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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 can I find the the serial number of a Canon EOS DSLR when the stamp on the camera is unreadable?

I have been looking for the serial number of my Canon T5i. I have searched around the Internet and the Internet tends to say that the serial number is on the bottom of the camera and on the box. Now, ...
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Are there any really silent but good DSLR cameras?

When photographers take pictures at events, like at the latest British open golf tournament, you can hear a lot of loud shutter(?) noises? Is that really necessary for a digital camera? Especially ...
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Canon 6D or 5D for amateur photographer? [on hold]

The environments that I most use my camera in are family & friend gatherings, weddings, and urban travel. I am interested in lifestyle photography and occasional city photography. I have been ...
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What camera-lens combination should be preferred for shooting models and art gallery?

So, this question comes from a peer's sister who is undergoing some course regarding "fashion". They have been asked by their non-photographer teacher to "get a DSLR camera of range up to $803 from ...
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How do I permanently set continuous mode on the Nikon D5100?

I'm traveling and I don't have access to my manual, so I'm sorry if it's in there. I flip between modes a lot and tend to use full auto (when family doesn't have patience for me to set something up). ...
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Does a “body-only” DSLR need a lens added before use?

What does it mean for a DSLR camera to be described as "body-only"? I found one advertised for sale that was described as such, and I don't know if I'll need to add a lens. I assume that it means ...
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Why are my RAW images corrupt but the previews okay? [duplicate]

So I shot photos for my robotics team at an event this weekend and ~95% of them are corrupt. The JPG previews from the camera are fine, but when Adobe Bridge generates its own preview, the corruption ...
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Do I need to buy anything more than just body and lenses?

I want to buy a body DSLR and custom lens but I'm quite new to photography and I do not know if it's enough or I have to buy something else too (just to make it work and do photos). I know body kits ...
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DSLR with a basic lens only?

I am thinking about getting a DSLR (either save a little and get a Nikon D3300 or get a Nikon D5500 — I really like the vary angle LCD thing and the fact it's lighter and has wifi built in... just ...
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Canon Vs Sony Vs Nikon DSLR [duplicate]

I am planning to buy new DSLR. I have following options. Canon 1200D Sony Alpha A 58 Nikon 3200D Or any other ?? Please suggest me
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How can I connect multiple Canon dSLRs in parallel to a computer?

I want to connect a couple of Canon cameras with my computer in such a way that a single click both captures images and stores them on the computer. I am trying the same in c#. Actually, I have ...
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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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What's the point of a DSLR? [duplicate]

Now that we have digital sensors which can be exposed to light repeatedly, why are SLRs still around? Wouldn't a digital viewfinder or a simple LCD be less bulky and prone to failure in addition to ...
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Shooting video frame by frame / electronic vs mechanical

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR soon for doing frame-by-frame paper, stop-motion animation video work. I do not want to have to keep fixing a mechanical shutter for my DSLR, which I hear is a ...
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Are DSLRs a dying breed, making now the time to switch to a mirrorless camera system? [closed]

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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How to clean the focusing screen?

Yesterday I was photographing an event and had to change a lot between lenses (50mm and 18-55mm). Surprise, surprise, today when I looked on the viewfinder I saw a little piece of fabric and a little ...
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What is the best way to clean the sensor on a digital SLR?

I've got a couple of spots of dust on the sensor of my Canon 20D - a rocket blower isn't shifting them, and I'm ridiculously scared of some of the more direct methods for cleaning sensors -- what ...
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What aspects are important in a lens for candid shooting in ambient light indoors?

I have solid lenses for my 7D for outdoor photography, but now I want to venture indoors. Closer focal distance, Potentially less light. What are the key artistes of a lens that I should look for? ...
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Should I get a dSLR or stick with a bridge camera? [closed]

I am looking to upgrade my canon point and shot compact. I am looking for a camera that will last me 5+ years and is quality. I plan on shooting holidays, nature and astrophotography - I have a ...
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What's the advantage of many autofocus points rather than fewer spread wider across the field? [duplicate]

I have a D3200 with 11 focusing points: The newer and more expensive bodies have even more focus points like e.g. the D610: I mostly work in Single-point AF mode, which means I choose one of 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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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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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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Why do most professional photographers prefer to use their SLRs optical viewfinder? [duplicate]

I have heard again and again that using the digital viewfinder on your SLR is a big no-no and that you should always use the optical viewfinder when framing a shot. Why?
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What can I do when my Nikon D5200 gives an SD card error with every card?

