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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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How to make a microscope by 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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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????
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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.
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why can't my newer cameras focus on my hands and something behind them at the same time? [duplicate]

I've got this thing where I go around the world and hold their famous monuments with my hand through perspective photography. For example, holding the learning tower of Pisa. The pictures I've taken a ...
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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 micro 4/3 autofocus so much faster than DSLR live mode focus? [duplicate]

Both a DSLR in live view mode and a micro 4/3 system camera use the main sensor for autofocus. However, on a DSLR it's embarrassingly slow. This can't just be a software thing. How is it that one is ...
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Nikon D5100 half bright-half dark image with horizontal thin black line

I am getting half bright-half dark image with horizontal thin black line on my Nikon D5100. Does anyone has any idea ? i am extremely worried. Warranty just expired. I have sample images uploaded at ...
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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 am I unable to capture as many stars as I can see with my eyes with my new DSLR?

I have recently been given a Nikon D7000 as a gift. I have been trying to take pictures of stars on very clear nights. However, I am unable to make the camera capture many of the stars. My eyes seem ...
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suggestions to upgrade my DSLR [closed]

Before I ask this question itself I should be apologizing because this is an old question and is there in most of the forums and pages already,but some expert personal suggestions would be very ...
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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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beginner photographer with specific needs - DSLR vs Compact Mirrorless System or Micro 4/3? [duplicate]

I'm a novice photographer, having only taken a handful of 35mm photo classes in school and Uni. My business, graphic/web design, has expanded in such a way that I'm now in need of a decent camera. I ...
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What are the lens-mount benefits of mirrorless systems?

There are plenty of comparisons between DSLR cameras and mirrorless/EVIL/system cameras, and the overall picture is that the two systems target different users and different uses. But I'd like to ...
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What is the importance of Depth of Field preview? [duplicate]

Recently while browsing for a camera, I noticed that some cameras have this "DoF Preview" and some have none. Now, can someone explain to me here the importance of this feature in a DSLR?
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How to find lens information from image metadata?

Is there a way to find out using which lens an image was taken, especially in Ubuntu? I tried using exif utility which gives me following o/p: $ exif 20111030.JPG ...
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What is equivalent focal lenght to Canon Sx50s at 50x zoom for a dslr lens?

I'm new at photography, and have a sony slt a37 camera. I was looking for telephoto lenses and got a Minolta 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6. Then I wondered what focal lenght the Canon sx50 has on its lens. I saw ...
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Should I refocus if I change the aperture in a DSLR?

The title pretty much says what I want to ask.
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How to take clear photographs with DSLR

I just bought a Nikon D5200 with the 18-105mm lens and I have taken this flamingo photograph but can't see their faces properly and If I zoom in a little bit the image is pixelated. I have tried ...
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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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Which lenses are best for a beginner using a Canon EOS 100D? [closed]

I have bought a new Canon EOS 100D camera along with the 18-55 lens, but I want one good lens for both wide-angle and zoom. This is my first SLR trying to learn more and more about the functions and ...
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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 ...
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Will extensive use of live-view decrease the lifespan of a DSLR?

If I use the live-view regularly instead of the electronic viewfinder, will it decrease the life span of my Nikon D5100? I want to use live-view for a manual focus lens. As I believe DSLR has some ...
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nikon dslr d3100 ..certain lense wont focus and others will

My camera won't focus after a certain point and there is a kind of low screechy noise when it tries to focus. dont understand why it happens with my 55-200 and it doesnt happen with my 18-55 at all ...
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flash for a beginner? [duplicate]

I am a photography buff. I got my first DSLR camera 5 months ago ...and I need a flash to improve night-portraits and indoor shots! the problem is that I don't have enough information about external ...
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Have DSLR sensors made improvements since the transition to CMOS?

I know that CMOS sensors appeared in the beginning of 90s, and evolved up to 2000s. I'm mainly talking about high ISO photos quality. For example, Canon 5D mark 3 has better results in high ISO tests ...
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Is it worth buying a SLR? [duplicate]

Is it worth buying a film camera? I have a DSLR but I also want to have an experience in using a SLR. I want a fully manual camera. DSLR cameras has manual mode but I think it's different from a SLR. ...
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Zoom Lens suggestion for hobbyist photographer

I would like to purchase a DSLR. Please note that this is my first DSLR camera and I am a poor graduate student so I am foregoing almost 6 months of warm dinner to purchase this. I have decided to ...
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What are the heaviest parts of modern DSLR bodies?

60D = 755g 600D = 560g Both are built on an aluminium chassis. The only difference I can think of is a pentaprism. Is it really that heavy? Almost + 200g What are the other heavy parts?
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Why are mirrorless cameras much slower than DSLRs?

This is a follow-up to a previous question that I made regarding a specific camera (K-01). I've been comparing cycle times (or shot to shot times in single shot mode) of mirrorless cameras with ...
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Why can't I get a decent white background for my product photography [duplicate]

This is the example image i have taken this few days. why can't I get the full white background like the photo from the internet?
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Can my Canon Eos camera be used with continuous power?

I have a Canon Eos 1100d camera. I am wondering if there is a method to use this camera without a battery, and connect to continuous power? I want to keep this camera open for a lot of days without ...
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How do I determine whether flash fired or not?

For example, I use a regular cropped DSLR (like Canon 400D (Rebel XTi)) and I use an external ON-camera flash (mounted on the camera's shoe). How do I determine by looking over the description within ...
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Looking for a 300mm FX lens, with integrated autofocus motor, for under $200 - possible?

I'm starting out with photography and currently have a D3100 with the 18-55mm kit lens. I want to get an entry level telephoto, but my research has led me to conclude that if I stick with this I'll ...
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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 ...
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Displaying a timestamp in videos [closed]

Is it possible to display a timestamp in video taken by DSLR cameras? I use a Nikon camera, and do not see an option to output the timestamp on video. The Sony Handicams have this built-in ...
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Is there a DSLR fixed lens camera?

A DSLR by definition does not tell us if the camera has a mount for interchangeable lenses. The lens of a DSLR could be a fixed lens, right? Is there, or was there ever, such a camera? If not, why ...
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What are some of the implications of using a medium-format lens on a DSLR?

Medium format lenses can be used on DSLRs via tilt/shift-adapters (Mirex, Zoerk, etc.). A medium format lens with a focal length of, for example, 80mm, has as equivalent focal length on small format ...