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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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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Should I go digital or analog for B/W on a budget?

I would like to try out photography in Black and White, specifically because it just has an awesome contrast and makes the motive "pop" in a certain way that color just detracts from (or maybe I have ...
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If I have an 85mm lens for portraits, is a 50mm useful as well?

I recently got my Canon EF 85mm f1.8, after lot of thought over if I should buy Canon EF 85mm f1.8 or Canon EF 50mm f1.4, I decided on 85mm so that I can shoot portraits of people even from a distance,...
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Which battery grip should I get for my Canon 60D and why?

I'd like to buy a Canon 60D battery grip not only for the extra battery power but also, and mainly because of the added size and the extra buttons. (I have huge hands) My question is; How is this $...
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What camera should I buy for a Photography College student?

My younger sister is going to college to study photography, and I want to surprise her with a camera this holidays. I'm no camera expert (but I've been doing my research). Should I go lower-entry ...
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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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What should I look for when shopping for a DSLR? [duplicate]

I am considering buying a new DSLR camera. What differentiates the different options? What specific features should I be looking for?
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Is it worth buying a 5D Mark I or an EOS 1Ds II today?

I've been taking photographs for a while, and have started to think about moving to full-frame. I'm on a very limited budget, but I currently have a good macro lens and am quite willing to buy ...
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Is there any bridge camera with an interchangeable lens?

In another question, I read that to begin with a budget of 250 Euro max, I could get a bridge camera. But are there any with the possibly to change the lens?
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Should I replace the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with a 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4?

So I'm about to buy my first DSLR (definitely a Canon, probably the 700D) and my original plan was to buy the one with the included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. At the same time I was thinking about ...
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Am I on the right track for astro photography?

After viewing a few photographs of the Milky Way, I have become obsessed with creating my own. I went out and purchased a new full frame camera with a 24 f1.4 lens. Am I on the right track with this ...
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Are there cameras which have only bodies, and no default attached lenses?

Do the cameras exist which have only bodies, and no default attached lenses? Example this camera has a default lens attached: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004J3V90Y/?tag=stackoverfl08-20 I would like ...
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Is optical image stabilization a necessary feature for any lens?

I am looking to buy a decent telephoto lens for my Nikon D3100. A 55-200mm Nikon lens costs almost Rs. 9000 ($144.67) and a Tamron 70-300mm lens costs almost $130 . The problem is that these lenses ...
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Could I get a lens hood that suits 'all' lenses?

I understand what a lens hood does, and I've read several of the questions about them here on the site, but I am still left wondering whether I could get a lens hood that would work on both the lenses ...
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Would it be better to use hotshoe flashes or studio lights for a product shoot?

I need to make some shots of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super-professional pictures but I want something reasonably good, better than ...
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What does a beginner need to shoot sky or nature on budget?

I am 16 years old and want to begin with photography. I have budget of around 200 euros, with a maximum of 250 euros. I want to make some shots of the sky or of nature, so a good optical zoom would be ...
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What camera qualities should one look for in a digital camera for family pictures?

My friend is buying a digital point-and-shoot camera, which he wants to use to click family pictures including a lot of pictures of their newborn son. What camera qualities should he be looking for ...
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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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Which lens should someone who enjoys the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 get next?

I bought a Canon 550D months ago, and at that point I chose the 50mm f/1.8 because it was super affordable and quite popular. I must say I've taken some really wonderful photos with it; mostly with ...
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What needs to be considered when purchasing an enlarger?

In film photography (and interestingly enough you can do this with digital) if you want to make a print by hand you'll need an enlarger. What are some things that should be considered, especially ...
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Would an EF 24-105L or a 70-200 f/4L be a better travel choice?

I currently have a Canon 7D Mark II. I have a budget where I am looking at getting the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. I am undecided on which one to get. I can see ...
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What are meaningful deciding factors when deciding between Canon 5D mark III vs mark II? [duplicate]

I am intermediate student on photography. I am intending to buy a full format Canon camera and I am between Canon 5D mark III and mark II. I would like to be able using ISO numbers of 800 or 1600 or ...
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Can an Olympus E20P take 8GB flash cards?

I have an Olympus E20P camera that is about 10 years old, and the manual says it supports 3V (3.3V) SmartMedia: 4 MB, 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB; CompactFlash (type I and II) ...
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upgrading from kit lens [duplicate]

Am bit new to DSLR .Interested in landscape My problem I feel kit lens came along with my 650D is not giving me sharper images.(Culprit might be myself) Budget problem for upgrading to Canon lens ...
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Advice for someone just entering the world of off-camera flash? [closed]

I'm a student photographer (primarily landscape with some portrait experience) looking to get into more serious portrait work; and, more specifically, off camera flash. Hoping this is the right place ...
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How do I decide on a camera/lens with high zoom range?

I need a camera that is not so bulky (even though additional lens is fine with me — not more than one extra lens). Also, I am not looking at those high-end camera such as Nikon or Canon Mark III. ...
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How do I choose a telephoto zoom lens? [closed]

I have a Canon 1100D kit (18-55mm IS II) and a 50mm f1.8 lens. Now I'm looking for a zoom lens. What do you think about the following: Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Tamron 70-300mm f4-f5.6 DI LD Tamron ...
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Cheap panoramic setup

I'm looking for a cheap panoramic 360x180 (approx. don't mind the "feet" as long as it's close) setup with decent resolution. I weighed my options and thought up the following: cellphone with ...
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What's the best lens for shooting baby and kids with a DX Nikon?

I have a Nikon D5100 and want to see whats the best lens for shooting pictures of a baby and kids running around inside and outside? I would like to stay under $1,000. Thanks for the help.
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Which lens is better: Canon 70-300mm 4-5.6 or 50-200mm? [closed]

For use on a Canon 600D, primarily for travel, landscapes, macro and subjects in motion. An additional consideration: if I go with the 50-200mm I could also afford a 50mm lens.
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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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Can you recommend a long cross body strap?

I often walk around with my camera on the lookout for shots, but photography isn't the main thing I'm doing. I normally end up with the camera hanging off a shoulder (on the strap it came with), which ...
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How do I choose a telescope for space and planets photography?

I am new to photography. I just bought a beginner's camera, a Nikon DSLR 3100. I am interested in space and planet photography. How do I select a beginners's telescope for this purpose, and how to ...
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What's a decent lighting kit for getting started with portraits?

I've done mostly nature photography up to this point but later this month a friend is having a birthday and she just had a daughter so I wanted to take some father/daughter portraits. So now I'm ...
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Is there a comfortable, secure, light, and cheap sling shoulder strap system?

I'm looking to carry my Canon DSLR on my shoulder. I have a Canon T1i with 15-85mm lens that I walked around with all the time. Here is what I need: A comfortable strap that is long enough to ...
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What are the real-world differences between Canon, Sigma and other third-party 70-200 f/2.8 lenses?

I'm getting started with wedding photography, and was looking for a fast telephoto zoom to compliment my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (on a Canon 500D/T1i). After extensive online research, the 70-200 f/2.8 ...
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What is the best equipment for a good (semi-)professional color management?

I actually use a GretaMacbeth ColorChecker 24 to be able to produce .dng and have a good color checking. Now it is time to reach a better result, taking in to account a better calibration of the ...
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Photographing Older Documents

I'm doing a project with a historical group. They have a nice collection of diaries, and want to digitize them, but haven't found anyone interested in doing it, even if they pay them. Some of the ...
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What is a great portrait lens for Nikon (under $1000)?

I am currently shooting with a Nikon D90 and use the kit 18-105 lens and a 50mm f/1.8. Mostly I shoot as a hobby but lately I've been asked to do some family and engagement shoots. The 50mm is ...
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What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?

I just saw a Leica M9 priced at 6995 USD, and a Leica M8 at 6295 USD. This is similar to the price for a high-end Nikon D3X or a Canon 1D Mark IV. So, I am trying to compare the specs, but can't get ...
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Will the vibrations of a motorcycle be harmful to a DSLR?

I am considering a Canon 70D for motorcycle touring. Considering the vibrations that a motorcycle will put the camera through, is this a good choice? Are the vibrations a legitimate concern?
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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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What should I do to switch my gear from Sony to Canon?

So I currently have a Sony A700 which i bought a year ago, and wanting to get some quality glass. I was looking at the Carl Zeiss 24-70/f2.8 lens, but then got talking to a friend who's a canon user. ...
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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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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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How to properly capture photos for merging?

When photographing photos with the intent to stitch (merge) images into a large panoramic, either manually or with the aid of software, how should one capture the source images for consistency between ...
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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 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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What features should I look for in a DSLR to shoot live bands?

I'm trying to work out which DSLR to buy. One of my main use cases is photographing live bands in dimly lit bars. This often involves fast movement (particularly drummers) as well as low light. Which ...
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How do I choose a camera bag?

What considerations should I factor in when choosing a camera bag of a given style, and how important is each one? For a question on the different bag styles, see: What different styles of camera ...