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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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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 ...
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When should I turn on the rangefinder of the D3100?

There is a "set rangefinder on" kind of option in D3100. Are there any special cases when I "should" set the rangefinder on?
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Best image quality non-prime walk around lens for travelling with a Canon crop dSLR?

If money where no object what is the best quality non-prime walk around lens to pair with a crop sensor Canon dSLR for travelling? From what i have read so far a lot of people recommend the Canon ...
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DSLR for shooting video, what's best? [closed]

I currently have a Nikon d90 that I consider is a really good camera for photo shooting. I like to start with video and I know the D90 is able to shoot 720p, but the result is not that good and it has ...
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Can I shoot a photo with my DSLR without the lens on?

I thought it would be interesting to see what kinds of effects I could get by shooting a photo without any lens on my DSLR. However, when I take the lens off, it tells me that no lens is attached ...
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How can I get non-blurry gymnastics pictures with my entry-level DSLR?

I have a Nikon d3100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. My issues are the lighting and the shutter speed for fast moving objects. My aperture is set to f/3.5, shutter at 1/1000th of a second, and ISO ...
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How can I turn off the loud sound my D3100 produces when I take a photograph?

Nikon D3100 produces sound when I take the photograph. The sound is loud and attention grabbing. What is the term for this particular sound, and how can I turn it off?
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Are there DSLR lenses that don't allow for manual focus?

I am looking into getting a Nikon soon (either a D3100 or a D5100). One of the reasons that I am upgrading from a point and shoot is because I want to have more control over the camera's functions. In ...
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Is there a reason that a film SLR would be preferred to a digital SLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of photography is still better done with film cameras? The capabilities of digital photography continue improve, however some manufacturers (including Nikon) ...
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Are film lenses effectively longer focal lengths on cropped-sensor DSLRs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does my crop sensor camera actually turn my lenses into a longer focal length? My wife has a pair of Tokina lens (28-80mm and 100-300mm, I believe, without the lens here ...
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Do compact and DSLR cameras have the same sensor size if they have the same number of megapixels?

In the analog camera, I understood the impact of using a 35mm film vs using a 70 mm film. However in digital world, I dont know if the sensor size is the same for compact and DSLRs. In other words, ...
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What is the difference between these various Nikon zoom lenses?

Nikon AF-S 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G ED Nikon AF-S 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G ED The second one costs twice as much money as the first one, but what's the benefit of choosing the second one? Same with ...
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What does it mean when Dpreview says “White balance often excessively orange under artificial light”?

From: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond3100/page19.asp White balance often excessively orange under artificial light. Artificial light here may also mean Flash. Is this something which I ...
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What do Pentax, Sony, and Olympus DSLRs offer that differs from Canon and Nikon?

We have a question and answers outlining the significant differences between the "big two" DSLR brands. I'm interested in the other DSLR makers, and how the cameras they make compare in terms of ...
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Why is the sensor size small in D3100 as compared to D3000?

I thought Nikon D3100 must be more advanced than D3000 (because of the higher number and the increased price). But, the D3000's sensor size is 23.6mm x 15.8mm and the D3100's sensor size is actually ...
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Does the convergence of video and photo technology in digital cameras have a negative impact on strictly photographic ability?

With every new Canon and Nikon camera we are witnessing the progression of an unprecedented convergence of video and photography ability, something completely unthinkable during the film era. But I ...
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Image being corrupted in DSLR [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do my images get distorted on my Nikon DSLR? I have been shooting with my D90 for quite sometime and I have just encountered the following problem. What could have ...
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Will a dSLR and compact camera produce the same bokeh output at f/2.0?

Will a Nikon D80 + 50mm f/1.8D and a Lumix LX5 set both at an aperture of f/2.0 (50mm @ f/2.0 for D80 and 24mm @ f/2.0 for LX5) have the same bokeh ouput? I plan to get the LX5 as a second camera, and ...
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What would be the must have mobile phone apps for photographers?

I am looking for apps for my mobile phone (Generalizing it to any mobile phone rather then being a specific Android, Apple or Windows phone) that I will find helpful while taking pictures on my DSLR. ...
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When should one turn off their DSLR?

I spent a good hour today moseying after some azure-winged magpies. We had a nice waltz across a parkland, they rarely letting me get close enough to even contemplate a shot. As such, I spent long ...
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What is the meaning of “cropped sensor”?

What is the meaning of the term "cropped sensor"?
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What are the differences between a bridge camera and a D/SLR?

What are the differences between a bridge camera and a D/SLR?
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Which model is a good first DSLR, the Sony SLT A35, Canon 550D or Nikon 3100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? I want to buy my first camera. My priorities are both - photos and videos (as i have lost my handycam). I have ...
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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 ...