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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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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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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 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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Where can I rent a camera and lens online within the US?

I'm considering buying a Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. But before I buy, I would like to rent it to try it out. Where can I rent camera gear online, and have it ...
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Do DSLRs play games with ISO when used with fast lenses?

This article at Luminous Landscape claims that Nikon, Canon, and Sony silently boost ISO when their cameras are used with very fast lenses (f/1.2 and f/1.4 principally), the implications being that ...
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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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Is there a resource showing Mechanical vs. Non-Mechanical shutter cameras?

I am looking for digital cameras to use for a webcam project. After learning first-hand about shutter-actuation limits I am now looking for some sort of reference that shows what cameras have ...
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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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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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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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What causes blurred/non-sharp images taken of stable objects?

I know about two important reasons which are motioning or shaking camera/hands and dust and dirt on you lens but if you have fixed them and still you have blurred/non-sharp results, what can be the ...
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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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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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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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Cheapest DSLR with vari-angle LCD live-view screen?

At work, I have access to a Canon Rebel T3i camera. One of the things I like best about it is the rotatable (vari-angle) LCD screen that can be used for live-viewing. It's handy when shooting from ...
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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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What do you get for spending more money on a camera body?

I'm looking at DSLR bodies, and I have only one real feature I'd really like to have -- 1080P video recording. I'm looking at Nikons here for this example, but only for illustrative purposes -- I'm ...
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Should I buy a DSLR to get started?

I'm really interested in getting into serious or even professional photography. I've read some articles about fundamental concepts like aperture, exposure, ISO sensitivity, etc., and I want to get the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do cameras have mirror system?

I know the differences between a rangefinder and a SLR/DSLR but what is the real reason to put a mirror in front of a lens to reflect light into the viewfinder? It raises lens prooduction price when ...
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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 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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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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How can I be more inconspicuous with a DSLR for Street Photography?

During my holiday in Korea, I did a bit of street photography, and I enjoyed it. Photography has been my hobby for 6 or 7 years now, I have a DSLR (Canon 60D) and a compact (Samsung EX1). For street ...
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How to troubleshoot dark band obscuring upper third of live view screen and pictures taken on Nikon D5100?

I discovered in live view on my Nikon D5100 that there is a black band obscuring about a third of the screen. It rotates with the screen and stays on top. Shots I take now are also affected by this ...
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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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What is the efficiency of Bulb mode vs taking multiple shorter exposures?

When looking at taking photos such as star trails where it requires a significant exposure time, is it more power efficient to use Bulb mode or taking multiple shorter exposures? Would keeping the ...
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Is noise related to shutter speed as well as ISO?

I understand that as I increase ISO, I'll increase the amount of noise in the resulting image. With a constant aperture I can decrease ISO and slow the shutter speed (assume a non-moving subject, ...
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Why can't my SLR autofocus on certain parts of a scene?

I had my Nikon D7000 on single-point auto focus and it just would not focus on the spots I wanted. I have marked the spots that could not be focused on with red circles, and the parts that could be ...
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What makes sound in a DSLR camera?

Most of the time people recognise a photo is being captured when they hear the trademark CLAP-CLAP sound of the moving mirror. The sound (regardless of its source) is even useful for the photographer ...
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Why does DSLR technology seem so primitive?

I am curious to know why today's DSLRs (including the top of the line ones) have: A primitive interface Do not do wifi out of the box Do not have touch interface Do not have full fledged OS like ...
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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 ...
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Intermediate Learning [duplicate]

I got a DSLR camera a while ago, and I took a photography course, but I really haven't learned much about how to take great photographs. I know about shutter speed, aperture, manual mode, ISO, and ...
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Compare magnification of point and shoot cameras with dSLR telephoto lenses [duplicate]

I just want to know how much magnification there is... if I have a point and shoot camera and it has 10X zoom, I'm seeing that the subject is "brought" 10x closer. So, what does a dSLR telephoto lens ...
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DSLR Workflow with ultrabooks

I have gotten my hands on a Toshiba Ultrabook, and i reckon it could do a decent job at doing basic Lightroom tasks when in the field. Its small, light and has a good battery life... The problem is ...
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Do modern DSLRs use a rolling or global shutter?

I recently learned about these technologies and the differences between them. Which one of these do modern DSLR cameras (esp. Canon and Nikon models) come with?
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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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How do I safely cancel a long exposure?

I have a Canon 450D Rebel XSi and have been taking some long exposure photos. I am finding that with the weather being sporadic lately I need to pack up my camera before the exposure has completed. ...
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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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Can I capture only a particular colour with a Canon 650D? [duplicate]

I have a Canon DSLR 650D, and I want to know if there are any settings or features in the camera that will only catch/accept the predefined color. For example, I just want to capture only red color ...
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How to compare “on the paper” the bigness of the viewfinder?

If I want to have a good, and most of all objective, idea of what a view finder looks like compared to another one, which numbers of a DSLR's characteristics must I pay attention to? For example, ...
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How effective is in-camera Noise Reduction (NR) on a Nikon D5100?

I've a Nikon D5100. How do the following in-cameara settings affect the RAW images produced by the camera? Auto distortion control Long exposure NR High ISO NR Or is it better to go with Adobe ...