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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 are macros from my new DSLR no better than those from my P&S?

I have been using a 14mp point and shoot for a couple of years. I like to take macros of flowers, frost and bugs. I want to keep zooming in on my PC to see deeper into the flower, so I bought a 18mp ...
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Canon t1i DSLR LCD screen discoloration

I have a new Canont T1i DSLR camera that is about 6 months old. I have not use it for 2 months. Today when I take it out. I turned on the camera. The LCD screen is showing a lot of discolorations. ...
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How does shutter work when shooting videos?

I am a little confused about the concept of shutter speed in video shooting mode. I assume that the "shutter speed" means how fast the shutter would open and close. When this happens, I would hear a ...
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Accuracy of shutter actuation count in Canon and Nikon cameras

Nikon In most Nikon DSLRs, shutter actuations could be found in the Exif data and it's possible by using a tool as simple as this online Exif viewer, however Nikon support website says that: This ...
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Small Aperture difference - A big difference?

I had a second a second thought about asking this question because I have already asked a very similar question here but then I decided to proceed and make this one as different as possible. I ...
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Which of the following lenses do fit on a Nikon D 3100

I've been given the following lenses from my neighbour; which ones will fit a Nikon D3100? Sigma 28-200 mm F F3,8 - 5,6 Nikon Af 70-210mm F/4,0-5,6 Nikon Af 28-85mm F/3,5-4.5 Nikon 50 mm F 1.4 Nikon ...
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Pros and cons of using mirror lock-up?

I read that it is a good idea to use mirror lock up to avoid camera shake. What are to disadvantages of using mirror lock up? I enjoy street photography, using a Nikon 28-70 mm lens and where ...
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Why does my DSLR's viewfinder ignore the aperture ring on a legacy lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, and I am borrowing an old Nikkor 50mm SLR lens (http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_50mm_f1.8_1828564.html). I've had a lot of trouble with that lens, in that pictures that appear ...
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What is the effect of directly changing exposure from the camera's menu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is exposure compensation? In the Aperture Priority mode (Av), changing the Aperture size would automatically adjust the Shutter Speed to ensure proper exposure. I ...
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When is high ISO noise not noticeable?

I noticed that sometimes when taking pictures with my D5100, they come out with very little visible noise with ISO 800 and up, for example this picture. It was taken at ISO 1600 if I remember ...
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What's difference between DSLR and bridge camera lenses?

A typical zoom/telephoto lens can cost a lot but a Canon PowerShot SX40 model has a zoom lens of 24-840mm ! And the camera as a whole still costs less than a single lens. I know that they differ a ...
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Are images like this possible straight out of a D40 without post-processing?

These are probably one the best shots I ever saw using the entry level Nikon D40 (which is the only DLSR I have). While my skills are far from pro, I think these photos are quite too good to be true ...
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How are Nikon model numbers classified?

How does Nikon series numbers work? For example for Canon is pretty simple: 1000 series is "cheap" 100 series (600D, 650D) is "enthusiast" 10 (50D, 60D) series is semi-pro 5 and 1 series are pro ...
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Why is the neck strap of an SLR attached to the top plate of the body?

Why is it that the neck strap of an SLR is attached to the top of the body? In my opinion it would be better if the neck strap would be attached to the bottom of the camera body. This would have the ...
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Why the need for SLR in digital cameras?

Excuse my ignorance but as far as I know, SLR was invented in order to get the photographer to see (through the viewfinder) exactly what image will fall on to the film. In digital cameras the image ...
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What would be a DSLR to use for combination outdoor photography and astrophotography?

I'm looking to start - finally, getting into photography again. I used to have a Pentax 1000 years ago that I used for B&W pics. Now, I want to get into both outdoor photography and ...
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Need lens sugestion for canon 550D camera [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lens upgrade paths (sub $1000) for the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens for Canon APS-C cameras I am new to dslr photography, i started with Canon 550d DSLR camera with efs ...
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Which DSLR for a total beginner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? I love taking photographs and simple digital cameras don't satisfy me. So I'd like something better. I have never ...
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Is there a digital body which will let me use lenses from my Yashica Fx 2?

I have a Yashika FX-2 that I bought back in the 70's. I would like to upgrade the body to a digital form and I'm not sure which ones I can buy. I have several different lenses and I really don't want ...
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Laws regarding photos taken from airplane?

What are the laws for photos taken during a commercial flight? Just shooting some clouds outside the window and maybe a small city picture after takeoff. Anything I need to know? Apart from what's ...
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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 ...
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What are proper settings to capture sun rise time-lapse?

I am a newbie to SLR world. The infinite settings are now a curse than a boon to me. I would like to shoot sun rise in time lapse mode. The problem is, the photographs taken before sun rise are clear, ...
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Can hot days damage your camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What will happen to a camera if it is taken to an environment beyond its operating temperature? I have a canon t3i and I am curious to know just how much heat they can ...
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As a beginner would I be better suited to a Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS 550D?

I am very new to this and wondering if I would even notice a difference between a Nikon D3100 and Canon EOS 550D using the standard 18-55mm lens? The differences I can see are: The Cannon is roughly ...
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Different backup camera strategy

After reading good question here, I consider getting a backup. It looks like most photographers use same-camera-type backup, like 2 DSLRs and duplicate lenses. That is too expensive for amateurs! ...
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What are the main factors that will affect the sharpness of my images?

