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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 do I need to use a Metz 54 MZ-4 remotely with a Canon Rebel T2i?

I believe that the Metz 54 doesn't have a PC cable, and I'm looking for the cheapest option. The T2i doesn't have this built in does it?
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How to shop for a lens filter?

What should I consider when shopping for a lens filter? I see filters that range from $15 to $115 and more. What are the differences between the $15 and the $115 filter? I'm asking in the ...
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What is the best camera to buy for a child to help them learn about photography?

I have a seven year old daughter who is keen on getting a camera for Christmas. She is able to look after possessions (is very safe with her violin from school) although this is a recent development. ...
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Which Canon lens combination should I buy for landscape photography?

The story never gets old: I was given a Canon 500D camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. Later I was also given a Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro with Canon mount. As they ...
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How well does the Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 resist flare?

Nowadays (among other projects) I'm shooting candle lights in churches (using mostly long exposures) using a Canon 17-40mm F4. (A small part of) The results are here. I'm thinking now to buy a Tokina ...
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What kind of camera should a serious enthusiast buy after ditching a point and shoot?

I'm trying to decide what kind of camera to purchase. At first I had it in my head that I needed a dSLR and I've asked a couple questions before on this forum to help me figure out which ones I like. ...
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Is the Canon 7D a good upgrade from the Rebel XS?

I have recently purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, and I no longer like the ISO performance of my Rebel XS. I'm thinking about investing in a 7D. Will that perform better for ISO and professional ...
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Am I on the right track for astro photography?

After viewing a few photographs of the Milky Way, I have become obsessed with creating my own. I went out and purchased a new full frame camera with a 24 f1.4 lens. Am I on the right track with this ...
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Are there any Canon EF-S prime lenses or tele-zooms?

Canon is supposed to have introduced the EF-S system for the APS-C cameras to make smaller\lighter lenses and keep the costs low. However, most of their EF-S lenses are general purpose zooms in the ...
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How do I carry a tripod around?

I just ordered a Dolica tripod which came with a bag. I'm wondering how photographers typically carry their tripods around. If I am going specifically on a photography trip, then there's no problem ...
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How can I get overhead shots with a jib?

I'll be needing to get overhead shots of food with a Seven jib and have never rigged my Canon camera in this way before. The shots needed will be straight overhead--not at an angle or tilt. What ...
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What lighting gear to get after my speedlight?

I recently got a Nikon SB-700, and after spending some time trying (and failing) to take some high-key b/w portraits, I am quickly realizing that I need to significantly modify the light, because ...
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Which camera offers flexible remote control and good manual controls?

I want to switch to a system camera, preferably one from the Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds systems. Since I also want to do experimental technical setups like time lapse or astrophotography, I have ...
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Can I use old camera accessories with a new DSLR camera?

I found a good price on a Rebel X. It comes with a flash and a couple lenses. Could I use those accessories with most new DSLR cameras? Would I be limited to Canon cameras?
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Should I stick with Micro Four Thirds or switch to a larger format before investing in more gear?

Recently I was given a Panasonic GF2 micro 4/3 camera + 14mm pancake lens for my birthday — a nice upgrade to what I have been using recently. I want to start to take my photography more seriously, ...
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Is there a simple flash bracket which holds a flash securely?

The flash bracket / umbrella swivel I'm using works just fine, but I'm a little nervous about the way the flash attaches. It's held in place by a combination of friction from screw on the side of the ...
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Can I get a time-lapse camera for under $150?

I enjoy making time-lapse pictures with my Coolpix s550 and software. However, the shortest interval for the s550 is 30 seconds. I would like to know if there is a camera for under $150 that has ...
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What are the alternatives to Smoothie, Merlin and Glidecam for point and shoot cameras?

I would like recommendations for camera stabilizer systems for compact cameras. That is, those with a gimbal and weights for cameras way below a kilo. Unfortunately it is illogical that the camera ...
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Is buying a camera and trying things yourself the best way to learn?

I love photos and every thing related to them. I want to begin in this field as a hobby, then become a professional in time. Some people have advised me that the best way to learn photography is to ...
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Macro lenses, what's the best for quality and closeup?

I want to do some extreme macro work, so which lens is best for this? I think the Canon 100mm macro isn't good enough. So which lens gives great low light work plus will get me right into the eye of ...
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Which lens to d7000? 50mm 1.4g or 1.4d?

I need to buy a lens to make portraits with my Nikon d7000. I know that for every camera model lenses behave differently, so how do these lenses perform with the d7000? Can I save money and buy the ...
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How should I set up a flash bracket for Pentax?

I have a Pentax K-r and a Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital flash unit, and I've been having problems with red-eye. As a result, I'm considering getting a flash bracket. I am aware that I can simply ...
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Should I get a fast CF card?

I'm wondering whether I should go for a faster card (e.g. SanDisk Extreme series) or can do just fine with slower card (e.g. SanDisk Ultra series) for use with Canon EOS 7D. I'm not planning to ...
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What are best brands and (side) effects of UV filters?

I just bought a Canon T2i and I'm concerned that I need a UV filter (for protection) and I have some questions. What are the best brands of filters? What (side)effects filters brings to the table? ...
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Which should I go for, 1100D + 18-270mm Tamron or 550D + 18-135mm?

I have a 1100D and I want a general purpose lens, but by searching this kind of lenses, I realized that I could sell my 1100D with my 18-55mm and buy the kit 550D + 18-135mm. So I basically have two ...
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Is there a fixed-lens camera on market today that uses CF memory cards?

