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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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Which lenses are best for a beginner using a Canon EOS 100D? [closed]

I have bought a new Canon EOS 100D camera along with the 18-55 lens, but I want one good lens for both wide-angle and zoom. This is my first SLR trying to learn more and more about the functions and ...
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build a home studio piecmeal or lighting kit?

I am creating a basement room into a photo studio. I will be doing people portraits and using backdrops. I plan on trying many different shots... from high key to low light body scrapes. from what i ...
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What object is typically used to illustrate size of object on a photograph taken in the field?

I need to take pictures of multiple trees that were planted a year earlier in some far away terrain. The pictures should give clear impression of how large each tree is. So I guess I should put some ...
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Do official extension tubes degrade image quality?

This is more of an equipment recommendation question than a technical one. I am concerned that the extension may degrade the image quality. I guess my question is two fold. How do extension tubes ...
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Why are 50mm no longer the default kit lens for prosumer SLRs?

Every time someone asks me for a kit recommendation I point them towards some sort of prime lens with a standard focal length. Similarly, almost anyone I talk to about the ideal budget kit swears that ...
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I have a Nikon D7000. How can I shoot when it is raining? What kind of raincover should I use?

I have a Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens. What kind of rain cover is available for my camera? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types?
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Which Canon superzoom to select for clearer sports pictures? [closed]

Currently I am using an EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. But I feel this range is not sufficient for me, shooting events and sports. So I am considering an EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM. It has a bit ...
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Things to consider when shooting landscapes in broad daylight

While reading through many books as well online resources, I have come across these lines best time for landscapes is before sunrise and after sunset, and during a short window around these times ...
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Tamron 70-200 Di VC vs Canon 70-200 II

I'm looking to buy a tele zoom, and was set at the amazing Canon 70-200/2.8 II, mostly for shooting indoor/concert type photography. But since its such an expensive lens I thought I'd check if there ...
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Will a better lens help with high speed skateboarding shots?

I am shooting downhill skateboarding ranging from 30-60 mph. I'm trying to find a good lens to capture focused sharp stills of the skaters with blurred backgrounds. I have a Nikon D3200. I only have ...
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What are the caveats for buying a teleconverter that is of a different brand than the lens?

What are the caveats when choosing a teleconverter brand that is of a different brand than the lens it will be attached to in attempt to maximize image quality? Lets assume the following to make the ...
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What cameras have aperture controls on the lens?

I used to own an old Minolta x-700. The thing I loved about that camera is that aperture was controlled using a ring on the lens. I've since used other cameras where aperture and shutter speed are ...
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Do I need 50mm lens If I have 24-105 lens for canon 6d? [duplicate]

Do I need 50mm lens If I have ef 24-105mm f/4l is usm lens for canon 6d? What should be my next lens? I mostly interested in landscapes.
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is the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 worth it after i have the kit lenses? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon DX (D5100) camera with the two most basic kit lenses: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR and 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR. These two lenses cover lots of scenarios, but I'm starting to believe there is more ...
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Portable tripod recommendations for those on a budget [duplicate]

I'm looking for a portable tripod with a budget of < $100. I would appreciate some recommendations in this price range, especially from people who have used a product personally. These are the ...
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Difference in cameras and lenses [duplicate]

I'm interested in the difference between the following two camera kits: Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55 IS II lens and EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS zoom lens Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR Camera ...
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How do I choose which low-cost fisheye lens is right for me?

Background: I'm an amateur photographer who wants to start taking pictures with a fisheye lens, my gear is a Nikon DX D5100. I would like to buy a fisheye lens, I know the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF ...
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Should I buy the Nikon D3100 or the D5100 for family pictures? [closed]

I'm currently looking to buy a new SLR camera, I've been doing some research on the internet a loved the reviews and price of the Nikon D3100. However after reading a fair few more reviews I noticed ...
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what are keypoints for good wedding photography? [duplicate]

I am soon going to make my first wedding shot. I am scared as I dont know what is important and what to look for. What are the keypoints at wedding photography? What should I be aware of? What gear ...
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When it's wise to use tripod [duplicate]

If I'm using kit lens on a DX body will I get sharper image if using tripod for exposure time of 1/90sec or less ?
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Wide Angle Lens on a Step Down ring?

I'm a beginner at photography and own a Canon 20D with two lens; a 50mm prime and a 17mm-85mm zoom. I've purchases all my filters at 67mm to fit my zoom lens and use a 52mm - 67mm step up ring to use ...
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Which camera to buy? [duplicate]

My sister needs a camera. Can anyone guide me which one to buy, as I have no knowledge about it. She is studying Architecture, and she often goes for site seeing and she needs to take picture(mainly ...
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Which Lens is better to use for portrait photography? [duplicate]

Currently am using Canon EOS 600D with 18-55 mm lens. I am concentrating on portrait photography . i need some suggestions for the lens that i can use for it.
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Canon EOS 600D body with other company's lens OR with kit lens

What should be a wise decision to buy. I need a comparison of the two. This is going to be my only/first lens. You may provide any other suggestion. [Edited] a. A brief discussion about added (270 mm ...
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Advice for other than kit lens [closed]

I bought my first DSLR [D5100] 4 months ago with the kit lens. It was cool though but now want to buy a lens. I've focused on AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED ...
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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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What equipment do I need for 360° virtual tour photography? [duplicate]

I am looking forward to make a 360 degree virtual tour photography of my locality. Could you please suggest the basic specifications of the camera that would be required to do so? What software can I ...
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Will Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD work with Canon t3i?

