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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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How do the ePhoto and Cowboy Studio beauty dishes compare for a newbie learning the ropes?

I'm wanting to buy a beauty dish and I'm on a tight budget, I can't find reviews comparing the ePhoto vs Cowboy Studio Beauty Dishes and was hoping one of you might help me choose. I'm looking at ...
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What is an optimal way to organize all the camera equipment?

Ever since I entered the world of digital photography 4-5 years ago, I've been accumulating equipment and various knickknacks. Initially everything went into my camera bag, then the non-essential ...
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Is a Tamron AF 28-300 F/3.5-6.3 with Canon 60D a wise choice for action photography?

I am considering buying a refurbished canon 60D and a Tamron AF 28-300 F/3.5-6.3XR lens. I take a lot of scenery but also fast action photography-dragracing etc. Is this a wise choice considering AF ...
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How to align camera perpendicular to the object?

When shooting 2D objects (e.g., artwork), what is the easiest way to make sure that the optical axis of the camera is aligned perpendicular to the object? That is, how do I avoid any perspective ...
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How quick are you able to set the exposure on the Sony NEX-C3 (or other cameras like it)?

Background I am considering the NEX-C3 as a nice camera to take on trips\shoots\vacation\outing\etc where my DSLR would be too large but I do not want to sacrifice my ability to set the exposure of ...
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Do I really need a wide-angle zoom lens?

I have a crop frame canon DSLR and currently have the 18-55 kit lens and the 50mm f1.8 II. I love to travel and mostly take only landscape photos. Up until I became a stackexchange reader, I believed ...
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Which of these three prime lenses should I choose for my Canon 5D Mark II? [closed]

Which lens should I pick between the following, I'm after nice color / contrast: Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron-R Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Voigtländer 40mm f/2 Ultron SL II Anyone with experience with ...
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What equipment should I purchase for a trip to Mongolia?

I'm flying soon to Mongolia for a few weeks and I'm still somewhat of a beginner to photography, at least equipment-wise! So, I'm looking for equipment advice mostly. I currently have a Canon EOS 400D ...
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What is a good stationary setup for taking pictures of small paper goods?

I'd like to set up a stationary indoor photography station for quickly taking pictures of small paper goods such as: Boxes (small) Paper Large pictures Books (covers) Mugs Plates I would like to ...
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How can I finalize my choice between Canon PowerShot SX30 and Nikon P500?

I'm going to a purchase fixed-lens camera with large zoom. Currently, the main candidates are Canon's PowerShot SX30 IS and Nikon's Coolpix P500. For both of them, I've read several good reviews. How ...
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How can I attach a lens without a collar to a tripod?

I have a Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 push-pull and I wonder how to use it on a tripod. There is no collar. What is the best solution to attach it to a tripod? ("Best" is rather vague, it should take into ...
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How do I choose a telephoto zoom lens? [closed]

I have a Canon 1100D kit (18-55mm IS II) and a 50mm f1.8 lens. Now I'm looking for a zoom lens. What do you think about the following: Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Tamron 70-300mm f4-f5.6 DI LD Tamron ...
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What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?

I just saw a Leica M9 priced at 6995 USD, and a Leica M8 at 6295 USD. This is similar to the price for a high-end Nikon D3X or a Canon 1D Mark IV. So, I am trying to compare the specs, but can't get ...
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What filters would you recommend for a digital SLR beginner/medium [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the must-have filters for a new photographer? I am a beginner/medium experience digital SLR user, and would like to start using some filters with some of my ...
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Can anyone recommend a telephoto lens for a Sony DSC-H3?

I have a Sony DSC-H3. I'd like to buy some new lenses for it for experimentation purposes. Specifically, I'd like to get a telephoto lens. The only issue is, I can't figure out which one to get. The ...
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Is there a product which provides super-bright continuous light in a small package?

I met a friend of a friend last night who used to be a pro photographer. He had this gimmick that he said was kinda home-made by some shop owner in Singapore. I wish I took a pic of it, but I forgot. ...
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Is 61cm (24 inch) folded length too much for a tripod?

