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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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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 ...
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How to set up Three Point Lighting without (much) real equipment?

I'm setting up basic three point lighting in my room to photograph myself facing the camera (actually, this is for video, but I understand questions about lighting are ok). What I have is two Smith ...
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Will a Nikon 1 NIKKOR wide-angle lens work with my Nikon D3000?

I am looking for some advice on what wide-angle lens to get for the D3000. At the minute I have seen this 10mm lens but I am unsure whether it will work well with the camera in question. Ideally I ...
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Which one wide-medium canon lens is best for an indoor/outdoor wedding? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which one wide-medium lens to buy as the main lens for an outdoor wedding? I am an amateur photographer. I have taken senior and family photos for friends. However, my ...
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How do I choose an extension tube for macro photography?

I'm looking for an extension tube for my DSLR. Any suggestions? I see a lot on the internet, but I cannot figure out which is the best.
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Which tripod should I get for macro photography?

I'm currently looking for a good tripod for (mostly) macro photography and other kind of photography as well. I own a Canon EOS DSLR. Which tripod should I consider? There are many on sale, but I'm ...
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How does Yongnuo RF-603c compare with Cactus V5 wireless trigger?

I have the chance to pick up a set of second hand Yongnuo RF-603c or Cactus V5 wireless flash triggers for more or less an equal price. My plan is to use those triggers in combination with a ...
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How does Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM compare to Canon 180mm f/3.5L and Canon 100mm f/2.8?

I am interested in both lenses. I think they are great lenses but cannot decide between the two. The 100mm can go down to f2.8. However, the 180mm has got more focal lenth. On the other hand, I could ...
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I want to make a macro photo of an ant. What equipment should I have?

I have the camera Nikon D90 and I don't want to buy Nikkor 105 mm Micro lens at this moment(even it may be the best solution: I hope it's not the only solution!). I have tripod and remote shutter ...
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Is there a screen alternative for a DSLR predating Live-View for photo review in the field?

Is it possible to obtain something with a screen about postcard-sized that can either plug into my Canon EOS 20D camera and act as a larger screen, or alternatively will accept the CF card from the ...
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Websites to buy/DIY photo studio equipment?

I am starting a photo studio and i am trying to buy cheap equipment (lights,props,...) or even if I find the material I make them myself. Does anyone know any online shops? In Europe preferably. ...
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Is it possible the Nikon 1 J1 can outperform the Sony NEX F3 in low light conditions?

Online reviews have indicated that NEX F3 is a superior device because it has a larger sensor, and therefore it would perform better under low light condition. However, today I tested both cameras. ...
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duty and custom charges on Lens shipping to different country [closed]

If a purchase a Lens from USA amazon and ship it to India, how much custom and duty chanrges will come
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Can an “Emotional Need” for a camera be justified? [closed]

Can an "emotional need" for a new body be justified? I'm upgrading from an XTI to a 7D after 6-7 years. I have not used the XTI to its fullest, yet I want the upgrade. Am I fooling myself thinking ...
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Best camera case/backpack for caving?

I regularly explore underground in caves which can result in fairly harsh conditions. Humidity, water, mud, dust etc etc. As a result I have to take my gear in a pelican case most of the time and ...
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Is there a good quality pocket camera with wide aperture? [closed]

I'm looking for a pocket camera which performs well in low light conditions. I need a wide aperture such as f/2.4 or wider and I don't need to have zoom. What would you recommend?
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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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What sites/companies are available for buying and selling used lenses? [closed]

Are there some sites that offer good deals that can be purchased online with shipping included? Sites other than Amazon, BestBuy, eBay, etc.
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What Canon/Tamron/Sigma standard zoom lens to choose?

I have a Canon 600D with a kit 18-55 f3.5-5.6 IS II lens. Now I want to upgrade it with my not very loose budget. Three main things I want to improve with a new lens are: larger aperture better ...
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What lightweight telephoto lens are available for Nikon bodies?

I'm looking for a lightweight telephoto lens for my Nikon D700 body, with a focal length around 300mm, good sharpness and AF. After several days with the 70-200 vrII handheld, I found this lens too ...
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High end Bridge camera or second hand DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is an SLR camera a must when learning? I am looking to start out in amatuer photography. I am very inexperienced, having only ever used compact cameras and cheap bridge ...
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Getting the right DSLR from the very beginning [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost? I would like to get a DSLR. As a beginner, I'm tempted by Canon T4i, Canon D7 and Nikon ...
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How can I avoid dust on my eyecup rubber?

The Nikon DK-21 rubber eyecup just collects so much dust and I have to wash it regularly to keep it clean. Any suggestions on how to keep this clean in the camera bag and when handling the camera? or ...
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What's better image quality; full frame with Canon 400mm 5.6L plus 1.4 extender, OR, cropped frame with same lens?

I am about to upgrade to a Canon 7D for my birding using my 400mm 5.6L lens. With the 1.6 crop factor sensor that gives (roughly) a magnification factor equivalent to my other option, a Canon 5D mkII ...
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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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What would be a good upgrade from my Canon kit lens for portrait photography?

