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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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What's the advantage of many autofocus points rather than fewer spread wider across the field? [duplicate]

I have a D3200 with 11 focusing points: The newer and more expensive bodies have even more focus points like e.g. the D610: I mostly work in Single-point AF mode, which means I choose one of the ...
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Why aren't all viewfinders 100%?

We often see that a manufacturer's high-end (D)SLR models offer a "100% viewfinder," which shows the entire exposed frame, and allows precise composition with regard to objects near the edge of the ...
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How do DSLRs figure out what aperture to select in P mode?

In program mode, DSLRs adjust not only the ISO and the shutter speed, but also the aperture. The aperture has a huge impact in some situations. For example, when shooting a close subject in front of ...
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Why do most professional photographers prefer to use their SLRs optical viewfinder? [duplicate]

I have heard again and again that using the digital viewfinder on your SLR is a big no-no and that you should always use the optical viewfinder when framing a shot. Why?
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What should I consider when buying a lens hood? [duplicate]

I have Nikon D5200 with 18-55mm kit lens, and I want to buy a lens hood. Some related questions: Will the lens hood increase the photo quality? What are the types of lens hood? Should I be looking ...
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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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What dslr would best suit my needs? Switching from point and shoot [duplicate]

I currently have a point and shoot nikon p510 with 42x zoom. I actually use the zoom a majority of the time for wildlife photography (mostly birds). The only thing holding me back currently is image ...
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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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Why do some Windows programs show some of my RAW images with a purple tint?

Yesterday I got my first DSLR, a Nikon D5300. It works great and I have no complaints, however I'm having a strange issue. In some programs, like UFRaw, as a desktop image, and in one of the Windows ...
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Where can I rent a camera and lens online within the US? [closed]

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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Nikon D5100 / D5200: which should I buy [closed]

I am currently looking into buying my first DSLR After consideration I was pretty much set to buy a Nikon D5100, but looking at amazon it seems that there is only a $100 difference with the 5200. If ...
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Which cheap digital body for M42 lenses? [closed]

I'm looking for a cheap, second hand digital camera body for my M42 lenses. And I'm stuck; there is actually quite some choice. Currently, I have a Canon EOS 300D; there are two reasons I want to ...
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How can I compare different lenses in terms of quality?

I am currently looking to buy a new lens to replace with kit lens, having an extra reach, faster, better image quality and also better video quality. Without buying all the lenses I have shortlisted, ...
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Retrieving photos taken without a memory card [duplicate]

We went out for a picnic and took lots of photos but we didn't spot that there was no memory card in the camera until afterwards. If there was no memory card in Digital SLR camera is there a way to ...
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Why don't cameras have automatic eyepiece covers?

The question is clear and I am not sure how to further explain it. Why don't cameras have internal automatic eyepiece covers?
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How much light is lost through a typical matte focusing screen?

My understanding is, the focusing screen, being matte, will diffuse some amount of light in a direction that is not captured by the optical viewfinder. I am aware of some technical developments ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using auto ISO on a DSLR?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using auto ISO on a DSLR? Using manual ISO obviously gives you more control, but auto ISO may mean that you get "the shot" under quickly changing ...
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What should I look for when choosing a camera for a safari?

I am going on a Safari and am ready to upgrade from a P&S to either a DSLR or a mirrorless. I love taking pictures and travel a lot (for fun) so expect to use this camera in multiple settings. I ...
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Upgrading to a better quality camera before a wildlife-focused vacation [duplicate]

I'm sure this has been asked many times before, but anything would be helpful. I'm looking to upgrade from a standard point-and-shoot to a higher quality camera before a safari vacation. I was ...
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Nikon D5100 “Press Shutter Release Button Again” error, but fixing itself after left alone for a while [duplicate]

First of all to be clear, the camera was not dropped or anything; it started to behave like this from nothing. I turned on my camera and first it displayed "Turn off the camera and turn on again". ...
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Canon 700d with stock lens or cheaper model with better lens? [duplicate]

I'm torn between getting a 700d kit as it is or a cheaper model (ie. 1200d) with a better lens. Mainly plan on using it for short films. Opinions?
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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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Storing camera body with lens attached or just the body alone with body cap in dry cabinet? which is better?

Storing camera body with lens attached or just the body alone with body cap in dry cabinet? which is better? which is highly recommended?
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Canon 70D Viewfinder info battery logo dead pixel?

It's not a problem to me, but I was just wondering is it meant to be there or is it manufacturing error?
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Why is a DSLR bigger than an SLR?

I was looking at this comparison when I realised the camera on the left had a 2.0 crop in a mirrorless body made in 2012 while the camera on the right was full frame, had a mirror and was made in 1972....
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Can I make my Canon 70D focus continously when viewing through the viewfinder?

I'm a newbie in photography, so don't judge me too much, just got the canon 70d and I noticed that when viewing through view finder while in P mode the camera would not focus automatically (I would ...
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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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What options do I have for GPS/Geotagging with a digital SLR?

