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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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dSLR holster on a belt OK?

I'm planning to use a modular belt system on vacation and outings. Last weekend I tried putting a lens changer and flash on my left side and kept the camea on a Backrapid strap hanging on my right. I ...
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Mom-friendly digital camera with easy settings and batteries [on hold]

I am looking for a digital camera for my mom who is not so good with devices. Using AA/AAA batteries is an absolute requirement, but the camera shouldn't be too bulky or heavy. Me and my mom find ...
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What gear for environmental/lifestyle portraits for website

I'm looking for gear recommendations to shoot environmental/lifestyle portraits for promotional/travel photography purposes on a 2 week trip to the wilderness. For most of the time I will be ...
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Canon 700d with stock lens or cheaper model with better lens? [duplicate]

I'm torn between getting a 700d kit as it is or a cheaper model (ie. 1200d) with a better lens. Mainly plan on using it for short films. Opinions?
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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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When buying entry level cameras, are lenses really more important than the body?

Original Question: Is there a D5100 alternative I was considering my first DSLR Nikon D3000, then saw D3100 and was fixed on it, then saw D5100 and I though yes,this is the one to go for. While ...
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Nature photography [on hold]

I am a photography. My gear is Nikon D3200 with kit lenses AF-S 18-55 VR, AF-S 55-200 VR and AF-S 35mm f1.4G. Which lens should I purchase first For Nature Photograhy - Tokina 12-28mm f/4 or to Nikon ...
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How do I get started in Astrophotography?

I have a Canon 20D. I'd love to take some photos of the moon and stars. How do I get started? I've search the web and the information is sparse and cryptic. I'd like to know what equipment is the ...
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What camera feature to look for to capture moving subjects clearly?

I'm a beginner to photography. I want take pictures of moving objects clearly. Which feature should I look for while buying a camera? What setting is needed to click blur moving object and also ...
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Budget 2X teleconverter that would go with Tamron 70-300mm VC USD and Canon 70D? [closed]

Can anyone suggest a quality/affordable 2x teleconverter that would go with the Canon 70D and the Tamron 70-300mm lens. Thank you.
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Can a Canon 430 EX II trigger a Yongnuo flash?

So I got a Canon 430EXII and I need a second flash, preferably a cheap one so I might resort to getting a Yongnuo. Now I'm just wondering if the 430EXII can trigger a Yongnuo flash considering it's a ...
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What options are there for a camera that's smaller than a full DSLR, but not a point-and-shoot?

I've been wanting to start taking photos for a while so I am looking to get a camera. I don't want to get any kind of Point-And-Shoot. I was awaiting the coming of the Fuji X100 as I travel very very ...
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Nikon F-mount lens adapters for Sony E-mount with fewest compromises

I presently use a Nikon D600, which is an fx body. As you can imagine I have plenty of F-mount fx glass laying around. I am looking at getting a Sony mirrorless as a portable second body for when a ...
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360 Virtual Tour setup: compact VS full setup?

I have 2 camera bodies: Nikon D610 Sony NEX-5R I have these lenses (which I can fit on both cameras with a NEX adapter): Opteka (Rokinon/Samyang) 6.5mm f3.5 Fisheye Sigma 12-24 (Mark I) I ...
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Is it still possible to purchase 220 and 10×8 sheet film?

Is it still possible to purchase 220 and 10×8 sheet film? I am retired. previously owned three pro. Photography studios looking to get back into work again. Need help locating materials.
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Small remote controlled cameras?

Not sure if this is a good place to ask - I will be moving into a tiny house next summer. As part of the experience, I would like to try to document daily life as candidly as possible. The plan is ...
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How far away can I be and still get a sharp subject with a 100mm lens?

If I have a 100mm lens, how far away can I shoot the subject? If I am shooting basketball, how far can I shoot the subject and still get a sharp picture?
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70-300 vs 55-200 for a Nikon D3200

I own a Nikon 18-55 VR and a v 55-200 (no VR). I love zooming as much as I can, but I have a very limited budget. I am not a professional, so I am learning through experimenting with my camera. An ...
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What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?

I just saw a Leica M9 priced at 6995 USD, and a Leica M8 at 6295 USD. This is similar to the price for a high-end Nikon D3X or a Canon 1D Mark IV. So, I am trying to compare the specs, but can't get ...
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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different solutions for camera stabilization when tripods and monopods aren't allowed?

I have a Canon 1Ds Mark II with various lenses but none of them are very heavy. I usually shoot in indoors where tripods / monopods (church, weddings etc.) are not allowed. There are enough chairs, ...
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What are the types of camera supports, and when to use which?

