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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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Cheaper alternatives to high wattage HMI fresnels for photography?

I've started to notice that one thing a lot of photos I'm stylistically drawn to have in common these days is the use of continuous lighting with one or more HMI Fresnels, occasionally in conjunction ...
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slow glass vs. fast glass [duplicate]

I have two L series lenses 24-70 and 14mm and am in need of a longer lense (70-200 or 70-300)my question is since I shoot mostly landscape from a tripod is it worth the expense to go to the L series ...
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Is there a teleconverter to go between Sony Alpha A77 D and Tamron 70-200 f2.8 (with Sony mount)?

I'm struggling to figure out whether there's a teleconverter (available in the UK now) that will go between a Sony Alpha A77 and a Tamron lens. There seems to be some recommendations I could find, but ...
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Which is the best version of Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 mount lens

I'm looking to buy a Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 lens for my Nikon D600 and will be mounting it using an M42 to F-mount adapter. I'm primarily buying this lens for portraits due to the interesting ...
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What are the best lens options for Street photography for Sony alpha mount

I have a Sony a57. What are the best suitable lenses for Street Photography compatible with this camera.
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What camera for astrophotography [closed]

Ok the question was asked what's the best beginners camera. I'm interested in a camera that will take great photos. I used to be an avid amateur photographer in the days of film. I'd like to get back ...
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Would any high-end, large sensor compact (eg RX100 II) be a better investment than a small interchangable camera (eg Lumix GM1)? [duplicate]

I want to buy a new "compact" (in terms of size) camera to replace my ageing Canon S90. I have a Canon 6D which I use for travel and dedicated "photo walks", but I also use my S90 quite often when ...
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beginner photographer with specific needs - DSLR vs Compact Mirrorless System or Micro 4/3? [duplicate]

I'm a novice photographer, having only taken a handful of 35mm photo classes in school and Uni. My business, graphic/web design, has expanded in such a way that I'm now in need of a decent camera. I ...
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What should I look for in a projector being used for photography?

Our photography club is looking to purchase a new project with a budget of £2000 to £2500 GBP. It's a bit of a minefield. Photo forums recommend the Canon SX80 Mark II, which has a native resolution ...
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Are there portable cameras optimized for documentation?

I would like to buy a compact camera to take photographs of documents in archives. The issue with normal compact cameras is that - obviously - the photos are often out of focus and are geometrically ...
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How do I choose a telescope for space and planets photography?

I am new to photography. I just bought a beginner's camera, a Nikon DSLR 3100. I am interested in space and planet photography. How do I select a beginners's telescope for this purpose, and how to ...
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Compact for people in low light conditions and landscapes [closed]

I'm searching for a camera which will be used for shooting fast moving things in low light conditions (people in nightclubs, or similarly illuminated spaces) and, secondarily, for landscapes and ...
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Canon 24-105 lens a good choice for Canon 1000D? [closed]

I am using a Canon 1000D with the 18-55mm kit lens for the past 2.5 years, and I am thinking of upgrading to a 24-105mm lens. In this lens a good choice for the 1000D? I am thinking of upgrading to a ...
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What is the importance of Depth of Field preview? [duplicate]

Recently while browsing for a camera, I noticed that some cameras have this "DoF Preview" and some have none. Now, can someone explain to me here the importance of this feature in a DSLR?
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Is it possible to get a lens that will capture both far away and very close-by objects?

I have Sony A58 with 18-55mm standard lens. It's been almost 6 months that I have been using it and now I have started to feel that I can't either far away objects or very close-by objects with crisp ...
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Are certain type of tripod heads safer than others? Does the price makes a difference?

I was shooting stars the other night. Mounted my DSLR on the tripod, which I have used many times. This time I particularly looked under the camera to make sure the camera is properly mounted. ...
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I'm getting the kit lens; should I add a 55-250mm or 50mm prime lens?

I am planning to buy a Canon 600D with 18-55 Kit lens. This is going to be my first DSLR. I can afford a 55-250 mm IS II Lens ( as Combo Kit ) or a 50mm F/1.8 Prime lens with my budget. Please ...
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Compact camera with a prime lens [closed]

I'm looking for a camera that I think might not exist, but if one does I hope someone here knows about it. I get great shots with an SLR with a prime lens. I regularly take out my GF1 micro 4/3 and ...
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Photographing archive functions with custom naming option

I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me find a solution to a problem I'm having. At work we hire out items of equipment, as part of the process we take photographs of the items and ...
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Should I replace the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with a 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4?

So I'm about to buy my first DSLR (definitely a Canon, probably the 700D) and my original plan was to buy the one with the included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. At the same time I was thinking about ...
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Which lenses are best for a beginner using a Canon EOS 100D? [closed]

I have bought a new Canon EOS 100D camera along with the 18-55 lens, but I want one good lens for both wide-angle and zoom. This is my first SLR trying to learn more and more about the functions and ...
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build a home studio piecmeal or lighting kit?

I am creating a basement room into a photo studio. I will be doing people portraits and using backdrops. I plan on trying many different shots... from high key to low light body scrapes. from what i ...
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What object is typically used to illustrate size of object on a photograph taken in the field?

I need to take pictures of multiple trees that were planted a year earlier in some far away terrain. The pictures should give clear impression of how large each tree is. So I guess I should put some ...
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Do official extension tubes degrade image quality?

