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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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Where can I buy a camera off the internet?

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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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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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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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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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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What companies offer an IR camera filter?

I'm planning on converting a Nikon D50 to dedicated infrared, replacing the internal IR cut filter with one that will block visible light, and pass infrared. Google has turned up a couple sites, and ...
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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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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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High-end compact camera with swivel screen and running on AA batteries

I'm looking for a new compact camera that: has a swivel screen is small enough to be mountable on a small tripod and, runs on AA batteries. good flexibility Requirement (3) stems from the fact ...
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best general lens for Canon crop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good general purpose lens for Canon? Which lens should someone who enjoys the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 get next? I have recently purchased a Canon 600D (body ...
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How to align camera perpendicular to the object?

When shooting 2D objects (e.g., artwork), what is the easiest way to make sure that the optical axis of the camera is aligned perpendicular to the object? That is, how do I avoid any perspective ...
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Should I consider spending more money now on a body if I don't plan on upgrading anytime soon?

I know the general advice is to spend money on lenses and avoid spending on the camera body. However, I'm in a position where I intend to purchase a camera to last for 15 or 20 years. I'm not a ...
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Kenko extension tubes or no name tubes?

I'm planning to buy extension tubes for my Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. I found Kenko for about $150 but then again there are the others which are going for about $10 or less which does not mention of a ...
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What retro design, compact-sized digital cameras are there?

I've recently started shooting with the Canon AE-1 Program and am loving it. I do enjoy the film look (it's rather expensive in the long term though) but it's the way I use the camera that really ...
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Could I use an IPS based TV to edit photos in a color-calibrated environment?

Over the past weeks, I've been trying to get all of my color issues worked out. Getting closer, but I'm not there. I've calibrated my monitor with a friend's calibrator and that helped. I'm using the ...
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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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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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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 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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Are the benefits of the Canon 5D MkIII significant enough over the 5D MkII to warrant the current price difference?

I've been looking at the Spec difference between the Canon 5D MkII & MkIII Cameras and I'm having a hard time justify the $1300 price difference between the basic body for both. They seem fairly ...
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Is there a 3rd-party Canon intervalometer which will drive both a 7D and a Rebel T3i?

I'm looking to buy an intervalometer for my kit. I have a canon 7D and a T3i, which use incompatible connectors (why, Canon, why?) which means if I buy the Canon units, I need to buy one for each body ...
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Should I get a fast CF card?

I'm wondering whether I should go for a faster card (e.g. SanDisk Extreme series) or can do just fine with slower card (e.g. SanDisk Ultra series) for use with Canon EOS 7D. I'm not planning to ...
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Should I upgrade my D40 to a D5100, D90, or D7000?

I've owned a Nikon D40 for about 4 years now, and I'm thinking it's time for an upgrade... just I don't know what camera to upgrade to. I have an upcoming trip to India for a month, and I want to make ...
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Tele-zoom lens choices for Nikon 1 J1?

I recently got a Nikon 1 J1 camera and would like a bigger lens, I've been looking on the internet for answers but can't seem to find anything. I was looking for a 30-110mm size or larger at a ...
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What features should I be looking for a budget (under $300) camera for real estate?

My wife is in real estate, and I'm purchasing a camera for her. I have a couple of features in mind, but what else should I be looking for? Budget: $300 small form factor wide angle lens capability ...
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Canon 430EX vs 580EX vs 600EX-RT

I'm considering buying a flash for my Canon DSLR. I noticed the 600EX recently came out. Do you have any suggestions/opinions about the pros and cons of the new 600 flash versus the other two?
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What is the proper remote shutter release for Canon 5D Mark iii?

I got lost finding the right remote shutter release for my Canon 5D Mark iii. I have the Hänhel Combi for Canon, which I use to use with Canon 550D but seems no use with 5D Mark iii. I googled and ...
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D3200 or D5100 for a beginner DSLR camera?

I've been looking at buying a DSLR for a while, and I've settled on Nikon. Looking at Amazon prices, the D3200 is roughly $700, while the D5100 is somehow $50 cheaper and is still meant to be a ...
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Small-ish camera recommendations for a beginner on a safari

My friend is going on a safari in Africa this year. She wants to buy a new camera because she has an old point and shoot and doesn't feel like she'll get "quality" pictures. She doesn't have a ...
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What are the types of camera supports, and when to use which?

