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Nikon is a prominent manufacturer of cameras and lenses, including DSLRs and CoolPix compact cameras.

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Is AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G lens good for both macro and portrait photography?

I'm thinking of buying a macro lens am considering the Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR. Is this lens really good for portraits? Where can I find sample pictures taken with this lens? Is ...
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How come some 3rd-party lenses cost more than those from the manufacturer?

I was trying to save some cash on a 50mm f/1.4 for my Nikon d7000. I see the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 costs almost $400 USD. I thought a 3rd-party lens would be cheaper so I checked out the equivalent Sigma ...
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How to avoid burnt photos with nikon d300?

Sometimes when I take photos with a Nikon D300 I got the photos burnt. Does anybody knows a technique that helps to avoid this undesirable effect?
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Why is there a preflash from a built-in flash when using remote flash only?

When using Nikon D7000 with an off-camera SB600 (which cannot be used as commander) in TTL mode, the built-in flash must be opened to make it work (to serve as a commander), even if this built-in ...
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Should I buy this Nikon 50mm f/1.8?

I've got an opportunity to buy a Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D prime lens for £75. Has anyone used this lens who could give an opinion? The reason I'm looking into buying it is that in an earlier ...
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D80 vs D100 vs D1X [closed]

I would like to buy a second body, I currently have Nikon D40, which sadly doesn't have servo motor for lenses, so I can only use AF-S lenses. It also cannot do metering on non-AF lenses. I'm a ...
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Nikon D3100 camera warranty

i am planning to buy a Nikon D3100 camera in Germany, but i will be moving to India within a span of 3 months. As per the policy, there is only country warranty available, so i will not have a ...
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Nikon lenses: to G or not to G?

I am set to buy a 2nd lens to my d7000 kit lens. I’m close to deciding between the 35 or 50 mm, I will likely go for the f1.4 version and wanted to determine if I would need or appreciate the G ...
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Are there practical differences between Canon's IS and Nikon's VR?

I'm wondering if one brand performs better or if they behave differently under different circumstances. Do the same limitations here apply to Canon IS? Obviously some of them do (like IS won't help ...
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whats with the nikor lens naming using the letters D + G? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do all those cryptic number and letter codes in a lens name mean? Nikon 50mm f/1.8D Nikon 35mm f/1.8G what does the D and G distinction mean on these lenses and ...
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CLS to work with third-party Ring Flash?

I was new to this CLS technology from Nikon and wanting to make full use of this technology. Unfortunately recently I just bought a Sunpak ring flash and it does not support CLS function. May I know ...
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What Nikon lens to buy to make photos of birds?

Currently, the zoomiest lens I have is a Nikon 18-200mm. I want to be able to take photos of wildlife, or in most cases birds, which I can't do at 200mm. For a long time, I wanted to purchase a Nikon ...
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How can I get bokeh with an aperture of 3.5 as my max?

I am trying to get DOF portraits of my daughter with my Nikon d7000, as per my previous post. I have zoomed in to 100mm or so and tried to get a large aperture but as I zoom, the camera decreases f# ...
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How do I turn on/off the d7000 view finder / monitor?

I am having trouble figuring out how to turn on the view finder display/ monitor on my d7000. the instructions are of no help and the web is no better. I am fearing that the unit may be defective ...
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How to tell a Nikon or other-brand DX lens from an FX lens?

I'm thinking about getting the Nikon D7000 body-only, and want to know how to tell an FX lens from a DX lens. I may upgrade in the future to an FX body and would like to have glass ready to go when I ...
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Should I get a kit or separate lens for my D7000?

I am set on getting a D7000 and am drooling already to get one. My only hurdle left is to determine whether the kit lens is good or if i should get the body only and put the 300$ difference between ...
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Where to buy a D3100 [closed]

My wife has her heart set on the Nikon D3100, so I'm researching the best place to buy it, as well as what I should get with it. Amazon.com has the camera for $631.18, which is the best price I've ...
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Camera advice for getting into photography

I want to get into photography; I have been playing with the manual settings on my Canon point and shoot for a few months for various scene types and low light. A year ago I purchased a Nikon D90, ...
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3rd party lenses - compatibility & value

I'm looking at a 3rd party lens for my Nikon d5000. A friend of mine was shooting with a Canon and using a Tamron zoom telephoto lens (70mm - 300mm). The largest focal point I have w/ one of my lenses ...
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What DSLR and good portrait lenses you can suggest for 2.5k USD?

Greetings, I'm looking for DSLR and good portrait lenses. Budget - 2500$ Options: 1) Nikon D7000 + Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF 2) Canon 7D + Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM or Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM (Not ...
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What type of lens will auto-focus on Nikon bodies without a focus motor?

I know my D40 doesn't have a motor in it to auto-focus lenses. What type of lens has the motor in it? How can I know which lenses will and will not work?
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What fixed lens to use on a cropped sensor DSLR for mountain landscape photography?

This spring, I want to do a few trips to mountains to take some shots of mountain landscapes, including in sunrise/sunset environments. I already have a Nikon 18-200mm VR (3.5-5.6). I imagine that it ...
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Set the AutoNumbering on Nikon Digital SLRs?

I just bought a Nikon D3100 to replace my D50. I have several thousand pictures numbered DSC_XXXX.jpg from the D50. The D3100 has started over from Zero. How do I seed the autonumbers for the files ...
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Nikon SD Memory Cards, are they good?

