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Light Tent Recommendations?

I'm looking to buy a smallish light tent (1 or 2 feet on a side) and there seems to be quite an array of options. Are there any that are any better than any others? Or should I just go with whatever ...
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Digital Camera for Grandpa

Folks, I wanted to ask for your advice on purchasing a digital camera for my grandpa. My requirements are simple: 1) The guy is BARELY comfortable with technology. He knows how to turn his computer ...
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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 ...
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What factors to consider in choosing between large sensor and good zoom?

I’m looking for information on what factors to consider in deciding between a camera with a large sensor and low light sensitivity (for example, the Canon S95) and a camera with a good zoom (for ...
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What should I look for in a camera/tripod for photographing microfilm machines and books/documents?

I am a graduate student studying history, and I am in the market for a new digital camera for the purpose of photographic images off of microfilm machines, and also old books and documents that I find ...
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Beginner lens decision [duplicate]

I'm about to buy a Nikon D3100 and can't decide which kit lens I should pick. On the one hand there is the standard AF-S 18-55mm VR lens and on the other hand the AF-S 18-105mm VR. A bit more zoom ...
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Flashguns For Nikon D40s

I'm looking to buy a flashgun for my Nikon D40 and wondered if anyone could recommend any. I'm on a budget and if I had the money I would go for the SB900, but is there a similar one for a smaller ...
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Lens for shooting paintings with Canon 550d

I am purchasing a Canon 550d primarily to document my fiance's artwork for archival purposes. I would like to know what lens or lenses you would recommend in order to minimise distortion. I will be ...
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Intervalometer for Nikon D40?

We have a seldom-used D40 that I'd like to use for some timelapse projects so as no to burn out my new D7000. The D40 doesn't have a built-in intervalometer, and tethering to a laptop, while ...
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What are the properties of a camera that affect taking pictures in poor lighting?

I had recently bought a Nikon CoolPix L110, which was stolen a few months later. In searching for a replacement, I'd like to get something that takes better pictures in poor lighting. The zoom on ...
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Canon SX 30IS user opinions wanted [closed]

I am very seriously considering purchasing a Canon SX30IS 35X zoom camera. I would really appreciate any comments from owners/users of this camera. The majority of my shooting will take place ...
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What can justify the big price gap between a Leica M6 and M7?

Is it only about semi and fully automatic mecanism ?
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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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Should I wait for product version X to be released before buying the now-current version?

As rumors predict the launch of the new version of a product "soon", do you think it is interesting to wait for a few months before buying a new instance of the by-then "old" version of the product ...
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Are there websites which compare digital cameras based on technical image quality?

There are lot of sites, which compare digital cameras by parameters, user experience and etc. I looking for a website which has some kind of procedure to test image quality and compares digital ...
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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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Should I buy this Nikon 50mm f/1.8?

I've got an opportunity to buy a Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D prime lens for £75. Has anyone used this lens who could give an opinion? The reason I'm looking into buying it is that in an earlier ...
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Tests to determine the condition of a used medium format camera

I am shopping around for a used medium format Mamiya RB67 camera to broaden my horizons outside of the 'work' photography I do with my Canons. When I'm looking at a used body what are some specific ...
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Can anyone suggest an intervalometer for the Nikon D90?

I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for intervalometers for a Nikon D90. The D90 lacks a remote port, so it has to be triggered either by USB or IR, which limits the 3rd party remotes it is ...
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D80 vs D100 vs D1X [closed]

I would like to buy a second body, I currently have Nikon D40, which sadly doesn't have servo motor for lenses, so I can only use AF-S lenses. It also cannot do metering on non-AF lenses. I'm a ...
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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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Are there any cameras which transfer photos to PC without interaction

I want to buy a secondary compact camera which is able to transfer photos immediately to my PC via WiFi/Bluetooth/anything. Don't want to go through pressing 10 buttons to get 1 photo on PC. Just ...
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Prime lens or flash: which upgrade will most improve baby photos?

I current own a Nikon D5000 with kit lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6) and am looking to take better indoor photos of my fast-moving 9-month-old, which sometimes come out blurred or not natural I use the ...
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under $199 digicam [closed]

ciao I have a old Nikon Coolpix 7600. Once a time ago, I used true reflex film cameras. Now I am on the digi side, it is more easy to carry around. I am thinkb to buy a new, good performance / price ...
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Cameras with the most possible zoom?

Which camera(s)/lens to buy if you want the most extreme possible zoom factor? Some variables for me: Do not need ultimate quality, Do not need video, Do not take photos in darkness, Do not take ...
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How come there are no 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses with image stabilization?

There definitely aren't any Canon or Nikon lenses. I also have not seen any third party lenses. I can think of two reasons for this: There is some technical limitation (which I tend to doubt since ...
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Are there practical differences between Canon's IS and Nikon's VR?

