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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 take a picture at the same time everyday?

I am currently wanting to design a system that I could leave outside permanently, and have it take a photo(or series) at the same time of the day, for a year, and then compile those into a single ...
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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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Better to buy an older high-level camera or newer entry-level camera?

What are the pros and cons of buying an older higher-level camera if the price is about the same as a new entry-level one?
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What is a good focal length for street photography?

With a long lens you don´t disturb people but you are left "out of the scene", while with a short focal lens you are "inside the scene" but you may disturb people. What is a better alternative for ...
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What lens do I need to take a decent picture of a graduation ceremony from football-field seating?

What Canon lens do I need to capture a decent picture of a graduate on a football field? I could end up being at the other end of the field in the seating.
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What is the better material choice for a gorillapod? Metal or plastic?

Lagging the ability to bring my "real" tripod to a short holiday trip I often found myself in the situation where I wanted to use a gorillapod (that is a short tripod with flexible legs), instead of ...
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What's the best equipment to use for off-camera fill-flash on location?

I want to be able to use off-camera fill in flash, but I'm not sure if my equipment is up to scratch. I have a Canon 550D camera and 430EX (MkI) speedlite. I can use E-TTL when the speedlight is ...
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What needs to be considered when purchasing an enlarger?

In film photography (and interestingly enough you can do this with digital) if you want to make a print by hand you'll need an enlarger. What are some things that should be considered, especially ...
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What type of camera do I need to take reasonable photos across a swimming pool?

What type of camera do I need to take reasonable photos across a swimming pool? The distance that seems to be the problem as at competitions spectators are confined to the balcony... not surprising ...
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GoPro 4 or Canon for photos of northern lights?

I've heard it's not possible to take a picture of the northern lights with a GoPro. Is it possible to do it with a GoPro 4, since you can take pictures in the dark? I'll visit Iceland soon, so I'd ...
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What full-size tripods are shortest when folded? [closed]

I don't ever bring my old tripod with me, not because it's too heavy, but because it doesn't fit into my bag... So: are there any full-size tripods that fold down to, say, 35cm or less? (Extra ...
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Tablet for use with Lightroom 5 [closed]

Any suggestions for a graphic tablet (PC compatible) for a novice user?
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Pros and cons of cheap studio strobes vs. hotshoe/speedlight flash for portraits?

Not so long ago, AC-powered studio lights were the only option for serious studio photography, and low-cost starter sets like this Two Monolight Portrait Studio Kit¹ were a fixture in every ...
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What tele-extender can I use with a Tamron 18-270mm lens on a Canon Rebel?

have a Canon EOS Rebel XSI and have a Tamron 18-270mm lens for it. Do you know what extender is compatible with this arrangement? I purchased a Canon Extender EF 2X III but it does not fit the lens.
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Wide Angle Lens recommendation for canon 70D (cropped sensor camera) [closed]

I am interested in landscape and have a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens but finding it does not capture enough and would like to purchase a Wide Angle lens. I am find ing the prices for the Canons too much ...
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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 ...
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Is it worth buying a 5D Mark I or an EOS 1Ds II today?

I've been taking photographs for a while, and have started to think about moving to full-frame. I'm on a very limited budget, but I currently have a good macro lens and am quite willing to buy ...
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How do modern or recent film SLRs compare to vintage models?

Growing up in the digital age, I have never used a film camera. I have recently started considering adding a film SLR. $5k Leicas aside, are there any new film SLRs out now that are worth over an ...
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Recommendations for Wireless Flash Triggers?

Currently my AB800's have a built-in optical trigger, but still requires a flash to trigger them. I'd like to move to an all wireless setup. I also have the canon ST-E2 to pair with my Sigma 500 DG ...
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What are the benefits or disadvantages of a prime wide-angle lens for landscape photography?

I have a Nikon D7000 and currently use a 50mm prime lens for most of my photography. I love using a prime/fixed lens but I am considering the addition of a wide-angle lens for landscape photography. ...
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What underwater strap keeps my equipment safe and usable?

I have heard of a few options, such as a "float strap"(example), the rubber strap that comes with 35mm disposable cameras(example), and a wrist mount(example). I have heard of these, but have no ...
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Is there a teleconverter to go between Sony Alpha A77 D and Tamron 70-200 f2.8 (with Sony mount)?

I'm struggling to figure out whether there's a teleconverter (available in the UK now) that will go between a Sony Alpha A77 and a Tamron lens. There seems to be some recommendations I could find, but ...
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What should I look for in a wireless flash trigger for a home studio?

I'm an amateur photographer looking for a wireless flash trigger. My gear is Canon 70D with Speedlight 380ex. My question is: what should I look for in a flash trigger? How important is the trigger ...
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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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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

First post on here so I'll try and put a bit of background. I'm brand new to taking "proper" photographs and want to get started in landscape photography as a hobby after seeing some great pictures ...
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Can I use an off-camera Canon 90 EX to trigger a Canon 430 EX II?