I would like to track GPS points while I am photographing with my Canon EOS (5D) camera. What option do I have track them and what do you recommend?
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Why does the mirror open and close for every photo in burst mode?

When shooting using burst mode on a dslr, why does the mirror moves up and down for every photo that is being taken? Wouldn't it be better if the mirror only opens once and the shutter moves for every ...
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Why are there two files for each picture?

I'm new to the DSLR world and I can't seem to figure out why I have two copies of all of my pictures when I go to load them on my computer. Is there a way to turn this off so I don't have to go ...
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How to set up an object for blur photography in domestic environment?

I am having a Nikon D5300 with 18-55 VR lens. As this tutorial shows, it shows how to shoot portraits with blurred background. But, the background is located far off from the subject. Can I somehow ...
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Would higher focal lengths even work on the cheapest DSLRs? [closed]

I am interested in photography at very very small distances (10 cm) which is why I'm thinking of using a 135mm. Does this justify buying a cheaper DSLR? Or do you have to spend big money on that too?
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Taking care of first DSLR [duplicate]

Recently I have purchased a Nikon D5300 DSLR equipped with a 18-55 kit lens. The seller has attached a UV protector to the front of the lens. Being my first DSLR, I am very picky about taking care of ...
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What precautions should I take for storing a DSLR camera at home?

I often take pictures at home and always packing / unpacking it would be a bit inconvenient. Is it ok to store a dslr camera just on a shelf, or should I always put it in a bag, a drawer etc ?
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I have read several posts here saying that one of the first things that breaks down on a DSLR is the shutter mechanism (because it is mechanical) I follow a facebook group of used camera sales where ...
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Nikon D3 - Cycling of aperture values

I have a rather trusty Nikon D3, we've been through 180k actuations together. But I have a question, which i'm really hoping i've not been missing all these years. Is there a way to program the body ...
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What are the pros and cons of a video camera versus a DSLR that can take video? [closed]

I have made a few short films and plan to get more serious about it, but professional digital video cameras are generally expensive and the recent line of beginner DSLRs which can take HD video like ...
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Imbalance in green pixels

Question in brief: at a sensor level what are the typical causes of an unequal response between adjacent green pixels? Background: I'm experimenting with a sensor, which is typically deployed in the ...
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How does a DSLR's mirror mechanism work?

I'm wondering how the mirror in a DSLR or SLR camera is flipped up (and back down again) when a photo is taken. Is this mirror typically actuated by a motor, magnet, spring and gravity, or something ...
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What precautions to take when carrying a camera in foggy weather with a lots of dew?

I a am planning to go for a photo shoot to a place where there is lot of fog and the water droplets start getting deposited on the surface very quickly. What are my options for protecting may camera ...
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Is it safe to zoom while taking a photo for the effect?

I have clicked some photos by using the trick of zooming in and zooming out with the lens while the shutter is open. All the photos came pretty cool and crazy. I am very happy with the effect, but I ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

Edit: Since coming back from Australia, I had my eye on a Sony a5100 for a while, and I bought it in the Amazon lightning deals. I have to say, the Sony takes much better pictures in terms of detail ...
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NIKON : ED II AF-S DX Zoom vs VR II AF-S DX Lens [closed]

Should I buy ED II - Autofocus lens or VR II lens. Are both the same? If not, what are the differences I should consider when deciding which I should buy? Will the small price difference between ...
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Will lenses of a different brand work on a Nikon DSLR? [duplicate]

I am new to photography and I am planning to buy a Nikon D3300 (with 18–55 mm kit lens) to start with, after reading through the reviews. But one question lingering on to my mind even after reading ...
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Does shooting in “live view” also act as “mirror lockup”?

(If the musings below distract from the question, just read the title to understand what my question is.) I'm interested specifically in the Canon 70D, but it would be interesting to know what the ...
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What influence does aperture have on infinity focus?

I recently bought a fast aperture lens which can be used only in manual mode. I bought this lens specifically for low light landscape photography. However, that has got me thinking about how does ...
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Which Nikon DSLRs have an autofocus motor in camera body? [closed]

I have a Nikon D3000 and a lens which has no autofocus motor. But under the lens, I have found a screw which rotates with the focusing control. My D3000 does not have any autofocus motor inside the ...
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Benefit of having a point and shoot on the hot shoe of a DSLR

I have seen several instances of pro photographers who carry around a heavy-duty DSLR with a simple P&S mounted on the hot shoe of the DSLR. Any ideas why they are doing this? My first thought ...
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Is there any difference in image stabilization in smartphone camera and DSLR camera?

Nowadays, there are a lot of smartphones which offer OIS in their camera. I wonder if there is any difference compared to the lenses in DSLR camera. And most DSLR lenses are rated 3-4 stop IS, how ...
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Confused over dSLR and mirrorless camera [duplicate]

I am a Nikon D3100 hobbyist photographer, but unfortunately I just lost my camera and I am in market for new one. Since my budget is not too high (around $700 - $800), I was looking into some entry ...