Spring 2012

Spring 2012
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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 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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Which are must have lenses for Canon?

Which lenses are must have for a Canon user having photography as hobby. Please consider the following: Praiseworthy Hobby use. All kind of photography: landscape, macro, portrait etc. Answer one ...
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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 non-...
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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
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Can I get a cheap Tripod (<$75) for basic HDR / panorama photos?

I'm a very amateur photographer who enjoys taking HDR and Panorama photos. My biggest problem right now is that I don't have a tripod. Many will tell me $75 is too cheap for a tripod, but I really ...
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Which Nikon (Sony? Pentax? Olympus?) is comparable to the Canon 1000D?

A friend wants to buy her first DSLR, and has identified the Canon 1000D (aka Digital Rebel XS) as a good option. She has asked my opinion. I think it looks great for the money, but I would like ...
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Alternative photosensitive materials

Apart from film and photographic paper, what are the most interesting photosensitive materials on to which photographic images can be successfully exposed? For example, the artists Heather Ackroyd ...
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Does a compact camera that zooms and performs well exist?

I just bought a casio exilim h-10 camera and quite frankly I am disappointed. The picture quality is very poor and the video (even if it is HD 720 P) is even worse. I am really looking for a camera ...
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Shooting Corporate Brass, am I forgetting anything

Getting ready to do a series of head & shoulder shots for some corporate brass. Should be simple, though I don't want to forget anything basic. Equipment list: Nikon D700 50mm 1.4 80-200mm 2.8 ...
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Portrait photography of children (Christmas)

I floated an offer to my family to photograph my neices and nephews for Christmas. Now, we're doing this with plenty of time for them to get professional work done if mine don't really come out great, ...
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Good point and shoot for jewelry photography?

I have a friend/client (a jeweler) who needs to purchase a new camera. He has a nice lightbox setup (I think something specifically intended for jewelry use - he mentioned "full spectrum lights", ...
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How can I take a macro shot without a macro lens?

I am a photography newbie and have only a 18 - 135mm canon kit lens at my disposal. I wanted to take macro shots but can't really afford a macro lens right now. One very optimistic goal of mine is to ...
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Should I choose a Canon 500D or Nikon D3100 for short video? [closed]

I need a camera mostly for shooting short videos. Which one is better for this? I know that the 500D does 1080 at 20fps, but would it make that much of a difference from the 24p in the D3100?
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How does the Induro PHQ panhead Compare to the Manfrotto, Gitzo etc. Ballheads and Gimbals?

If you watch the videos by Induro on their PHQ panheads here, they sound pretty awesome. They really seem a lot more flexible than the standard ball heads that many people really push. However, I ...
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Can I buy gray market camera equipment from reputable web sites in the US?

I want to buy a new (or refurbished) DSLR from the US and get it here to India, because DSLRs are a good $200 cheaper in the US — around 10,000 rupees, not a small amount. I will not be able to ...
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Which Nikon lenses for family photography?

I've become my family's un-official photographer, pretty much, and found myself in need of a better camera. (We have a large local close young family, so 20+ running around the house occasionally — ...
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Why are wide-angle lenses so much more expensive?

What is it about wide-angle lenses that makes them so much more expensive than an equivalent-quality tele or prime lens? Take the Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM, for example. RRP is nearly £1,000! Are they ...
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How well do tilt-shift lenses work for nature/landscape photograhy?

I am in the market for at least one wide-angle prime lens. I've focused most of my search on 50mm and 24mm prime lenses from Canon, Zeiss, and Sigma. Crossing paths with another avenue of research in ...
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What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?

I'll be trekking in the Nepal Himalaya for 3 weeks in December, in a variety of conditions, but predominantly cold (-5°C to -30°c) , clear and dry, at altitudes of up to 6000m. I'm trying to travel ...
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What Canon lens would one use for Sartorialist-like street photography?

You probably know Scott Schuman and his blog (The Sartorialist). What kind of lens (that is not expensive) would you recommend for Canon 550D to achieve similar effect (in terms of DoF etc.)? I'm a ...
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Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?

I am in the market for a 50mm lens for my Canon DSLR. I've read plenty of reviews, and all of them have great things to say about both lenses. From a scientific perspective, the f/1.2 performs better ...
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What's the best technique and kit for taking a picture of the Milky Way in a nearly pitch black landscape?

I've tried but I don't think my kit is good enough. How do you take pictures of something like the milky way? And if you've never actually SEEN the milky way, then you definitely MUST take a trip to ...
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What size lens is recommended for flying bird photography?

My wife has a Canon 450D and a 70-300 lens for long distance shots. I am considering a present or two and good advice from jrista suggests possible upgrade of camera to a Canon 7D and of lens to a ...
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What Pentax macro lens do you recommend for outdoor activities?

I am a Pentax K20D owner, and now I'd like to buy my first macro lens. Candidates I consider are: Pentax-D FA 100 mm F2.8 Macro 365 g, 560 €. Pentax-D FA 100 mm F2.8 Macro WR weather-resistant, 340 ...
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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 2)...
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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 photography,...
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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 [duplicate]

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 ...