Following on the heels of this question, I'm hoping that somebody can help me. If used with a transmitter/receiver, will the Canon 90 EX speedlite still serve as a master unit and fire a 430 EX II ...
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Advice for someone just entering the world of off-camera flash? [closed]

I'm a student photographer (primarily landscape with some portrait experience) looking to get into more serious portrait work; and, more specifically, off camera flash. Hoping this is the right place ...
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Is it more cost-effective to build a home studio piecemeal or buy a lighting kit?

I am transforming a basement room into a photo studio. I will be doing people portraits and using backdrops. I plan on trying many different shots... from high key to low light bodyscapes. From what ...
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Would it be better to use hotshoe flashes or studio lights for a product shoot?

I need to make some shots of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super-professional pictures but I want something reasonably good, better than ...
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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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What is the “best” photography tripod for taking panorama pictures?

I would like to buy a photography tripod with great stability and sturdiness to gain "perfect" precision as I will be using it to take panoramic pictures to do VR Tours. I need one that reach 150cm ...
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What should I look for in a wide angle lens? [duplicate]

I'm pretty new to photography .. would appreciate if anyone could advise me a little on comparing wide angle lenses. For example, I'm looking at the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM and Canon EF 14mm ...
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Is an 18-200mm lens sufficient for an Alaska trip? [closed]

I am an amateur photography enthusiast, mostly for vacation shots. I have a Nikon D80 body and the 18-200mm lens which I use as my "walking around" lens. I have a trip to Alaska coming up this ...
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Can screw-on macro lenses produce decent results?

I was browsing Amazon looking at a few items and came across this: 4-piece Close-Up Macro Lens Kit - Included are +1, +2, +4 and +10 Close- Up Lenses. High-Quality lenses are diopters for ...
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What equipment/ Which settings required for a 400 person group photo? [duplicate]

I received a request to work at a corporate party with a special request for a group photo of +- 400 people. So far the largest I've had was aprox. 35 people. I work with a Canon Eos 550 and a 35mm ...
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Camera for high volume automated shooting of product pictures

For an automated photo studio I'm going to need a camera with a image quality that is comparable to better compact cameras, especially regarding color accuracy. Setting a custom white balance will be ...
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Should I buy a compact, SLR, or DSLR camera? [closed]

I am a StackOverflow user and new to this forum. So, I'm sorry if I'm asking unrelated, ultra amateur question :) OK, my only camera at the moment is my iPhone4's! And I don't think seriously of the ...
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How do I get a decent zoom lens for my Micro 4/3 camera?

I recently bought my first “real” camera, an older Lumix GF-1 with a pancake 14mm/2.5 lens. (I love it, here’s some samples.) I wanted to try a zoom lens, so I bought a second-hand 14–42/3.5–5.6. ...
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What to look for in a starter-level off-camera flash?

I have zero experience with flash and want to learn how to use it from zero, for example by following the Strobist blog. What are the absolutely necessary specifications I should look for when ...
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If I have an 85mm lens for portraits, is a 50mm useful as well?

I recently got my Canon EF 85mm f1.8, after lot of thought over if I should buy Canon EF 85mm f1.8 or Canon EF 50mm f1.4, I decided on 85mm so that I can shoot portraits of people even from a ...
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Best Neck Strap [closed]

Just picked up a new Fujifilm X-T1 which I can't wait to play with - but as with cameras I've had in the past the included neck strap is pretty cheap and uncomfortable. So for the first time I'm ...
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What camera can I use as a high-resolution macro video recorder? [closed]

I'm looking for a consumer camera (or "pro"...as opposed to an industrial camera) to use in a computer vision/animal tracking experiment. Basically I want images with as high of a resolution as ...
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Will two lights plus octaboxes be a good starter setup for portrait photography, or can I get away with one umbrella?

I want to step into studio lightning for portraits and I'm searching for a good setup. Is it a good option to buy two flashes and octa-boxes (one from left and one from the right) or should one ...
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Should I upgrade my body or lens first?

I have an entry-level Nikon DSLR, and I cant decide if I should upgrade my camera body or upgrade from a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm to whatever else might be recommended?
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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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Very small quick-release?

I'm thinking of a way to easily swap out a cellphone clamp and a Joby gorillapod. The tinyest gorillapod has a quick release built in, with the removable end mounting on a 1/4-inch screw. The other ...
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ND filters set Recommendation for Lee/Cokin Z-Pro Holder

I currently own the Cokin Z-Pro filter holder (and 77mm adapter) and a Singh Ray Grad Reverse ND filter (100x150mm). The big disadvantage of the Cokin holder is that I cannot use the first slot with ...
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Choosing between Lenses Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II vs Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

I am considering between these 2 telephoto lenses but I cannot make up my mind on which one to buy. I have read a lot about the pro's and con's of both these lenses.. For example 70-200 f2.8 IS II ...
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What kind of camera bag would I look for to allow fast lens swaps?

I might get a chance to go to some fun events to take pictures soon, and I'd rent a lens or two to take with me (as this doesn't happen enough to justify buying a decent wide angle). However, this is ...
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Fotopro monopod tilt head — available in the USA?

When I was looking for a head for my new monopod, I came across the Fotopro RH-10, which besides be gorgeous is exactly what I want: ultra light weight with only tilt needed, arca-swiss plate. ...