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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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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 ...
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Any help on suitable milkyway lenses

I'm looking at buying a new lens for some night photography out in rural Australia. I'm in the middle of a national park for the next 6 months so light pollution isn't an issue and the skies are too ...
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Will the vibrations of a motorcycle be harmful to a DSLR?

I am considering a Canon 70D for motorcycle touring. Considering the vibrations that a motorcycle will put the camera through, is this a good choice? Are the vibrations a legitimate concern?
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Are bad reviews of the Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 pancake kit zoom reason to avoid the system?

I'm thinking about buying the Sony A6000 over a Micro Four Thirds camera because of the sensor size, but I read in many reviews (such as this) that this is one of the worst lenses around. Now, since a ...
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What low-cost non-fisheye wide angle lenses are available for Canon and how do they compare?

I'm currently looking for a wide angle lens for my Canon T3i. I would prefer a prime lens. I want to use a wide angle lens primarily for video (so the lens needs a quiet AF motor) but for still ...
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Is there an advantage to choosing the Big Two (TM) entry level dSLRs over competititon? [duplicate]

Is there an advantage, that Canon or Nikon's entry level dSLRs hold over their competition ones (notably Sony) for a young enthusias who wants to learn more but is currently, and probably won't in the ...
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What Canon full-frame lens should I get for product photography, toddler portraiture and travel photography?

I have a Canon 5D Mark III and am looking for a lens for product photography,portrait for toddler and regular travel use. There are too many lens options in the market, so I need some direction to ...
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How is the quality of the Sigma 18-300 DC Macro lens?

I'm considering the less expensive Sigma 18-300 DC Macro lens vs. the (way) more expensive Nikkor 18-300. Would I be losing the gains by buying a 24 MP Nikon 3200 if I went with the Sigma?
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Camera System for an enthusiast [closed]

I had been a photo enthusiast in 80s but lost touch. I used and still have a Canon FT with three lenses - a 50 mm F 1.4, a 28 mm F 2.5 and a telephoto 135 mm F 2.8. Now I wish to restart with a ...
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What to look for in a wide angle lens?

My girlfriend owns a D5100 and I own a D7000 for which we both share lenses (or try to when appropriate). I own the 18-55 kit lens, a Nikkor 50mm 1.8g (I may consider buying the inexpensive 50mm 1.8d ...
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Is there an advantage to either the Nikon D3200 or D3300 in cold weather?

My mother is strongly considering purchasing one of the two cameras. (D3200 or D3300). She was looking for a good entry level DSLR so she could catalog her travels around the North and dabble with ...
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Better to buy an older high-level camera or newer entry-level camera?

What are the pros and cons of buying an older higher-level camera if the price is about the same as a new entry-level one?
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Photo of an experiment

I have an experiment with the specimen 100m long and 3m wide. I would like to capture the the image of entire specimen (from top) for fixed time intervals to analyze the behavior with time using some ...
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How to select a light meter?

I'm looking for a light meter to use with an old film camera that doesn't have a working meter, and the bevy of options with prices all over the place is a bit overwhelming. I'm trying to narrow down ...
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Is the Sensor Pixel size important for Image Quality? [closed]

I want to buy a DSLR - either a Nikon D3200 or D5100. But I'm confused which is the best option for me. I mostly take pictures of birds, landscapes, abstract & portraits. Would appreciate any ...
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Camera and lens for shooting furniture

I have to buy a camera to shoot high quality photos of furniture. The furniture will be both indoors and outdoors. What kind of lenses do I need? I was considering a Nikon D3200 or a D5200 for the ...
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What equipment should two very amateur photographers bring on a very short safari?

My girlfriend and I will be going on a 3 day/2 night safari in Kenya (Masai Mara). I'm looking for an inexpensive way to upgrade our equipment in the best way possible. We know next-to-nothing about ...
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What are the distinquishing features of 50mm prime lenses for Sony?

I have a Sony SLT A58 and the standard 18-55mm zoom, and am thinking to go for a 50mm prime — but I am not sure which is the best one for me. Are there other manufacturers besides Sony which develop ...
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Maximum resolution for component cable from video camera [closed]

I am using a HD Video Camera with a max resolution of 1920x1080. It is a Canon Legria HF M32. I would like to record the videos using my PC. I have a component cable to USB adapter. My problem is the ...
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What is the best techniques to photograph large rugs?

