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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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How do I chosing the right LCD screen and UV protector for my Nikon D5100? [duplicate]

I got a D5100 and want to buy a LCD screen protector & UV ray protector, but how to know which model to get? I'll buy this from online, so how to find the right pair?
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Must-have lenses for DSLM/MILC camera?

I am new to the more profession photography. Things that could be easily done with my old compact camera (Sony F717) are more complicated now. For instance: take close-ups at only 2-3cm distance while ...
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Does it make sense to upgrade from a Nikon D7000 to D700?

I'm currently using D7000 and considering moving to full frame. At its current price, the D600 is a little too steep for me, so I'm considering buying a used D700. As per my understanding, moving ...
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Filming in a steam room?

I plan to film in a steam room this weekend for a cover shoot. However, I know for a fact there may be difficulties regarding the "steam." Any tips for filming in a steam room?
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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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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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Photography: the technical side [duplicate]

I love photography. To be honest, I've never seriously taken even one photo, but I love it. Looking at other people's work on sites like 500px and other discussions on this site, it really makes me ...
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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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Which lens should I buy? [duplicate]

I have Canon 550D and 18-55mm IS II kit lens. I shoot landscape, macro and wildlife photography. My budget is $200 and looking for some zoom lens options. I have searched a lot and found following ...
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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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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 lens should I bring for photographing the Himalayas?

I'm heading off to walk from Lukla to Base Camp in the Himalayas, and looking forward to doing some great photogrpahy along the way. Gear and weight is restricted. I have a Canon EOS 60D. If I ...
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Pearstone EN-EL15 Battery Quality [duplicate]

I see the B&H sells the Pearstone EN-EL15 battery for about 41% less than Nikon battery. I know enough to be wary of 2nd source batteries from places like ebay, but B&H might be a different ...
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Keep Canon Rebel T2i and buy Sigma 30mm 1.4f OR Buy Nikon D7100 + Nikkor 35mm 1.8f? [closed]

I currently own a single DSLR camera that I have purchased in 2010 - Canon Rebel T2i. It was my first DSLR camera and it still has a kit lens - 18-55mm. The camera served me well and I've had lots of ...
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What prime lens for taking portraits of my child with a Canon APS-C DSLR?

I purchased a Canon T4i with a 18-135mm STM lens. I'm interested in getting a prime lens to take portrait photos of my child. My budget is up to $500.
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Suggestions for Lens for my D5100 [duplicate]

I got the Nikon D5100 recently. I'm happy with the 18-55mm lens, but now am moving out to a different country on short trips and occasionally love to experiment with shots at landscapes and nature. ...
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Camera Bag Recommendation: is the Case Logic SLRC-205 suitable for all my gear?

At present, I only have the option to buy a camera bag is online, so I am not able to try out different bags. I have narrowed down my choices to the Case Logic SLRC-205 sling bag, because it seems to ...
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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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What DLSR should I buy? [duplicate]

I am pretty much a beginner in photography. But I want to buy new a camera and lenses, so I need your help. Is it better to spend more money for the body or for lenses?. Whic DSLR camera is good for ...
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What light equipment for reprography?

I'm going to buy a copy stand to easily take pictures of my papers, and also pictures of what I'm writing and drawing on my desk, sometimes also taking videos. I was wondering what kind of lights I ...
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Which one to buy Nikon D5200 or D7000? [closed]

I currently own D3100. I thought of selling it and buying new one. My Budget is limited. What is the best move for me ? D5200 orD7000 ? Is it worth to sell D3100 and getting one of those ?
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Is there a digital camera that is able to save people bounding boxes?

I am looking for digital cameras that are able to recognize faces(automatically or by user input) and save those as tags in XMP using either Microsoft Photo 1.2 Schema or Metadata Working Group - ...
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Other cheap DSLR models vs Canon 1100D? [closed]

I'm tempted to buy my first DSLR camera. Local store here is selling the Canon EOS 1100D with EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 DC III lens for 300 Euros. Price is the main factor for me, but new technology ...
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What equipment do I need to film downwards over a table?

I would like to be able to film what I'm writing and drawing on a table, inside a light cube. I just want to be able to sit at my table and have the camera above it pointing downwards. I would have ...
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What is a good DSLR camera for a beginner, with intention to take occasional videos? [duplicate]

This would be my first SLR camera. I have only been using compact point-n-shoot cameras (like Canon ixus), I know you guys are laughing now, but well, I am growing up :D I love SLR images for easy ...
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What lens should I purchase for newborn photography with the Canon T4i? [duplicate]

I just purchased a Canon T4i (body only) and I'm looking for good info on which lens to purchase for it. I purchased the camera to take pictures of my newborn & for my dogs inside and outside of ...
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How do the Samyang and Nikon 85mm portrait lenses compare?

