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Equipment recommendation questions should be specific about budget and goals, yet general enough to be useful to as many readers as possible. Equipment recommendation answers should be worded to be as useful as possible to the broadest range of readers, and when possible account for future price ...

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Just Add Sand: What kind of sand should I fill my sandbags with, and where can I find some for cheap?

I recently purchased these sandbags for a light stand, not realizing that they would be shipped sans sand. What kind of sand should I fill my sandbags with, and where (i.e., what type of ...
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Camera Sony or Nikon? Please suggest [on hold]

I have concluded three camera options after discussion with friends. Nikon Coolpix L830 Point & Shoot Camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 Point & Shoot Camera Nikon Coolpix P530 Point & Shoot ...
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Climbing trees and getting equipment up there

I've been climbing a few relatively short trees, but I'm having trouble getting my DSLR up there without it swinging around and hitting branches. Is there a decent means to do this?
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What is a more stable way to lash a mini tripod to the top of 3 tent pole sections? [migrated]

I can lash a mini tripod ($2 on eBay) to the top of a quad-sected tent pole with 4 equal sections with internal elastic to make a tripod. This gets me about 2' off the ground. I can lash a mini ...
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First DSLR camera? [duplicate]

I'm 15 years old and I'm interested in buying my first DSLR camera. I want to be able to do videos as well as photography. I have talked to professional photographers they have all told me to go for a ...
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Is it better to get water-resistant camera bag for cycling, or upgrade to a weather-resistant camera?

I used to do a little photography a while back (when the 350D first came out) and I'm thinking of getting into it again to take the some landscape shots during my other hobby of cycling. With the ...
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DSLR recommendation, question about old Canon 35mm film Camera & lenses [closed]

I'm in search of a new camera and I've been reading reviews, researching the last couple of weeks. The choice is daunting to say the least. There are so many models, types etc not to mention all the ...
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Which lens/focal length offers the widest viewing angle without too noticable distorions/fish-eye-effect?

I am looking for a lens for my Sony Alpha 77 (APS-C), which gets me an as wide as possible viewing angle, but I also hate that fisheye effect one gets from using too low of a focal length. About where ...
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Choices of ND filters [closed]

I have been looking at my next purchase and decided that it is going to be an ND filter. I'm intermediate-self taught online and through practice over last 2 years. It's now a very big hobby and plan ...
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III remote for consumers without a smart phone?

I am considering purchasing the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III as a replacement for my Canon G3 and I am concerned that the lack of an IR remote will be a deal breaker for me. The literature I can ...
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Cheap underwater equipment for d300s

I'm not rich enough to be able to buy a 2000$ case so I was considering the option of the underwater bag like this one : ...
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What do I need to know to select a Nikon-fit macro lens?

I've recently found a passion for macro photography and have purchased a Nikon D3200 which is a great starter DSLR. I have a macro setting on my DSLR and am currently using a VR lens. Will i ...
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Is a multishot self-timer mode available on mid-range cameras?

I'm looking for a digital camera that has multiple shot self-timer mode. Is this feature available on mid-range cameras or is just high-end ones?
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Setup for macro photos of flat surface with macro lens and led ring

I need to take photographs of a close flat surface with controlled lighting. I have an idea to do this, which is to use a dslr with a macro lens. Use a LED ring (which I see are usually used for ...
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Most effective directed speedlight diffusers?

Since I have a wireless flash I figured I may as well get a tripod adapter and some sort of diffuser so I can supplement strobes, and especially use it off-camera at locations I wouldn't haul ...
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What do I need to make my own camera stand with a 40" horizontal arm?

I need a stand with a variable height (max 7 ft. tall) and a >40" horizontal lateral arm. the center column doesn't have to move, it can be secured to the ground. I should be able to move the ...
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Wise to switch from Sony to Canon considering I have a decent amount of lenses? [closed]

I've been trying to decide on this for a while now and I need to decide before tomorrow because of a great deal which ends by then. Current situation: I'm currently shooting with a Sony a580 and the ...
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Is it okay for a new camera to have a date of import almost two years ago?

I just bought a Canon EOS M mirrorless camera but the date of import is December 2012, nearly 18 months ago. Should that be a problem?
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What to look for in a Vacation Camera? [closed]

I'm hoping to get some guidance on what type of camera I should purchase to use only on vacations and occasional family gatherings. I've read plenty of reviews and articles on different types of ...
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Will filters help me get better colors in my digital photographs of my paintings?

Will filters help me get more accurate color when photographing my paintings? I have problems especially with reds and especially if there are no strong contrasting colors in a red painting.
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What camera features do I look for if I want to shoot miniatures? [closed]

I want to buy a camera for taking pictures of small models. I have been looking at the Fujifilm Finepix HS25 EXR and Canon Powershot SX510 HS, however I don't know which one will be better for my ...
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Should I buy filters or step down adapters for multiple lenses? [duplicate]

Following my question about doing B/W, I ended up buying a Nikon N80 with a third party lens (28-90mm, 55mm diameter). I also have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E lens, which is 52mm. From what I ...
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Sturdy tripod on a budget [duplicate]

One of my favourite types of photography is long exposure photography. I use a nikon D3100 with the kit lens. Unfortunately being the beginner I was, I decided to buy a cheap tripod from Ebay...I am ...
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Should I go digital or analog for B/W on a budget?

I would like to try out photography in Black and White, specifically because it just has an awesome contrast and makes the motive "pop" in a certain way that color just detracts from (or maybe I have ...
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Moon photography [duplicate]

Hi I am a photography hoobyist. At the moment I am using a Nikon D3100 with the standard kit lens (18-55mm). I am interested in taking photos of the moon. I am debating whether to buy a 55-200mm lens ...
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Are there non-floating underwater neck straps for underwater digital cameras?

