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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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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 ...
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Cameras that can be used in the rain?

What cameras (DLSR & lenses, Mirrorless or P&S) can be used when its raining cats and dogs without any kind of special rainproof accessories to protect them?
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Choosing a cheap lens for an entry-level Canon D-SLR [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Canon Starter Level Lenses I have a huge interest in photography, and my dad plans on buying me a Canon 550D. Which lens is suitable for wildlife, portrait, macro and ...
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Which cameras have built-in HDR?

When taking landscape photos, I often struggle with dynamic range. I have either a burned out skies or landscapes are too dark. Now I'm reading on Wikipedia that some cameras can take 3 pictures with ...
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7D or D700 for hockey?

I hate to be THAT GUY that starts another comparison thread, especially one that may really seem like comparing apples and oranges and has probably already been answered somewhere, but all the ...
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What type of camera is used to photograph marathon finishers?

I've seen these camera setup at the finish lines of road races, where it'll automatically shoot at 1 second intervals to capture photos of all of runners. The camera could be on for 2+ hours so it ...
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How can I transfer images from a DSLR to an iPhone without a computer?

On photo trips, where I do not have a computer with me, I would like to twitter or email some JPEG images I have just taken with my camera. The photos sit on a SD card, and should go to the iPhone for ...
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Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?

Apologies for the long post..Just want to give as much info as possible. I am looking for a suitable camera & lens. Open to suggestions! Initial plan was to buy a Canon 600d. This is a hobby ...
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Can a Canon T3 DSLR be used with my TAMRON AF TELE-MACRO 90-300mm lens?

Can a Canon T3 DSLR be used with my Tamron AF tele-macro 90-300mm lens? I am trying to find a lower cost new camera (less than $500) to use with this lens that I previously used with a film camera. ...
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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 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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Bridge Camera with wide angle lens for estate agent

I own a small estate agency and I am looking to buy a bridge camera or a low spec DSLR up to £300. The widest (35mm equiv) lens I can find on a bridge camera is 22.5mm (from Nikon L810 which gets ...
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Lomography Diana for a novice photographer

When a Lomo Diana F+ is described as 'Lo Fi', what are they really trying to tell me? Fuzzy images? Unreliable shutter speed? Or something else? Would it make any sense to acquire one of these for a ...
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Could I get a lens hood that suits 'all' lenses?

I understand what a lens hood does, and I've read several of the questions about them here on the site, but I am still left wondering whether I could get a lens hood that would work on both the lenses ...
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What telephoto lens should I get for Canon 600D sub £500?

I have a Canon 600D and I am looking to get a second lens to expand upon the 18-55mm lens that came with my camera. I very much like what I've got at the moment, but I always find myself wanting to be ...
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What are factors to look at when going from a entry level DSLR to a higher level?

I am currently using an entry level DSLR (Canon 550D). In the future I am looking to move from my current camera to something more professional. My use would be general use including macro, wildlife, ...
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What battery types are suitable for low temperatures and high altitudes?

I do some high altitude (4-4.5k metres) trekking. At night this can lead to very low temperatures (down to -20oC). My choice of battery type for my camera is lithium ion, or rechargeable lithium ion. ...
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Why do some people prefer 50mm to 35mm prime lenses, even for a crop sensor?

Comparing the two lenses for an APS-C sensor: EF50mm f/1.8 EF35mm f/2 here Leaving out cost as a factor, EF 35mm has the following advantages: 43 degree while 50mm has 31 degree Its equally ...
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What are hidden-gem “bang for the buck” lenses for Nikon?

I'm about to buy a D700 Nikon (no, NOT D800). I have no Nikon equipment at all. I'll initially be retaining my "main" Sony based system while I get the D700 'up to speed'. In time I expect to have to ...
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Picking a new primary zoom lens for D7000

I know this is a bit speculative question, but I believe the answers can be generally useful. At the moment I am using Nikon D7000 with the following lens setup: Nikon 18-55mm as an universal, ...
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Lenses recommended for a beginner filmmaker?

I am a beginner to the DSLR world, and have just purchased a Canon 60D body. I am struggling to make a choice for the first lens(es) I should buy. My primary usage would involve video rather than ...
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Should I buy a adapter ring with or without AF confirm?

I would like to use my grandfather’s Voigtländer Bessamatic lenses (DKL mount) on my Canon EOS 600D. I looked for adapter rings and basically found two different types: Simple ones without any ...
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Tips to buy second lens for Canon 550D

I recently had brought Canon 550D - My first (D)SLR - with the kit lens. I want to buy an additional lens for use both indoors and outdoors, but I'm confused about what type or focal-length I should ...
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What low-cost ultra-wide angle DX lens will autofocus on my Nikon D5000?

I need a wide angle lens for low-light/club photography with my Nikon D5000. I was going to pick up this one, but then I realized that it won't autofocus on my body. What is the closest equivalent ...
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What variable maximizes color in astrophotography?

I'm doing some research in astrophotography before my trip to Yellowstone and I'm most interested in pulling the color of the galaxies. I will be using a Canon 7D. What should I be focusing on in ...
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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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Cheap panoramic setup

I'm looking for a cheap panoramic 360x180 (approx. don't mind the "feet" as long as it's close) setup with decent resolution. I weighed my options and thought up the following: cellphone with ...
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Looking for a true 360 degree camera

I'm looking for a true 360 degree camera, so that's both vertical and horizontal 360 degrees. I've seen some clip-ons for the iPhone, but am really not wanting to by an iPhone 4S for this. What I ...
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Is the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM on a 40d wide enough for aurora borealis photography?

Is the 28mm lens sufficiently wide enough on the 40D to capture reasonable aurora borealis photographs? Given the 1.6 crop factor it seems like it might not be (which would probably mean that I look ...
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Lens recommendations for a D800 [closed]

I recently bought a Nikon D800, and was wondering if you guys could give me lens recommendations to take advantage of its sharpness. I already have a micro 105 and the excellent 16-35. I'm looking for ...
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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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JYC IR Remote Controls ML-N and Nikon D7000

I am searching for a remote control for my Nikon D7000. I've found the JYC IR Remote Controls ML-N, but that site doesn't list the Nikon D7000 as a supported model. I thought that the D90, D5000 and ...
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Recommended filters for sunrise/ocean landscape shot

What filters I can use to shoot a ocean/sunrise landscape shot? I'll be shooting after dawn and I would like to make the water looks clear. Thanks
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What would be a recomended telephoto lens for infrequent use in landscape photography?

I'm in the process of preparing for an upcoming trip and I'm going back and forth between the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM as the telephoto lens to purchase to bring along ...
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Self-photography equipment?

I am going to be travelling on my own in China for a month and I don't want to ask locals to take photos for me. I have heard about this product a long long time ago: ...
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Equipment Recommendation for around $2000

I want to buy my wife a camera as a gift. I would like to get the body and lenses, case and all for about $ 1.5K to $ 2K. I would like to stick with the Canon line if at all possible. My wife has had ...
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Suggestions required for pairing Canon 430EX II with an ideal Yongnuo speedlite (2 light setup)

I have recently got interested in off-camera flash photography and have purchased Canon 430EX II along with Yongnuo rf-603 transceivers. Now I want to extend it with 2 light setup for more creative ...