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Is it worth to upgrade from Canon 50mm f/1.8 to Canon 50mm f/1.4 on 550d?

I'm a newbie in the world of DSLR photography, having played around with my Canon 550d for few months. After posting my first question here and getting some superb advices I decided to buy Canon 50mm ...
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How can I justify a new camera purchase when I'm not a top photographer?

I am just wondering your thoughts on my dilemma. The other day I was traveling on a train to work. The train ride is about 20mins. I noticed a man drawing/sketching. He is a construction worker, ...
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Should I go 5D Mark II or 7D?

Today I own a Digital Rebel XSi and the only EF-S lens I have are those that came in the kit. I've been reading a lot trying to decide for my next body, but oh boy, what a tough decision! I'm ...
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Should I invest in a high-end body or better lenses?

I've got a good-old Pentax K100D body with a kit 18-55 and a couple of 50mm manual focus primes. I'm trying to get back into photography, but slow (and some times lack of) focusing does not give me ...
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Lens upgrade paths (sub $1000) for the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens for Canon APS-C cameras

This is somewhat a follow-up to my earlier question on the limitations of the kit lens. I have browsed through quite a lot of sites including this one for user opinions & reviews of different ...
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What is a good general purpose lens for Canon?

As an upgrade from kit lens 18-55mm, which would be a better general purpose lens? Obviously there is no "best" option, as everyone has a different budget and style, but what are the best options ...
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Should I upgrade my Canon Digital Rebel XTi?

My background I purchased a Canon Digital Rebel XTi shortly after it came out in 2006. I didn't know much about photography, but since then I have taken 2 photography classes and purchased a few ...
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What are factors to look at when going from a entry level DSLR to a higher level?

I am currently using an entry level DSLR (Canon 550D). In the future I am looking to move from my current camera to something more professional. My use would be general use including macro, wildlife, ...
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Benefits of upgrade from Canon EOS 400D to 7D

I'm an amateur photographer and have been for a few years. I've had a Canon EOS 400D for a few years, and am thinking of upgrading to a 7D. I've looked at the spec sheet and on paper the 7D is just ...
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Can Nikon FX (full-frame) users use DX (APS-C) lenses?

I mean, through the "crop-mode", using only part of their sensor ? Does it work as intended or is it a gimmick ? For the moment I shoot APS-C, with a possible perspective of converting to FF some ...
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Is it safe to perform a firmware upgrade on a Canon 60D camera?

How safe is it to perform a firmware upgrade on a camera? I know what firmware upgrade is and what advantages/possible disadvantages it brings, I'm just specifically asking how safe or unsafe it is to ...
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Is there anything to watch out for when upgrading Lightroom 3 to 4?

If I decided to take the plunge and upgrade from LR3 to LR4, does LR4 manage the migration of my catalogs for me automatically, when opening it for first time? Are there any things that break or that ...
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What factors should I consider to decide if it's worth upgrading to a “pro” level DSLR?

I'm looking at upgrading from a Canon T2i to a Canon 7D. It's available used for half-price from a friend of mine because he purchased a Canon 5D Mark III. The T2i and 7D have the exact same sensor, ...
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Can firmware improve a camera?

I heard about camera firmware update. Is it recommended update the firmware? Why? Anyone knows which firmware improve camera performance (Canon EOS Rebel XS)?
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Should I buy an L Lens for my crop camera before buying a full-frame body?

I currently have a 550D with 18-5mm kit lens + 55-250mm f4-5.6. I would like to start getting better gear to maybe look into opening up my own business. I'm getting different opinions from everyone. ...
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Will I see a significant improvement from upgrading from Canon EOS 350D to 550D?

I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer and have a Canon 350 D that I bought about 5 years back. I use this with a Tamron 17-50 2.8 lens, a Canon 50 mm 1.8 mm lens and a Canon 70-200 f 4.0 L lens ...
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Updating Nikon DSLR firmware, do I need to install older missed updates?

When updating a Nikon DSLR firmware, do I need to install older missed updates before installing the latest version? Also where can I find the changelog (fixes/added feauters) for all previous ...
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Upgrade from EF-S 15-85 IS

I currently own a Canon 60D, and I am perfectly happy with the camera. It is going to be years until I move to a better (most likely full-frame) body. My main, walk-around lens is the 15-85. I am ...
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We own PS CS3, what are the benefits of upgrading to CS6?

I'm using a fairly old version of Photoshop, but it IS a very powerful tool and I can do everything I need to do. The question is, are there new things in CS6 that I don't even know about, or new ...
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Can I buy a direct upgrade from Lightroom 3.5 to Lightroom 5?

Do you know if there is any way to upgrade my current Lightroom 3.5 to newest Lightroom 5?
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Are Nikon Distortion Control Data firmware updates critical?

Nikon has released the Distortion control data upgrade for D90 and D5000 (I am an owner of Nikon D90). The Distortion Control Data firmware upgrade is available for Nikon D90 and D5000 cameras ...
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Upgrading firmware of an EOS-1Ds with large CF-cards

In order to get the EOS-1Ds to identify large (greater than 2 GB) CF cards the firmware has to be updated to version 1.0.3. The manual states that a CF card between 8 MB and 2 GB must be used in order ...
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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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Will switching from a Nikon D60 to a Canon EOS 60D be better for night photography, city photography, and portraits?

I am currently using Nikon D60 and have been itching to upgrade for some time. There are a lot of things about Canon EOS 60D that seem very appealing to me. The higher resolution, the sensor that ...
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Thinking of upgrading my 550D, should I go for 7D or 5D? [duplicate]

Yep, I think this question has been asked quite a number of times, just thought I should ask based on what I need. I'm currently using a (close to) 4 year old 550D, so I was thinking it was time for ...
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Should I upgrade my Canon body or lens for upcoming travel?

Having trouble deciding what to do. I am about to go on my honeymoon to Borneo, with lots of jungle tours, and wildlife spotting. I have a Canon XS with a kit 18-55 and a 75-300 non IS. I don't use ...
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Upgrade to Full Frame (5D mark II) or buy Lens (24-105L) [closed]

I currently have a Canon EOS 60D but looking to upgrade to a full frame camera.. But I also need to purchase an all around lens (24-105L).. I have the budget for only 1 of 2 items. What should I do?? ...
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How can I decide which lens to prioritize between Tokina 11-16 or Canon 15-85?

I currently have a Canon T3i with a 50mm f1/8, 18-55 kit, and 55-250 f/4.0-5.6. I love the 50, but outside of setup shots, I seem to grab the 18-55 mostly just for the flexibility. (Mostly used on ...
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What are the clues to look at regarding how long Canon's EF/EF-S lens mount might be current? [closed]

I'm interested in buying a new lens for my Canon but am concerned the lens mount might be discontinued soon. The EF-S lens mount was invented in 2003, and the EF mount in 1987 (wikipedia). Electronics ...