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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 tips and advice do you have for photographing the Aurora Borealis?

A friend has been kind enough to lend me a DSLR for a few months. It's my first foray into DSLR photography, or indeed any kind of photography beyond simply aiming my Canon IXUS at something and ...
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SONY DSC T99G Vs Sony DCS H55 Camera

I am Planning to purchase the a cybershot camera can any one suggest which one would be a better choice as between DSC T99g or H55 as both are priced equally with major diff at 1) Zoom ie 10x Vs 4x ...
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Is it worth it to have the 50mm f/1.8 Canon lens?

Is it really useful to have a fast prime lens for portrait photography, considering a low budget? If it is, what about the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II? I have an entry level 18-55mm lens and a Canon 20D. ...
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When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why?

I'm trying to decide on a higher-end digital SLR, and I'm down to choosing between an APS-C model and a full-frame model. I understand that the sensors are of different sizes, and as such have an ...
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Flashgun for Nikon D60 and F5

So, I'm a massive fan of Nikon gear. I've got a D60 which is pretty lovely, and I've recently bought a 2nd hand F5. However. The flash on the D60 is feeble, and there's no builtin flash on the F5. ...
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Which P&S camera has a wide lens, and time-lapse shooting?

I'm looking for a camera that has: Wide lens (28mm or wider) Time-Lapse (built-it or by using CHDK) External power socket and which can be found cheaply,perhaps in the second-hand market. The ...
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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon D3100? If so, what is it?

I am looking to buy an Entry level DSLR, and had decided on Canon system due to lens availability with friends, and general popularity amongst my peer group here. I am planning on general ...
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What should I upgrade my Nikon D40 to?

I'm thinking of upgrading my Nikon D40, what would you suggest is the best one up from this?
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Expected Discounts and Price reductions during Thanksgiving - Christmas? [closed]

I know that this is a bit time-bound and subjective question, but this forum is probably the best place to ask. I want to buy a Canon T2I (Rebel 550D0), which is currently USD 899 (incl 18-55 Lens). ...
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What to look for when choosing a second body or a spare body?

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like a single body will be able to fulfill all the types of photography I see myself interested in. As I said in a previous question my main interests for now are: ...
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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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What will I be missing with Vivitar 285HV vs. LumoPro LP160 or Canon 580EX?

I'm planning to get a hotshoe flash soon (I currently only have the onboard), and I have narrowed my choice down to several options, but I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go. ETTL This is ...
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Replacing my XXD with a 7D?

My goto camera is still my 5D Mark II. As I primarily shoot landscape, I love Wide Angle on a Full Frame body. That said, I do occasionally shoot animals and people running. The 5D Mark II's AF ...
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How can I select a good monopod for under $100?

We have two good questions that are similar to this this question discusses how good monopods are. And this one talks about tripods under $100. The second was the inspiration for this question. I am ...
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Usual dilemma - P&S or DSLR

I have been using a P&S camera (Nikon Coolpix 4600) for about 5 years now. I usually take pictures at family events and at my outdoor trips. I got hooked onto photography once I started getting ...
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What factors should I take into account when deciding whether to buy now or wait for something better?

Is it always better to just buy now and ignore marketing hype, announcements, and speculation? If I always wait for the next model, I will never buy anything. What about buying the cheapest thing ...
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What are my best options for a tripod for up to $100?

I'm looking to buy a tripod + head (for my Canon 40D), but am not sure if I want to spend more than $100 on it. So can you suggest options for best tripods for $100 or less? Or, is it important to ...
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Where can I buy a camera off the internet? [closed]

Can you list some of the trusted websites for buying cameras and lenses that deliver inside USA? I am looking to buy a camera, and have heard that you can get some very good package deals (camera + ...
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Sigma 70-200mm vs. Nikon 80-200mm auto-focus speed

I'm considering the newest Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM II and comparing it against the older (but still for sale) Nikon AF 80-200mm F2.8 D ED. These are roughly in the same price class, ...
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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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How do I choose a polarizer?

