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

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Why do some professional cameras have dual memory card slots?

I have noticed that some cameras such as the Nikon D300s, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, or Pentax 645D have dual memory card slots. What is the purpose of having multiple memory card slots and why would you ...
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Where does the DSC file name prefix come from?

Without having a real problem with this, why did Nikon (maybe others too?) chose this file name prefix?
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Is there a way to force the Nikon D40's rear LCD panel to stay off?

Is there an off/disable control anywhere? I realize that the INFO button toggles it off, but it comes right back on as soon as you tap the shutter, and that it a problem in low light situations where ...
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What are the electrical contacts in a Nikon F-mount?

Current Nikon camera bodies and lenses have electrical contacts. What exactly are they used for and what sorts of electrical signalling is used? Why are there so many? Some background to my ...
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Can the sharpness of the lens be evaluated with no relation to the DSLR?

When I read lens reviews, they all say that one lens is sharp, another is very sharp, another one is not sharp at all, etc. For me, it doesn't make sense to just say that a lens is sharp or not, with ...
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Why are Canon and Nikon the biggest camera manufacturers?

Coming in new to the whole SLR world, I am yet to find a conclusive answer to a question that's been bothering me: why are Canon and Nikon the big two? My wife has gone down the Sony route because ...
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Are there any alternate eyepieces for people with glasses?

Any recommendations for an alternate DK20 eyepiece for a Nikon D3200 or D5100 that gives a better visual for wearers of glasses? Amazon has many but the reviews are all over the place. My glasses keep ...
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What are the metal items on top of an older Nikon lens?

Does anybody knows what the two metal items on top of the lens are used for?
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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus correctly?

I bought my camera on January 2011. Since a few months ago, I'm facing a problem with the autofocus. It happens with my two lenses 18/55mm and 55/200mm. I noticed that the focus light doesn't turn on ...
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Is a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 enough of a step up from a kit lens

A while back when I was buying my D90 (like many others) I picked up an 18-55mm VR/55-200mm VR kit for my hello into photography. These are still the only two lenses and I have gotten a lot out of ...
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Do Nikon AF-S lenses perform better than AF lenses?

I am going to be getting a Nikon D7000 soon. I think I'm correct in assuming that the Nikon D7000 will use its own focus motor for an AF lens, but allow the lens to use its motor for an AF-S lens. ...
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P-Mode on Nikon D5100: What are some use cases?

I am using D5100 for around 6 months. I have basic ins-n-out understandings of the camera including A/M/S-mode. In, most scenario, i understand what to use. Else, figure it by trial-n-error. But, in ...
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Reverse Ring Attachment

I want to use a reversing ring to attach a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D (52mm filter) lens to a Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED (62mm filter) lens. I want to attach them in such a way that the 70-300 is mounted ...
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Why does the D3100 mirror flip in live view?

Reading around everywhere, some people say the D3100 flips the mirror down and up before opening the shutter again when using live-view, and other people says it doesn't (which would be preferable as ...
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What on-camera geotagger do you recommend for a Nikon DSLR?

I'm looking to purchase an on camera geo tagging device. I currently have this one for my Nikon D40. I'm upgrading to the Nikon D700 which is compatable with on body gps devices, and I'd rather not ...
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How to decide which reversing ring is suitable for a lens?

Nikon's website doesn't seem to suggest any reversing rings that go with specific lenses (in my case a 50mm f/1.8G) . For macro shots how to decide which reversing ring goes with it? Yeah, Amazon ...
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Why does my Nikon D90 make a strange sound during built-in sensor cleaning, when my friend's D90 doesn't?

I noticed a quiet sound (like squeaking) when using the built-in sensor cleaning of my Nikon D90. In some forums I read about many people having this behavior with the Nikon D700 and some Canon ...
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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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Which Is Better For Connecting a Sling Strap, Tripod Mount vs. Neck Strap Mount

I am looking to move away from a neck strap and get a shoulder sling strap for my Nikon D3200 camera. I've seen straps that connect with either the OEM Neck Strap mounts OR the Tripod mount. The Neck ...
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What's the difference between the Canon and Nikon lenses mounts?

I was wondering what, if any, are the technical differences between the two mounting systems. Does one auto focus faster? Can one hold more weight? Things along those lines that make them different. ...
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How does the D800E reverse the effect of an antialiasing filter by adding another filter?

According to http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d800-vs-d800e the D800E differs from the D800 in that one of the layers of the filter reverses the effect of the initial low-pass filter. How does this work? ...
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What is the difference between the newly launched Nikon D800 and D800E?

These two cameras have been announced by Nikon just this month, and they appear to be quite the same. However, getting the D800E instead of the D800 costs around $300 more. I don't know why that is ...
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Are there DSLR lenses that don't allow for manual focus?

I am looking into getting a Nikon soon (either a D3100 or a D5100). One of the reasons that I am upgrading from a point and shoot is because I want to have more control over the camera's functions. In ...
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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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Why does my Nikon D5000's AF Assist only turn on in some automatic modes?

