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The "Sunny Sixteen" rule applies to things that are lit by the sun. In the picture you took using the rule, things which are lit directly by the sun are well-exposed i.e. the cut-off tops of the branches, as well as their sunlit side, and the sunlit areas of the nest. The leaves are a bit of a problem, since they are relatively waxy; the parts of the leaves ...


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No Canon dSLR has built in image stabilization. Canon offers it in select lenses, known as 'IS' lenses. So, no, neither offer image stabilization. All Canon cameras also offer noise reduction, and of course, it can be applied (or not in the case of RAW) on the computer after the fact as well. Does it matter? Noise reduction matters, because all cameras ...


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Any of the telephoto only zoom lenses in the 70-200mm or 70-300mm range will perform better than so-called "superzooms" that attempt to cover focal lengths all the way from wide angle to the edges of the super-telephoto range. The highest quality telephoto lens in the price range you mentioned is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L. It is available for around ...


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At f/1.8 the depth of field is very small - any movement (of subject or camera) between focusing and taking the shot can push the subject out of focus - so you want to take the photo as quickly as possible after focusing and don't use the "focus and recompose" technique - not at f/1.8 The auto-focus on the 50mm f/1.8 is very slow, if the camera is set up to ...


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I have to be honest, I think the first is better. It's darker, sure, but that's probably more the JPEG conversion settings in the camera than anything. From my perspective, I think you could do a lot more with the first image using RAW data and maybe a marginal lift in exposure. Point is, you didn't clip the highlights with that and it gives you room to work ...


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Given this is your first time with a DSLR, and given what you want to do, these 2 lenses will be plenty enough. Now, when you will have experience with this setup, you may feel limited by your lenses, but this will greatly depend on how you will use them and what you want to do. So wait for when you will feel limited, this time will come and you'll know ...


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It's looking like that the biggest difference is the updated 18-55 kit lens - from the early reviews and comments, it's a non-trivial upgrade over the older EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, in all of optical quality, usability with filters (due to the non-rotating front element) and the advantages the STM gives for video shooters. Given that a significant ...


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Is it worth is a difficult question to answer as it depends greatly on what you would be using it for. There are a few primary areas of differences to review: AF The AF system has been upgraded to a 9-point cross-type. This means that you can accurately focus using any of the 9 AF points and they will work together to determine a solid focus. On the T3i, ...


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No, there is no hard prerequisite. You can use any lens you want. Just that STM "allows a better experience" as you say, because: It is really silent. (no noise during video recording because of vibrations etc.) Better design for Video (contrast-based) AF - smooth focus etc. Also see the follwoing hands-on experience: We found the focus to be much ...


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You should almost certainly go for the T4i if the price is the same or similar. The T4i has better technical specs and features, including video auto focus, cross-type focus points and faster continuous shooting. The T4i is also thinner than the T3i. Snapsort provides good analysis of cameras from their specs and also compares cameras face to face, ...


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I have the 50mm f/1.8 and the 18-135 The 50mm f/1.8 has extremely good image quality but it has 2 very serious disadvantages: The auto-focus is painfully slow, it's so slow you'll have an hard time focusing on running children (at least in indoor lighting). The 50mm will have the field of view of 80mm on a full frame (1.6 crop factor) that's too long for ...


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As much as everyone loves to talk about how sharp the "nifty fifty" is, if you look at the ISO 12233 charts here you see that it is much sharper at f/2.8 than at f/1.8 or f/2. The lens is manually focused using Live View for the test charts. You may not be missing focus as much as you think. Is there an area behind or in front of your target that is in ...


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The focal length is the actual focal length. So 18mm on that body will be sort of like 27mm on a full frame. The answer is very personal, and without knowing you, or what types of photography you'll do, very hard to answer. Personally I don't like the 18-55 + 55-250 combination 18-55 is pretty handy, but having to swap lenses to go beyond 55 is a ...


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The differences are so minor many review sites are basically copy/pasting their T4i reviews, replacing the pictures, and editing the differences if they're posting reviews of the T5i at all. The new STM kit lens is probably the most significant change, especially for those shooting video as well as stills. From The-Digital-Picture: Here is a list of ...


