have the same cheap feeling as common plastic items. I've seen knife ...
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Why is my DSLR taking pictures with the top darkened?

What's wrong with my D5100? Recently, I'm not getting full size pictures? Pictures taken shows top side with darkened layer. It started after I had a sports activities coverage, but as far as I can ...
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What to do to replace an aging Four Thirds DSLR?

I currently own an Olympus E-510. I like this camera because It has a large rubber grip and is decently heavy Most of the controls have physical buttons/switches associated with them, as opposed to ...
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Are there digital cameras that allow user apps?

Are there digital cameras (mirrorless or DSLR) that allow the user to write their own applications for the camera? Is this even planned? I know that Sony offers proprietary applications for purchase ...
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Why professional photographers use DSLR? [duplicate]

I just wonder that point and shoot cameras are great, but why professional photographers use DSLR.
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Shooting video frame by frame / electronic vs mechanical

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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Handicapped shooter needs remote view finder display

I have a physical disability which prevents me from holding my Nikon D-5300 up to my eye so I am forced to use live view but there are many issues with live view. What I am looking for is something ...
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Why did my whole roll of film shot with my Olympus Infinity Zoom come out blank?

I took good photos on my Olympus Infinity Zoom 180 — I believe. I took it to CostCo to get developed, since I favor their quality of printing. But the problem is that the roll came out complete blank! ...
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which tripod suitable for beginner? [duplicate]

i have canon 1200D with 18-55 & 55-200 MM IS lens. i am beginner photographer. so which type of tripod i have to use. my regular usage is as portrait photography. what feature i have to take ...
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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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Nikon D750 or D5300 for YouTube Videos and macro/landscape photography? [closed]

I'm a beginner with DSLRs and it would be my first purchase so I don't want to waste my money. I've done some research and have found these both cameras to be good. The only problem is that which one ...
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Does Nikon offer something like an API for developing 3rd party hardware?

I was wondering if Nikon has an API available for developing 3rd party hardware like the Satechi Intervalometer that I am currently using. I've got some cool ideas for some 3rd party hardware add-ons ...
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How to fix Nikon D5200 mode dial giving incorrect modes?

I have a Nikon D5200 DSLR and I am facing problem with the mode dial. Here is what is happening: Changing mode dial to Landscape, Child or Sport gets me to Manual mode. Changing mode dial to Macro ...
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DSLR in AF mode. Do we need to use Focus ring on lens?

My camera is in Auto Focus mode (AF). As my understanding, the camera will focus on subject automatically. But when I rotate the focus ring, the focus subject points will change, too. I don't ...
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How to mount a Gopro to DSLR?

I am looking for a way to mount a Gopro to a DSLR but without using the hotshoe (already taken). That probably leaves the bottom of the camera available. The idea is to record video during photo ...
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Close range stereoscopic recording [closed]

So I have some work for a client; I have never tried to shoot 3D before but I have an idea how it can be done. So the situation is: I have a wide green screen and I want to record stereoscopic videos ...
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How does a modern DSLR camera and lens actually adjust its aperture

I understand what aperture is and how it applies to photography. Larger F number = less light but more depth of focus, smaller F number = more light but less depth of focus. On an older Nikon lens ...
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Long Exposure shot - subject too bright

While I was on holiday, I tried to make use of my tripod to take a long exposure shot of Lago di Ledro. I put my Nikon d3300 on shutter priority with ISO of 100/200 and ss of a few seconds, however ...