What are the types of pods and which pod is suitable for which situation? Is there a camera holder which can be curled around the shoulders and neck? What are the pros and cons of them all?
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What constitutes the quality difference in lenses with exactly the same specifications but different brand names?

Example: I wish to purchase a lens with the fixed maximum aperture of f/2, and some other features. If I get the exactly same specifications in Tamron and Nikon, on what basis should I decide which ...
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What to buy first after getting the first DSLR?

I got my first DSLR (Canon 600D) with the 18-55 EF-S lens, now I'm considering to go a further step and buy stuff for my gear but I really can't decide what to buy first. There are a lot of choices ...
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What on-camera geotagger do you recommend for a Nikon DSLR?

I'm looking to purchase an on camera geo tagging device. I currently have this one for my Nikon D40. I'm upgrading to the Nikon D700 which is compatable with on body gps devices, and I'd rather not ...
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What type of lens should I get for an air show?

I went to an air show yesterday, I took a few nice pictures of the Red arrows which is great, but they look so far away, even smaller than by eye. I've got a Nikon D3000 with the kit lens. What type ...
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What Budget DSLR has bracketing modes?

I need recommendations on entry level budget DSLRs with plenty of bracketing modes (exposure, F-stops, etc for HDR and DOF shots). I am in Germany and am willing to spend upto €600. The brand doesn't ...
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What camera will give me the most clarity for simple photography?

I am looking to buy a digital camera or a SLR for simple photography. By that I mean, photographs of family and such. I am not interested in professional photography or complex stuff like the ...
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Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-5 vs some other camera - which do you recommend?

I have used my first camera (Sony A-300) for 2 years already. It is okay but I want something new and better, and have a budget of between 1200 and 1300 euros. A couple months ago I talked to a local ...
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How do I choose a bridge camera for an aspiring photographer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I choose a bridge camera? I have to buy a new camera for my brother. He's not such as a expert to buy a reflex, I mean... not yet. So I'd like to buy a bridge ...
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How can I get to 400mm+ for wildlife photography on a budget of around £1000 with a Canon DSLR?

I am asking a question that might have been asked many times in the past. However, I like to hear some advice for my situation so. Basically I am looking to invest some money on my photography for ...
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What the best telephoto zoom lens for everyday use with a Canon 7d with a $2500 budget?

I tend to shoot outdoors / landscapes / nature significantly more than I do portraits. I was looking at the Tamron (i think) 50-500 - because it seems so damn fun. But that's the kind of upward ...
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What to look for in an intervalometer?

What should I look for as a remote activated intervalometer? I am interested in experimenting with time lapse and interval photography. I use a canon 550D. I have briefly experimetned with the ...
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What is best for making stop motion animation - Digital camera or SLR?

I want to make a stop-motion animation but am confused, which camera to use, a digital camera or a SLR? And what is the best brand to go with? Any suggestion will be highly appreciated! Any brand or ...
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How to decide which reversing ring is suitable for a lens?

Nikon's website doesn't seem to suggest any reversing rings that go with specific lenses (in my case a 50mm f/1.8G) . For macro shots how to decide which reversing ring goes with it? Yeah, Amazon ...
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What lenses should I take with my Nikon D5100 for a trip through China and Nepal?

I'll be travelling through China/Nepal this coming September and have been trying to figure out which lenses would suit me best during my trip. I'll be visiting many temples/ monasteries and many ...
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What's the best budget macro lens option for micro 4/3 Panasonic Lumix gf3?

I would like to get into macro photography.. Just wondering what the best macro lens would be in the $150-200 price range? I would like to get the Panasonic/Leica macro lens but not in the budget. Btw ...
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How do I select a superzoom lens for travel?

I have my good old Nikon D40. Almost all time I was using default "boxed" 18-55mm lens, but now I feel a big need to buy a lens for getting pictures that I can't get now. I travel a lot and like to ...
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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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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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What do I need in a lens for studio portrait photography?

I'm going to start in photography and I'm looking to build a home photography studio. I'm planning to get a Canon 60D (wished for a 7D though). I'd like to find out what are the recommended lenses for ...
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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 ...