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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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What lens do I need to take a decent picture of a graduation ceremony from football-field seating?

What Canon lens do I need to capture a decent picture of a graduate on a football field? I could end up being at the other end of the field in the seating.
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What is the better material choice for a gorillapod? Metal or plastic?

Lagging the ability to bring my "real" tripod to a short holiday trip I often found myself in the situation where I wanted to use a gorillapod (that is a short tripod with flexible legs), instead of ...
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What's the best equipment to use for off-camera fill-flash on location?

I want to be able to use off-camera fill in flash, but I'm not sure if my equipment is up to scratch. I have a Canon 550D camera and 430EX (MkI) speedlite. I can use E-TTL when the speedlight is ...
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What type of camera do I need to take reasonable photos across a swimming pool?

What type of camera do I need to take reasonable photos across a swimming pool? The distance that seems to be the problem as at competitions spectators are confined to the balcony... not surprising ...
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Tablet for use with Lightroom 5 [closed]

Any suggestions for a graphic tablet (PC compatible) for a novice user?
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How do modern or recent film SLRs compare to vintage models?

Growing up in the digital age, I have never used a film camera. I have recently started considering adding a film SLR. $5k Leicas aside, are there any new film SLRs out now that are worth over an ...
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What are the benefits or disadvantages of a prime wide-angle lens for landscape photography?

I have a Nikon D7000 and currently use a 50mm prime lens for most of my photography. I love using a prime/fixed lens but I am considering the addition of a wide-angle lens for landscape photography. ...
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What tele-extender can I use with a Tamron 18-270mm lens on a Canon Rebel?

have a Canon EOS Rebel XSI and have a Tamron 18-270mm lens for it. Do you know what extender is compatible with this arrangement? I purchased a Canon Extender EF 2X III but it does not fit the lens.
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Pros and cons of cheap studio strobes vs. hotshoe/speedlight flash for portraits?

Not so long ago, AC-powered studio lights were the only option for serious studio photography, and low-cost starter sets like this Two Monolight Portrait Studio Kit¹ were a fixture in every ...
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What needs to be considered when purchasing an enlarger?

In film photography (and interestingly enough you can do this with digital) if you want to make a print by hand you'll need an enlarger. What are some things that should be considered, especially ...
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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

First post on here so I'll try and put a bit of background. I'm brand new to taking "proper" photographs and want to get started in landscape photography as a hobby after seeing some great pictures ...
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Can I use an off-camera Canon 90 EX to trigger a Canon 430 EX II?

Following on the heels of this question, I'm hoping that somebody can help me. If used with a transmitter/receiver, will the Canon 90 EX speedlite still serve as a master unit and fire a 430 EX II ...
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Hot shoe flash units and softboxes for portraits; good beginner setup?

Taking a previous question (Advice for someone just entering the world of off-camera flash?) and breaking it into pieces, as was suggested to me for more effective answering. I'm a student ...
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Advice for someone just entering the world of off-camera flash? [closed]

I'm a student photographer (primarily landscape with some portrait experience) looking to get into more serious portrait work; and, more specifically, off camera flash. Hoping this is the right place ...
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How to take a picture at the same time everyday?

I am currently wanting to design a system that I could leave outside permanently, and have it take a photo(or series) at the same time of the day, for a year, and then compile those into a single ...
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What is the “best” photography tripod for taking panorama pictures?

I would like to buy a photography tripod with great stability and sturdiness to gain "perfect" precision as I will be using it to take panoramic pictures to do VR Tours. I need one that reach 150cm ...
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What should I look for in a wide angle lens? [duplicate]

I'm pretty new to photography .. would appreciate if anyone could advise me a little on comparing wide angle lenses. For example, I'm looking at the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM and Canon EF 14mm ...
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Is an 18-200mm lens sufficient for an Alaska trip? [closed]

I am an amateur photography enthusiast, mostly for vacation shots. I have a Nikon D80 body and the 18-200mm lens which I use as my "walking around" lens. I have a trip to Alaska coming up this ...
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What equipment/ Which settings required for a 400 person group photo? [duplicate]

I received a request to work at a corporate party with a special request for a group photo of +- 400 people. So far the largest I've had was aprox. 35 people. I work with a Canon Eos 550 and a 35mm ...
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Should I buy a compact, SLR, or DSLR camera? [closed]

I am a StackOverflow user and new to this forum. So, I'm sorry if I'm asking unrelated, ultra amateur question :) OK, my only camera at the moment is my iPhone4's! And I don't think seriously of the ...
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Camera for high volume automated shooting of product pictures

For an automated photo studio I'm going to need a camera with a image quality that is comparable to better compact cameras, especially regarding color accuracy. Setting a custom white balance will be ...
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Best Neck Strap [closed]

Just picked up a new Fujifilm X-T1 which I can't wait to play with - but as with cameras I've had in the past the included neck strap is pretty cheap and uncomfortable. So for the first time I'm ...
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GoPro 4 or Canon for photos of northern lights?

I've heard it's not possible to take a picture of the northern lights with a GoPro. Is it possible to do it with a GoPro 4, since you can take pictures in the dark? I'll visit Iceland soon, so I'd ...
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What to look for in a starter-level off-camera flash?

I have zero experience with flash and want to learn how to use it from zero, for example by following the Strobist blog. What are the absolutely necessary specifications I should look for when ...
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What is a good focal length for street photography?

