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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 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 ...
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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? [closed]

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 [on hold]

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? [closed]

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 ...