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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 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? [closed]

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 ...
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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"?