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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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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III remote for consumers without a smart phone?

I am considering purchasing the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III as a replacement for my Canon G3 and I am concerned that the lack of an IR remote will be a deal breaker for me. The literature I can ...
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What to gain from using a Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G instead of a AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G

After debating the old age 50mm vs 35mm, I have opted to go for a 35mm. I have a Nikon D3200 with a Yongnuo Flash, and just acquired a Nikon SB-600. I shoot two things: clubs/nightlife and weddings ...
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Single remote trigger for fifty cameras

I want to assemble several cameras, triggered by a single remote. Is this possible? The trigger doesn't have to be wireless, because the cameras will be very near to each other. The cameras need to be ...
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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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How good is Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens

Planning to buy this lens for my D-90, but not sure how good it is, though i have narrow down my search based on budget constraint. But i have read that it has given good results for wildlife ...
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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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Is Nikon D3200 optimal for my situation? [duplicate]

I am considering buying my first DLSR and found the D3200. It appeals to me because of the high MP count, 1080p video shooting and low price. It also seems to do very well on this site: ...
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Point and shoot/compact camera that seamlessly posts to Facebook [closed]

I'm asking for a friend who is interested in having a compact camera to carry with him that can post to his various social media accounts. Does anyone know which cameras can do that rather seamlessly? ...
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Which of these lenses should I get for low light conditions?

I'm on a $500 budget and I'm thinking of getting one of these two lenses for low light conditions (e.g. small venue concerts): Sigma 28mm f/1.8 EX DG DF Macro Canon-ef 50mm f/1.4 USM I think I ...
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What should I look for in lenses for long range and close up animal and natural shots?

I am looking at trying to buy a long range lens for shooting animals and nature. I'm kinda new to photography and am not sure which brand or size I should be looking for. What features are important ...
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How can I fire a single canon 430ex flash remotely from a Canon 6D camera?

I don't ever use flash but I would like to start learning about portraits and lighting. I have a mainly unused Canon 430ex which I would like to use off camera with a softbox or bouncing of an ...
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what qualities should I be looking for in a long range lens [duplicate]

I am trying to get a long range lens for taking pictures of animals. I have read many questions and realize I need at least a 300 mm and I know they all depend on price...I'm not to go crazy with ...
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Which is the best version of Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 mount lens

I'm looking to buy a Helios 44 series 58mm f/2 M42 lens for my Nikon D600 and will be mounting it using an M42 to F-mount adapter. I'm primarily buying this lens for portraits due to the interesting ...
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What would be a DSLR to use for combination outdoor photography and astrophotography? [closed]

I'm looking to start - finally, getting into photography again. I used to have a Pentax 1000 years ago that I used for B&W pics. Now, I want to get into both outdoor photography and ...
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Where can I buy a camera off the internet? [closed]

Can you list some of the trusted websites for buying cameras and lenses that deliver inside USA? I am looking to buy a camera, and have heard that you can get some very good package deals (camera + ...
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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 test it out yourself, but getting more than one perspective is also helpful. In particular, I run into Kenrockwell.com a lot when trying to get ...
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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 to do to replace an aging Four Thirds DSLR?

I currently own an Olympus E-510. I like this camera because It has a large rubber grip and is decently heavy Most of the controls have physical buttons/switches associated with them, as opposed to ...
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Using Rokinon 14mm or Tamaron 17-50mm as a general purpose lens (APS-C)?

I dropped my Sigma 18-250mm in the river and now looking for ways to replace it. I am using T4i, and have, Canon 50mm f/1.8 Canon 75-300 (Garbage w/o IS :/) I use the camera mainly on my trips to ...
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Is waist level photography with a digital camera practical?

My Yashicaflex twin lens reflex camera has reached the end of the road now that the shutter release has failed. Given the problems of film availability and processing it hardly seems worthwhile ...
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Are third party battery grips good enough?

I have a Nikon D5200, problem is the body of the cam is very small to my hands. I want to purchase a battery grip, that i suppose will give me more space to grip properly.Nikon does not produce grips ...
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Why would someone want a plain screw rather than a release plate?