I am using a Nikon D5000 with a 50mm f/1.4 with autofocus. When I try to use manual mode (or aperture priority, or shutter priority), my AF assist beam does not light, which makes it hard for my ...
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Old reflex to digital

I have an old Nikon Nikkormat reflex film camera. It's an object of sentimental value more than else, but I would like to know if it's possible to "convert" it to digital. Something like a fake film ...
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Nikon D50 and Nikkor AI manual focus lens

I have a D50 and I would like to use my manual focus lens (a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI) from my analog SLR. It fits on the mount and all seems to be good, but the status on the LED display blinks F - - ...
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Kiron 70-201mm f/4 Macro Lens to a Nikon Dslr 3100

Is there an adapter/mount I can use to use my film lens (from my old Nikon 35mm camera) on my Nikon Dslr 3100? If so which one should I get? I have several Kiron lenses (made by Kino).
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How to do DIY repair of rubber grips on Nikon cameras?

The rubber grip is peeling away from my D700, just near the autofocus mode selection switch. That whole (tiny) section of the grib is pretty much coming away. How can I do a DIY repair? What ...
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Can I get faster and cheaper results by buying the Sandisk Extreme, not the newer Pro?

I have the relatively new Nikon D3100. But as far as I can tell, it doesn't support the new UHS-1 transfer standard that the ($75/16GB) Sandisk Extreme Pro uses to get its 45MB/s rate. In fact, I've ...
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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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Sigma 70-200mm vs. Nikon 80-200mm auto-focus speed

I'm considering the newest Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM II and comparing it against the older (but still for sale) Nikon AF 80-200mm F2.8 D ED. These are roughly in the same price class, ...
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Which Nikon DSLRs have an autofocus motor in camera body? [closed]

I have a Nikon D3000 and a lens which has no autofocus motor. But under the lens, I have found a screw which rotates with the focusing control. My D3000 does not have any autofocus motor inside the ...
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Does having the AF points bunched up in the middle make a big difference?

I was looking into the new Nikon D600, which looks like a pretty compelling camera. I however noticed that its 39 AF points though quite a lot are all bunched up in the middle. I am used to having AF ...
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Does Nikon D7000 exhibit particular backfocusing problems?

I was considering buying a Nikon D7000 but I have found that (as of 2011) many reviewers were reporting back focusing issues. I would like to verify if these issues are real, and if they are still ...
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What Nikon lens for both macro and portrait?

All three lenses are available at a local store near me: 85mm 1.8 at about 400USD 85mm 1.4 at about 1000USD 105mm 2.8 at about 1015 USD I plan on doing macro and portrait photography and have the ...
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What creative things can I do with incompatible lenses?

I found an old 28-85mm and a 70-210mm lens my father used on his 35mm Minolta but they are incompatible with my D7000. Keeping in mind I'd rather not take off the current lens to avoid any dust going ...
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Where can I find firmware updates for Nikon and how do I install them?

I've been seeing for a while that there are firmware updates for cameras. In my current case I have a Nikon D90. Where can I find firmware updates and how do I update them? Thanks for any help.
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What Do I Gain from Moving to a Full-Frame DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter? I'm on my 3rd Nikon DX DSLR (D70, D80 and now D7000). I've enjoyed each camera and the advances ...
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What third-party speedlite/flashes are available for Nikon?

I'm looking for a flash with a budget of < $200. I have a Nikon D3100, and I'm a beginner with photography, who is taking some classes and wants some flexibility with a decent bounce flash. I was ...
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Should I upgrade my D40 to a D5100, D90, or D7000?

I've owned a Nikon D40 for about 4 years now, and I'm thinking it's time for an upgrade... just I don't know what camera to upgrade to. I have an upcoming trip to India for a month, and I want to make ...
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Force AF assist light on body / flash to come on with Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D-40 and D-90 with a wide assortment of prime lenses. I like fast primes for low light photography. Some of my lenses are sufficiently old that they do not auto focus at all. Others ...
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Nikon D5100 half bright-half dark image with horizontal thin black line

I am getting half bright-half dark image with horizontal thin black line on my Nikon D5100. Does anyone has any idea ? i am extremely worried. Warranty just expired. I have sample images uploaded at ...
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How to remove Nikon strap rings with plastic covers?

I want to remove the strap rings on my Nikon D7000. They look to be pretty standard triangular split rings, but they also have a little plastic cover on them. How do I safely remove the cover in such ...
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Coolpix P50 - “File contains no image data” after rotation

I inserted the SD card into my computer to look at some photos. I rotated some of them to look them from the correct angle, but unfortunately Windows Photo Viewer auto-saved the rotation. Now if I ...
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Can a new focusing screen affect exposure metering?

After i replaced original focusing screen with a split one, it seems that every picture i take is overexposed now. Can it affect on exposure? Or i damaged something while replacing it? I own Nikon ...
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Is it normal for a Gary Fong collapsible LightSphere to fold a Nikon SB600?

My Gary Fong collapsible on my Flash Nikon SB600 cause my flash to fold sideways even if it 90 deg rotated. This is happening when I move just a bit. The lock button don't lock the flash tilt. Do ...
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Is it possible to make “Protected” the default state for new images on my Nikon D3000?

I have a Nikon D3000. I want to protect every image that is taken with the camera, but I would like to make this automatically. I mean every time a photo is taken the camera should protect it itself. ...
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How important is lack of color matrix metering and 100% viewfinder in Nikon F100 compared to Nikon F5?

I'm planning to buy a film camera. I'm undecided between Nikon F100 and Nikon F5. The major differences that I could figure out from Thom Hogan's review are: Pro F100: F100 is lighter than the ...
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Do separate autofocus motors exist for entry level Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D3200, which doesn't have an autofocus motor. Therefore, I'm mostly deterred by lenses that don't have focus motors in them. But the ones that do have it are much more expensive. Take ...