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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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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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Why don't you need to calibrate a camera's LCD screen?

I saw this question from Leon Neal on Twitter a while back: If a computer screen needs constant calibration and checks, how come the screens on our cameras lack that facility? I can think of a ...
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Are DSLRs a dying breed, making now the time to switch to a mirrorless camera system?

I came across this thought provoking article on Stuck in Customs today that makes a strong case to hold off too much investment in DSLR gear, and instead switch to mirror-less cameras like the Sony ...
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What is Quiet mode on a DSLR?

I've heard that some newer DSLRs have a "Quiet" mode that reduces the noise the camera makes when you take a picture (as mentioned in answers to some questions) How does it work? Are there any ...
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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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Which factors are responsible for making a photograph zero noised when scaled to 100%?

While purchasing a DSLR which factors should be kept in mind if your aim is to zoom your photograph to 100%, frame it, and hang it on a wall? At 100% there shouldn't be ANY noise.
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Is there a noticeable difference between a 23.1 x 15.4mm and a 23.6 x 15.8mm sensor size?

Is there a noticeable difference between a 23.1 x 15.4 mm and a 23.6 x 15.8 mm sensor size when accompanied by a prime lens of 1.4F? After how large a change in the numbers does the difference get ...
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What are the pros and cons of a viewfinder versus a liveview?

Provided a DSLR has both i.e. a viewfinder as well as a liveview feature. Which one is more preferable for focusing and composition, and why? Is there something which can be done through a viewfinder ...
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How to shoot images from a home telescope using a digital SLR?

I have a Meade Refracting Telescope and I have a Nikon D-50 camera. I would love to take pictures of Moon, etc as seen in my telescope using my camera. What is the best way to do that?
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How to focus manually when you don't have a live view in the DSLR?

Nikon D3000 doesn't have a live view which means that the scene can't be seen on the LCD screen. So, how do you use the manual focus in such cases? Hit and trial, or is there a way out?
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What is considered “sharp enough” w.r.t the landscape pictures from a DSLR with F16?

This image was shot with a Canon 5D (the older one) with a EF24-105mm f/4L lens. The lens was set at 45mm at f/11, and the shutter speed was 1/90 of a second which was +0.5 from the meter at ISO ...
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Will the GorillaPod SLR-Zoom keep my DSLR camera from falling over/off?

I have a DSLR and a lens and am considering buying a GorillaPod for when I'm out and about and can find surfaces to place it on/attach it to. My main concern is whether I can rely on it to keep my ...
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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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Do digital cameras lose picture quality over time?

For some reasons when I look at my first pictures from my camera (DSLR), they look stunning. I know it could be just psychological. Another friend told me that her camera was really good when she ...
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What settings do I need to take a night cityscape with blue sky like Eric Rolph?

I was wowed when I looked at this image on google maps for the Prudential Tower observatory. Then I start digging into the photographer (Eric Rolph -flickr) and I found he had some stunning pics ...
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Does anyone have experience with Vanguard tripods?

I'm looking at buying my first tripod for my D7000 and don't have a lot of cash. What I do have is some REI gift cards and they carry Vanguard tripods. I haven't been able to find an abundance of ...
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What sets apart DSLRs in different price levels?

I was going through different models of Canon and found that the price range of the camera body for entry level DSLR is lesser than the semi-professional DSLR although both of these range of cameras ...
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How can I see both aperture and shutter speed in Av mode on my Canon 550D?

I used to be able to see both aperture f-number and shutter speed, and change both values on Av mode on my Canon 550 DSLR. Now, I can only see the aperture f-number and not the shutter speed on the ...
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What are most important accessories for indoor portraiture?

I am brand new to DSLRs, so please bear with me. We just bought a Nikon D3100. Christmas is coming up; what are going to be the most critical "starter" accessories? Most of our shooting is indoor, ...
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Are Toshiba SDHC cards good for Canon DSLR cameras?

I was going through the SDHC cards available in the market and found a really cheap card from a website offering discounted camera and photo gear. I did go through the mostly recommended San Disk SDHC ...
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Should I choose a Canon 550D or a Sony DSLR-A580?

I am planning to buy a Canon EOS 550D with its Kit Lens (18-55 mm) and a prime lens (50 mm 1.8) with my main intention of clicking portrait and landscape pictures. Just yesterday I came across Sony ...
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What are the differences between an entry-level DSLR and an advanced compact P&S camera?

A Canon Powershot series camera has shutter priority, aperture priority and complete manual mode that lets the user control the shutter speed and aperture Even though an Entry-level DSLR has more ...
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What makes the Nikon 1 V1 different from Nikon's existing DSLRs?

I stumbled across the Nikon 1 V1 in my web travels, and it sounds as though it's completely different from Nikon's DSLR cameras. The Nikon website explains some of its specifications but what ...
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How do I carry a tripod around?

I just ordered a Dolica tripod which came with a bag. I'm wondering how photographers typically carry their tripods around. If I am going specifically on a photography trip, then there's no problem ...
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How do I check the exposure meter reading on a DSLR?

I'm a beginner, and I have a Nikon D5100. Many times I come across the suggestion to "Check the meter reading for exposure." Where can I find this reading and how do I read it?
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What would be a suitable camera for a non-aspiring beginner travel photography?