I'm wondering if one brand performs better or if they behave differently under different circumstances. Do the same limitations here apply to Canon IS? Obviously some of them do (like IS won't help ...
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Which one would you suggest to buy from canon, the 550D or the 50D ?

I am slightly confused as I have the budget for either but given that the 550D is newer model whereas 50D is better in the sense that it belongs to a higher series. Are there any other deciding ...
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What Nikon lens to buy to make photos of birds?

Currently, the zoomiest lens I have is a Nikon 18-200mm. I want to be able to take photos of wildlife, or in most cases birds, which I can't do at 200mm. For a long time, I wanted to purchase a Nikon ...
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Does it make sense getting any of these “extra” lens packages?

I see many extra lenses on bestbuy.com sold with the Nikon D7000 I am interested in buying. Are any worth it? Are they any good? And, since they bundle them, is the price better then buying the ...
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Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost?

I basically decided on a whim (from reading this site, talking to some friends, and always admiring great photos) that I want to get into photography. Are there disadvantages to starting out with a ...
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What affordable lights should I use for a number of large, very bright light-boxes?

I'm working on printing a number of large, very bright backlit prints. I need lots of lights that are affordable since I'll be needing quite a number of 'em. My other concern is color reproduction, ...
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Should I get a kit or separate lens for my D7000?

I am set on getting a D7000 and am drooling already to get one. My only hurdle left is to determine whether the kit lens is good or if i should get the body only and put the 300$ difference between ...
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Camera advice for getting into photography

I want to get into photography; I have been playing with the manual settings on my Canon point and shoot for a few months for various scene types and low light. A year ago I purchased a Nikon D90, ...
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3rd party lenses - compatibility & value

I'm looking at a 3rd party lens for my Nikon d5000. A friend of mine was shooting with a Canon and using a Tamron zoom telephoto lens (70mm - 300mm). The largest focal point I have w/ one of my lenses ...
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What DSLR and good portrait lenses you can suggest for 2.5k USD?

Greetings, I'm looking for DSLR and good portrait lenses. Budget - 2500$ Options: 1) Nikon D7000 + Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF 2) Canon 7D + Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM or Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM (Not ...
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Digital camera for someone without a computer?

My (rural living) mother-in-law has recently been told by her local camera shop that they will soon stop offering processing and prints from film based cameras. I'm wondering if it is practical to ...
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What fixed lens to use on a cropped sensor DSLR for mountain landscape photography?

This spring, I want to do a few trips to mountains to take some shots of mountain landscapes, including in sunrise/sunset environments. I already have a Nikon 18-200mm VR (3.5-5.6). I imagine that it ...
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I'm getting started in photography and taking a photography class — what camera should I buy?

For a long time, I wanted to start as hobbyist photographer, thus soon I will be taking a photography class in my city where I will be able to learn the basics of photography. At this point my ...
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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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What are the major differences between Nikon D90 and Nikon D7000?

I wish to upgrade my Nikon D80 but am undecided whether to upgrade to the Nikon D7000 or get a Nikon D90 and maybe another lens. I have read about some issues with 3rd party lenses. I predominately ...
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Which camera has low shutter latency and good color accuracy?

I'm an artist, but I'm new to photo. I've found that the most important things for me are: Capturing a moment without any thought Getting accurate color Capturing the moment usually requires a ...
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Camera recommendation for existing Nikon lenses

I have a history of using analog Nikon camera equipment, owning a Nikon F601AF and a Nikon FG body plus these lenses: AF Nikkor 1,8/50 AF Nikkor 3.3-4.5/35-70 AI-S Nikkor 1,8/50 AI-S Nikkor 105/2.5 ...
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What do I need to take pics of building roofs?

I'd need a suggestion about camera to take pics of building roofs, my father's company installs domestic solar power plants and would like to take some pics of them to put in his website. He tried ...
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Choosing first lens for Nikon D-90 body

I'm looking to get a prime lens to go with the Nikon D-90 body. I'm looking at 50mm or 35mm and f/1.8 or f/1.4 and AF or AF-S. It appears that VR (Vibration Reduction) is not an option for any of ...
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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM?

I'm looking to purchase a new lens. The types of photos I take are: Portraits Candids Street Random objects here and there Architecture Occasional landscape when on vacation They are ordered in ...
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How to prevent zoom-creep?

The Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens creeps until fully extended if pointed vertically down. This is preventing me from using it on a rostrum camera. Is there a piece of equipment or a simple (and ...
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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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Canon 40D or 5D?

I'm currently shooting with a 450D using mainly a 50mm f/1.8 and sometimes the kit lens, but am gonna buy a 85mm f/1.8 and a 35mm f/2. Thing is I want to upgrade my body as well as I found some rather ...
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Is the Panamatic any good?

Is the Lenspen Panamatic of any real use for creating panoramic shots or is it a waste of money? More product details