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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 would be a good wide angle lens to rent for Nikon?

I have a Nikon D5000, and am looking to rent a wide angle lens for a day. Any suggestions as what should be a good lens to try out?
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What are the pros and cons of the Sony α230 DSLR?

I am wondering if I should buy a Sony α230 DSLR. My price range is $500. Does this camera have a removable lens, or a fixed one? What are pros and cons of this camera model?
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What film rangefinder camera can I buy for a reasonable price?

I'm interested in trying out film photography and I would also love to try out a rangefinder camera as those seem to be perfect for manual focusing in street photography. Now, of course, the ...
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What retro design, compact-sized digital cameras are there?

I've recently started shooting with the Canon AE-1 Program and am loving it. I do enjoy the film look (it's rather expensive in the long term though) but it's the way I use the camera that really ...
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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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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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Are equipment reviews from websites like kenrockwell.com and bythom.com reliable?

I know that nothing helps more when buying a lens to test it out yourself, but getting more than one perspective is also helpful. In particular, I run into Kenrockwell.com a lot when trying to get ...
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Is a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 enough of a step up from a kit lens

A while back when I was buying my D90 (like many others) I picked up an 18-55mm VR/55-200mm VR kit for my hello into photography. These are still the only two lenses and I have gotten a lot out of ...
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How do I choose a zoom lens to replace the kit lens?

I have a Canon 1000D with a 50mm f/1.8. I also have the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, but I am not very satisfied with its performance. I'm looking for a better zoom lens. I have a budget of around $...
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What tripod is this? Can you recommend something similar or better?

I was reading the recently released review of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II over at The Digital Picture, and really liked the neat little tripod used for the example shots. The head is the ...
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Looking for a recommendation for a ultra compact/compact with zoom

that runs on either AAA or AA batteries! I need something for a somewhat longer trip to an area in which electricity is not so readily available. I was looking at Panasonic's FS, FX and TZ series ...
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What should I use to mount a camera to a wall, with the option to swivel and tilt?

We need a solution to mount a camera to a wall. We'd like an option that swivels and tilts, which this option does. This option uses a vise to mount, which means we need to install something into the ...
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What should a beginner buy with Nikon D90 and the kit lens?

I am mostly a passion driven photographer and planning to buy Nikon D90 with the kit lens this week. What other mandatory things should I buy along? At this phase, I only want to get those items ...
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Should I choose Hoya HD CP or Nikon CP II polarization filters?

I am looking for a polarization filter for a couple of my lenses. I have heard great things about Nikon CP filters and I am using Nikon NC filters myself on some of my most precious lenses. However, ...
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Would the Tamron 18- 270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD make a good choice as my second lens?

I have a Canon 50/f1.8. I am looking for a zoom lens. After much research, I have zeroed in two lenses as my second lens: either Tamron 18-270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD or Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III ...
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After considering crop factor on Nikon D90, which macro lens should I get?

I am thinking of getting Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D. I'm not a stamp collector so what I am looking for is characteristics of 100mm macro lens for Full Frame camera. Should I get 100mm macro ...
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Which piece of equipment is holding me back?

I am primarily an amateur photographer but I do take small jobs from time to time. I'm looking to upgrade my equipment but I'm not sure if I should be spending money on my body, glass, or both. I ...
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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 fixing....
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Why and when would you consider Canon 17-55 lens over 24-105?

If I'm to buy a cropped sensor Canon camera for personal needs (family shootings, treveling etc - probably 75% outdoors some macro like + portraits + streetshootings + landscapes, 25% indoors mostly ...
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What advice do you have on choosing between Canon 60D and Nikon D7000?

I'm about to buy a camera but before you dismiss this question as argumentative read it first. I used to take photos years ago on Canon EOS 500N (yes film camera) with default lens that came with it ...
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Will the Kata 3n1 22 bag be big enough for a Canon 60D with 18-200mm kit lens?

I want to know if its big enough for my camera + lens. There is nowhere local where I can look at the bag before buying. If it does fit, would it fit with a hood on the lens? (possibly backwards if ...
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Cokin a-series or p-series filters for 52mm filter thread lenses?

I want to buy some ND grad filters but am unsure whether to purchase the Cokin a-series or p-series. I prefer smaller and lighter equipment because it is easier to transport and since my lenses (18-...
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Does an interchangeable-lens compact camera (SLD) give me room to grow vs. a DSLR?

Recently companies like Sony have released relatively compact cameras that use DSLR-like lenses. Two of my friends have a camera like that (They're beginning photographers). I know eight other people ...
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Which lenses to buy next?

I have a Canon 550D DSLR that I've been using for the past 6 months to learn photogragphy. It has the 18-135mm lens and I also got the 50mm/1.8 lens. As I learn more I now think it's time for me to ...
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Are there any inexpensive 2x AF macro lenses for Canon?

I want to be able to take pictures like this: This was taken at 2×, but the lens costs over 1000 and has no autofocus. Is there a lens that can take pictures like this for less money, preferably ...
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A small bag for a large pro camera body with a small lens?

The Canon 5D Mark 2 with the 50mm Canon 1.4 USM lens has a pretty odd shape. It is really short and really wide. As it turns out, from my visit to two photography stores yesterday, not too many ...
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How can I select a simple camera?