After getting recently married me and my wife have started traveling a lot. We recently went to Canyon and Mt. Zion and unfortunately our digital camera broke on the way so we were only able to take ...
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Why do some DSLRs have fewer megapixels than some pocket cameras?

Some point and shoot cameras like the Olympus mju range have more megapixel capabilities than many DSLRs. Why is this? Is this because they have larger sensors or more dense ones? What are the ...
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What type of effects can I obtain with UV, FLD, CPL filters if any?

Can someone give me examples and show the difference. I obtained these from amazon. I have played with them for a little while and I am not impressed/bought yet. UV filter has no affect other than ...
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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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Which DSLR other than Sony A55 has best video capabilities with autofocus?

I've bought an Sony A55 camera for home use. Recording video is very important for me. Fortunately this camera is very good in video recording. It records 1080 HD and more important than that it does ...
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What automatic modes are appropriate, if any, for outdoor vs. indoor situations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why would I use manual camera controls instead of the automatic modes? I am asking this question particularly relevant to photography in Sunlight Indoors I hope the ...
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What are the summary rules for when to use image stabilization and when not to?

When I got my DSLR, I took a lot of pics and all of them came excellent, even though I had VR at the "Off" position. Since those came out so well, I wonder when should I turn VR on, and when I ...
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Are mirror-less cameras good enough to buy instead of a DSLR for home/amateur use?

I'm an amateur photographer looking to buy a camera for my home use. I called myself "photographer" just because I actually can press the button and take a photo! My first digital camera was VGA ...
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Could you recommend an under-$30 tripod for a DSLR?

I have look at Tripod that is mobile yet sturdy and light but that discusses expensive tripods. I want something cheaper (under $30). I checked some on Amazon. Which one would you recommend, ...
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Should I recalculate white balance for all my pictures after moving from iPhoto to Aperture?

I been shooting in RAW since I got my DSLR about a year ago (why not? storage space? that gets bigger and bigger all the time) and I kept storing my pictures in iPhoto, but this week I moved to ...
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What are good resources for learning how to take photos with a DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good resources for a beginning photographer? We just upgraded to a DSLR (a Canon T2i Rebel) Since I am used to a point-and-shoot, I have no idea what settings ...
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I want to purchase my first DSLR. Should I be worried about being able to purchase lenses and accessories in the future?

I've read some of the previous questions about choosing a DSLR based on brand or just which DSLR to buy. 10 years ago, I was pretty good with my parents' 35mm SLR, but we ran into the problem where ...
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Do “body only” DSLR cameras come with a battery?

I am a novice on photography and planning to gift a DSLR camera to someone - Do the cameras - that claim body only products - have battery included with them?. Can anyone confirm if below product on ...
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What third-party speedlite/flashes are available for Nikon?

I'm looking for a flash with a budget of < $200. I have a Nikon D3100, and I'm a beginner with photography, who is taking some classes and wants some flexibility with a decent bounce flash. I was ...
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How do I keep the horizon straight when taking a photo (without a tripod)?

I use a DSLR and I very often find that when I shoot without a tripod, and with my eye to the viewfinder (as opposed to using LiveView), my photos end up slightly crooked: lines that should be ...
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What's the best way to hold a DSLR?

So, I've seem that some photographers are extremely sensitive about how to hold their camera. What's the best way to hold a DSLR? Or does it even matter at all.
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What is the value of periodic service-center maintenance for DSLRs?

I've been contemplating sending my Canon 40D + lenses in for cleaning & maintenance, and as luck would have it, one of the answers on a recent question recommends periodic maintenance to prolong ...
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How should I take care of my new DSLR?

I am getting a new Nikon D5100 (with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit). This is going to be my first DSLR. I wanted to get some tips from you guys on how to maintain it in the long term. I am getting a 52mm UV ...
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How to use wide-angle lenses on cloudy days?

For this question, I am mainly interested in architecture photography, but it may concern other subjects. When I go for a day or two to a city, I try to limit my weight and for this purpose I usually ...
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How to compare two DSLR bodies?

All DSLRs generally have: A manual setting for ISO, shutter speed, aperture Manual focus Raw format support Macro focus Custom white balance settings So, what are the factors which distinguish ...
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What filters would you recommend for a digital SLR beginner/medium [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the must-have filters for a new photographer? I am a beginner/medium experience digital SLR user, and would like to start using some filters with some of my ...
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Is there at least one reason why I should buy an entry-level/prosumer APS-C DSLR versus a compact/four-thirds/bridge camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do Micro 4/3s cameras compare with DSLR cameras? I'm considering a Nikon D3100 as it is a DSLR and therefore provides flexibility of lenses, exposure and focal ...
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Why don't we get hot pixels when using live view?

Why don't we get hot pixels while using live view mode, but do get then on a long exposure? I read somewhere that they appear due to the sensor being activated for too much time, but then, live view ...
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What are the consequences of making camera bodies black?

Considering that silver and other camera colors are outsiders, I wonder if there is a specific reason to make black camera bodies. I can think of several "marketing" reasons (discretion, first, or ...
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Why can't I set a partial ISO stop?

On my Canon 500D, I can set aperture and shutter speed in 1/3 stops, however with ISO I appear to be limited to whole stops (100, 200, 400, 800 etc...) Why is this? It would appear the camera is ...