It was suggested that I should get myself a polarizer filter to get over my reflection problem. ( How to avoid reflection when taking a picture of a ceramic object with a shiny glaze? ) I found out ...
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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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Is there a camera bag with extra space that I use as an airplane carry-on? [closed]

I have a Lowepro Slingshot 200 sling bag that I use to carry my Canon Rebel XSi with two zoom lenses. I love the bag for day trips, but it doesn't work so well for airplane trips or anytime when I ...
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Online Store accepts Paypal in US$ & Ships to Australia

I'm hoping to use PayPal to purchase a new DSLR. I'd like to pay in USD as that's the currency I have funds in my PayPal account in, but i need it shipped to Australia. Does anybody know of any ...
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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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How do I choose a bridge camera for an aspiring photographer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I choose a bridge camera? I have to buy a new camera for my brother. He's not such as a expert to buy a reflex, I mean... not yet. So I'd like to buy a bridge ...
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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 medium format film camera should an SLR guy look at?

Ok, I know the SLR world pretty well, I've owned Pentax, Canon, and now Nikon film SLRs, from the '80s to the naughties. But I know nothing about medium format cameras, so I need your advice! My ...
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Is Canon EF 17-200 f/4L USM a good enough lens for Canon 7d? [closed]

If not, why, and what are the options in the same price range?
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Method to photograph a wide/long wall from a near distance and create a panoramic view of it

Imagine you have a wide wall, say: about 50m wide and 2m high, like the ones in a long corridor. You want to create an image that covers the whole wall in a way that you can see in some detail what's ...
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DSLR, Lens, and other considerations for Aerial Photography

I'm going to be getting into aerial photography of properties, buildings and homes. Is there anything in particular to keep in mind when shopping for a camera and lens?
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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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What should I look for when shopping for a DSLR? [duplicate]

I am considering buying a new DSLR camera. What differentiates the different options? What specific features should I be looking for?
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Equipment / Workarounds for Physically Impaired Photographers

My mother-in-law is not only a very talented watercolour artist, but also something of a photographer, although she principally takes photographs for memories rather than as art. She has recently ...
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What equipment is needed for a basic product shoot studio?

Our college is setting up a photo studio in campus. Mostly the we do product shoots. We have some old strobes, softboxes to start with. We need suggestions on the equipments listed below. Which are ...
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Camera for a toddler [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good set of features to look for in a camera for kids? I'm looking for a digi cam for my almost 3 year old (for her birthday). The kid's cameras are ...
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What's the difference between the levels of weather sealing on DSLRs (e.g. 50D vs 7D vs 5D vs 1D)?

My Canon 450D can (or at least has) survived light rain, condensation in the cold and a little icing up overnight during astrophotography... The various different levels of camera above the ...
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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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What (important) controls are missing from EOS 1000D (w.r.t 5xxD)

I am planning to converge on the Canon EOS 1000D as the camera to purchase. The other considerations were EOS 500D and EOS 550D, but they are much more than what I want to spend right now. (2nd hand ...
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Which Nikon-mount Sigma macro zoom lens for a beginner?

I am a photography beginner. I have a Nikon D90 with the kit lens. I am planning to buy an additional lens. I started with a Canon S3IS, and shot some macro photos, which I think are good. I want ...
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What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR?

I am thinking of buying a digital SLR camera. What things should I be looking for?
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Which camera has the best features for still photography: Canon 60D, 50D or 7D?

Now that the 60D specs are released. When choosing a camera for still photography (no movies) which one of Canon 50D, 60D and 7D has an edge over the others and why? What still photography features ...
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Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D90 vs Canon 500D? [closed]

I quite like the D90 but what concerns me is that it was launched almost 2 years back and is quite a bit heavier than other two. Although what I like most about it is the continuous shooting (4.5 vs ...
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What options are available for a wireless remote for a Canon 50D?

I'm looking for a wireless remote for my Canon 50D, but the canon RC-5 and RC-6 don't seem to support it in the information I've found thus far. Can anyone recommend anything that might work with ...
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How to start the basics of photography, which is the best entry level SLR camera?

Am an Painting Artist, I would like to start photography. But I don't know the basics of photography, and I need to purchase a good entry level SLR Camera. So Please help me to findout a good beginner ...
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Should I consider a used Tachihara 4x5" Large-Format camera or an equivalent new alternative?

As my primary photographic interests lie in landscape photography, I've been seriously looking into buying a large-format camera. In my research, I encountered the Tachihara 4x5", which is 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 is the best equipment for a good (semi-)professional color management?

I actually use a GretaMacbeth ColorChecker 24 to be able to produce .dng and have a good color checking. Now it is time to reach a better result, taking in to account a better calibration of the ...
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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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Where is the Canon DSLR second-hand sweetspot?

I currently have an EOS 3000V. It was my first SLR and I thought that the romance of film would outweigh the impracticalities. It's served me well for a couple of years, but I'd really like to step ...