With a long lens you don´t disturb people but you are left "out of the scene", while with a short focal lens you are "inside the scene" but you may disturb people. What is a better alternative for ...
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What camera can I use as a high-resolution macro video recorder? [closed]

I'm looking for a consumer camera (or "pro"...as opposed to an industrial camera) to use in a computer vision/animal tracking experiment. Basically I want images with as high of a resolution as ...
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Will two lights plus octaboxes be a good starter setup for portrait photography, or can I get away with one umbrella?

I want to step into studio lightning for portraits and I'm searching for a good setup. Is it a good option to buy two flashes and octa-boxes (one from left and one from the right) or should one ...
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Very small quick-release?

I'm thinking of a way to easily swap out a cellphone clamp and a Joby gorillapod. The tinyest gorillapod has a quick release built in, with the removable end mounting on a 1/4-inch screw. The other ...
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Fotopro monopod tilt head — available in the USA?

When I was looking for a head for my new monopod, I came across the Fotopro RH-10, which besides be gorgeous is exactly what I want: ultra light weight with only tilt needed, arca-swiss plate. ...
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Wide Angle Lens recommendation for canon 70D (cropped sensor camera) [closed]

I am interested in landscape and have a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens but finding it does not capture enough and would like to purchase a Wide Angle lens. I am find ing the prices for the Canons too much ...
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What are the practical differences between Canon 580EX II and Canon 600EX-RT?

so which one is better and why? I just need to get as much flash power as possible for outdoor and indoor photography. Are they a lot different from each other? I couldn't care less about the ...
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What are the relative pros and cons of a Pentax K1000 or Nikon F for getting into film photography?

I want to get into film photography and go back to the roots to really learn about the techniques. Would you guys recommend the Pentax K1000 or the Nikon F, and why?
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Manual off-camera flash compatibility with multiple bodies?

I'm very new to flash photography, so I apologize for the newb question. I plan on getting a Yongnuo YN-560 III speedlite for off-camera flash, but I wanted to know how I would be able to make it work ...
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What to look for in a scuba diving camera for a non-photographer?

My brother just got his scuba diving certification and I want to buy him a camera to use while diving (mostly for stills but also some video). He is not into photography at all so he's definitely not ...
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Is Nikon D3200 optimal for my situation? [duplicate]

I am considering buying my first DLSR and found the D3200. It appeals to me because of the high MP count, 1080p video shooting and low price. It also seems to do very well on this site: ...
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What should I look for in a wireless flash trigger for a home studio?

I'm an amateur photographer looking for a wireless flash trigger. My gear is Canon 70D with Speedlight 380ex. My question is: what should I look for in a flash trigger? How important is the trigger ...
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what qualities should I be looking for in a long range lens [duplicate]

I am trying to get a long range lens for taking pictures of animals. I have read many questions and realize I need at least a 300 mm and I know they all depend on price...I'm not to go crazy with ...
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What should I look for in lenses for long range and close up animal and natural shots?

I am looking at trying to buy a long range lens for shooting animals and nature. I'm kinda new to photography and am not sure which brand or size I should be looking for. What features are important ...
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What to do to replace an aging Four Thirds DSLR?

I currently own an Olympus E-510. I like this camera because It has a large rubber grip and is decently heavy Most of the controls have physical buttons/switches associated with them, as opposed to ...
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Why would someone want a plain screw rather than a release plate?

I see a number of ball heads for sale that have a long quarter-inch screw and plastic knob threaded on it. To attach it to the camera, you have to spin the camera or the tri (mono) pod a few ...
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Using Rokinon 14mm or Tamaron 17-50mm as a general purpose lens (APS-C)?

I dropped my Sigma 18-250mm in the river and now looking for ways to replace it. I am using T4i, and have, Canon 50mm f/1.8 Canon 75-300 (Garbage w/o IS :/) I use the camera mainly on my trips to ...
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What head to select for my monopod? [closed]

I just got a monopod so I can take photos at a lower level than my eye. I'm thinking of the old twin lens box that was held at waist level and you look down at the screen, and get a picture with a ...
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Is saving money buying a tripod with only 1.5kg payload false economy?

I've been looking at buying my first tripod and my critera has been compact, lightweight and not shockingly expensive - especially as I'll have to lug it around. To that end I managed to narrow it ...
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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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Camera rec: 4:3 | DSLR Light-weight, fast focus, image quality [closed]

I am an enthusiast and I been clicking with Lumix FZ47 since three years now. Other than the not very great quality image detail at 100%, the camera is fast, responsive, 24x zoom which sort of ...
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Will a 18-140 lens be good for basketball stadium photographs? [closed]

I am absolutely new to photography and have just started learning the basics. I have got a Nikon D-610 with a 18-140 lens for now. I just want to know if I can take this to a basketball game and get ...
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What setup would I need to photograph the numbers of a plane overhead? [closed]

I need to take a photo of a plane that flies over my house. Can someone recommend an inexpensive setup which would enable me to get photos good enough to see the numbers on the plane? The plane comes ...
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What to gain from using a Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G instead of a AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G

After debating the old age 50mm vs 35mm, I have opted to go for a 35mm. I have a Nikon D3200 with a Yongnuo Flash, and just acquired a Nikon SB-600. I shoot two things: clubs/nightlife and weddings ...
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Single remote trigger for fifty cameras

I want to assemble several cameras, triggered by a single remote. Is this possible? The trigger doesn't have to be wireless, because the cameras will be very near to each other. The cameras need to be ...
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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 ...