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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How to choose a gaffer's tape?

After a long time using my flash with rubber bands to hold flash accessories, I decided to try the Gaffer's tape method recommended by many photogs. So, I searched for that on B&H's website and ...
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Where can I buy a camera off the internet? [closed]

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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can the lensbaby achieve a similar effect to a ± 8.5° tilt?

I quite enjoy the ± 8.5° tilt that the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 provides. The cost is quite high at around $2,000USD. It seems that some people use lensbaby lenses for something of a similar effect. What ...
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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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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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How do I decide what strobe wattage to get?

There are a couple of strobe packages on Ebay that I'm looking at. We have a budget, but don't want to have buyers remorse either. The question is between getting three 250W strobes or three 180W ...
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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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What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?

When I say "full size" I mean what I think most people consider a standard tripod: not something like a gorillapod or super-specialized for portability. I want to purchase a serious tripod and I'm ...
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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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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 only) ...
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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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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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Can I get a time-lapse camera for under $150?

I enjoy making time-lapse pictures with my Coolpix s550 and software. However, the shortest interval for the s550 is 30 seconds. I would like to know if there is a camera for under $150 that has ...
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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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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 buy an L Lens for my crop camera before buying a full-frame body?

I currently have a 550D with 18-5mm kit lens + 55-250mm f4-5.6. I would like to start getting better gear to maybe look into opening up my own business. I'm getting different opinions from everyone. ...
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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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What to look for in a flash battery pack?

I have never had one but have seen it on flash stands of other photographers. So my assumption is that it brings more power to faster recycle time to shoot faster with flash. I wanted to buy one but ...
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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 is the best techniques to photograph large rugs?

I am trying to take pictures of small and large rugs. I have Canon 6D with 24-70mm lens. Could you please suggest the best way for mounting the camera to the ceiling, and any other recommendations for ...
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Hot shoe flash units and softboxes for portraits; good beginner setup?

Taking a previous question (Advice for someone just entering the world of off-camera flash?) and breaking it into pieces, as was suggested to me for more effective answering. I'm a student ...
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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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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 higher-...
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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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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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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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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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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 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 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 is a good 360 degree camera? [closed]

I want to buy a new camera for a 360 degree shoot , so can anyone suggest me the good one I have seen that Sony Bloggie camera which has 3D camera and a 360 degree lens too, so does this camera have ...
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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 camera,...
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What are the (dis)advantages of the Canon 600EX-RT compared to the 430EX and 580EX?

I'm considering buying a flash for my Canon DSLR. I noticed the 600EX recently came out. What are the pros and cons of the new 600 flash versus the other two mentioned in the title?
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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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Scuba underwater photography: GoPro vs DSLR + Housing

I own a Canon 650D and above water it takes great photos for my hobbyist needs. I am looking to get into underwater photography (up to 40m) and for that I see my options as either to buy an underwater ...
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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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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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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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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 ...