I see a number of ball heads for sale that have a long quarter-inch screw and plastic knob threaded on it. To attach it to the camera, you have to spin the camera or the tri (mono) pod a few ...
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What head to select for my monopod? [closed]

I just got a monopod so I can take photos at a lower level than my eye. I'm thinking of the old twin lens box that was held at waist level and you look down at the screen, and get a picture with a ...
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Is saving money buying a tripod with only 1.5kg payload false economy?

I've been looking at buying my first tripod and my critera has been compact, lightweight and not shockingly expensive - especially as I'll have to lug it around. To that end I managed to narrow it ...
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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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Shooting video frame by frame / electronic vs mechanical

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR soon for doing frame-by-frame paper, stop-motion animation video work. I do not want to have to keep fixing a mechanical shutter for my DSLR, which I hear is a ...
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Looking for a new zoom lens for a DX frame Nikon, should I get Nikon 18-200mm or something else?

(I thought this question would already have been asked/answered here, but if it is I can't find it.) I'll soon be doing some handheld indoor/low-light photography, so I want a VR lens to help with ...
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Will a 18-140 lens be good for basketball stadium photographs? [closed]

I am absolutely new to photography and have just started learning the basics. I have got a Nikon D-610 with a 18-140 lens for now. I just want to know if I can take this to a basketball game and get ...
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Camera rec: 4:3 | DSLR Light-weight, fast focus, image quality [closed]

I am an enthusiast and I been clicking with Lumix FZ47 since three years now. Other than the not very great quality image detail at 100%, the camera is fast, responsive, 24x zoom which sort of ...
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Will the petal-shaped “HB-45 II” lens hood work with my Nikkor 18-55mm?

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 Nikon's HB-45 lens hood. However, I also found a newer version, the ...
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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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What setup would I need to photograph the numbers of a plane overhead? [closed]

I need to take a photo of a plane that flies over my house. Can someone recommend an inexpensive setup which would enable me to get photos good enough to see the numbers on the plane? The plane comes ...
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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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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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Would the 40mm pancake or 50mm prime be better for street photography with a Canon APS-C camera?

I have a Canon EOS 600D, and I already have 18-55mm,55-250mm. I plan to buy a new lens for street photography. I already have picked out one of the following lenses: 40mm STM(pan cake). EF 50mm ...
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What should I look for in a projector being used for photography?

Our photography club is looking to purchase a new project with a budget of £2000 to £2500 GBP. It's a bit of a minefield. Photo forums recommend the Canon SX80 Mark II, which has a native resolution ...
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Should I use a 100mm Macro lens as a portrait lens?

I am specifically considering using the Canon 100mm Macro as a portrait lens. If I want to have a macro in my bag, but not carry around a 70-200 2.8 due to weight, size, white color, or price if it ...
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What cheap equipment can I use to hold a reflector in place?

Assuming I don't have any friend that help with my photography, what can I do to hold a reflector in position while I shoot? Let's assume that if I'm cheap enough to use a windshield sunshade as a ...
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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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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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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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What type of lens should I get for an air show?

I went to an air show yesterday, I took a few nice pictures of the Red arrows which is great, but they look so far away, even smaller than by eye. I've got a Nikon D3000 with the kit lens. What type ...
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Is it better to get water-resistant camera bag for cycling, or upgrade to a weather-resistant camera?

I used to do a little photography a while back (when the 350D first came out) and I'm thinking of getting into it again to take the some landscape shots during my other hobby of cycling. With the ...
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Just Add Sand: What kind of sand should I fill my sandbags with, and where can I find some for cheap?

I recently purchased these sandbags for a light stand, not realizing that they would be shipped sans sand. What kind of sand should I fill my sandbags with, and where (i.e., what type of ...
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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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Climbing trees and getting equipment up there

I've been climbing a few relatively short trees, but I'm having trouble getting my DSLR up there without it swinging around and hitting branches. Is there a decent means to do this?
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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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First DSLR camera? [duplicate]

I'm 15 years old and I'm interested in buying my first DSLR camera. I want to be able to do videos as well as photography. I have talked to professional photographers they have all told me to go for a ...
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What is the best lens for taking photos of birds?

I was using a Panasonic Lumix, now I finally got a Canon EOS 60D, but I was used to that 18x zoom that my old camera has, because you can't get too close from the birds to take pictures, since they ...
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Lights for a Light Tent

I am looking to purchase a light tent and lights to do some product photography. I need to purchase lights but I am not sure what to look for in lights. A few requirements: Must be easily ...