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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 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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What features should I look for in a DSLR to shoot live bands?

I'm trying to work out which DSLR to buy. One of my main use cases is photographing live bands in dimly lit bars. This often involves fast movement (particularly drummers) as well as low light. Which ...
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What types of filters are there and what's their use?

I have basic idea of what a filter is and what it is used for. I would like to know what are the different types of filters are available and if possible would love to have the following questions ...
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What do I need for a camera kit for a family photoshoot?

What are some key items to bring for a family (i.e., children, parents, pets) photoshoot?
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Should I purchase a second-hand Canon 40D or a new Canon 1000D?

I'm buying my first DSLR at the moment and I have a choice between a Canon 40D that a friend needs to sell and is offering it at the same price as a new Canon 1000D with the basic 18-55mm Canon lens. ...
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What is good equipment to buy/hire for a generalist photographer, new to event photography?

I'll soon be covering an event, and my existing lens set isn't necessarily ideal for low-light people photography. As with many events, this may be both indoors and outside, and runs throughout the ...
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What's a good Nikon lens (DX) for a serious hobbyist landscape photographer?

I shoot a bit of everything, though mostly landscape stuff. Mostly with a beanbag, or handheld. I currently have the following lenses: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG ...
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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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Looking for a new zoom lens for a DX frame Nikon, should I get Nikon 18-200mm or something else?

(I thought this question would already have been asked/answered here, but if it is I can't find it.) I'll soon be doing some handheld indoor/low-light photography, so I want a VR lens to help with ...
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Can you recommend a long cross body strap?

I often walk around with my camera on the lookout for shots, but photography isn't the main thing I'm doing. I normally end up with the camera hanging off a shoulder (on the strap it came with), which ...
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Compact camera with good zoom range and wide angle

I use to have Ricoh Caplio R7, I loved it’s zoon range and wide angle lens. However its lens kept sticking that will have a few weeks to get fixed under the warranty each time. Also it’s zoom ...
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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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What is the natural upgrade path for a Nikon d200?

I am the owner of a Nikon D200 and an assortment of DX lenses. I am considering upgrading the body to something better, but I am hesitating for a few reasons. First of all, I am reasonably ...
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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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How to choose a lens for my first DSLR?

I am considering buying my first DSLR. How do I know whether I need a 18-200 lens, 17-85, or 18-55? Or something else?
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Which equipment for beginning underwater photography?

Photography and diving are two good hobbies of mine, and I would really like to start doing both at the same time. I have a DSLR for photography (Canon 450d), but I'm not sure I'm willing to risk ...
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How do I tell which point-and-shoot cameras take good low light photos?

I have a Canon Powershot A710 and I previously had a previous Powershot A-series model. I love them due to the high amount of control they offer. Sadly, they both suck in low light conditions, their ...
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What equipment and resources would help an aspiring strobist?

I have a Nikon D700 and an SB-900, and I'm interested in getting started with off-camera flash for portraits. I've skimmed strobist, but I'm looking for some really simple instructions for how to get ...
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Is it normal for memory usage in Lightroom 3 to exceed 1.5GB, and what can I do about it?

I'm currently running a 2008 unibody 15" MacBook Pro 2.53 with 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive and 4GB of system memory. I've upgraded to Snow Leopard and I'm running Lightroom 3 (64-bit). I have two ...
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How do I get started in Astrophotography?

I have a Canon 20D. I'd love to take some photos of the moon and stars. How do I get started? I've search the web and the information is sparse and cryptic. I'd like to know what equipment is the ...
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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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What is a good softbox for small hotshoe flash?

What are the good softboxes for a small flash like a Canon Speedlite 430EX, for example?
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Inexpensive flash with full ETTL support

I've been planning to get the Canon 430EX, but I'd love to save a little cash, so I started looking at other 3rd party flashes. I've found a few that claim to have ETTL II support, but being so much ...
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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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What full-size tripods are shortest when folded?

I don't ever bring my old tripod with me, not because it's too heavy, but because it doesn't fit into my bag... So: are there any full-size tripods that fold down to, say, 35cm or less? (Extra ...
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Is there any photography equipment designed to ease use for the disabled?

The back-story: My father-in-law, who was an active film SLR user earlier in his life, suffered a series of strokes several years ago. He lost most of his ability to speak, and cannot use his right ...
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Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately?

I am planning to buy a DSLR soon. Before I zero in on the model, I want to know whether it is advisable to buy a kit (body + 18-55 lens) or not? OR should I go for the camera-body and the lens ...
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What equipment is required for a home studio?

I'd like to convert a room downstairs into a home studio to do mostly portrait/fashion/pet photography. I have a few strobes, softboxes, and stands, but that's it. What are the bare basics needed to ...
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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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How to select lenses for sports photography?

I would like to get into sports photography, and would probably want a better telephoto lens so I can get better close up shots. What other factors should I keep in mind as I make my choice? Does IS ...
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Which is the best and affordable camera for newbie or amateur? [closed]

I'm going to buy my first digital camera... please suggest an affordable and good camera for newbie like me... Thanks! UPDATE To be precise, these are my criteria Compact Digital Price: Anything ...
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What lenses are must-have yet affordable for a Canon T2i camera?

I have a canon T2i camera. I am beginner looking for some tips on the best lenses to carry around.
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What ND filter would you recommend?

I'm thinking about getting an neutral density filter to shoot some silky waterfalls and smooths waves on the beach. What would you recommend in terms of: 1. Brand - quality, durability, price 2. ...
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What's an excellent walkabout lens?

(Happy to keep the question general, but personally interested in Canon fit) I've got a Sigma 18-125 that's served me well, but the image quality isn't stellar, it's unstabilised, max f3.5, and focus ...
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What are considerations when choosing a DSLR brand?

Realizing that: no single brand or camera model is perfect, most DSLRs are "good enough" for most situations there is no single right answer to which camera should be purchased ...what are some ...
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What are must have accessories?

Taking good photos is about more than just the camera. What accessories are you sure to take with you?
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What should I consider when purchasing a macro lens?

What should I be aware of when buying a macro lens (other than that it will fit my camera)? What features should I look for? What specs should I pay close attention to? What factors affect macro ...
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Considerations when purchasing a prime lens?

What should I be aware of when buying a prime lens (other than that it will fit my camera)? What specs should I pay close attention to?
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What are important considerations when purchasing a zoom lens?

What should I be aware of when buying a zoom lens (other than that it will fit my camera)? What specs should I pay close attention to?
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What DSLR should I buy?

I'm in the market for a new camera and I've been shopping around looking at various DSLRs. I currently use a Canon compact super-zoom camera, and shoot in manual mode 99% of the time, so the step to ...
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Do super-super-lightweight tripods exist?

Are there are any "ultra-portable" tripods out there? I'd like to find one for backpacking that weighs 500 grams or less, but none seem to exist... there are tabletop tripods that weigh considerably ...
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What are alternatives to a tripod when I can't take one along?

Due to weight restrictions I cannot take my tripod on my next foreign trip. What are the alternatives?