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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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Where can I find reviews of and tools for comparing cameras?

We all buy a new digicam/DSLR every now and then. So what web sites do you use to get more information about cameras and compare them? Where do you look for technical information, camera reviews, ...
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Why choose an 80-200mm over an 18-200mm lens?

Being a beginner, I can't see why I must choose an 80-200 over an 18-200. Are there scenarios where an 80-200 would be preferable over an 18-200? I will be buying a D7000 soon and am looking at ...
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What features are important in a good camera for an aspiring young photographer?

My daughter is in 6th grade and wants a more professional camera than her current cheapo Kodak $99 camera. Should I get her an SLR? What features should I look for? Manual focus and aperture ...
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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 are the real-world differences between Canon, Sigma and other third-party 70-200 f/2.8 lenses?

I'm getting started with wedding photography, and was looking for a fast telephoto zoom to compliment my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (on a Canon 500D/T1i). After extensive online research, the 70-200 f/2.8 ...
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Overlapping vs. Complementary lenses

I'd like to know if anyone has any advice or experience they can share about using a pair of zoom lenses that have overlapping focal lengths; or a pair of zoom lenses that have adjacent focal lengths. ...
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Would a prime be redundant with a fast zoom?

Now that I am finally getting a fast zoom (Tamron 17-50mm 2.8) I've been considering a fast prime to go with it, specifically a Sigma 50mm 1.4. Despite its shortcomings, it still does really nice ...
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What equipment is necessary/preferred for real estate photography?

What equipment is necessary for real estate photography, and what is preferred? I'm starting into real estate photography, and I'm trying to figure out what I need and what I will want to plan on ...
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What GPS would you recommend for geo-tagging?

I do quite a lot of photowalks and I'd like to geo-tag my RAW (CR2) files from my Canon 500D. I'm currently considering the following options: Use my iPhone 3GS with an application like Geotag that ...
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Good economy photo printer for 200+ people/night, low operating costs

What sort of printer options do we have to deliver photo prints quickly for low operating costs? We tried to set up our HP Color LaserJet to work for the speed. The image is just not good enough to ...
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How can I justify a new camera purchase when I'm not a top photographer?

I am just wondering your thoughts on my dilemma. The other day I was traveling on a train to work. The train ride is about 20mins. I noticed a man drawing/sketching. He is a construction worker, ...
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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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Is it a wise-decision to buy full-frame lenses for use on an APS-C body?

I have a Canon 550D which I've been using for around a year now. I really love it and have learned a great deal with this and the 18 - 135mm kit lens. But now with experience I feel the need to get ...
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Recommendations for Wireless Flash Triggers?

Currently my AB800's have a built-in optical trigger, but still requires a flash to trigger them. I'd like to move to an all wireless setup. I also have the canon ST-E2 to pair with my Sigma 500 DG ...
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DSLRs with separate controls for aperture and shutter?

I just bought a Nikon D3200 DSLR and I'm going to return it. It's fine if you always want to use in fully automatic mode, but in Manual mode, it's much less convenient. You have to set the shutter ...
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What kind of gloves to use for operating a camera in freezing temperatures?

I am wondering what kind of gloves are practical to operate a camera (a GF3 in my case) in sub-zero temperatures (down to -20°C). Ideally it should be possible to both operate the touchscreen, take ...
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Should I go 5D Mark II or 7D?

Today I own a Digital Rebel XSi and the only EF-S lens I have are those that came in the kit. I've been reading a lot trying to decide for my next body, but oh boy, what a tough decision! I'm ...
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Getting ready to buy an entry-level Canon dSLR — should I skip the kit lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately? My wife and I are amateur photographers and we are upgrading from a Canon 20D. We will be using the ...
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What's the difference in media card brands?

I am currently looking at 32GB class 10 SDHC cards. The prices per brand are extremely varied. For example: Transcend - $54.88 SanDisc - $97.95 Raw Steel - $209.99 What is the cause of the price ...
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Is there a compact camera that offers secure deletion of pictures?

Does any manufacturer produce a compact camera which has the ability to securely delete pictures from the memory card? Or, failing that, have a format feature which really blanks the card rather than ...
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How do I choose a reliable, cheap, portable light stand and umbrella?

This holiday season, I've made a project for myself in getting started with strobist photography. So far, all I have in terms of strobist equipment is a Nikon D80 and a Nikon SB-800. I've previously ...
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Is the D90 worth the extra money for a beginner?

I am looking at getting a DSLR. I have a little experience with a film SLR but not much more than the basics. I plan to take a range of photo types. My research has narrowed down the products to the ...
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What should I do to switch my gear from Sony to Canon?

So I currently have a Sony A700 which i bought a year ago, and wanting to get some quality glass. I was looking at the Carl Zeiss 24-70/f2.8 lens, but then got talking to a friend who's a canon user. ...
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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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What size lens is recommended for flying bird photography?

My wife has a Canon 450D and a 70-300 lens for long distance shots. I am considering a present or two and good advice from jrista suggests possible upgrade of camera to a Canon 7D and of lens to a ...
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What is a good set of features to look for in a camera for kids?