This is more of an equipment recommendation question than a technical one. I am concerned that the extension may degrade the image quality. I guess my question is two fold. How do extension tubes ...
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Why are 50mm no longer the default kit lens for prosumer SLRs?

Every time someone asks me for a kit recommendation I point them towards some sort of prime lens with a standard focal length. Similarly, almost anyone I talk to about the ideal budget kit swears that ...
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I have a Nikon D7000. How can I shoot when it is raining? What kind of raincover should I use?

I have a Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens. What kind of rain cover is available for my camera? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types?
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Which Canon superzoom to select for clearer sports pictures? [closed]

Currently I am using an EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. But I feel this range is not sufficient for me, shooting events and sports. So I am considering an EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM. It has a bit ...
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Things to consider when shooting landscapes in broad daylight

While reading through many books as well online resources, I have come across these lines best time for landscapes is before sunrise and after sunset, and during a short window around these times ...
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Tamron 70-200 Di VC vs Canon 70-200 II

I'm looking to buy a tele zoom, and was set at the amazing Canon 70-200/2.8 II, mostly for shooting indoor/concert type photography. But since its such an expensive lens I thought I'd check if there ...
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Will a better lens help with high speed skateboarding shots?

I am shooting downhill skateboarding ranging from 30-60 mph. I'm trying to find a good lens to capture focused sharp stills of the skaters with blurred backgrounds. I have a Nikon D3200. I only have ...
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What are the caveats for buying a teleconverter that is of a different brand than the lens?

What are the caveats when choosing a teleconverter brand that is of a different brand than the lens it will be attached to in attempt to maximize image quality? Lets assume the following to make the ...
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What cameras have aperture controls on the lens?

I used to own an old Minolta x-700. The thing I loved about that camera is that aperture was controlled using a ring on the lens. I've since used other cameras where aperture and shutter speed are ...
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Do I need 50mm lens If I have 24-105 lens for canon 6d? [duplicate]

Do I need 50mm lens If I have ef 24-105mm f/4l is usm lens for canon 6d? What should be my next lens? I mostly interested in landscapes.
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is the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 worth it after i have the kit lenses? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon DX (D5100) camera with the two most basic kit lenses: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR and 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR. These two lenses cover lots of scenarios, but I'm starting to believe there is more ...
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Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget [duplicate]

I'm looking for a portable tripod with a budget of < $100. I would appreciate some recommendations in this price range, especially from people who have used a product personally. These are the ...
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Difference in cameras and lenses [duplicate]

I'm interested in the difference between the following two camera kits: Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55 IS II lens and EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS zoom lens Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR Camera ...
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How do I choose which low-cost fisheye lens is right for me?

Background: I'm an amateur photographer who wants to start taking pictures with a fisheye lens, my gear is a Nikon DX D5100. I would like to buy a fisheye lens, I know the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF ...
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Should I buy the Nikon D3100 or the D5100 for family pictures? [closed]

I'm currently looking to buy a new SLR camera, I've been doing some research on the internet a loved the reviews and price of the Nikon D3100. However after reading a fair few more reviews I noticed ...
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what are keypoints for good wedding photography? [duplicate]

I am soon going to make my first wedding shot. I am scared as I dont know what is important and what to look for. What are the keypoints at wedding photography? What should I be aware of? What gear ...
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When it's wise to use tripod [duplicate]

If I'm using kit lens on a DX body will I get sharper image if using tripod for exposure time of 1/90sec or less ?
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Wide Angle Lens on a Step Down ring?

I'm a beginner at photography and own a Canon 20D with two lens; a 50mm prime and a 17mm-85mm zoom. I've purchases all my filters at 67mm to fit my zoom lens and use a 52mm - 67mm step up ring to use ...
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Which camera to buy? [duplicate]

My sister needs a camera. Can anyone guide me which one to buy, as I have no knowledge about it. She is studying Architecture, and she often goes for site seeing and she needs to take picture(mainly ...
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Which Lens is better to use for portrait photography? [duplicate]

Currently am using Canon EOS 600D with 18-55 mm lens. I am concentrating on portrait photography . i need some suggestions for the lens that i can use for it.
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Canon EOS 600D body with other company's lens OR with kit lens

What should be a wise decision to buy. I need a comparison of the two. This is going to be my only/first lens. You may provide any other suggestion. [Edited] a. A brief discussion about added (270 mm ...
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Advice for other than kit lens [closed]

I bought my first DSLR [D5100] 4 months ago with the kit lens. It was cool though but now want to buy a lens. I've focused on AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED ...
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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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What equipment do I need for 360° virtual tour photography? [duplicate]

I am looking forward to make a 360 degree virtual tour photography of my locality. Could you please suggest the basic specifications of the camera that would be required to do so? What software can I ...
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Will Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD work with Canon t3i?

I wonder if this lenses will work with Canon T3i. The compatibility match on Amazon.com says they may not work but I know very little about the subject.
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What should I put in my camera bag for photographing insects (in a jungle)?

I have little to no experience in macro photography and I'm even shakier on wildlife photography. I am planning a trip in a few weeks to a jungle and want to capture high quality photographs of the ...
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How has the interface changed from the Fuji X100 to the Fuji X100S?

How does the Fuji X100 interface different from X100S? I've read a lot of reviews that said that when the X100 first came out, the interface was very convoluted. Also I read that with the latest ...