For a casual photographer and non-technical person, who has some capacity and interest to learn but correctly recognizes she needs simplicity more than she needs a wealth of capabilities, for a person ...
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Can I put a compact camera on a video tripod?

As a total newbie I made a mistake when I ordered a Samsung WB 600 with a Velbon CX-586 tripod that is designed for video cameras. Can I use them together at all? Do I have to return the tripod?
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different solutions for camera stabilization when tripods and monopods aren't allowed?

I have a Canon 1Ds Mark II with various lenses but none of them are very heavy. I usually shoot in indoors where tripods / monopods (church, weddings etc.) are not allowed. There are enough chairs, ...
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Is the Manfrotto 190XPROB a good first tripod for a student with an entry-level DSLR?

I have a Canon Digital EOS 400D (XTi) and am looking into purchasing my first tripod. I was wondering whether the Manfrotto 190XPROB would be a good choice as a first tripod and what head I should get ...
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Which Telephoto Zoom Lens?

I am an enthusiastic hobbyist who uses the camera for social events/parties once or twice every week. My current kit is Canon 60D and for close up portraits, I am using Sigma 85mm F1.4 and for my day-...
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For fast daytime shooting of external buildings and indoor art, should I choose 24-70 mm or 70-200 mm?

If I'm on a daytime cycling/walking tour (i.e. little time to compose or change lenses) of external buildings and inside churches (no flash and no tripod), which lens is best to capture non-blurry ...
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What are the best fisheye lenses one can still buy that are full frame on 35mm film?

The vast bulk of fisheye lenses produced now are targeted at digital image sensors and so they aren't full frame on 35mm film. What are the best fisheye lenses that one can still buy reliably that are ...
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How to choose a lens to get a shallow DOF effect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can I get a shallow DOF using a kit lens? Help with getting bokeh effect. I'm an amateur photographer, just getting into photography. I read some things about lens but I ...
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What lens should i buy for my vacation?

I am going on a cruise to Greece and Italy this summer, I really wanted to buy a new Canon lens for my t2i but i am confused whether to buy the 17-40 f/4.0 or the 15mm 2.8 fisheye. Any help?
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Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-5 vs some other camera - which do you recommend?

I have used my first camera (Sony A-300) for 2 years already. It is okay but I want something new and better, and have a budget of between 1200 and 1300 euros. A couple months ago I talked to a local ...
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How should I pack equipment when travelling in countries with high crime rates?

I'm going to travel individually in Sub-Saharan Africa where the crime rate is high. Most of the time I will do landscape photography and only a few shots in urban areas. I've been there already, but ...
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Which P&S camera has wide lens, power adapter socket, and PC control via USB?

I'm looking for a camera that has all of the following traits : Wide Lens (28mm) Socket for external power Controlled with software via the USB Cheap (older model ?) I want to do a time-lapse ...
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Aside from sharpness & speed, what are the benefits to photo composition\optical quality provided by premium lenses over their cheaper counterpart?

I have gone through quite a few lens reviews and questions on this site that recommend expensive lenses over their cheaper counterparts. From what I've seen in the reviews, there is a marked ...
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Is it better to upgrade Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens to the 18-200mm, or complement with 55-250mm? [duplicate]

I currently have the Canon EOS 550D with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. I am primarily looking for greater telephoto reach, as I have found the 55mm length to be quite limiting at times. So, I was ...
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What is the difference between a Canon EF and EF-S lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between EF and EF-S lenses? I read here: EF: Electronic Focus EF-S: Short-Back Electronic Focus Is the difference significant? How much ...
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Could I use an IPS based TV to edit photos in a color-calibrated environment?

Over the past weeks, I've been trying to get all of my color issues worked out. Getting closer, but I'm not there. I've calibrated my monitor with a friend's calibrator and that helped. I'm using the ...
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Tripod that is mobile yet sturdy and light

What tripod would be recommended that is sturdy enough not to wobble in the wind, yet is light enough and easily and quickly movable so that I can use it to trek up hills, through awkward places and ...
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Is there a woot style site for Photo Equipment? [closed]

Besides woot, Chain Love, Bonk Town, anything for photo?
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How should I light 2d artwork in a makeshift studio? What lighting products do I need?

Thanks to previous advice, I'm going to start photographing my 2d artwork (not behind glass) using the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. I'm operating in a room with no natural light so I have complete control ...
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What companies offer an IR camera filter?

I'm planning on converting a Nikon D50 to dedicated infrared, replacing the internal IR cut filter with one that will block visible light, and pass infrared. Google has turned up a couple sites, and ...
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What are the key differences between the Canon 60D and Canon 600D?

What are the key differences between the Canon 60D and Canon 600D? I know the size is different and they are constructed of different materials, but in technical specifications and image quality, ...
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What 12 volt charger should I get for the Canon S95 battery?

Can anyone recommend me a 12v/cigarette lighter charger for the Canon S95 please? It is very important that it does not catch fire. Alternatively, a means to charge from AA batteries?
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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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What's a Good All Purpose Compact Lens for a dSLR …?

Following on from an earlier post, I've decided to persevere with the behemoth for a bit and see where it goes. It may lead in the direction of a Canon G11/12 or S90/95 - only time will tell. In the ...