I'm looking to buy a 85mm portrait lens for for my D7000. My budget is around $300-400. I've currently shortlisted the following two lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Samyang AE 85mm f/1.4 (the one with the ...
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Can you explain how this KATA strap connector works?

I just bought a Kata backpack, MiniBee-110 PL. It has an enormously long waist strap that I think is removable. It's attached to the bag by this connector (in the picture below), but I haven't been ...
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What housing should I get for the Canon 5D MkII?

I am a certified diver and a photographer too. My first experience in under water photography was taken with a cheap compact Canon Powershot G12 and its housing. It was a fantastic experience and my ...
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What is the basic gear for astrophotography?

I have a Canon 60D and would like to start doing some astrophotography and/or time-lapses of the Milky Way. I know I need to buy a special tripod, one with either ecuatorial mount or a computer ...
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Which of these lenses allows a greater amount of light through at f/1.4: Canon 35mm f/1.4 or Sigma 35mm f/1.4?

I'm looking for a wide aperture wide angle lens to use with my 5D III body. I'm planning to use this lens for reportage shots in low light conditions. After doing some research, I'm trying to decide ...
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Which is better for an amateur: Nikon D3100 or D5100? [closed]

Am a amateur photographer with point & shoot camera . Now i would like to buy an SLR camera. I have 2 questions: Should I choose the Nikon D3100 or D5100? Should I buy the kit lens available ...
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What special equipment is needed to photograph the sun?

I have just seen some photos of the sun which someone did from their own backyard. Not sure what sort of equipment he used, but what could I use to photograph the sun with my DSLR? I have a Nikon ...
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Lense compatibility [closed]

I'm planning to move from P&S to DSLR and have shortlisted Canon 550D & Nikon D5100 But my friend suggested me to go for the Canon as the Nikon DSLR will not support most of the new lenses ! ...
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What to buy for macro and portraits? (D5100) [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I am an amateur interested in: 1. macro - insects, flowers, objects. 2. portraits- love blurry backgrounds, focused and unfocused body ...
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Can you recommend a good budget prime lens for family photos (Canon mount)

I'm very new to photography. Have a Canon T3, with the standard 18-55 lens and a 75-300 mm lens. I'm looking to do a lot of family photography (wife with 2 kids less than 2 years old). Most of the ...
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Recommended wildlife photography lenses for Nikon DX bodies with no AF motor

I have some SLR experience but have mostly been using a point-and-shoot in the last few years. Now I would like to jump back into the digital SLR world specifically to do wildlife photography (mostly ...
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Digital strip camera options?

My ultimate goal is to set up some sort of digital strip camera rig for taking stereoscopic 360° panoramas. I'd like to use a strip camera because it allows for fast panorama capture and ...
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I want to upgrade my Canon Rebel T2i. Any recommendations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the major differences between these camera series by Canon? I want to upgrade my Canon Rebel T2i and get a new Canon. Something that is a little more powerful, ...
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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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Which mirrorless system should I pick for M-mount lenses (Leica / Zeiss ZM)

Which Mirrorless system should I pick for shooting with Leica M and Zeiss ZM glass? And why? My priorities: Manual focusing assists (can be rangefinder system, can be focus peaking, I hate ...
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Stationary, short range stills camera that is computer controlled

I have a specific project where I need to control a bank of cameras from a computer. I don't know much about cameras beyond my iPhone autofocus so I will describe this as best I can, corrections ...
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Are there any tripods specially designed for sub-zero temperatures?

I enjoy taking winter photos and lately the colder it's been the more I liked the results. The last 3 times I've been out shooting it was between -20C to -30C and windy, so probably colder with the ...
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Which portrait lens should I buy next for my Nikon D3100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which focal-length lens is usually used for portrait photography, and why? Should I choose the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D or AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G for my Nikon D5100? I have ...
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What laptop specs are important for intensive image editing work?

How important is the following in purchasing a laptop that will be used for image editing: processor speed amount of RAM integrated vs. dedicated graphics card HD speed (SSD; or 5400/7200/10000 rpm) ...
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How useful is the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 for indoor baby photos?

I am looking to capture some baby photos over the next few months (first child due next month). I have the Canon 550D with the the following equipment: 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens: Very good image ...
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Camera and lens to take travelling by bicycle that will produce pro-quality images?

I am going travelling by bicycle, and I want to take a camera that allows me to take photos that are very high quality- e.g. raw format and with a good lense, and yet is not heavy, and is quite ...
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How do I find the right backpack for my full frame DSLR plus lenses?

I've been shooting with a reduced frame camera for a long time (Canon EoS Rebel family), so it was a surprise to me that my Nikon D600 and lenses didn't really fit into the backpacks I was trying them ...
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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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What lens do I need to do super-close-up macro shots?

I really like to take pictures of insects, close up...get their eyes, their hair, or the texture on my bearded dragons toenails, etc. I've used a 28-135 (on a canon 7d) at 135 and just gotten as ...