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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 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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How can I track a lost DSLR?

I am aware of tracking mechanisms for laptops with a combination of hardware/software solution that help the owner to track lost machines. I was wondering if there is a similar solution for tracking ...
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Canon EOS Rebel T3I DSLR vs. Canon EOS 60D DSLR [closed]

I'd definitely consider myself a beginner but I'm delving into my photography passion and learning more and more everyday to improve my craft. I'm in the process of purchasing a new digital camera and ...
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Comparing PowerShot SX160 and EOS 1100-D [duplicate]

It may sound weird – we are trying to compare a point-and-shoot with a dSLR. Why? I already have a low priced auto-focus camera with 4x zoom. Now, my aim is to take decent shallow DoF photos. The ...
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What's the relation between sensors measured in inches and milimeters? [duplicate]

I'm a big fan of point and shoot cameras, but I'm having some issues talking with friends that have DSLR. My current camera is a Sony RX-100, that's marketed as having a 1" sensor. My friend has a ...
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Why don't the zoom buttons work on my DSLR?

I am a newbie to the new camera I just bought. It is a Nikon D5200 it has the original lens that came on the camera a 18-55 lens on it. My question is when I turn the lens to the 55 and then push the ...
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How do I remove the blur in my jewelry picture?

I took this pic with my Canon EOS 550D, using a tripod and artificial lighting. I don't understand why the image is blurred when viewed at 100%. There was no digital zoom. What should I do to get a ...
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Parameters to be considered while buying DSLR [duplicate]

I am an entry level photographer and planning to buy a dSLR camera soon. Main purpose is to take photos of nature, wildlife, weddings, and flying/moving objects. My budget is somewhere around $1300 ...
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Use the Nikon D800 to make short YouTube videos & still shots of an owner-build or am I better getting separate video and DSLR cameras at same price? [closed]

Value for money and ease of use - Nikon D800? I am looking at taking both still photographs and short videos of an owner build of a log house in the country. I want to be able zoom in on the video ...
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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 is on sensor PDAF drastically slower than traditional PDAF?

Why is on sensor PDAF drastically slower than traditional PDAF? I assume the technology is the same, doesn't matter if the module is on the sensor or located behind a mirror. But the performance is ...
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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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Differences between DLSR and SLT?

I already have a Sony SLT camera but I still wanted to understand the differences between DSLR and SLT. It's hard for me to compare because I don't have or ever owned a DSLR so the behaviour is very ...
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When I point my D5100 at a plain wall, why does it keep trying to focus instead of taking a picture? [duplicate]

D5100: When i point to a wall, and use shutter release button, it just tries to focus and that is it?why so?
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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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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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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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What DSLR to buy? Budget $800-1k [closed]

I am a beginner trying to get into photography. So far my only experience has been with point and shoots and I am looking to upgrade to DSLR. My budget is around $800 to $1k. Any suggestion would be ...
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Small, faint circle in corner of image. What is it?

I've started to notice a faint darkened circle in my photos. I tried to clean the lenses and I still see it. What's causing these circles? Link to imgur album since I don't have enough rep to post ...
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Are you supposed to turn off the LCD screen when using the optical viewfinder to shoot pictures?

If you use the optical viewfinder in a DSLR (Nikon D5100) camera, are you supposed to turn off the LCD screen (flip it in closed position)?
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Should I buy a Canon 55-250mm lens or 70-300mm for my Rebel T3i? [closed]

Should I buy a Canon 55-250mm lens or 70-300mm for my Rebel T3i? I have the basic 18-55mm lens that came with my camera but I need a next step up that's not too expensive. What are the most common ...
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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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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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Any entry level DSLR going to be released in 2013 by Canon [closed]

are you aware of any entry-level budget DSLR which is going to be released by Canon in 2013? In case if you have heard any news/report. I tried googling to no avail.
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Where is the AF sensor located in a DSLR?