What are the types of pods and which pod is suitable for which situation? Is there a camera holder which can be curled around the shoulders and neck? What are the pros and cons of them all?
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What are the alternatives to Smoothie, Merlin and Glidecam for point and shoot cameras?

I would like recommendations for camera stabilizer systems for compact cameras. That is, those with a gimbal and weights for cameras way below a kilo. Unfortunately it is illogical that the camera ...
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Will JYC IR Remote Controls ML-N work with a 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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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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How can I tell which compact super-zoom camera is better for me? [closed]

I am planning to buy a compact super zoom camera and am not able to decide between Sony DSC HX9V and Nikon Coolpix S9100. Both have comparable specs and I am not proficient enough to tell which one is ...
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Do super-super-lightweight tripods exist?

Are there are any "ultra-portable" tripods out there? I'd like to find one for backpacking that weighs 500 grams or less, but none seem to exist... there are tabletop tripods that weigh considerably ...
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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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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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Is it possible to tether a Panasonic Lumix G3 with Lightroom or a tablet?

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3. I purchased it because it was rated the best for non-flash, low light photography, which is mostly what I do at libraries, historical societies, etc. I saw someone ...
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What can tall photographers do about tripod height?

I'm in the market for my first tripod, and have noticed that they generally top out around 175cm(5'8") tall. I'm 200cm(6'6") tall, and while there aren't many people taller than me, there are some. ...
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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 is good protection for outside timelapse? (During rain/thunderstorm)

I've wanted to do some more timelapse shooting with my 60D, and be able to leave it running all day. My biggest issue here is now the weather with pop-up thunderstorms and heavy rains possible. Is ...
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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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Camera recommendation for shot from 25 ft on building?

I need a camera that can be controlled by a computer. I have to take shot of some irregular steel plates that have corners marked with paint. What is important is that I get a good quality picture to ...
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Which prime lens for Pentax?

My girlfriend is buying a Pentax K-5 (I already have a Pentax DSLR so we thought it made sense for us to be able to share lenses), and she's not sure about which lens to get with it, so I've been ...
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Best auto-feed photo and/or negative scanner?

My father recently passed away and left us with grocery bags, buckets, and 55-gallon drums full of photographs and negatives. I'm guessing there are easily over 100,000 photos and 100,000 negatives. ...
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Photo of an experiment

I have an experiment with the specimen 100m long and 3m wide. I would like to capture the the image of entire specimen (from top) for fixed time intervals to analyze the behavior with time using some ...
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Reverse ring sizes

I recently ordered a reverse ring and turn out i ordered a wrong one. My camera is 7100 but i ordered D700 from ebay, i bet it won't be exchange but can i order something else to put it on my lens, so ...
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Photographing Older Documents

I'm doing a project with a historical group. They have a nice collection of diaries, and want to digitize them, but haven't found anyone interested in doing it, even if they pay them. Some of the ...
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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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How is the quality of the Sigma 18-300 DC Macro lens?

I'm considering the less expensive Sigma 18-300 DC Macro lens vs. the (way) more expensive Nikkor 18-300. Would I be losing the gains by buying a 24 MP Nikon 3200 if I went with the Sigma?
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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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Which radio triggers can I use with a Yongnuo 565EX flash and a Nikon D610?

I just bought a Yongnuo YN-565EX Flashlight for my Nikon D610. Later I realized that it doesn't have any radio trigger. I want to use it as an off-camera flash and from what I understand, I would ...
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Mid/high-end mirrorless cameras with documented control protocol that can connect to existing wifi networks?

I'm searching for a mid to high-end mirrorless camera that can connect to an existing WiFi network and has a publicly documented control protocol. Note that such information is hard to find, because ...
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What should I look for in a camera/tripod for photographing microfilm machines and books/documents?

I am a graduate student studying history, and I am in the market for a new digital camera for the purpose of photographic images off of microfilm machines, and also old books and documents that I find ...
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I'm a beginner photographer and I want to buy a new camera, can anyone give me some suggestions on what to look for? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon Coolpix L810 (which I know is a very basic camera, but hey, I was just starting out and didn't want anything too complicated.) Now I feel like this camera just isn't doing it for me. I ...
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Best all-around ~$600 standard zoom lens for Canon? [closed]

I have a Rebel T2i, I was wondering what standard zoom lens is the best around $600. I'm mainly shooting landscapes / cities / peoples. I've done some research and came up with 17-50, 18-55 from ...
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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 ...