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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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Which laptop features are important to consider for Photoshop processing when traveling?

I will be traveling overseas for about a few months and I would like to purchase a new notebook/laptop to process my RAW pictures using Photoshop Elements 9. Weight and minimum processing speed are ...
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How can I tag my photos with electric compass info giving direction my camera was facing?

I have a survey project where I need to record not only the location, but the direction (bearing and angle of elevation/depression) that the camera was pointing at the time the picture was taken. I ...
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How do I tell which point-and-shoot cameras take good low light photos?

I have a Canon Powershot A710 and I previously had a previous Powershot A-series model. I love them due to the high amount of control they offer. Sadly, they both suck in low light conditions, their ...
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Processing two photos to determine attendance [on hold]

I'm looking into different attendance taking options for a particularly large seminar class (600ish students) and I was thinking - what if a picture was taken of the seats, maybe with a visual cue on ...
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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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To switch or not [on hold]

I am an amateur seeking some advise on my next purchase. Currently I use a Sony A350, and some additional equipment for this camera. I am contemplating either getting the Sony A77 or switching to a ...
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What camera in the budget 5-8MP range has the fastest power-on-to-first-photo time? [on hold]

I'm looking for a basic low-to-mid-range camera to upgrade the couple I have sitting around here. I'm looking for the following features, if anyone can provide some advice: Features: It must be ...
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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 kind of darkroom fan will fit in a window

I have an internal room in my apartment with a window that faces an air shaft between buildings, so I'd like to block the light from that window and make a darkroom. I am trying to figure out what ...
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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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New lens for canon 500D [closed]

I'm looking for a new lens for my Canon 500D. I only have the kit lens it came with at the moment. I'm into photography but I can't afford anywhere near the cost of some of the lenses I see on sale. ...
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Is the Nikon D5100 really better than the D200?

On a wedding occasion, I learned the photographer was using D200. I have D5100. I quickly jumped in and checked the prices on Amazon (it was 2.5x expensive) and then compared it on snapsort. Now the ...
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What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?

When I say "full size" I mean what I think most people consider a standard tripod: not something like a gorillapod or super-specialized for portability. I want to purchase a serious tripod and I'm ...
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Is it possible to get a lens that will capture both far away and very close-by objects?

I have Sony A58 with 18-55mm standard lens. It's been almost 6 months that I have been using it and now I have started to feel that I can't either far away objects or very close-by objects with crisp ...
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Scuba underwater photography: GoPro vs DSLR + Housing

I own a Canon 650D and above water it takes great photos for my hobbyist needs. I am looking to get into underwater photography (up to 40m) and for that I see my options as either to buy an underwater ...
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Is there a simple flash bracket which holds a flash securely?

The flash bracket / umbrella swivel I'm using works just fine, but I'm a little nervous about the way the flash attaches. It's held in place by a combination of friction from screw on the side of the ...
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Could I get a lens hood that suits 'all' lenses?

I understand what a lens hood does, and I've read several of the questions about them here on the site, but I am still left wondering whether I could get a lens hood that would work on both the lenses ...
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I'm getting started in photography and taking a photography class — what camera should I buy?

For a long time, I wanted to start as hobbyist photographer, thus soon I will be taking a photography class in my city where I will be able to learn the basics of photography. At this point my ...
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What are meaningful deciding factors when deciding between Canon 5D mark III vs mark II? [duplicate]

I am intermediate student on photography. I am intending to buy a full format Canon camera and I am between Canon 5D mark III and mark II. I would like to be able using ISO numbers of 800 or 1600 or ...
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What do I need in a lens for studio portrait photography?

I'm going to start in photography and I'm looking to build a home photography studio. I'm planning to get a Canon 60D (wished for a 7D though). I'd like to find out what are the recommended lenses for ...
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Does the quality of a UV filter make a difference when used with a cheap lens?

I like to use UV filters to protect the front side of my lenses. I have always used the cheap Tiffen filters, around US$5.00 each, depending on the diameter. My question is, should I spend some more ...
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How should I light 2d artwork in a makeshift studio? What lighting products do I need?

Thanks to previous advice, I'm going to start photographing my 2d artwork (not behind glass) using the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. I'm operating in a room with no natural light so I have complete control ...
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3 meter high stand + 3 meters long arm

I need to place a camera above the floor, for shooting a scene. I'd like to have a setup that allows me to go 3m tall + 3m toward the center of the scene. What sort of equipment should I get ...
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Are regular external HDDs durable enough to be taken in a photo bag?

For the purpose of carrying stuff (on a two week+ trip), I indend to buy an external HDD to be able to backup stuff onto it. Haven't spend too much time on this, just picked the best selling one off ...
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Cheaper alternatives to high wattage HMI fresnels for photography?

I've started to notice that one thing a lot of photos I'm stylistically drawn to have in common these days is the use of continuous lighting with one or more HMI Fresnels, occasionally in conjunction ...
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Any help on suitable milkyway lenses

I'm looking at buying a new lens for some night photography out in rural Australia. I'm in the middle of a national park for the next 6 months so light pollution isn't an issue and the skies are too ...
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How would a mobile phone with external zoom lens compare vs DSLR?

