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Digital Single Lens Reflex (Digital SLR or DSLR) cameras use a mechanical system to allow the image coming through the lens to also be viewed through the camera's viewfinder. This class of camera is the primary digital type used by professionals and are usually compatible with the lenses used on older Film SLR cameras.

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What is the typical DSLR battery lifespan (overall, not per charge cycle)?

I shoot a Nikon D800, but this question applies to any DSLR. (I suspect DSLRs are harder on batteries than more compact cameras, so let's stick to this camera family.) I recently had one of my ...
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How can I fix the dark corners on the rear LCD of my Nikon D7000?

I have a Nikon D7000. The rear LCD is showing some dark shadows. All four corners have this dark shadow but the shadows on upper and lower corners on the right side of the LCD is bigger. At first I ...
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Full frame 16-35 mm vs crop 10-22mm [duplicate]

I'm using a Canon EOS Rebel with 1.6 crop factor. In terms of focal length- Is an EF 16-35 mm full frame lens on a full frame camera equivalent to an EF-S 10-22mm lens taking into account my crop ...
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What are the extra features offered by a higher end model camera body?

The role of a lens is pretty clear for a nice sharp image, but how much does the camera body matter? What are the extra features offered by a higher end model? How much difference do they make?
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Is Canon 60D still a decent camera? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 60D, bought it back in 2013. Use it quite a while, but in past two-three years, I lost interest in photography. I will be going on a long trip this summer and would like to take a ...
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Why are SLR mechanisms still prevalent among high-end digital cameras?

I understand that back in the days when cameras captured images using photographic film instead of image sensors, the SLR design was a major innovation. It let you see through the viewfinder exactly ...
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What would be the must have mobile phone apps for photographers?

I am looking for apps for my mobile phone (Generalizing it to any mobile phone rather then being a specific Android, Apple or Windows phone) that I will find helpful while taking pictures on my DSLR. ...
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How would I go about using my SLR to measure the 'greenness' of a photo?

Background My digital pictures can be read into a computer program like Matlab or R as a m x n x 3 matrix where m x n is the number of pixels observed by each of the three (red, green, and blue) ...
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What operating systems run on today's DSLRs?

I was just wondering if anyone could provide names and a bit of background on the Operating Systems the current day DSLRs (namely, Nikon, Canon) use.
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How are Nikon model numbers classified?

How does Nikon series numbers work? For example for Canon is pretty simple: 1000 series is "cheap" 100 series (600D, 650D) is "enthusiast" 10 (50D, 60D) series is semi-pro 5 and 1 series are pro ...
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What are the minimum DPI and size (in pixels) required to print good 10x15 photos?

I have canon 400D. my photos (jpgs) are usually from about 3.5 MB to 6 MB (3888 x 2592 in pixels). How can I resize them to get good 10cmx15cm photos & faster upload?
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Can a dSLR be safely made into a pinhole camera?

What exactly is pinhole camera? The wikipedia article says A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture — effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in ...
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Will the GorillaPod SLR-Zoom keep my DSLR camera from falling over/off?

I have a DSLR and a lens and am considering buying a GorillaPod for when I'm out and about and can find surfaces to place it on/attach it to. My main concern is whether I can rely on it to keep my ...
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What fixed lens to use on a cropped sensor DSLR for mountain landscape photography?

This spring, I want to do a few trips to mountains to take some shots of mountain landscapes, including in sunrise/sunset environments. I already have a Nikon 18-200mm VR (3.5-5.6). I imagine that it ...
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Can an old DSLR be upgraded to match modern smartphone image quality

I love photography, however, I had a 5 years break. I am on budget. I got my old canon eos 500d (standard lens kit) and was impressed how badly it compares with modern smartphones. I wanted to get a ...
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What is Quiet mode on a DSLR?

I've heard that some newer DSLRs have a "Quiet" mode that reduces the noise the camera makes when you take a picture (as mentioned in answers to some questions) How does it work? Are there any ...
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What features should I look for in a DSLR to shoot live bands?