I wonder if this lenses will work with Canon T3i. The compatibility match on Amazon.com says they may not work but I know very little about the subject.
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What should I put in my camera bag for photographing insects (in a jungle)?

I have little to no experience in macro photography and I'm even shakier on wildlife photography. I am planning a trip in a few weeks to a jungle and want to capture high quality photographs of the ...
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How has the interface changed from the Fuji X100 to the Fuji X100S?

How does the Fuji X100 interface different from X100S? I've read a lot of reviews that said that when the X100 first came out, the interface was very convoluted. Also I read that with the latest ...
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Which two lenses would be best for my bag; one telephoto (300mm+) and a portrait/landscape lens? [closed]

I need help on deciding on two good quality lenses. I currently use a Canon 600d body and I would like a lens that will also fit a 5D as I intend to upgrade in the future. Firstly I would like a ...
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What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?

I'm going to be traveling the world for the next few years, and I'd like to buy a new lens for my (ancient) Canon Digital Rebel XT. I'm currently using the Canon "nifty fifty" prime lens, but the ...
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Which bodies could I use Minolta AF 70-120 and AF 50 lenses with?

Lately I've been looking into buying a DSLR to get into photography more seriously. A friend of mine heard about this and gave me an old pair of lenses: a Minolta AF 70-210 and a Minolta AF 50. From ...
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How does Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II compare with Canon 300mm f/2.8 II for image quality for weddings?

I know that I'm comparing apples and oranges here, but this is something that really bothers me. I'm looking to buy my next tele lens, and I'm trying to choose between the two. 70-200 II seems like a ...
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My first camera [closed]

I am new to photography and even cameras for that matter. I like to travel, especially to exotic places in Asia and South America, where often one doesn't have the luxury of artificial lighting. I am ...
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printer recommendations

I recently returned to using a DSLR after several years of just using a point-and-shoot. I would like to get a home printer that's good enough that, when I'm not satisfied with the photo, I can rule ...
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Thoughts on buying a used Canon 5D MK II? [duplicate]

Im a college student and I have been doing my best to teach myself everything about Photography and Videography. I currently have a Canon EOS RebelT2i and have had it for a while now. I feel pretty ...
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Recommondation for quality camera: low light shots, great outdoor shots, and highspeed sports movies/stills [closed]

I'm looking to get an entry level camera. My budget is $200-600. My requirements are a step way above cellphone pics/movies, preferably near professional quality. I have a need for outdoor shots, ...
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What might be a suitable weatherproof camera for long exposure timelapse photography?

I'm looking for a camera that meets the following criteria: Weather proof Controllable from PC (If possible from Linux with gphoto, www.gphoto.org) At least 15 seconds shutter speed possibility for ...
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what is the best compact system camera for taking low light shots in nightclubs? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a compact system camera ( maybe mirrorless it's more correct as a definition, i mean a camera where you can change lenses but it's not a full DSLR ) which i would mainly use to shoot ...
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How effective is HAMA STAR 61 tripod for shooting with Nikon DSLR?

I am just a beginner to photography and I have a simple question. I was shooting in night when I realized that through manual settings when you increase your shutter speed the images becomes blurred ...
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What matters most when buying a first DSLR in terms of ruggedness, lens system, megapixels and being discontinued? [duplicate]

Which one to buy? I keep reading and the more confused I get. I want a kit. Should I get nikon d5200 24 mega pixels but not waterproof or dustproof and doesn't have a pentaprism or pentax k30 ...
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Should I upgrade my body or lens first?

I have a Nikon D40X and I cant decide if I should upgrade my camera body or upgrade from a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm to whatever else might be recommended?
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Are there cheaper alternatives to standard UV photography equipment?

I am familiar with the standard lens/filter system often used - the UV-Nikkor 105mm f/4.5s lens, what I am wondering is if there are cheaper alternatives to this standard (which I believe is also ...
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Are 'digital frames' really uniformly awful?

I set out to pick a digital frame for my parents. Looking at reviews on Amazon, I've never seen such a uniform collection of horror stories. Some years back consumer reports did a review, but of ...
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Upgrading EOS 350D or changing to full frame for low-light improvement?

My question is as follows: In 2006 I bought a Canon EOS350D with a Tamron 18-200, which was a great choice for shooting pictures on vacations, not having to carry around much, etc. Now, this seems ...
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What camera equipment do I need for deep space photography?

I have a Skywatcher-127 telescope and would like to take some deep space images e.g. globular clusters etc. I have had recommendations about what webcam to use for planetary photography but not deep ...
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Versatile and small flash bracket for Canon 430

I need a flash bracket for macro work. But I'm looking for something versatile and smaller than the big ones I found online. Is there anything I can buy, possibly with a cable that can be connected to ...
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Which wireless triggers are recommended for Bowens Gemin 200/200?

The question says it all. I'm kind of new to studio light photography. I'm looking for a wireless trigger I can use with these monolights. Any recommendations? Thanks.
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Macro lens for general purpose shooting

I have a EOS 650D camera and 50mm prime lens for it. At the moment I am thinking about upgrade and looking for a not too much expensive zoom lens. I read that Sigma 17-70mm F/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM ...