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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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Are there any depreciation schedules for canon lenses?

I am looking to purchase some used "L" series lenses for my Canon 60D. I am not exactly sure at which point it's no longer feasible to purchase a used lens over new. Surely even the best lenses must ...
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Inexpensive flash with full ETTL support

I've been planning to get the Canon 430EX, but I'd love to save a little cash, so I started looking at other 3rd party flashes. I've found a few that claim to have ETTL II support, but being so much ...
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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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What do I need for a camera kit for a family photoshoot?

What are some key items to bring for a family (i.e., children, parents, pets) photoshoot?
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What is different between the Lensbaby Spark and Lensbaby Muse?

I wanted to try out the Lensbaby. The initial range has Muse and the Spark. Spark being the newer one has a lot of documentation and reviews on the net and is cheaper too. But Muse on the other hand ...
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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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What's a good, small, auto/thyristor flash? (non-TTL)

Persistently on my wish list is a small, portable, auto-mode flash. Non-TTL is a must, as I need to use it on a bunch of different equipment. But the vast array of flashes out there is a bit ...
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Is the Canon 7D a good upgrade from the Rebel XS?

I have recently purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, and I no longer like the ISO performance of my Rebel XS. I'm thinking about investing in a 7D. Will that perform better for ISO and professional ...
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How can I improve shots in the dark, when tripod or flash are not available?

About once a year, at my school we have this event called "Humans versus Zombies", whereby there are these "missons" that occur in the dark at night. I've been trying to capture what goes on there: ...
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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 lenses are best for food photography?

What lenses are best for taking photos of cooked dishes? In some articles, I have read that I can have great results with lenses f/1.4 because they are cheap and they give that nice blurred ...
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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 is a good camera for a beginner looking to learn it all from a technical standpoint? [closed]

I am a graduate student in image processing and computer vision, and I'd like to get into photography. I want to purchase a camera that isn't a black box, where I can experiment and learn about how ...
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What do you take on a hike as a landscape photographer?

I have a trip to the lake district national park (UK) in a few weeks. I want to know from personal experiences what kit is essential and what can be done without on a landscape trip that involves some ...
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What is good equipment to buy/hire for a generalist photographer, new to event photography?

I'll soon be covering an event, and my existing lens set isn't necessarily ideal for low-light people photography. As with many events, this may be both indoors and outside, and runs throughout the ...
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Should I switch to a mirrorless camera for baby/kid pictures?

I currently own a canon entry DSLR and a couple of lenses (kit 18-55, 50 1.8 and a 70-300). I am also expecting a baby soon and I plan to take many pictures of her. I have been thinking about ...
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How can I fire a single canon 430ex flash remotely from a Canon 6D camera?

I don't ever use flash but I would like to start learning about portraits and lighting. I have a mainly unused Canon 430ex which I would like to use off camera with a softbox or bouncing of an ...
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How do I choose a point and shoot camera under $400?

I need a P&S camera for my family. They would probably use it for family functions,trips etc. I want a camera with flash for taking good night photos with a decent quality. They are not ...
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Is it worth buying an expensive CPL filter over an e-bay cheap one?

I have already got a circular polarizer filter (CPL) filter for my canon EF-S 18-55mm and it is working fine, although the quality goes down a bit compared to when I don't have the filter on, but its ...
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What cheap equipment can I use to hold a reflector in place?

Assuming I don't have any friend that help with my photography, what can I do to hold a reflector in position while I shoot? Let's assume that if I'm cheap enough to use a windshield sunshade as a ...
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D5100 or D90 ? Which one to buy as the first DSLR? [closed]

I am planning to buy my first DSLR camera and have pinned down on Nikon. However, I am not able to make up my mind between the Nikon D90 and Nikon D5100. While D90 is more expensive, I am not sure if ...
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Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?

Now I have old Sony A100 DSLR + Minolta AF 24-50/4, Minolta AF 50/1.6, Tokina ATX 80-400/4.5-5.6, ... My camera is old. In near future I am going to buy new DSLR. I think it will be Canon or Nikon. I ...
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Method to photograph a wide/long wall from a near distance and create a panoramic view of it

Imagine you have a wide wall, say: about 50m wide and 2m high, like the ones in a long corridor. You want to create an image that covers the whole wall in a way that you can see in some detail what's ...
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Which intervalometer for time-lapse astrophotography will work with a Canon 450D?

I've long been interested in astrophotography, and it was one of the primary reasons I purchased my Canon 450D about 15 months ago. I've been working on getting milky way shots for the last 6 months, ...
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What can I use to attach a strap to the tripod socket on my camera?

Just bought a new strap which I'm very happy with then saw the fancy-schmancy slings that attach to the tripod-screw mount under the camera. Is there a threaded bolt with a loop or two to allow me to ...
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What equipment and resources would help an aspiring strobist?

I have a Nikon D700 and an SB-900, and I'm interested in getting started with off-camera flash for portraits. I've skimmed strobist, but I'm looking for some really simple instructions for how to get ...
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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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Which laptop has the best display for photographic processing?

I'm planing to get myself a new laptop for processing my shots in Lightroom. I shoot in RAW and then process all my images in LR. I'm looking for a laptop, 15.6 inch with the best LCD. So far I've ...
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What gives lenses a cinematic feel?

Maybe this is far to broad a question, but I'm not sure I can do better: I'm interested in using a cheap DSLR for movies (hacked Panasonic GH1). I am a good artist, but I don't know anything about ...
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How should I choose a flatbed scanner for scanning prints?

I have several dozen to a hundred or so color prints I would like to scan. They are snapshots taken in the last 20 years and are mostly 4x6". I would like help choosing a flatbed scanner to do this ...
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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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What full-size tripods are shortest when folded? [closed]

I don't ever bring my old tripod with me, not because it's too heavy, but because it doesn't fit into my bag... So: are there any full-size tripods that fold down to, say, 35cm or less? (Extra ...
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Equipment for shooting while on a bike?

I'm looking for suggestions on equipment to use for shooting while riding the bike (road-bike, for that matter). My list of requirements would be: Light To be fixed on the handle bar Durable or ...
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What is a good softbox for small hotshoe flash?

What are the good softboxes for a small flash like a Canon Speedlite 430EX, for example?
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Photo of an experiment

I have an experiment with the specimen 100m long and 3m wide. I would like to capture the the image of entire specimen (from top) for fixed time intervals to analyze the behavior with time using some ...
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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 ...
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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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What (important) controls are missing from EOS 1000D (w.r.t 5xxD)

I am planning to converge on the Canon EOS 1000D as the camera to purchase. The other considerations were EOS 500D and EOS 550D, but they are much more than what I want to spend right now. (2nd hand ...
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What are factors to look at when going from a entry level DSLR to a higher level?

I am currently using an entry level DSLR (Canon 550D). In the future I am looking to move from my current camera to something more professional. My use would be general use including macro, wildlife, ...
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Are there any 'panoramic' digital cameras?

I found a picture of this camera, a Horizon S3 U-500, (I've personally never seen anything like it before) and did some research. It turns out its a specially designed camera to take wide (but not ...
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Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?

Apologies for the long post..Just want to give as much info as possible. I am looking for a suitable camera & lens. Open to suggestions! Initial plan was to buy a Canon 600d. This is a hobby ...
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How do I decide between the Canon 55-250mm or 70-300mm + 50mm?

I just bought a Canon Rebel T2i (EOS550D/Kissx4) with 18-55mm kit-lens and I have an additional $300 USD to spend on a lens. I had decided to buy a Canon EF-S 75-300mm f/4-5.6 (without IS) and a Canon ...
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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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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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How can I decide between the 70-300mm vs. 100-400mm Canon L lenses?

My current lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 I'm interested in wild life photography and landscape photography. I want to pick up my first L lens soon, and I am debating the ...
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What does an expensive flash unit buy over a cheap one?

General question: What will I get from an expensive flash unit, that I can't get from a cheap one? Specific example: The $250 Canon Speedlite 430EX II vs. the $50 Neewer TT560. To my naive eye, the ...
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Why and when would you consider Canon 17-55 lens over 24-105?

If I'm to buy a cropped sensor Canon camera for personal needs (family shootings, treveling etc - probably 75% outdoors some macro like + portraits + streetshootings + landscapes, 25% indoors mostly ...
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How does the Canon EF-S 15-85 IS USM compare to the EF 24-105mm L as an all-around lens?

I am looking for a upgrade from my kit lens to a lens with much more potential, a lens that would be an all-rounder for me. After some research I ended up with these two in the final list: Canon ...
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What qualities should be looked for in a ball head before purchasing one?

So, I looked in the website of Vanguard company and saw many different types of ball heads. I would like to ask what features are must have in a ball head? On what factors does it depend?
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What's the best lens for taking pictures of cakes?

What is the best lens to take pictures of cakes? My camera is a Nikon D300s.