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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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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Can a dSLR be safely made into a pinhole camera?

What exactly is pinhole camera? The wikipedia article says A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture — effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in ...
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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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How can I work around metering issues with adapted lenses on a Canon DSLR?

I have a bunch of Contax lenses (C/Y mount) and a mount adapter with "dandelion" chips. This should allow me to use my lenses on any Canon DSLR using aperture mode and stopping down the lens. Thanks ...
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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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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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Which bodies could I use Minolta AF 70-120 and AF 50 lenses with?

Lately I've been looking into buying a DSLR to get into photography more seriously. A friend of mine heard about this and gave me an old pair of lenses: a Minolta AF 70-210 and a Minolta AF 50. From ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...