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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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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 ...
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Why is AF slow in Live View on DSLRs?

Why is AF so slow in Live View on SLRs ? On compacts, the AF works very smoothly and quickly.
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What are the technical differences between using a DSLR viewfinder and live view?

The earlier question What are the advantages of using the optical viewfinder over live preview to take photos on a DSLR? asks for practical advantages of optical viewfinders. But what's the technical ...
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How do I choose a zoom lens for my Canon DSLR when I'm ready to move beyond the kit lens?

I am using Canon 500D with the kit lens (18-55). I think I have done enough with 18-55 and want to try out next lens. I have already decided to purchase 50mm prime. I also wanted to get a Zoom lens. ...
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Is exposing my DSLR to a very intense source of direct light bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can the sun damage the camera sensor? Under what conditions? Can a laser pointer damage the sensor in a digital camera? I'm wondering (mainly out of curiosity) if it ...
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Is a Canon Rebel T3 an appropriate entry-level DSLR?

I'm starting photography and am wondering if the Canon Rebel T3 is a good choice. My only real constraints are that I want to able to take "burst shots" (such as of sports events) and low light ...
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Why am I unable to disable automatic sensor cleaning on my Canon DSLR?

I've been recently getting the infamous "error 99" on my Canon Rebel XS, under very specific circumstances: Insert a fresh battery Turn on the camera Shoot one or more exposures Turn off the camera ...
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D5100 or D90 ? Which one to buy as the first DSLR?

I am planning to buy my first DSLR camera and have pinned down on Nikon. However, I am not able to make up my mind between the Nikon D90 and Nikon D5100. While D90 is more expensive, I am not sure if ...
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Do different “Picture styles” affect RAW output?

I was reading again the manual of my camera (Canon 50D, but I am sure that each DSLR offer the same kind of functionality, albeit I don't know the exact names adopted) and noticed the issue of Picture ...
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Are there significant challengers to the Secure Digital format for cameras on the horizon?

I've finally decided to settle on Nikon's D7000 -- and it's got me thinking now.... most every camera nowadays uses some variant of the Secure Digital format, be it full sized SD cards in the DSLRs, ...
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Is a dSLR or mirrorless camera better for learning about photography?

I am getting frustrated with the limitations of my iPhone camera and my girlfriend's point-and-shoot. I want to purchase my first serious camera and learn how to take better photos. I don't think the ...
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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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Best settings to capture lightning on a D3100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What technique and settings should I use to capture lightning strikes? Quick, I need some help. I am trying to get some pictures of the storm thats going on right now ...
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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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Why is depth of field different in live view vs. video recording on my Canon 5D?

I recently got a Canon 5DmkII. This weekend I was at the local high school football field playing with the camera and recording video. I set the camera down on the field, turned live view on, and ...
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Is there any significant difference between Nikon and Canon?

I'm considering purchasing a DSLR for the first time here in the next couple of months. The two "big boys" seem to be Canon and Nikon. I've looked at both companies, and I can't really see significant ...
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I was looking at the Nikon D90, but it's discontinued. What should I choose instead?

I am currently in the process of gathering data about Nikon as I will be getting my very first DSLR soon! On nikon Japan, D90 has been added to the discontinued category. I was thinking of getting ...
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What is a good starter camera considering price and value [closed]

I like to take photos especially when I'm traveling.Also would shoot a lot of scenery and buildings and friends in front of scenery. Some options I found include the Panasonic Lumix G2, Panasonic GH2 ...
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Does this look like a sensor problem?

I have these tiny dots in a lot of my pictures. They look like tiny stars. On this Nikon D60 I've tried cleaning the area where the shutter is (what's this called?) with a hand pumping duster, but ...
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What are some common gotchas and missed capabilities migrating from compacts to DSLRs

It has been just a couple weeks since I bought an old Nikon D40X after using a Canon SX120IS for a year. The only things I miss so far are the ability to fine adjust the exposure using the back ...
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How are the red focus point indicators displayed on a dSLR's focusing screen?

The question Why do the focus points leds appear shadowed? raises another question for me. How are these indicator lights implemented in typical dSLRs? Are they actually small LEDs etched into the ...
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Why can't my SLR autofocus on certain parts of a scene?

I had my Nikon D7000 on single-point auto focus and it just would not focus on the spots I wanted. I have marked the spots that could not be focused on with red circles, and the parts that could be ...
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How can I find an affordable D-SLR camera with live view and rotating display?

I am looking to buy a D-SLR camera with a rotating display. The display that I'm referring to is the live view display on the back of the camera, which a few of the D-SLR cameras have and it is ...
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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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Will DSLR models support built-in geotagging in the next year? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What options do I have for GPS/Geotagging with a digital SLR? I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ10 and what I really love about the cam is the build-in geo tagging. Now I'm ...
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How can I tell if the built-in flash on my dSLR is broken beyond self-repair?

My built-in flash D50 is broken. It is popping up, but it isn't flashing. It fell down, so is it broken, or can I still fix it?
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What are the pros and cons of the Sony α230 DSLR?

I am wondering if I should buy a Sony α230 DSLR. My price range is $500. Does this camera have a removable lens, or a fixed one? What are pros and cons of this camera model?
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Is there a typical settings order before shooting?

Suppose we have time to shoot with an DSLR. Before actually shooting, some settings have to be adjusted to get a picture. Suppose we have a brand new DSLR in hand and every setting has to be defined. ...
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Why does a higher-end camera body like the Nikon D700 cost so much?

What are the features that make a DSLR costlier? For example, I am wondering why the Nikon D700 costs $2000?
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Are the sensors of newer DSLRs better beyond just having more MP?

I have a Canon Rebel XTI now, and am considering upgrading my camera body at some point. Aside from the increase in megapixels have there been other improvements to the CMOS sensors of the newer ...
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Does an interchangeable-lens compact camera (SLD) give me room to grow vs. a DSLR?

Recently companies like Sony have released relatively compact cameras that use DSLR-like lenses. Two of my friends have a camera like that (They're beginning photographers). I know eight other people ...
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How to get focused pictures for action shots?

My daughter just started playing Tee-Ball and I was out there with my Digital Rebel XT and a Sigma 300mm. I know enough to be dangerous and I was shooting in "Auto mode" with the action preset (the ...
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Brand of DSLR with a well-designed software UI?

I'm researching DSLRs for an upcoming purchase, and my budget will be around $1k for a camera body and kit lens. One area where it's difficult to find information: How do I learn more about the OS's ...
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Resources for learning about digital cameras technical design?

I would like to learn more about the design of digital cameras in general, and DSLR in particular, from optics to sensors to mounts. Do you know any up-to-date resources (other than Wikipedia) where ...
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How to choose a Digital SLR Camera for beginner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Beginner Photographer - Which Brand to Pick? (DSLR) Things to look for in my first SLR camera Beginner :- I have couple of Canon Camera's. I am interested to improve ...
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How does adjusting the brightness on my LCD screen affect the photo?

On my DSLR, there is a setting to adjust the LCD screen's brightness level. If I were to turn this setting up (make the LCD brighter), does this affect the quality of the picture? I would assume that ...
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How would I go about using my SLR to measure the 'greenness' of a photo?

Background My digital pictures can be read into a computer program like Matlab or R as a m x n x 3 matrix where m x n is the number of pixels observed by each of the three (red, green, and blue) ...