About 6 years ago I bought the Canon AKT-DC1 kit for my Canon D10. The underwater straps were fantastic. It had shoulder and neck straps that allowed you to swim rigorously with the camera in a way ...
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What qualities are important in a camera for studio portraiture?

I'm 16 and going to be going to college to get my photography degree. I'm working on starting a photography business. The type of photography I'm interested in doing is mainly studio; portraits of ...
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How to do jewellery photography with a telephoto lens?

A local jeweller has a Canon EOS 550D with a telephoto lens model 'Canon EF 75-300mm (f/4-56 III USM)' which she's using to photograph her work for sale. The lens will zoom enough to get large ...
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Are there disadvantages to an adapted Canon EF-S zoom vs Sony SEL 18-200 lens for my Sony Nex?

I want to buy a universal zoom lens 18-200 (maybe 18-135) for my Sony Nex. At Sony I found only Sony SEL 18200 lens that is expensive. There are adapters Canon EF-S to Sony E-mount (with providing ...
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Macro lens for Olympus E-3

I am thinking of getting a macro lens. Technically, it seems, I already have one, a Sigma DC 18-50mm, but it doesn't feel like it when I try to take close ups. I have an Olympus E-3, Olympus ...
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Purchasing a6000: but what lens to buy? [closed]

I'm not a professional by any means but I currently own a Rebel t3 but looking to get a good camera that's much smaller as we often times leave the Rebel behind since it is so large. I think I've ...
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Switch from T3i to Fuji X20? [duplicate]

I've had a Canon T3i for about a year now, getting it as an upgrade to a small Canon point-and-shoot. I mainly got the T3i for the additional shooting setting controls and the ability to change ...
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Which DSLR camera to choose for semi-pro use? [closed]

I want to buy a DSLR for casual photography and sometimes professional use. Professional use would include shooting architecture (working with wide angle lenses) and events (low-light conditions). ...
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What flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1?

What vintage/modern flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1? I'm going away for vacation and I need something other than a tripod for low-light situations.
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Nikkor 18-55 Lens Hood help

I am going to buy a lens hood for my AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR...I searched and i found out that the best lens hood is the HB-45 Lens Hood... (link here) However i also found a newest ...
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New head for Bogen tripod

I have a Manfrotto/Bogen tripod model 3221 with a model 3055 head. I don't like the head. It is difficult to finely adjust the position. Can I replace this with something else? Something that has ...
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What are the pros and cons of different lenses on the end of a long macro bellows

I just picked up a vintage 300mm bellows with a 50mm lens on the M42 screw mount, but the lens is kinda foggy and scratched. What would I gain or lose with different focal lengths for a replacement ...
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Are there any official flash extenders for macro work?

I'm regularly doing macro work using a Nikon D800, typically with its internal flash, and when possibly using the SB700 speedlight. In both cases, the flash is directly head-on, which has several ...
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Mirrorless Camera for Landscape, Low Light and Long Exposure [closed]

I have been researching a lot for finding an easy-to-carry, lightweight camera for landscape which also works in low-light conditions, long exposures and night photography. Please note, I am a ...
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Speed ​​to clear the cache on sony a65

I am an amateur photographer and I take action photos or I need to take several shots in a burst. But I noticed that during my burst shooting the cache filled quickly and is slow to catch up. I have ...
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Comparing Canon's 85mm 1.8 and 200mm 2.8 Primes for Portrait, Other Use

Hopefully this is the right place for this question... I'm looking at purchasing either the 85mm 1.8, or 200mm 2.8 (Canon) in the next few months. I'm wanting to get more into portraits and people ...
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Mirrorless Camera vs mid range DSLR — how to decide?

I am in market for new mid range camera for still images(not video). I am currently a Canon T2i user. I originally posted the question as: Olympus EM-1 vs Nikon D7100. But that got me thinking, ...
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What is a great camera for a soccer game [duplicate]

I am looking for recommendations for a compact camera with good battery life and great light pictures. DSLR could be an option, but I don't really know if there are DSLR compact cameras. The camera ...
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Buying my first DSLR [duplicate]

I am planning on buying my first DSLR. The things that I have in mind are, Earlier used a point-and-shoot camera. Budget of 550 USD to 650 USD (for body). Perform a lot of street photography. Go ...
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Scuba underwater photography: GoPro vs DSLR + Housing

I own a Canon 650D and above water it takes great photos for my hobbyist needs. I am looking to get into underwater photography (up to 40m) and for that I see my options as either to buy an underwater ...
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What are meaningful deciding factors when deciding between Canon 5D mark III vs mark II? [duplicate]

I am intermediate student on photography. I am intending to buy a full format Canon camera and I am between Canon 5D mark III and mark II. I would like to be able using ISO numbers of 800 or 1600 or ...
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3 meter high stand + 3 meters long arm

I need to place a camera above the floor, for shooting a scene. I'd like to have a setup that allows me to go 3m tall + 3m toward the center of the scene. What sort of equipment should I get ...
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Are regular external HDDs durable enough to be taken in a photo bag?

For the purpose of carrying stuff (on a two week+ trip), I indend to buy an external HDD to be able to backup stuff onto it. Haven't spend too much time on this, just picked the best selling one off ...
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What do I need in a lens for studio portrait photography?

I'm going to start in photography and I'm looking to build a home photography studio. I'm planning to get a Canon 60D (wished for a 7D though). I'd like to find out what are the recommended lenses for ...
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How would a mobile phone with external zoom lens compare vs DSLR?

I am new to photography and my knowledge is limited to just this - have sufficient light, press button to take photo, quality of images in digital zoom is not as good as that of optical zoom and ...