I am relatively new to DSLR photography and I am mainly learning by taking photos and enjoying doing so. One of the curiosities with my photos are how the level of sharpness varies from photo to ...
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Should I get the Nikon D5100 or D3200 for low light portraits?

I am a beginner in Photography and this would be my first DSLR. I am confused whether to go for the Nikon D3200 or Nikon D5100. I would be taking mostly portraits and would need a camera which would ...
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Why color and saturation is less on compact than on DSLR?

So basically I compare Nikon d5100 and Canon Powershoot and image contrast is mach lower on second camera. Is it because of compact sensor quality, or it is theoretically impossible to have great ...
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Can a new focusing screen affect exposure metering?

After i replaced original focusing screen with a split one, it seems that every picture i take is overexposed now. Can it affect on exposure? Or i damaged something while replacing it? I own Nikon ...
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Cannon EOS 550D, Which lens should I purchase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which would be more suitable lens in terms of utility, weight, price: 18-135 or 18-55 + 55-200? I am going to purchase my first DSLR which is Cannon EOS 550D. The seller ...
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Which mode should I use on my camera?

On the top of most cameras is a selector knob which will allow you to select different modes. These range depending on the camera, my camera (Nikon D5100) has several choices. I have been told ...
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Why isn't saving photos as TIFF files a popular choice by DSLR manufacturers?

Why do many DSLRs have the option to save in RAW or JPEG but not in TIFF? It would be useful to save it as a TIFF file using lossless compression. It would be a midway between RAW and JPEG. Is it ...
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How outdated is the Nikon D80?

I have a Nikon D80, I know it is no longer produced, but how "outdated" is it? Also, how long do cameras typically last with average use?
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How does the mirror in a DSLR operate?

I am attempting to understand mirrorless cameras and I have read these two questions and answers: What are the techincal advantages and disadvantages of mirrorless? Are DSLRs a dying breed, making ...
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Light field based camera or dslr? Which should I choose?

Should I buy a lytro (light field) camera or a dslr one? I know that the light field based cameras are new. Do professional photographers use it? Or will they?
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Max aperture on zoom lenses - stepwise or linear?

When zooming with lenses without a fixed max aperture, the change in aperture* that the camera displays is stepwise, usually in steps of thirds. But, is the max aperture really the same all the way as ...
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Any good ways to keep a DSLR with a heavy lens parallel to your body while carrying?

I have a D80 with a fairly large lens which weighs the camera down and whenever i am hiking/walking long distances it gets annoying because it isn't parallel to my body. Are there any solutions? Like ...
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Is Dry Cabinet necessary for both a Point and Shoot Camera & a DSLR Camera?

Is Dry Cabinet better or a Dry Box? and is it necessary for (a) A Point and Shoot Camera (b) a DSLR Camera?
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Does my SLR have an indicator to help me use manual focus quickly and accurately?

I have Nikon D5000 which lacks in-body focus motor. I also have imperfect vision. When trying to manual-focus, results are not perfect. I could save a fortune by buying AF rather than AF-S lenses. ...
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How do I decide on a camera/lens with high zoom range?

I need a camera that is not so bulky (even though additional lens is fine with me — not more than one extra lens). Also, I am not looking at those high-end camera such as Nikon or Canon Mark III. ...
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What is the actual distance for taking a photograph with a 4.3-180mm Super Zoom camera lens vs. a 55-200mm DSLR lens? [closed]

What will be the true actual distance for both lens in terms of actual meters?
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Why doesn't it make sense to compare an entry-level DSLR with a super zoom?

A friend of mine told me that it does not make any sense to compare a entry level DSLR (e.g. Nikon D5100) to a super zoom (e.g. Nikon Coolpix P510). So, what does he mean by "it does not make any ...
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Which attribute is the most important in a DSLR and lens when shooting objects from a distance?

I need a DSLR & lens that can shoot objects at a long distance with great sharpness when I open the image to view and zoom. So, what attribute is the most important to do that? Some of my friends ...
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What are the technical advantages and disadvantages of mirrorless?

The main doubt one can have about mirrorless is, I think that they do not provide ttl viewfinder. Is this a big disadvantage? In what way is it worst (or best) than classical reflex system? What are ...
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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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What are the differences between dslr lenses and video/film lenses?

I've heard several times that one of the reasons videographers are so interested in DSLR video is access to the wide range and low cost of dslr lenses. It would seem to me that they would be very ...
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Is it normal for the LCD screen of D3100 to sometimes show moving horizontal lines?

Yesterday I noticed horizontal upwards moving lines on the LCD screen on the D3100 when I was using live view. It doesn't happen always, is this normal?
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How can I set an exposure time over 30 seconds with a DSLR?

Most DSLRs have an exposure time limit of 30 seconds. Now I'm asking myself how is it possible to create images about over 1 hour or longer, like these two: ...
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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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Are there any good pancake lenses for Canon EOS DSLRs?

I've always liked the thought of having a super-thin ("pancake") lens for my Canon DSLR, for when I just want to take my camera out with as little bulk as possible. I'm not even too concerned about ...