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Is a multishot self-timer mode available on mid-range cameras?

I'm looking for a digital camera that has multiple shot self-timer mode. Is this feature available on mid-range cameras or is just high-end ones?
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Colorado Lens Suggestion [on hold]

Any suggestions for the best lens to shoot with in the mountains for someone who's hiking with a camera. I don't want anything too big. Only been taking pictures for 3 years and just sold my S1 so I'm ...
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What do I need to make my own camera stand with a 40" horizontal arm?

I need a stand with a variable height (max 7 ft. tall) and a >40" horizontal lateral arm. the center column doesn't have to move, it can be secured to the ground. I should be able to move the ...
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Setup for macro photos of flat surface with macro lens and led ring

I need to take photographs of a close flat surface with controlled lighting. I have an idea to do this, which is to use a dslr with a macro lens. Use a LED ring (which I see are usually used for ...
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Most effective directed speedlight diffusers?

Since I have a wireless flash I figured I may as well get a tripod adapter and some sort of diffuser so I can supplement strobes, and especially use it off-camera at locations I wouldn't haul ...
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What equipment is required for a home studio?

I'd like to convert a room downstairs into a home studio to do mostly portrait/fashion/pet photography. I have a few strobes, softboxes, and stands, but that's it. What are the bare basics needed to ...
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What tips and advice do you have for photographing the Aurora Borealis?

A friend has been kind enough to lend me a DSLR for a few months. It's my first foray into DSLR photography, or indeed any kind of photography beyond simply aiming my Canon IXUS at something and ...
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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 flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1?

What vintage/modern flashes are compatible with the Canon A-1? I'm going away for vacation and I need something other than a tripod for low-light situations.
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Are equipment reviews from websites like kenrockwell.com and bythom.com reliable?

I know that nothing helps more when buying a lens to actually test it out yourself, but getting more than one perspective is helpful. Kenrockwell.com is a website that I run into a lot when trying to ...
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What are alternatives to a tripod when I can't take one along?

Due to weight restrictions I cannot take my tripod on my next foreign trip. What are the alternatives?
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Flash gun vs Studio light for product shoot

I need to make some shoot of headwear for a website. Pictures are basically something put on the dummy head. I don't need super professional pictures but I wan't something reasonnably good, better ...
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Are there reasons beyond weight and price to choose the Olympus 40-150mm over the 14-150mm?

I'm curious whether there is any advantage in buying the 40-150 vs. the 14-150 lens. Both are f/4.0-5.6 and quality seems to be the same. Is there any reason except weight and price for which one ...
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build a home studio piecmeal or lighting kit?

I am creating 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 body scrapes. from what i ...
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Is it okay for a new camera to have a date of import almost two years ago?

I just bought a Canon EOS M mirrorless camera but the date of import is December 2012, nearly 18 months ago. Should that be a problem?
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Wise to switch from Sony to Canon considering I have a decent amount of lenses? [closed]

I've been trying to decide on this for a while now and I need to decide before tomorrow because of a great deal which ends by then. Current situation: I'm currently shooting with a Sony a580 and the ...
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Which piece of equipment is holding me back?

I am primarily an amateur photographer but I do take small jobs from time to time. I'm looking to upgrade my equipment but I'm not sure if I should be spending money on my body, glass, or both. I ...
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Should I replace the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with a 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4?

So I'm about to buy my first DSLR (definitely a Canon, probably the 700D) and my original plan was to buy the one with the included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. At the same time I was thinking about ...
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Will filters help me get better colors in my digital photographs of my paintings?

Will filters help me get more accurate color when photographing my paintings? I have problems especially with reds and especially if there are no strong contrasting colors in a red painting.
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What to look for in a Vacation Camera? [closed]

I'm hoping to get some guidance on what type of camera I should purchase to use only on vacations and occasional family gatherings. I've read plenty of reviews and articles on different types of ...
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What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR?

I am thinking of buying a digital SLR camera. What things should I be looking for?
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What camera features do I look for if I want to shoot miniatures? [closed]

I want to buy a camera for taking pictures of small models. I have been looking at the Fujifilm Finepix HS25 EXR and Canon Powershot SX510 HS, however I don't know which one will be better for my ...
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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 camera should I buy for a Photography College student?

My younger sister is going to college to study photography, and I want to surprise her with a camera this holidays. I'm no camera expert (but I've been doing my research). Should I go lower-entry ...
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Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately?

I am planning to buy a DSLR soon. Before I zero in on the model, I want to know whether it is advisable to buy a kit (body + 18-55 lens) or not? OR should I go for the camera-body and the lens ...
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Should I buy filters or step down adapters for multiple lenses? [duplicate]

Following my question about doing B/W, I ended up buying a Nikon N80 with a third party lens (28-90mm, 55mm diameter). I also have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E lens, which is 52mm. From what I ...
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Is it worth buying a battery grip for my camera?