Do you consider this length to be too much when plied(closed) for a tripod? The weight is 1.95kg (4.3 pounds). Do you consider this would be inconvenient to use in the city?
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Which one wide-medium lens to buy as the main lens for an outdoor wedding?

I have my first solo wedding gig coming up and I'd love recommendations for almost any lens (under $1500, preferably) to go on my 7D. My Sigma wide-angle is basically no longer usable. I have some ...
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Do I really need a fast 50mm lens?

Everyone I speak to says that a 50mm lens is the best and beats them all as an all-rounder. I was wondering whether to get myself a decent, fast 50mm as well. However I'm still not 100% sure whether I ...
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How can I tell which compact super-zoom camera is better for me?

I am planning to buy a compact super zoom camera and am not able to decide between Sony DSC HX9V and Nikon Coolpix S9100. Both have comparable specs and I am not proficient enough to tell which one is ...
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Does a Point and Shoot camera with great Auto mode exist?

I'm canon 7D shooter and I feel completely uncertain when buying a camera for my dad. Tech specs are not a good indicator of how user friendly a camera is. Does a point and shoot camera exist that ...
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What should I look for in a second-hand DSLR with a nice long zoom lens?

I am considering buying a cheap second-hand DSLR with a nice long zoom lens (at least up to 200mm) for photographing nature in particular. I have a lovely Panasonic LX5 which takes great macro ...
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How much difference is there between the Pentax DA 55-300 and FA 80-320?

I currently have a Pentax FA 80-320, and it's very nice to have a long zoom available. Lately, I've been considering "updating" to the DA 55-300. I also have the DA 50-200, so the lower end of the ...
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Between Nikon 18-55mm II and 50mm f/1.8, which suits my needs better?

I am an absolute beginner in serious photography. I'm a position to get a Nikon D70 body for $100 or so. I've been researching lenses and I'm debating if I should get the one that originally came ...
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Is there a small camera backpack that can hold a tripod and four lenses?

I might be looking for a panacea here, but I'd like to get a reasonably small backpack that protects my D5000, a zoom lens (70-200 Nikon), a wide angle lens (Planning to get a 12-24mm Tokina) and a ...
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As a Canon DSLR user hoping to move to full frame do I have any wide angle lens options other than the Sigma EF 12-24?

I'm a 550D user looking for a wide angle lens but eventually hoping to move to a full frame camera, in doing this I'm trying to avoid buying EF-S mount lenses due to the prohibitive cost of replacing ...
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What do I need to take really great shots of wedding cakes, including on-site?

First let me say I appreciate all answers and your time ... I just upgraded from a point and shoot (Olympus Stylus 7.1mp) to the Canon Rebel T2i and WOW am I excited and wow I just jumped into a big ...
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Which would be more suitable lens in terms of utility, weight, price: 18-135 or 18-55 + 55-200?

Is it better to invest in one 18-135mm lens or have a standard 18-55mm lens and another 55-250mm lens for occasional need?
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What underwater housing should I use with my Nikon D5100 for snorkling?

I found this underwater housing for the Nikon D5100. Are there any other options that will work? I will only be using it for snorkeling — not diving.
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How do I know if a lens is genuine?

I'm in Times Square shooting the Imagine Cup event, and several people said that to fix my shot, I would need a faster lens. Just for the hell of it, I went across the street to a photo shop to see if ...
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What on-camera geotagger do you recommend for a Nikon DSLR?

I'm looking to purchase an on camera geo tagging device. I currently have this one for my Nikon D40. I'm upgrading to the Nikon D700 which is compatable with on body gps devices, and I'd rather not ...
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Where should one go in terms of equipment for event shooting after a D7000 kit?