My D5200 has developed a problem, every time I turn it on I get the error message "This memory card cannot be used. Card may be damaged Insert another card." I have tried multiple memory cards in the ...
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What should I consider when buying a lens hood? [duplicate]

I have Nikon D5200 with 18-55mm kit lens, and I want to buy a lens hood. Some related questions: Will the lens hood increase the photo quality? What are the types of lens hood? Should I be looking ...
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If I have a recent, mid-range DSLR, then why, if ever, would I need to buy another / better focusing screen?

In theory this question applies to other brands beside Canon, but I'm going by the Canon experience here. Namely: Why would I want to change a functional focusing screen with another one? And what ...
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What dslr would best suit my needs? Switching from point and shoot [duplicate]

I currently have a point and shoot nikon p510 with 42x zoom. I actually use the zoom a majority of the time for wildlife photography (mostly birds). The only thing holding me back currently is image ...
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Which tripod should I get for macro photography?

I'm currently looking for a good tripod for (mostly) macro photography and other kind of photography as well. I own a Canon EOS DSLR. Which tripod should I consider? There are many on sale, but I'm ...
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Why do some Windows programs show some of my RAW images with a purple tint?

Yesterday I got my first DSLR, a Nikon D5300. It works great and I have no complaints, however I'm having a strange issue. In some programs, like UFRaw, as a desktop image, and in one of the Windows ...
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Where can I rent a camera and lens online within the US? [closed]

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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Nikon D5100 / D5200: which should I buy [closed]

I am currently looking into buying my first DSLR After consideration I was pretty much set to buy a Nikon D5100, but looking at amazon it seems that there is only a $100 difference with the 5200. If ...
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Which cheap digital body for M42 lenses? [closed]

I'm looking for a cheap, second hand digital camera body for my M42 lenses. And I'm stuck; there is actually quite some choice. Currently, I have a Canon EOS 300D; there are two reasons I want to ...
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How can I compare different lenses in terms of quality?

I am currently looking to buy a new lens to replace with kit lens, having an extra reach, faster, better image quality and also better video quality. Without buying all the lenses I have shortlisted, ...
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Retrieving photos taken without a memory card [duplicate]

We went out for a picnic and took lots of photos but we didn't spot that there was no memory card in the camera until afterwards. If there was no memory card in Digital SLR camera is there a way to ...
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Why don't cameras have automatic eyepiece covers?

The question is clear and I am not sure how to further explain it. Why don't cameras have internal automatic eyepiece covers?
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How much light is lost through a typical matte focusing screen?

My understanding is, the focusing screen, being matte, will diffuse some amount of light in a direction that is not captured by the optical viewfinder. I am aware of some technical developments ...
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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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What should I look for when choosing a camera for a safari?

I am going on a Safari and am ready to upgrade from a P&S to either a DSLR or a mirrorless. I love taking pictures and travel a lot (for fun) so expect to use this camera in multiple settings. I ...
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Upgrading to a better quality camera before a wildlife-focused vacation [duplicate]

I'm sure this has been asked many times before, but anything would be helpful. I'm looking to upgrade from a standard point-and-shoot to a higher quality camera before a safari vacation. I was ...
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Nikon D5100 “Press Shutter Release Button Again” error, but fixing itself after left alone for a while

First of all to be clear, the camera was not dropped or anything; it started to behave like this from nothing. I turned on my camera and first it displayed "Turn off the camera and turn on again". ...
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Canon 700d with stock lens or cheaper model with better lens? [duplicate]

I'm torn between getting a 700d kit as it is or a cheaper model (ie. 1200d) with a better lens. Mainly plan on using it for short films. Opinions?
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What can cause black corners in an image?

There are completely black corners in some of my photos. What can cause it? I have a full-frame Canon 5D Mk II and had the problem with my 24-105 Canon lens recently and have experienced it with my ...
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How can I track a lost DSLR?

I am aware of tracking mechanisms for laptops with a combination of hardware/software solution that help the owner to track lost machines. I was wondering if there is a similar solution for tracking ...
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Storing camera body with lens attached or just the body alone with body cap in dry cabinet? which is better?

Storing camera body with lens attached or just the body alone with body cap in dry cabinet? which is better? which is highly recommended?
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Canon 70D Viewfinder info battery logo dead pixel?

It's not a problem to me, but I was just wondering is it meant to be there or is it manufacturing error?
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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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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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Can I make my Canon 70D focus continously when viewing through the viewfinder?

I'm a newbie in photography, so don't judge me too much, just got the canon 70d and I noticed that when viewing through view finder while in P mode the camera would not focus automatically (I would ...
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How to fix Nikon D5200 mode dial giving incorrect modes?

I have a Nikon D5200 DSLR and I am facing problem with the mode dial. Here is what is happening: Changing mode dial to Landscape, Child or Sport gets me to Manual mode. Changing mode dial to Macro ...