I am trying to take pictures of small and large rugs. I have Canon 6D with 24-70mm lens. Could you please suggest the best way for mounting the camera to the ceiling, and any other recommendations for ...
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How do I choose a zoom lens for Canon APS-C?

I know nothing about any of this. From my research, Canon's 70D looks like a good camera body for a retired (31 years) professional photographer (my dad) to "pick the camera back up" in the digital ...
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Would the 40mm pancake or 50mm prime be better for street photography with a Canon APS-C camera?

I have a Canon EOS 600D, and I already have 18-55mm,55-250mm. I plan to buy a new lens for street photography. I already have picked out one of the following lenses: 40mm STM(pan cake). EF 50mm ...
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Which Nikon flash will cover the full focal length of a 18-300mm lens?

What's the best external flash for the Nikon 5200 using a AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm lens? I want to make sure the flash covers the length of the lens.
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What do I need to make a translucent, backlit background?

I've seen a photographer using a dark background (plastic made or something similar) that, once lit from behind, produced a really nice glow. I'm looking for something similar to generate a ...
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As a photography beginner, should I spend more on a lens or settle for a low end model? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography. I'm looking at getting a mirrorless Olympus camera, and am at present selecting the lens to accompany it. There is a good deal available on a package including a camera body + ...
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What kind of lens do I need for low-light portraits for an Nikon D5100 camera?

I just bought a Nikon D5100 kit with 18-55mm lens. I am now looking for a good portrait lens that should be good in low light conditions. I was thinking about buying Nikkor 1.8d 50mm or Nikkor 1.8G ...
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What kind of darkroom fan will fit in a window

I have an internal room in my apartment with a window that faces an air shaft between buildings, so I'd like to block the light from that window and make a darkroom. I am trying to figure out what ...
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is there a good remote timer compatible with most Nikon and Canon cameras?

I wish to experiment with HDR night photography and timelapse video editing. Both require me to take multiple shots are regular intervals for prolonged durations, and I obviously do not wish to sit ...
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Nikkor 55-300 VS 70-300 VR [duplicate]

I own a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55 VR kit lens and now want to buy a zoom lens for basic photography, from portrait to landscape, whatever attracts me. So far I have shortlisted 2 lens 55-300mm ...
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468 views

What is the right lens for photographing the northern lights? [duplicate]

Im a complete amateur at photography. I recently bought a Nikon d3200 SLR with the 18-55mm lens kit. I've bought it specifically for my trip to Lapland to hopefully see the northern lights. Could ...
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Is optical image stabilization a necessary feature for any lens?

I am looking to buy a decent telephoto lens for my Nikon D3100. A 55-200mm Nikon lens costs almost Rs. 9000 ($144.67) and a Tamron 70-300mm lens costs almost $130 . The problem is that these lenses ...
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Lightroom catalog location

I have about 2TB of RAW photos (~100 000) and following hard disks: 1) 1TB 7200rpm 2) 2x2TB (mirror) 7200rpm 3) 2TB 5400-7200rpm I would like to optimize hard drive workload, so where ...
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You have two rooms to build your photography skills, measuring about 12 x 12 feet and 9 x 8.8 feet. What lens/lenses would you buy and why?

After days of indecision I've decided I'll be buying the Nikon D5100. Now my only issue is what lens/lenses to go for. I think it will be best to give you an idea of what types of photographs I intend ...
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What were important things you took into account when purchasing your first camera and lens? [closed]

Ok I am ready to purchase my first serious camera. I owned a FujiFix s1800 but didn't like the quality of the headshots I took. Headshots would be the main reason for purchase but I'd also like to ...
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70-300 vs 55-200 for a Nikon D3200

I own a Nikon 18-55 VR and a v 55-200 (no VR). I love zooming as much as I can, but I have a very limited budget. I am not a professional, so I am learning through experimenting with my camera. An ...
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How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?

I have a survey project where I need to record not only the location, but the direction (bearing and angle of elevation/depression) that the camera was pointing at the time the picture was taken. I ...
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Suggestion for home studio lighting equipment/set up for ghosting(invisible mannequins) garments/product photography?

I've look around and can't seem to find any specific product photography information on ghost/ghosted/ghosting/invisible garments, so I thought I'd ask! I have some other questions as well so I'll ...
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Does the quality of a UV filter make a difference when used with a cheap lens?

I like to use UV filters to protect the front side of my lenses. I have always used the cheap Tiffen filters, around US$5.00 each, depending on the diameter. My question is, should I spend some more ...