I'm still new at photography -- really, it is going to be a long while before I can get close to the potential out of the D7000 kit. However, Microsoft recently has been giving me the opportunity to ...
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Am I getting out-of-control with buying equipment? [closed]

I started getting serious about photography two years ago before heading to Iceland for a trip. I bought a D40 and a Tokina wide-angle for landscapes for a total cost of about $900. I got some decent ...
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Macro lens for Nikon D90

I'm an eye surgeon and take photos for patients with squint (crossed eyes) showing the eyes only. I also need to take photos to lid lesions which may be 3-10mm only. I already have the 18-105 lens. ...
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How do I choose a zoom lens for my Canon DSLR when I'm ready to move beyond the kit lens?

I am using Canon 500D with the kit lens (18-55). I think I have done enough with 18-55 and want to try out next lens. I have already decided to purchase 50mm prime. I also wanted to get a Zoom lens. ...
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Landscape photography equipment advice

I am an amateur photographer with more then passing interest in photography. With time I have developed interest towards landscape work. I already own a Canon S90 and have been considering buying a ...
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Best all-around ~$600 standard zoom lens for Canon?

I have a Rebel T2i, I was wondering what standard zoom lens is the best around $600. I'm mainly shooting landscapes / cities / peoples. I've done some research and came up with 17-50, 18-55 from ...
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Are there reasons beyond weight and price to choose the Olympus 40-150mm over the 14-150mm?

I'm curious whether there is any advantage in buying the 40-150 vs. the 14-150 lens. Both are f/4.0-5.6 and quality seems to be the same. Is there any reason except weight and price for which one ...
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Help me with information to take a lens purchase decision

After quite a time I have made my mind to buy a DSLR and I am thinking for Canon 550D. Though question is long I could not find way to shorten this. As a starter I would like to stick and learn with ...
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How to choose between a Canon 600D (Rebel T3i) and a Nikon D5100?

I am about to pick up my first DSLR camera and have shortlisted between Canon 600D (Rebel T3i) and a Nikon D5100. The Nikon camera is about 200 USD cheaper but am not sure if the Canon is still a ...
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compact camera for my son?

The guy is 9 yr old, and appears to enjoy taking photos. I don't think I'll give him access to my camera system and lenses. :) But I'm thinking to find him a neat little compact camera. Requirements: ...
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Which prime lens for Pentax?

My girlfriend is buying a Pentax K-5 (I already have a Pentax DSLR so we thought it made sense for us to be able to share lenses), and she's not sure about which lens to get with it, so I've been ...
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EOS 40d and an EOS 1d original - which one should I use?

I've been trying to figure out the comparison of the two - I've gone out onto the 'field' and taken excellent photos on both cameras. The question is mainly this, given the substantially better ...
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D5100 or D90 ? Which one to buy as the first DSLR?

I am planning to buy my first DSLR camera and have pinned down on Nikon. However, I am not able to make up my mind between the Nikon D90 and Nikon D5100. While D90 is more expensive, I am not sure if ...
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What is a good lower-cost alternative for the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens?

I have a Nikon D7000. The 85mm f/1.4 looks pretty awesome, but I don't have the money for it. What's a good alternative that won't break my bank? I'm open to other brands. I have the 85mm f/3.5 ...
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Is there a remote shutter release for the Panasonic DMC-FZ40?

A friend has the DMC-FZ40. Discussing Lightpainting, he was interested in buying a wireless control. Looking around for one we found out none exists, and after researching Itai's neocamera and ...
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What are some good places to get equipment reviews online?

When making gear purchases, it seems sensible to get as much information as possible. Where are good (i.e. reliably accurate and informative) places to look online for equipment reviews and ...
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Are there any depreciation schedules for canon lenses?

I am looking to purchase some used "L" series lenses for my Canon 60D. I am not exactly sure at which point it's no longer feasible to purchase a used lens over new. Surely even the best lenses must ...
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What type of lens should I get for an air show?

I went to an air show yesterday, I took a few nice pictures of the Red arrows which is great, but they look so far away, even smaller than by eye. I've got a Nikon D3000 with the kit lens. What type ...
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What's the best lens for taking pictures of cakes?

What is the best lens to take pictures of cakes? My camera is a Nikon D300s.