As I understand every DSLR has a separate, smaller sensor that handles phase detection focusing. Where is it located? If this location is different for every DSLR, and therefore this broad question ...
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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 ...
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best camera between nikon 3200 and canon 600D for product photography and landscape photography? [closed]

I am about to buy either nikon 3200 or canon 600D . I will be using for mainly product photography and landscape photography . I checked both in the showroom and saw that nikon 3200 ...
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Video on Canon 50D? [closed]

I know that my canon 50D doesn't have ability to shoot video, but i have heard that the software can be hacked, or that there exists some "crack" to make possible for 50D to record videos and that ...
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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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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 is a good DSLR camera for a beginner, with intention to take occasional videos? [duplicate]

This would be my first SLR camera. I have only been using compact point-n-shoot cameras (like Canon ixus), I know you guys are laughing now, but well, I am growing up :D I love SLR images for easy ...
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What operating systems run on today's DSLRs?

I was just wondering if anyone could provide names and a bit of background on the Operating Systems the current day DSLRs (namely, Nikon, Canon) use.
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What is the difference between an SLR and a DSLR?

What are the differences between SLRs and DSLRs? (I know that DSLRs are Digital SLRs but are there any actual differences?) Also, what are the advantages/disadvantages of both?
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Why choose Digital Medium Format over high end DSLR? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand why the company I work got a medium format Phase One camera to take photos for their website. The person who ordered it has left, so we don't know their reasoning, but I ...
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How much more would a DSLR cost with no time limit on video recording?

Inspired by a comment to one of my answers I have a question on my own. We know that one of the reasons for the time limit on video recording in DSLRs is import taxes to the EU. How much more would a ...
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If I have a recent, mid-range DSLR, then why, if ever, would I need to buy another / better focusing screen?

In theory this question applies to other brands beside Canon, but I'm going by the Canon experience here. Namely: Why would I want to change a functional focusing screen with another one? And what ...
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Which is better for an amateur: Nikon D3100 or D5100? [closed]

Am a amateur photographer with point & shoot camera . Now i would like to buy an SLR camera. I have 2 questions: Should I choose the Nikon D3100 or D5100? Should I buy the kit lens available ...
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slr 100mm to 300mm vs 10x 20x [duplicate]

SLR zoom capacity is described in term of mm instead of x like 4x, 8x etc. What is the difference? How can we convert mm into x.
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Nikon DSLR and optical Zooming [duplicate]

I want to buy a professional camera like Nikon D300. I googled a lot but did not overcome the following dubs. 1) I want a high optical zooming camera. In DSRL specification no zooming is specified. ...
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How do I get a really black background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background (not with post)? How can I get a pure black background when taking portraits, just like in following picture? ...
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Which tripod should I get for macro photography?

I'm currently looking for a good tripod for (mostly) macro photography and other kind of photography as well. I own a Canon EOS DSLR. Which tripod should I consider? There are many on sale, but I'm ...
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Optimal DSLR settings for an Indoor car show?

I am quite sure a bunch of folks from this forum are going to be shooting in the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, so here goes! I understand that optimal settings vary depending on the circumstancial lighting ...
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Will a Keystone KE-3800 flash unit damage a new DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR? I was wondering if an old flash (specifically "keystone ke-3800", which I haven't been able to find in Google) will work on my ...
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Getting the right DSLR from the very beginning [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost? I would like to get a DSLR. As a beginner, I'm tempted by Canon T4i, Canon D7 and Nikon ...
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Magnets and DSLR's — any problem?

I was thinking about incorporating some small but fairly strong rare earth magnets (like the smaller varieties shown here) into a camera bag for holding dividers in place, holding compartments closed, ...
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How common are hot pixels on new cameras?

How common are hot pixels on new cameras?! I read that people may check up to 5 cameras at stores to actually find a perfect one, is this true? so how commons is this? what is the chance of getting a ...
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Does the Canon DS6041 support TTL flash?

I've got that Canon model, and I'm using it with a Promaster 7500DX flash. The flash appears to support TTL light metering, but I can't find any way to make the camera recognize this. Consequently, ...
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Are there photo equipment renting companies that I can lease my gear to?

I have been shooting with my T2i for quite some time, and have an assortment of lenses (nothing anywhere near the L's). I recently purchased a T3i bundle (includes the 18-55 IS II and 55-250 IS II), ...
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Preview photos on iPad which is connected to DSLR with Apple Camera Connection Kit

I know that I can plug my DSLR camera into my iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit and it will allow me to import those photos, but I'm not looking to import the photos. I'd like to just be able ...
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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 ...