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I am on the edge of investing in the Sony a6000 ... Ok, fallacy #1. :) You never invest in a camera unless you're a pro and can write it off on your taxes. Cameras depreciate. Even while new. Your "investment" will never give you any monetary returns. This is an expense, pure and simple. (If anybody has other suggestions in that price range - I ...


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The one that can get the shot you want to take that the 50mm and the 16-35mm can't do. Until you understand what it is that you need your lens to do that your current lenses can't do you don't need a new lens.


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Three steps: Look, Look, Look :) Seriously, you seem to clearly know what is wrong when you take the time later. What you need to do is take that time before you take the shot. When taking a photo, you are obviously looking a subject which pleases you. What most people forget is that everything makes the photo. So, look at the subject, look at the ...


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Don't be fooled by what others say about the kit lens. Sony has a reputation to live up too. The kit lens specifications has been chosen to provide a good entry level lens. Your best choice is to start with the kit lens and then build your inventory of lenses after you learn how to use your new camera.


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Question asks for opinions, but the answer can be subjective and still be on spot. The first thing to consider when taking photos is your skill, not the camera. And unless it comes to professionals or experts, the kit lens is the first thing that 90% of users will come in contact with (and often the only one); do you really think that Sony couples its ...


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Yes. Stop shopping; start shooting. The lenses you have are what most folks would already choose for landscapes, cityscapes, and street shooting. If you don't know what lens you should "upgrade" to, then chances are good, you're not ready to upgrade. You need more experience with the gear you do have. And it's when a specific frustration starts to eat ...


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The options I'm thinking of must have some characteristics. Portable. Easy assembly. Must be attached to the speedlight (does not matter if the speedlight is on the camera or not) Can be held by the photographer with one hand. (off-camera light) Decent size, so it provides a decent diffusion. Wall/Ceiling independent. :o) I have not tested this but it ...


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We have a couple of existing questions that might help, here. First, take a look at When and how to use a push-on flash diffuser? regarding the plastic. The key is that these aren't really meant to be diffusers themselves, since they are so small. Instead, they provide a bare-bulb effect, and if you are in a room with a low white ceiling and walls, the ...


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Personally, I think you need to bite the bullet and just carry both lenses. Two lenses is not a huge amount of gear, and the 100L Macro is arguably the best macro lens you can get for the Canon mount. You could rent an EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro for the trip, which is smaller/lighter than the 100L, but it's not going to replace an 18-135 for walkaround use, ...


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It’s very subjective, if the kit lens is good or not. Most people can't tell the difference between a photos taken with a high quality lens and a fair one, only the really bad lenses stands out for the non photographer. Also using primes vs. zooms is very much based on price/quality vs flexibility. Some will choose primes based on low price, very high ...


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Teleconverters tend to be better when used on f/2.8 or faster lenses and on primes vs. zooms. Adding one to a 70-300 consumer-grade zoom (if you don't have the L version of the 70-300) is problematic at best, since most of these are f/5.6 lenses at the long end, and adding even just a 1.4x tc to it makes it an f/8 lens--at which point an entry-level dSLR ...


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I also had to make this choice. For the TC you must be 100% sure that it goes with your lens. The advantage of a TC is that it is cheaper, smaller, and lighter. A 150-500 will be more expensive, bigger, and heavier but a better aperture. If possible I would recommend rental of a 150-500. This gives you the possibility to test it out for real. If you like ...


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Most bags/backpacks have adjustable dividers that allow you to customize the size of a space for each item. If you only leave enough space in the bag for the camera/lens combination when the lens is fully retracted, it shouldn't creep at all. This lens has internal zoom, so it doesn't creep from gravity, but the concept is the same. Immobilize the ...


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Compose early. You tend to get better light and less people early in the morning. I also keep a tripod and wireless remote with me. When there are a lot of people I will throw my camera on my full extended tripod, bring all of the legs together and then hold the camera a lot higher in the air by holding the lower part of the legs. Sometimes the extra 6' I ...


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In more or less descending order of importance: One that lets you control both exposure and focus manually so that you can use the exact same parameters for every shot. One that is easy to use on a tripod, and has provision that allows use of a wired cable release to operate the shutter. One that has the ability to take photos that are relatively ...