I've bought a Nikon D7000 Kit (Nikon D7000 Kit AF-S DX 18-105 mm VR) that includes two Nikon branded SD Memory Cards. I've tried them and till now I have no complaints, but due to the lack of some ...
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Camera recommendation for existing Nikon lenses

I have a history of using analog Nikon camera equipment, owning a Nikon F601AF and a Nikon FG body plus these lenses: AF Nikkor 1,8/50 AF Nikkor 3.3-4.5/35-70 AI-S Nikkor 1,8/50 AI-S Nikkor 105/2.5 ...
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Difference between a Canon and a Nikon crop sensor

Most, if not, all Nikon have a crop factor of 1.5, while a Canon has 1.6, does this mean that Nikons are closer to a full-frame, in terms of having a bigger sensor and all the benefits that comes with ...
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Is a VR lens worth getting?

I'm thinking of getting a new lens for my Nikon D200. The question is whether or not to get one with VR (Vibration Reduction). I'm looking for something for taking motor sport and wild life ...
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Can a neck strap be attached to Nikon 80-400mm?

I saw somewhere that a large and heavy telephoto lens had an attachment for a neck strap, that replaces the neck strap for the camera body. It was, I think, a Nikon 200-400mm lens. But I'm not sure. ...
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“Factory reset” for D40?

I'm getting my D40 prepped to be sold, and I want to set the camera back to the original factory settings. When I do the "two button" reset (holding the "I" and "info" buttons down for two seconds), ...
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How are kit lenses for Nikon's DSLRs chosen?

Why are the lenses which are in a kit with DSLRs generally low quality lenses, or at least rarely match the quality of the DSLR body? For example, a new Nikon D7000 ($1100) comes in a kit ($1300) ...
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Is the Canon t2i or new Nikon d90 better for an entry DSLR?

so i want to jump into the world of DSLR and aside from being a crazy picture taker have no skills as a photographer. i take many shots and delete bad ones in the hopes that some will be really nice. ...
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Tethering to Control Zoom on Nikon DSLR

Most Nikon DSLR have a tethered capture option, however I haven't come across any of them that controls the zoom of the DSLR. I guess the zoom is controlled manually by rotating the ring on the lens. ...
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Red Haze across right and top of photo

I take a photo with the cap on, set to shutter priority mode and set to 30s. After photo is taken and the NR job runs, I end up with a black picture and a red line/haze down the right side of the ...
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Can you capture the Nikon D3000 in Continuous Mode into a PC?

The entry level DSLR from Nikon, D3000, supports a max framerate of 3 FPS in "Continuous mode". Can you tether the cam to click photos directly into a PC at such a high speed? (Continuous mode?)
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Can the default file name on Nikon D40 be changed?

Is it possible to change the prefix of files on Nikon D40 to something different than DSC_? What about later entry-level Nikon models?
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What does optional-TTL mean?

I have a Sunpak PF30x on a Nikon D40. When I take pictures with the Sunpak flash, I notice the image data has "Optional-TTL" as the flash mode.
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Should I choose a Canon 500D or Nikon D3100 for short video? [closed]

I need a camera mostly for shooting short videos. Which one is better for this? I know that the 500D does 1080 at 20fps, but would it make that much of a difference from the 24p in the D3100?
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What is a good off-camera flash for a Nikon D40?

I have a Nikon D40 and would like to start taking pictures with the flash off the camera. The D40 doesn't have a commander in it. So what can I do? Do I need two flashes? One with a commander in it ...
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Which Nikon lenses for family photography?

I've become my family's un-official photographer, pretty much, and found myself in need of a better camera. (We have a large local close young family, so 20+ running around the house occasionally — ...
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What is the best external flash for Nikon beginner?

I have read a lot about the SB-800/SB-900 but I am on a low budget (around ~120$). Is there an external flash that I can have to start learning to use it? I do not want absolutely TTL compatibility so ...
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Can a Nikon/Canon flash be used on the other brand of camera?

I was just thinking about this problem and was wondering if anyone knew if/how to use a competing flash unit (EX or SB series) on a Nikon or Canon (respectively) camera. I would assume a lot of the ...
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Is there a drawback in buying an imported (gray market) lens?

I am planning to buy a Nikon 55-200mm lens and I was checking prices at B&H and there is a $30 difference (almost 15% of cost) between "Imported" and "USA" lenses. What is the difference between ...
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What features differentiate Nikkor and Tamron/Sigma lenses?

I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion about Nikkor vs. Tamron and/or Sigma lenses. Is it worth the extra money to purchase Nikkor lenses? I haven't had the chance to compare these. Are the Nikkor ...
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Which AA rechargeable batteries work best for Nikon SB-600 speedlight?

I am interested what is your experience with this speedlight with regards to the type of batteries you use. Can you recommend the batteries providing shortest recycle time and max number of flashes?
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How to manual focus Nikon Coolscan 4000 using Vuescan?

How to be sure that the scanner (Nikon Coolscan 4000) focuses correctly and if not, how can I manually focus it using Vuescan?
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Flashgun for Nikon D60 and F5

So, I'm a massive fan of Nikon gear. I've got a D60 which is pretty lovely, and I've recently bought a 2nd hand F5. However. The flash on the D60 is feeble, and there's no builtin flash on the F5. ...
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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon D3100? If so, what is it?

I am looking to buy an Entry level DSLR, and had decided on Canon system due to lens availability with friends, and general popularity amongst my peer group here. I am planning on general ...
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What should I upgrade my Nikon D40 to?

I'm thinking of upgrading my Nikon D40, what would you suggest is the best one up from this?
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How compatible are my old Nikon lenses

I'm looking at buying a new SLR body. I have an old film Nikon entry-level SLR (about ten years old) with a kit lens. If I buy a Nikon body, how likely is it that my old lens will work on it? Would I ...
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D3000: “Error: Turn camera off and then on again.” Quick fix?

I'm at a friend's beach wedding. I shot a bunch of pictures last night with the kit 18-55 VR lens, then today I used my Vivitar 70-200 AI (non-CPU) lens to shoot pictures on the beach. When I came ...