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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 differences exist between third-party and official lenses for Canon APS-C DSLRs?

I am just another guy who just taken up photography as a social hobby who enjoys taking pics of everyday life, social events / parties & some portraits. Need camera for short overseas trip (2-3 ...
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Is there an alternative to AA cells for the Fujifilm HS20?

After getting into a choice between two super zooms, the Canon SX30IS or Fujifilm HS10 / HS20, I have chosen Fuji. However, it uses AA batteries. When on tour it's so painful if AA batteries go out or ...
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Recommendation for low-priced faster fixed-focal-length lens for Nikon D50

I'm looking for a lens for portraits and closeups (leaves, branches, icicles) that would be fast enough to get a blurred background. Any suggestions? I'd like to get something for $200 or less. ...
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How do I decide what strobe wattage to get?

There are a couple of strobe packages on Ebay that I'm looking at. We have a budget, but don't want to have buyers remorse either. The question is between getting three 250W strobes or three 180W ...
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What kind of backdrop works best for a home studio setup?

I want to grow my home setup, and am working on finding the right background for portraiture. I was looking at a black velour photo backdrop am wondering what I should consider. Should it be ...
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Any suggestions on a ringlight flash for my new Canon 100mm 2.8 macro?

Just to let it be known, I want the following: ETTL Support The lens has a 58mm thread. I don't care alot about extra features, and for the flash, I don't mind getting any kind of an off brand. I ...
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Canon lens equivalent to NIKON AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G?

A friend of mine has a NIKON AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G lens and I would like to purchase something (at least) equivalent for my Canon, if possible at a similar price. As I understand it, while 35mm still ...
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Can you recommend a macro lens for a micro 4/3 camera?

I've recently purchased a micro 4/3 camera (Panasonic GF1), and I'm aware that with an appropriate adapter, I can use a large variety of third-party lenses. I'm interested in experimenting with macro ...
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Help me choose between Canon SX30 and Fuji HS20 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Canon SX30IS or Fuji HS 10 / HS 20 ? I am cought in the choice of Fujifilm FinePix HS20 16 MP OR Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. camera which on to buy ? After looking at the ...
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What is an appropriate set of filters for a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS?

I'm buying a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS camera, and also would like to buy a filter to protect its lens. I would like to have complete set of filters ranging from polarized, starburst, UV, and red for ...
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Can you recommend a small camera bag to fit medium SLR, superzoom lens, and small flash?

I just ordered a D7000, the 18-200 Nikkor lens, and a SB-400 flash, and I'm now looking for a bag to carry just these items. I'd like an over-the-shoulder type. Would this work? I don't know if the ...
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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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How can I make my new DSLR more portable and convenient?

I've been enjoying taking digital pics for about the last seven years with my trusty Olympus C50 compact, and decided I wanted to take my efforts up a gear and get a 'proper' camera, so recently ...
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What is the best lens for taking photos of birds?

I was using a Panasonic Lumix, now I finally got a Canon EOS 60D, but I was used to that 18x zoom that my old camera has, because you can't get too close from the birds to take pictures, since they ...
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How to choose a gaffer's tape?

After a long time using my flash with rubber bands to hold flash accessories, I decided to try the Gaffer's tape method recommended by many photogs. So, I searched for that on B&H's website and ...
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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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What are the pros/cons of a Canon SX30IS compared to Fuji HS 10 / HS 20?

I have narrowed my search for a long zoom camera down to two cameras... The Canon SX30IS The Fuji HS 10, or the soon to be released HS 20 The Canon has a longer zoom (35 vs 30), articulating ...
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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 on-...
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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, ...