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There is nothing particularly outstanding about this model for travel or landscape photography, but it isn't a bad choice either. It has some advantages such as an "all in one" solution where you don't need to carry multiple lenses, but it still offers a huge optical zoom range by any standard. Is it capable of taking images in as difficult situations as a ...


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Generally speaking, kit lenses are "good enough" to get you started taking decent pictures, but not good enough for technically outstanding picture quality in anything but absolutely ideal conditions (and often not even then). That said, keep in mind that when people derate kit lenses, it is often in comparison to high-end lenses. Because they are made to ...


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Here's some links: Modeling agency: http://www.famemgtasia.com/ Similar and very useful thread: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/558133-session-with-an-amateur-model/ Basically Noldor, without having been there previously (I've been twice but only as a tourist) it's a little hard to imagine but it's extremely easy to get it handled once you are ...


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If you're actually going to go to the trouble of bringing off-camera lighting gear/triggers with you, then maybe a small softbox could be useful in some situations, but you do need to understand its limitations and limited usefulness, and I'd say don't go any smaller than 8". I use a cheap knockoff of the Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite (22cm). But what might ...


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Re your original question: Please note that the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR ($249) is not a constant F/4. It is only F/4 at the wide end. If you zoom a little, these lenses stop down very quickly, which is why they are so inexpensive. Suggestion: find a lens rental near where you live and rent one of the good lenses. I rented a Nikon ...


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Choosing the "next lens" you need should be based upon a particular need that your current lenses are not capable of meeting. So in order to answer the question you must first ask yourself, "What kind of shots do I want to take that I am not able to take now?" Only then can you answer the question, "What lens will allow me to take those shots?"


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I don't have any magic formula to remove distracting elements, but what distracts me most in the first picture you show is not that there are people and cars, but the fact that people and cars are crossing the border of the picture. If you can't remove these element from your picture, try to actually incorporate them in your composition. OK, you can't make ...


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You can use an USB hub on your tablet, I have a similar setup with my (rooted) Nexus 7 to read different USB key and it works. However, you may have power issues if you are using a hard drive. The power output of your tablet is probably about 500mA. Check the consumption of your HDD. If it's higher or close to 500mA, you will have to use some external power ...


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I'm not sure there's even a Canon TC that will work with that lens, which means a lower quality TC. And loss of at least one stop of light. All in all, perhaps not better quality than simply enlarging the critter when editing the photo. Not only that, but auto focus may suffer a bit, so that can degrade image quality as well. Unfortunately, TC's work best ...


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4) Lens Given your wide subject range, you are probably ok with the lens. You likely will use the wide end more, and have little use for tele beyond what you have. 3) Memory card If you shoot RAW, extra memory cards are a must no matter what the occasion. If you shoot only JPEG, then it is not as big a concern, as you can get many more images per card. 2) ...


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Just my 2¢, but without a charged battery, all the other stuff becomes useless, so I'd say your #1 priority is to get a car charger for your camera batteries. Extra batteries and memory cards are useful, but if you can download and backup the images (never feel secure with only one copy of your images), and clear off the cards every day, you may or may ...


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The Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens is the closest to what you desire. It isn't a true macro 1:1 lens, but it does provide .70x as well as a fairly close miniumum focusing distance of 7.9"(200mm). The image quality will far exceed the current zoom lens you have, and the macro quality is very high for a zoom or non dedicated macro. It's a great lens ...


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Ok so the hawk picture could have been amazing if you posed your subject a bit more deliberately. Also I would have the sky filling maybe more than 50% of the frame to create maximum drama. Like the previous guy said, composition. Next time you have a shot like this, try to take it in 5 different ways!


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Two of the items in your list are, in my opinion, not optional. Extra battery: you need a second battery. Need. For me, especially while on vacation, it's easy to use up a whole battery's charge, forget to stick it in the charger at the end of a long day, etc. See also: What do camera experts do for cameras that take too much battery power? Extra memory ...


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This is totally opinion based. But my priority list would be. 1) 1-3 extra memory cards. Depending on the duration of the trip. So you do not need to download the cards to a laptop. 2) You probably can not use a tripod on a museum, but probably you can use a monopod. There are some with a tiny tripod on the far end. ...



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