I am very new to photography but am looking to upgrade from my kit lens. I have a canon T2i. I am looking for a lens that would be suitable to taking pictures mostly of my family and children indoors ...
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Will the 18-55 and 55-250mm kit zoom lenses cover my requirements in Europe?

I have just received for Xmas a Canon 650d kit with an 18 - 55 mm IS II and a 55-250 mm IS II lens. Always had an interest so I feel very blessed and luckily my fiance also included a one day DSLR ...
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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 are some good beginner indoor/studio lights for portraits? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best external flash for Nikon beginner? Total newbie here. Used my D90 + Nikon 18-200mm VR II to take holiday photos. But I am fascinated by portraits and ...
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Which lens serves best as the only lens on a cropped body for a beginner: the 40mm f2.8 or 50mm f1.8?

I'm planning on giving my college age daughter my Canon 40D sometime soon. (Not Christmas, but the Christmas sales are getting me thinking). She has a point and shoot and turn out pretty amazing work ...
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Lights for a Light Tent

I am looking to purchase a light tent and lights to do some product photography. I need to purchase lights but I am not sure what to look for in lights. A few requirements: Must be easily ...
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Minimum Flash Card speed for OLYMPUS Tough TG-1? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I know what speed card to get for my camera? I bought OLYMPUS Tough TG-1 iHS 12 MP camera. It allows modes for shooting images in a rapid sequence. Is it ...
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Which film camera would be comparable to a Yashica TL Electro?

I currently have a Yashica TL Electro that I use for black and white photography but it seems that it is slowly giving up the ghost and im starting to look for a replacement. This camera was given to ...
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Is there any reason to prefer a T3i if a T4i has the same price?

I've found an offer for T4i or T3i at the same price. Is there any strong reason I should stick with T3i and not upgrade to T4i? I'm asking this because of the obvious success of T3i, which is sort-of ...
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How can I find a camera for long-term time lapse use?

For a oceanographic/atmospheric proof of concept project I need to set up a camera which will take a picture of the water's surface every 5 minutes during the day for up to two years. The pictures ...
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Is there a compact camera that offers secure deletion of pictures?

Does any manufacturer produce a compact camera which has the ability to securely delete pictures from the memory card? Or, failing that, have a format feature which really blanks the card rather than ...
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Is there a slide/negative reader with TV output?

Is there a way to display slides directly on TV? I'm looking for something like Kodak Carousel but digital with TV output.
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D600 vs D700 for a portrait photographer

My wife has been dabbling in semi-pro photography for the last year or so. She has come a long way and feels like she is ready to upgrade to a more serious camera. She mostly does ...
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Reducing my gear list after moving from Canon APS-C to FF

I am going to order the new Canon 6D and therefore, I'll finally be transitioned into the world of FF very soon after using crop since the 400D and 50D. Here's my gear list at the moment that I'm ...
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Thinking about switching from a Nikon d5100 to a canon t4i

I am a novice photographer. I currently have a Nikon D5100, one kit lens, and a 50mm AF-s lens. I am thinking about switching to a canon t4i or maybe a t3i. I have had trouble shooting in manual mode ...
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What Micro-Four Thirds prime lenses produce pleasing bokeh?

What prime lenses can you recommend for producing pleasing bokeh on the Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Panasonic GH2/3? I'm interested in both Panasonic and non-Panasonic lenses (including using ...
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Is the Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm or 20mm pancake better for night shots?

I'm a total noob on photography, and I own a Lumix G2 camera. I accidentally broke the default 14-42mm lens, so I'm thinking of getting either a replacement of that or buying a new (more expensive) ...
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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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Lens and tripod for deep space photography

I'm interested in deep space astro-photography, especially galaxies and nebulae. I wonder what is the best way to obtain a very good quality, at a decent price : A small telescope with a very good ...
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DSLRs with separate controls for aperture and shutter?

I just bought a Nikon D3200 DSLR and I'm going to return it. It's fine if you always want to use in fully automatic mode, but in Manual mode, it's much less convenient. You have to set the shutter ...
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Which canon camera, T3i or T3, will give my 8x10 or larger quality portraits?

I know the T3 is cheaper, but I do want versitality in a camera. My main focus is to take close ups and group photos as well as sports. This is all new to me and I do not want to be disappointed by ...
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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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What equipment should I use for up close shots?

I need some help and if anyone can guide me without making it too complicated I will be very appreciative. Background I have a Nikon D3100 and I am very much interested in close up shots and ...
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What lens for taking photos of artwork with Nikon D800 without distortion?

I'm an artist and I do need to take photos of my paintings with heavy texture. I bought a 50mm f1.8 with my new Nikon D800 and I find some distortion when the painting is big 36"x 60". I used to ...
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What lens should I buy? [closed]

Im going on a Caribbean Cruise this winter and I just recently purchased the Canon Rebel T4i 18MP DSLR Camera Package which come with... Canon Rebel T4i 18MP DSLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II ...