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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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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 ...
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Canon G11 Lens problems

My wife has a Canon G11 purchased in April 2010. This was purchased through a legitimate B&M store for ~700. It has recently developed a spot on the Lens/sensor (it comes into focus when zoomed ...
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What is the smallest option for a flash that can also bounce?

I have a full size Canon flash, which has a flash head that "can be moved up from 0-90°, left from 0-180° and right from 0-90°". This is a necessity for me in a flash to properly bounce the flash on a ...
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Which camera/lens combination achieves the highest possible image quality for macro?

Doing lots and lots of research I have a hard time time finding the ultimate answer to this question. I would like to shoot macro and products and aim for maximum sharpness and reproduction. Maximum ...
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How can I justify a new camera purchase when I'm not a top photographer?

I am just wondering your thoughts on my dilemma. The other day I was traveling on a train to work. The train ride is about 20mins. I noticed a man drawing/sketching. He is a construction worker, ...
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Would this Sigma 70-210mm f/4-f/5.6 be good for starting sport photography?

I'm starting out in photography and told to buy cannon 7D & lense 70-200 f/2.8. It's for equine photography (outdors, long distance shots etc). I've been looking on ebay and came accros this - ...
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What camera do I need for equine / sport photography?

I'm a complete beginner - the only type of camera I've ever had is a cheap £100 digital camera! But I'm really interested in photography and I am thinking of starting a career in it. I don't want to ...
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What is the best strobe kit/brand for high speed photography?

I will be planning on doing some more indoor studio shots of motion/fast speed photography and curious on what would be your choice for this kind of project? I am familiar with Bowens, Elinchrom, ...
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Is there a tulip-flower lens hood that will work with the Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 D?

I'm looking for a Tulip Flower Lens Hood for Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 D? I know that Nikon HB-1 and HB-15 hood work on this lens. But do you know any Nikon or third party Tulip Flower Hood?
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As a beginner, which do I need to focus on more, camera body or lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When buying entry level cameras, are lenses really more important than the body? Is lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies? I am planning to get a DSLR, ...
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How to choose an easy-to-use camera that performs good in low-light?

I need a camera that deals with low light situations, various people using the camera and some who move it. I need a camera that has the ability to forgive many nonprofessional photographing ...
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Help me choose: Olympus OM-D EM-5, Fujy X-Pro1, Sony Nex 7, or?

I'm a owner of a Sony A700 with some good lenses and a Sony NEX5 with the kit lens but I'm not happy. The A700 is too big and heavy, and the lenses too, and I can't stand the lack of an OVF/EVF on ...
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Student wanting to buy first DLSR [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? I've used a variety of point and shoot cameras for the last 4+ years and now want to buy my first (entry-level) ...
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Learning path for better lighting and composition [closed]

I have been a hobbyist photographer with my 5 year old Nikon D40 (18-55mm) until now. I do get occasional good shots, but most of them are not satisfying in terms of good lighting and composition. I ...
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With so many white balance tools on the market, which of them (if any) are recommended?

Is the white balance card enough or would one of these work better? I know there are sometimes certain objects in the environment that I can calibrate against, but I often get worse or unpredictable ...
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Where can I find viewfinder adaptions for the Fujifilm HS series?

For model series S/HS, in particular HS25, HS30, ... That Fujifilm's viewfinder seems designed (misdesigned) only for persons with very wide set eyes (or with very non-prominent noses and nose ...
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What lenses can I mount on Canon that will give me a different, exotic look for portrait photography?

I was usually working with Canon lenses (the 85mm f/1.2, 8-15mm, 16-35mm), but recently, I've got myself the Zeiss 100mm f/2, and it blew me away. I never thought it possible, but it, while making ...
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Starting out professionally in families/kids/events photography in mostly natural setting vs studio

I am starting out and would appreciate advice on what lenses are ideal for families/kids/events in mostly natural settings with some indoor for events and such. The plan is to purchase a Canon 7D ...
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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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Rain Cover for the Case Logic SLRC-206?

I am on the outlook for a camera bag. I found the Case Logic SLRC-206. It seems very good for my intended use: Holds a 15" laptop Medium Size: Good for some lenses and misc stuff (Filters ect.) not ...
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Tamron 18-200 lens

I am looking for a budget telephoto lens. The Canon 55-250 and Tamron 18-200 are both within my budget. I am slightly inclined towards getting the 18-200 because of the range it has. I looked up for ...
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How to choose a f/1.4 lens for a DSLR?

I would like to shoot wide open with an f/1.4 lens. I have an Olympus e-510 with two kit lenses and I have been using them for three years. I have no prejudice (negative or positive) to any DSLR ...
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Arca Swiss compatibility questions

I'm looking to upgrade my ballhead to a full-size model. My current Manfrotto 496RC2 takes too much torque to lock down with any heavy lens at an angle, and too much droop that I have to compensate ...
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Are there any pinhole “lenses” available from lens manufacturers?

I know that it is possible to make your own pinhole, but do lens manufacturer's make pinhole "lenses" that include aperture data, etc? If so, who makes them?
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Canon Zoom lenses: 18-135 STM vs 18-200 vs. 17-85

In my quest to buy a new camera, My local store has three bundles, that each comes with one of the three lenses mentioned in the title. I'm having a hard time deciding between the three as they all ...
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Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens vs Canon 17-40mm 4.0 lens

How is the quality of the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens? Specifically, is it comparable to the Canon 17-40mm lens, in the following measurements. Overall quality (Blur, aberrations, etc) Parallel lines ...
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How to photograph a bathroom for a commercial client

I have been asked to do a commercial shoot which will involve shooting interiors with a lot of tiled surfaces (bathrooms, receptions, leisure centres). I will be on my own without the aid of an ...
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Arca Swiss compatible quick release plate with a lever

I am looking for a quick release plate to add to my existing tripod head, which is Arca Swiss compatible and has a lever. Its important to me that the camera locks the once inserted. Tightening the ...
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Will the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 give better auto-focus results than the 50mm f/1.8?

I'm currently shooting with a Canon EF 1.8 50mm. I like this lens — it's pretty sharp and the shallow depth-of-field at F1.8 is great. But I always face a problem using auto-focus: almost every shot ...
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Sigma 70 - 210 auto focus lens Compatability with Nikon DSLR

I'm having a problem deciding on a course of action to replace my Nikon F401X. I only have a Sigma 70-210 1:4-5.6 lens in the mix. My dilemma is this: I am considering buying a Fujifilm Finepix ...
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Nikon 50mm FX as general-purpose lens on DX?

I have a Nikon D5100 with the excellent 35mm 1.8 (DX) prime lens and am now looking at the 50mm 1.4 (FX). This is (according to my research) a 75mm equivalent on a DX body. Does anyone else have ...