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If I am understanding you correctly, it sounds like you are taking a photo with the aperture set to less than the smallest f/ number possible for the lens. When you use a smaller aperture (larger f/number) then the image is darker and the depth of field is bigger (resulting in a sharper background). When you look through the viewfinder, the aperture is ...


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Having been in your situation, I can safely say there are no perfect answers. I had an xTi (400D) and was looking to do underwater photography. I ended up deciding it was not worth it to get an underwater enclosure that cost more than the camera itself, so decided to wait until I could get a nicer camera to be worth it. In the interim, I went looking ...


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I think it would be the best if you uploaded a few shots to show us what you were shooting and how, I mean distance, angle etc. I had a little problem with Nifty Fifty at the very beginning, then I read a few articles on the Internet. After using this lens for over 3 years now, I can surely say that this lens needs a more special approach than let's say ...


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It sounds to me like your card is dead or damaged. I recommend that you follow the instructions in the comments to your question and try to recover what you can. Memory cards fail, it does not happen very often for most people, but it does happen. I have had 3 die over the last 10 years. You can check to see if your card has a warranty or guarantee of some ...


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7D is a high quality camera produced to last, fit for pros while the rebel is a low quality production entry-level camera. 7D has much better AF functions, a better brighter viewfinder, better IQ, weather sealing, build quality, battery life, finer controls over everything , faster shutter, amongst other things. Image stabilization is in the lens, so ...


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You don't have a body with AFMA (auto-focus micro-adjust), but there's the possibility of sending body and lens to Canon for calibration, that should get the phase-detect AF to work as good as it can with that lens.


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The value of $350 depends on you. You are right that is steep for the T3i vs T4i. The main difference is that the T4i features a revised and actually unique sensor. For video, the new sensor has built-in phase-detect autofocus which speeds up focusing during video capture. This is obviously only advantageous if you shoot video and you do so with autofocus. ...


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Fixed aperture is a very good feature that only one of those has. It just makes it easier to meter, control dof, and use fill flash. So go for the tamron. It is even pretty sharp. and super zooms are never a good idea, as they really make you feel disappointed at your DSLR.


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Photos taken with digital cameras will, for the most part, show some amount of noise when inspecting them at 100%. The tripod and lenses won't affect the noise because the noise comes from the sensor, something that remains constant regardless of which lens or tripod you shoot with. Generally, you can lower the apparent noise by reducing the ISO but proper ...


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The 650D shoots video in MOV format only But don't worry about quality... WMV, AVI and MOV are just container formats and their construction has limited bearing on the encoded contents inside (TIFF also is the same.) That means converting to your preferred container can be done quickly and with no loss of quality. It's just an extra step is all. For any ...


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This will happen if your lens is set to manual focus (check the AF/MF switch on your lens) or in the case when the lens you're using doesn't support autofocus. A third possibility is that your lens, or the lens mount, has been damaged and is no longer communicating correctly with the camera. Of these, the first is probably by far the most common.


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If I read all your facts correct (thinks you need and don´t need) there is no real difference for you and 320EX remote control feature is only one which interests you (maybe). So seems to be that you would be happy with this 320EX. BUT if you want do shoot off camera and/or with light modifiers (gels, softbox, … can reduce the effecive power significant) ...


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I think you have a worse problem than the "failure" of Sunny 16 (as user32334 said, it doesn't apply here)--given the light conditions I don't think that nest can be properly exposed with any settings--there's too much difference between the lit portion and the portion in shadow. I strongly suspect the only way you're getting a good shot is to shade the ...


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The 650D/t4i (like all modern DSLRS) has two separate auto-focus systems: The "phase detection" system is used when using the optical viewfinder and the "contrast detection" system that is used when using the camera's screen (and when doing video since you can't use the optical viewfinder for video). The new feature in the 650D/t4i system is an added phase ...


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This comment applies to camera Lithium Ion batteries in general. Based on personal experience, clone batteries CAN be about as good as a genuine one, but may not be. Weight should be similar. Low weight is definitely fake but correct weight may be fake too. Capacity should be as good as claimed from new. This is not trivial to determine but also not ...


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One thing that stood out about the lp-e8 battery for me was the feel. Compared to an lp-e6, the surface is actually textured, almost a little rough, instead of the usual smooth feel. I can say from that image, that the battery charger does look different than what I have. Also, compare with the product in the official store. Battery Charger



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