Yakshemash ! I am new to photography and my knowledge is limited to just this - have sufficient light, press button to take photo, quality of images in digital zoom is not as good as that of optical ...
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Are there any 'panoramic' digital cameras?

I found a picture of this camera, a Horizon S3 U-500, (I've personally never seen anything like it before) and did some research. It turns out its a specially designed camera to take wide (but not ...
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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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Would the Tamron 18- 270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD make a good choice as my second lens?

I have a Canon 50/f1.8. I am looking for a zoom lens. After much research, I have zeroed in two lenses as my second lens: either Tamron 18-270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD or Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III ...
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Will the vibrations of a motorcycle be harmful to a DSLR?

I am considering a Canon 70D for motorcycle touring. Considering the vibrations that a motorcycle will put the camera through, is this a good choice? Are the vibrations a legitimate concern?
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What do Pentax, Sony, and Olympus DSLRs offer that differs from Canon and Nikon?

We have a question and answers outlining the significant differences between the "big two" DSLR brands. I'm interested in the other DSLR makers, and how the cameras they make compare in terms of ...
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Are bad reviews of the Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 pancake kit zoom reason to avoid the system?

I'm thinking about buying the Sony A6000 over a Micro Four Thirds camera because of the sensor size, but I read in many reviews (such as this) that this is one of the worst lenses around. Now, since a ...
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Is there any reason to prefer a T3i if a T4i has the same price?

I've found an offer for T4i or T3i at the same price. Is there any strong reason I should stick with T3i and not upgrade to T4i? I'm asking this because of the obvious success of T3i, which is sort-of ...
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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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What lens should I bring for photographing the Himalayas?

I'm heading off to walk from Lukla to Base Camp in the Himalayas, and looking forward to doing some great photogrpahy along the way. Gear and weight is restricted. I have a Canon EOS 60D. If I ...
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What low-cost non-fisheye wide angle lenses are available for Canon and how do they compare?

I'm currently looking for a wide angle lens for my Canon T3i. I would prefer a prime lens. I want to use a wide angle lens primarily for video (so the lens needs a quiet AF motor) but for still ...
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Tamron 70-200 Di VC vs Canon 70-200 II

I'm looking to buy a tele zoom, and was set at the amazing Canon 70-200/2.8 II, mostly for shooting indoor/concert type photography. But since its such an expensive lens I thought I'd check if there ...
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What Canon full-frame lens should I get for product photography, toddler portraiture and travel photography?

I have a Canon 5D Mark III and am looking for a lens for product photography,portrait for toddler and regular travel use. There are too many lens options in the market, so I need some direction to ...
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Is there an advantage to choosing the Big Two (TM) entry level dSLRs over competititon? [duplicate]

Is there an advantage, that Canon or Nikon's entry level dSLRs hold over their competition ones (notably Sony) for a young enthusias who wants to learn more but is currently, and probably won't in the ...
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Is there a compact camera that offers secure deletion of pictures?

Does any manufacturer produce a compact camera which has the ability to securely delete pictures from the memory card? Or, failing that, have a format feature which really blanks the card rather than ...
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What lenses would best comprise a travel photography kit?

On a crop sensor camera, e.g. Canon EOS 7D, what would be the best kit to travel with around Europe for a few weeks? My shooting style will focus on landscape, architecture, and general travel shots ...
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Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?

Now I have old Sony A100 DSLR + Minolta AF 24-50/4, Minolta AF 50/1.6, Tokina ATX 80-400/4.5-5.6, ... My camera is old. In near future I am going to buy new DSLR. I think it will be Canon or Nikon. I ...
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Is there anything good in the cheapest point and shoot cameras besides high megapixel count?

I'm still using an old DSC-P72 I picked up 5+ years ago for about $110, and aside from the low ISO, I've found its image quality a lot better than any of the low-end cameras I've seen and tried in ...
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Camera System for an enthusiast [closed]

I had been a photo enthusiast in 80s but lost touch. I used and still have a Canon FT with three lenses - a 50 mm F 1.4, a 28 mm F 2.5 and a telephoto 135 mm F 2.8. Now I wish to restart with a ...
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You have two rooms to build your photography skills, measuring about 12 x 12 feet and 9 x 8.8 feet. What lens/lenses would you buy and why?

After days of indecision I've decided I'll be buying the Nikon D5100. Now my only issue is what lens/lenses to go for. I think it will be best to give you an idea of what types of photographs I intend ...
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How can I find a camera for long-term time lapse use?

For a oceanographic/atmospheric proof of concept project I need to set up a camera which will take a picture of the water's surface every 5 minutes during the day for up to two years. The pictures ...
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Camera Bag Recommendation: is the Case Logic SLRC-205 suitable for all my gear?

At present, I only have the option to buy a camera bag is online, so I am not able to try out different bags. I have narrowed down my choices to the Case Logic SLRC-205 sling bag, because it seems to ...
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How to select lenses for sports photography?

I would like to get into sports photography, and would probably want a better telephoto lens so I can get better close up shots. What other factors should I keep in mind as I make my choice? Does IS ...
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What to look for in a wide angle lens?

My girlfriend owns a D5100 and I own a D7000 for which we both share lenses (or try to when appropriate). I own the 18-55 kit lens, a Nikkor 50mm 1.8g (I may consider buying the inexpensive 50mm 1.8d ...