I'm looking to purchase a camera for my nine year old daughter. Is there anything relatively cheap that she could use that would teach her some basics, remain fairly cheap and give her decent results? ...
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Do you have advice for buying my first lens after kit 18-55mm (sub-$300)?

I’m looking to buy my first lens beyond the kit 18-55mm for my Pentax K-x. As a student my budget limits me to around a sub $300 offering. I am new to photography, and so I have a hard time answering ...
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How do cheap macro ring flashes perform?

When I last checked years ago, the price of a typical Ring flash unit was approximately $500. Nowadays there are still ring flashes for approx. $500 like Pentax AF160FC, Pentax AF-140C, Canon MR-14EX, ...
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Best auto-feed photo and/or negative scanner?

My father recently passed away and left us with grocery bags, buckets, and 55-gallon drums full of photographs and negatives. I'm guessing there are easily over 100,000 photos and 100,000 negatives. ...
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What's a good starter flash for Nikon?

I have a Nikon D3000, use it mostly to take pictures of my kids. Going into winter, I'm thinking about getting an external flash but I don't even know where to start. I'm assuming all flashes are ...
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What lighting equipment should I get on a very tight budget?

My birthday is coming up. I have about $150 to spend on some lighting equipment for home studio. I currently have a Nikon D90 and a decent Manfrotto tripod. For my budget, what are my choices? I'm ...
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Which DSLR brand should I pick as a beginning photographer?

I'm planning on starting photography as a hobby and I will be purchasing a DSLR very soon. Many of my friends have upgraded to DSLRs from P&Ss nowadays, but they all use different brands. Most ...
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What should I look for when buying a used or new camera via Ebay?

I'm looking at buying my first DSLR (Canon). It's a bit expensive in store (I've already picked the model) so I started looking on Ebay. Some people are selling still in box with warranty and some are ...
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What SD(HC) memory card should I be using for my DSLR camera?

What is the optimal size? Are certain brands better? What speed rating is preferred? Any other things to keep in mind? Specifically, I am using a Canon t2i.
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What is a good wide-angle prime lens for Nikon DX (APS-C) format?

I am looking for a wide angle lens for my D90, between 12 and 18mm focal length, preferably a prime, because I like fast(er) and cheap(er) lenses. Any recomendation ? Thanks
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Is waist level photography with a digital camera practical?

My Yashicaflex twin lens reflex camera has reached the end of the road now that the shutter release has failed. Given the problems of film availability and processing it hardly seems worthwhile ...
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What can tall photographers do about tripod height?

I'm in the market for my first tripod, and have noticed that they generally top out around 175cm(5'8") tall. I'm 200cm(6'6") tall, and while there aren't many people taller than me, there are some. ...
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Do all monitors do (or need) calibration?

I need to buy a new monitor and I do not want to spend hours calibrating. I have an Apple pro laptop and I use Adobe Photoshop. Do all monitors do calibration? I was told that the Apple monitor does ...
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Should I use a 100mm Macro lens as a portrait lens?

I am specifically considering using the Canon 100mm Macro as a portrait lens. If I want to have a macro in my bag, but not carry around a 70-200 2.8 due to weight, size, white color, or price if it ...
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Is an SLR camera a must when learning?

I'm starting to learn how to shoot. Up until now I've only used point-and-shoot cameras mostly on automatic settings. My view is there are basically three classes of cameras sold by the major ...
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How do I choose a macro lens for a Canon APS-C camera?

I have a Canon 40D and like taking macro shots sometimes, so I'm thinking of buying a macro lens. I'd also like the lens to double up as a portrait lens. I'm not a super serious photographer, so my ...
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How to properly capture photos for merging?

When photographing photos with the intent to stitch (merge) images into a large panoramic, either manually or with the aid of software, how should one capture the source images for consistency between ...
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Should I purchase a Tamron 70-300 USD VC or Canon 70-300 USM IS?

Good day all. I was almost decided on Canon 70-300 USM IS (non L) but recently came to know about the Tamron version (SP AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD) of this one. Neither of these makes you a better ...
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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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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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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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Galapagos vacation — what photo gear should I take?

Soon I'm off to the Galapagos Islands. I have to admit I've been spending a lot of hours talking to people and reading reviews, and that has left me very confused choosing the correct gear for my ...
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What Canon lens would one use for Sartorialist-like street photography?

You probably know Scott Schuman and his blog (The Sartorialist). What kind of lens (that is not expensive) would you recommend for Canon 550D to achieve similar effect (in terms of DoF etc.)? I'm a ...
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The right way to delete all photos from a camera

What is the most correct way to delete all photos from a camera after they all have been copied to a computer: to format memory card using the camera menu, or simply Select All and Delete photo ...
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What options do I have for a normal and fast prime lens for a Canon APS-C camera?

I'm looking for a normal prime lens, desirably fast and not too expensive, for my 450D. 50mm seems to be the normal focal length on FF, thus for APS-C, I need about 30mm. I want it to be fast as I'm ...