Comparative thoughts on the CF/SD-SDHC cards of value to hear... TX SD card in earliest Canon Sureshot - paid a fortune for the 128MB max size the camera took - and then Sony Alpha to fit my bag full ...
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If your theme is to capture the colors of the fall, what would you advise a photographer to have in mind?

If your theme is to capture the colors of the fall, what would you advise a photographer to have in mind? And to make it more specific, the photographer asking for your advice is ...
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Is it a good idea to buy the Canon 5d mkii body only & buy the lenses separately?

'm a first time buyer of a Canon camera and I'm getting a 5D today. I'm using it for short films and music videos, etc. I have an EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens. So, would it be ...
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Which camera is best for video and photography on low budget? [closed]

I want to buy a camera. I have no knowledge on camera. So help me to buy a best camera which is best for video and still?
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Will the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D be a good fit with the D60, even though it doesn't autofocus?

I've been using a Nikon D60 for over a year now, and thinking about upgrading the stock lens. I am thinking about this lens: Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF Autofocus Lens But on the page ...
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What camera is very similar to the Canon G11/G12, but with greater optical zoom and shooting speed?

I will be taking wildlife and scenery photos demanding a much greater zoom than the 5X that the canon G11/G12 has. The rest of the features (except the shooting speed) are very nice as is the price ...
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What's a decent lighting kit for getting started with portraits?

I've done mostly nature photography up to this point but later this month a friend is having a birthday and she just had a daughter so I wanted to take some father/daughter portraits. So now I'm ...
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Are there any affordable digital rangefinder cameras?

I was looking at the Leica M9-P and was wondering if there are any affordable cameras of this format. Are the Sony NEX or Olympus PEN of this format? Are there any other interchangeable lens digital ...
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What are the possible artificial light “sources”?

Few which I know are: Light bulbs with umbrellas. External flash. I have also heard about reflectors and diffusers. Under which conditions should they be preferred? What are the other artificial ...
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Could you recommend an under-$30 tripod for a DSLR?

I have look at Tripod that is mobile yet sturdy and light but that discusses expensive tripods. I want something cheaper (under $30). I checked some on Amazon. Which one would you recommend, ...
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How can I learn about the differences beteen types of lenses, so I can choose the best lens for my purpose?

I'm learning photography and all its elements. Probably this question is really stupid, but I have to ask. I'm not dealing well when the question is equipment and one of the reasons I know this is ...
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Is there a camera that operates silently, suitable for use at a wedding?

I would like some advice or suggestions for a camera to use at a wedding. I normally use a Pentax K-5 (which is quiet enough) and a Pentax K-r (which is noisy) but I have a wedding to shoot with a ...
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What lens to purchase for my Nikon D5000 for great portrait shots and pictures that are a distance away?

I have the Nikon d5000 camera, and I am looking for some new lenses. I am not quit sure what to get that will service all of my needs, and I would like to know the options before I shell out a lot of ...
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When buying entry level cameras, are lenses really more important than the body?

Original Question: Is there a D5100 alternative I was considering my first DSLR Nikon D3000, then saw D3100 and was fixed on it, then saw D5100 and I though yes,this is the one to go for. While ...
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What type of camera do you recommend for photography of motorsports?

I tend to use my current camera, Canon PowerShot SX20 IS w/ a Class 10 SDHC card and for being the camera it is get very decent photo results. I'm looking to upgrade to something more powerful in the ...
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Do they make a single-leg stabilizer, similar to a tripod but with only one leg?

I'm looking for something that I can attach to my Nikon D5000 that will allow me to hold the camera steady, similar to a tripod, but MUCH lighter and easier to setup. I'm thinking it could also dub ...
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What kind of lighting equipment should I have as a Strobist beginner?

What kind of lighting equipment should I have as a beginner? Basically I want to take some great portrait pictures with a decent lighting equipment. Any suggestion towards strobist accessories?
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How to protect my camera's rear lcd?

I searched a bit and found two main types of protections: plastic and glass. Plastic is a lot cheaper but a lot of people complain about bubbles, dust, and low adherence. The glass ones seem to be ...
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Which Nikon kit lens is best to start with — or should I skip the kit lens?

I'll buy the D3100, now I have to choose the lens. Right now, I have two packs to choose from: D3100 + AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (pack price: 674€) D3100 + AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR ...
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What is the best Canon telephoto zoom lens (around $1500-$2000) for general use?

Looking for a good telephoto zoom lens from Canon, I consider : Canon EF 100-400mm f/4,5-5,6L IS USMCanon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USMCanon EF 70-200mm f/2,8L IS II USMWhat do you recommend?
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When is the best time to buy a camera?

I've read on a forum that after a new camera is launched one should wait about 6 months before buying it, because the it'll wear out the "novelty price" and it won't get much cheaper after that. Is it ...
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What lens should I get with a Canon 7D for portrait use?

I am getting a Canon 7D in the next week or so - and I am wondering what, in your opinion, would be the better lens for me to get. I've researched for hours and have come to the conclusion that in ...
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What to replace a mediocre Sigma 18-200mm with?

I'm thinking about options to replace my Sigma 18-200mm. I have a Canon T1i and a Canon 50mm f1.8. With the Sigma I wanted an "all round" solution, but as it turns out the lens is neither fast nor ...
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What camera qualities should one look for in a digital camera for family pictures?

My friend is buying a digital point-and-shoot camera, which he wants to use to click family pictures including a lot of pictures of their newborn son. What camera qualities should he be looking for ...
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If I upgrade from my Canon XSI to the T2i, will I get better image quality on long exposures?

I bought an XSI about 2 years ago, and I am finding I can't do everything I want with it. Specifically I have started to notice the noise even at an ISO at 100, and I would really like to be able to ...