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Both of your tripod selections look good to me. If you can live within their limitations, they should work fine for you. However, both of them are large and heavy enough that they cannot be called "convenient." They're not the small but highly limited sort of tripod you can tuck into the corner of a camera bag. I find this sort of middle ground ...


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I'm going to disagree with Jasmine here: this is the wrong lens for your camera. The 18-140 is a perfectly good beginner lens - but you haven't bought a beginner's camera, you've bought something designed for more experienced users. By using a lens designed for the lower end of Nikon's range (a "DX" lens like the 18-140), you are literally throwing away ...


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Have you considered the new EF-S 10-18mm f/4-5.6 STM ultrawide zoom for crop? Its MSRP is US$299, so it's about half the price of the EF-S 10-22. Sorry, but due to the crop factor, you're not going to find an ultrawide for full frame that also performs as an ultrawide for crop, and definitely not one for $500 or less. To me, this would be a far better ...


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IMO this will be somewhat hard (but not impossible) Planes do not fly at random time: All planes have to register a flight plan with the local authorities and will follow that flight plan; and follow corridors (traffic lanes); so if you have a plane flight number, you can have its position (see below) Elevation/Distance: The higher the plane is the longer ...


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The sports teams and venues set the rules for photography. Some events don't allow any photography at all. Best to check before you go, otherwise you will have to leave your camera in the car in the parking lot, setting you up for theft. Generally in the USA anyway, professional Baseball allows photography, Football and Basketball do not. As for how that ...


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Nobody can know that better than you. If you feel you need to go wider, get the 14mm lens, but keep in mind two things: It is never wide enough (I have a 12-24mm and I wished I could go down to 10mm. I am sure that if I had a 10mm I would wish I could go to 8mm...) The wider the lens, the more difficult it is to make nice compositions. Personally, I ...


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Well, you can easily connect a TLR (in the case, a Brownie Starflex with an Olympus T10 digital point and shoot) with a "mending bar" and 1/4"-20 screws at the tripod sockets. Then, you can get interesting waist level photos such as:


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With wildlife, 300mm is considered the minimum focal length you want (if we're really talking wildlife out in the wild, and not backyard semi-tame beasties that aren't shy of humans). 400mm is typically considered a minimum for birds. So, it does in some respects depend on what wildlife you're most typically stalking, in terms of how large and how shy they ...


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The general rule of focal length for animals is that too much is never enough. It basically comes down to how much you can afford and are willing to carry. Many nature shots will be in remote places, so lugging the equipment there is a serious consideration. That all said, I'd at least want to go out with a 300 mm lens (relative to a full frame sensor). ...


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I think the options are pretty straightforward. Stick With 4/3 While the system is pretty much dead and no longer growing, you could, with your budget, still find a used higher-tiered and newer body than the E-510. The E-450, E-520, E-600, E-620, E-30, E-3, and E-5 are all bodies that came out after your E-510 and could offer sensor improvements as well ...


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This article on 4/3 Rumors about the future of 4/3rds is two years old now, but everything said is still true. Although no one has officially turned off the lights and locked the door, the original Four Thirds system is defunct, with both big players (and for that matter, smaller ones like Kodak licensee JK Imaging) supporting the mirrorless camera system ...


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I think it's simply because then you can attach a quick-release plate which matches the system you're using — you can buy those separately too.


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Keep in mind that if a tripod is rated to a certain weight, it only means (AFAIK) that you can apply that much load to the tripod without damaging it. It doesn't say much about how stable the tripod will actually be (and I don't even know it there's an objective measurement for that). To make this concrete, I own two tripods, a Vanguard and a MeFoto, that ...


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the focus accuracy/speed isnt what I am expecting With all due respect, this probably means you're doing something wrong. Even with the kit lens, an SLR will focus much quicker than a compact camera. Similarly for accuracy - unless there's something wrong with either your camera or your lens, then it should focus more accurately enough for most use ...


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I'm just going to answer the 'is it allowed' question. Yes, and in certain circumstances, they have various restrictions. I know of a couple that restrict the physical length of a lens, regardless of focal length (no kidding). One baseball team that I visit periodically says I can't bring in a lens longer than 8". Check the team's / stadium's website or ...


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As other users have mentioned, this depends highly upon the height of the plane. Having taken a few photos of a plane flying above recently, I can share with you my results. For this effort, the plane was presumably cruising (I'm in so-called flyover country). If the plane is closer to the ground, you're in a much better position than I was. This was taken ...


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There are several methods you can use to fire the 430EX remotely, and while most require additional equipment, not all of them do. Canon wireless e-TTL (IR) Canon has two built-in wireless systems for remotely firing flashes with its cameras: a radio system and an infrared system. None of your units speak the radio system, but the 430EX can be used as a ...



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