Recently I heard that a battery grip can enhance the feel of the camera in my hands especially if it's an entry DSLR, and besides, some people claim that it enhances the stability of the camera if you ...
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How do I choose which low-cost fisheye lens is right for me?

Background: I'm an amateur photographer who wants to start taking pictures with a fisheye lens, my gear is a Nikon DX D5100. I would like to buy a fisheye lens, I know the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF ...
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Would a Panasonic G3 be able to handle low-light conditions on a South African safari?

I'm going on safari in South Africa and wondering if a micro 4/3 camera will be able to handle the low light conditions (since safaris are at dawn and dusk). Specifically, I'm looking at the ...
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Sturdy tripod on a budget [duplicate]

One of my favourite types of photography is long exposure photography. I use a nikon D3100 with the kit lens. Unfortunately being the beginner I was, I decided to buy a cheap tripod from Ebay...I am ...
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Should I go digital or analog for B/W on a budget?

I would like to try out photography in Black and White, specifically because it just has an awesome contrast and makes the motive "pop" in a certain way that color just detracts from (or maybe I have ...
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Moon photography [duplicate]

Hi I am a photography hoobyist. At the moment I am using a Nikon D3100 with the standard kit lens (18-55mm). I am interested in taking photos of the moon. I am debating whether to buy a 55-200mm lens ...
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Are there non-floating underwater neck straps for underwater digital cameras?

About 6 years ago I bought the Canon AKT-DC1 kit for my Canon D10. The underwater straps were fantastic. It had shoulder and neck straps that allowed you to swim rigorously with the camera in a way ...
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Is there any significant difference between Nikon and Canon?

I'm considering purchasing a DSLR for the first time here in the next couple of months. The two "big boys" seem to be Canon and Nikon. I've looked at both companies, and I can't really see significant ...
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What qualities are important in a camera for studio portraiture?

I'm 16 and going to be going to college to get my photography degree. I'm working on starting a photography business. The type of photography I'm interested in doing is mainly studio; portraits of ...
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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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How to do jewellery photography with a telephoto lens?

A local jeweller has a Canon EOS 550D with a telephoto lens model 'Canon EF 75-300mm (f/4-56 III USM)' which she's using to photograph her work for sale. The lens will zoom enough to get large ...
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Are there disadvantages to an adapted Canon EF-S zoom vs Sony SEL 18-200 lens for my Sony Nex?

I want to buy a universal zoom lens 18-200 (maybe 18-135) for my Sony Nex. At Sony I found only Sony SEL 18200 lens that is expensive. There are adapters Canon EF-S to Sony E-mount (with providing ...
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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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Macro lens for Olympus E-3

I am thinking of getting a macro lens. Technically, it seems, I already have one, a Sigma DC 18-50mm, but it doesn't feel like it when I try to take close ups. I have an Olympus E-3, Olympus ...
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Purchasing a6000: but what lens to buy? [closed]

I'm not a professional by any means but I currently own a Rebel t3 but looking to get a good camera that's much smaller as we often times leave the Rebel behind since it is so large. I think I've ...
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What features should one look for when selecting a flash?

I have been thinking of getting a flash to improve my low light photography (particularly indoors). However, there seem to be a number of different models available at similar price points (budget of ...
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Switch from T3i to Fuji X20? [duplicate]

I've had a Canon T3i for about a year now, getting it as an upgrade to a small Canon point-and-shoot. I mainly got the T3i for the additional shooting setting controls and the ability to change ...
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Which DSLR camera to choose for semi-pro use? [closed]

I want to buy a DSLR for casual photography and sometimes professional use. Professional use would include shooting architecture (working with wide angle lenses) and events (low-light conditions). ...
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Is it better to upgrade Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens to the 18-200mm, or complement with 55-250mm?

I currently have the Canon EOS 550D with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. I am primarily looking for greater telephoto reach, as I have found the 55mm length to be quite limiting at times. So, I was ...
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What Canon film SLR with EF/EF-S lens support should I get?

I've been thinking about trying my hand at film photography recently, mostly to try and improve my skills so I'm using all the knowledge but on a more instinctive basis rather than shoot review, but ...
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Nikkor 18-55 Lens Hood help

I am going to buy a lens hood for my AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR...I searched and i found out that the best lens hood is the HB-45 Lens Hood... (link here) However i also found a newest ...
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Are there any official flash extenders for macro work?

I'm regularly doing macro work using a Nikon D800, typically with its internal flash, and when possibly using the SB700 speedlight. In both cases, the flash is directly head-on, which has several ...
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New head for Bogen tripod

I have a Manfrotto/Bogen tripod model 3221 with a model 3055 head. I don't like the head. It is difficult to finely adjust the position. Can I replace this with something else? Something that has ...
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Where is the Canon DSLR second-hand sweetspot?

I currently have an EOS 3000V. It was my first SLR and I thought that the romance of film would outweigh the impracticalities. It's served me well for a couple of years, but I'd really like to step ...