I'm trying to work out which DSLR to buy. One of my main use cases is photographing live bands in dimly lit bars. This often involves fast movement (particularly drummers) as well as low light. Which ...
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Where can I rent a camera and lens online within the US? [closed]

I'm considering buying a Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. But before I buy, I would like to rent it to try it out. Where can I rent camera gear online, and have it ...
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

I would like to purchase my first DSLR camera with similar features and experience to my AE-1 Canon film camera. In particular, I would like a depth of field indicator that shows the depth of field in ...
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How many times is the image inverted inside a DSLR camera?

How many times is the image flipped (inverted) inside a standard Digital Single Lens Reflex camera?
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Does a sensor count the number of photons that hits it?

I'm interested in the grayscale image case. In a sensor there is an array of cavities which collect photons. (Source: Cambridge in Colour Digital Camera Sensors) Does each cavity count the number of ...
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What are practical advantages of Compact cameras over DSLR? [duplicate]

In the past there was huge difference between amateur and professional cameras, but due to the market demand, companies are producing cheap professional (DSLR) cameras, and more advanced compact ...
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Is this light stripe at the top of images from my DSLR a light leak?

I want to ask about my Nikon D90 I was encountering a light leak or something like it. I'm not really sure what it is. This is a sample picture: Here's another one: All of my photos are now like ...
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What is the advantage of a digital still photo camera over digital video for nature photography?

I was recently watching a documentary on nature photographers and noticed that they frequently fired off dozens of frames in very rapid succession when taking their shots. They then indicated that ...
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What differences between point and shoot zoom versus DSLR zoom cause the price disparity?

I'm just getting into the world of photography, stepping up from a point-and-shoot. I've just purchased a Nikon D3100 and it should be here in a couple of days. I've done lots of research, but ...
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Why do some DSLRs have fewer megapixels than some pocket cameras?

Some point and shoot cameras like the Olympus mju range have more megapixel capabilities than many DSLRs. Why is this? Is this because they have larger sensors or more dense ones? What are the trade-...
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I have read several posts here saying that one of the first things that breaks down on a DSLR is the shutter mechanism (because it is mechanical) I follow a facebook group of used camera sales where ...
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As a beginner, which do I need to focus on more, camera body or lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When buying entry level cameras, are lenses really more important than the body? Is lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies? I am planning to get a DSLR, but ...
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Why the need for SLR in digital cameras?

Excuse my ignorance but as far as I know, SLR was invented in order to get the photographer to see (through the viewfinder) exactly what image will fall on to the film. In digital cameras the image ...
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How can I find the the serial number of a Canon EOS DSLR when the stamp on the camera is unreadable?

I have been looking for the serial number of my Canon T5i. I have searched around the Internet and the Internet tends to say that the serial number is on the bottom of the camera and on the box. Now, ...
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How to make a microscope with a DSLR camera?

There are lots of budget cameras (for example about $200) offering 30X optical zoom lens along with 8.0 million pixels of image capture. Definitely, the quality of picture, focus, and depth of field ...
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What are some common gotchas and missed capabilities migrating from compacts to DSLRs

It has been just a couple weeks since I bought an old Nikon D40X after using a Canon SX120IS for a year. The only things I miss so far are the ability to fine adjust the exposure using the back ...
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What can I, as a software developer, do with "Wi-Fi builtin" mode on cameras?

I'm looking into purchasing a camera. The online specs usually include a field named "Wi-Fi builtin", but rather than expanding on the details, it gives a binary Yes/No answer. What sort of features ...
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What are the pros and cons of a viewfinder versus a liveview?

Provided a DSLR has both i.e. a viewfinder as well as a liveview feature. Which one is more preferable for focusing and composition, and why? Is there something which can be done through a viewfinder ...
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Why is the Depth of Field Preview button necessary?

I've looked far and wide but i cannot find the answer for this question. I know some older cameras and lenses used to have aperture rings on them, which allowed the user to set how open or closed the ...
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How to mount a Gopro to DSLR?

I am looking for a way to mount a Gopro to a DSLR but without using the hotshoe (already taken). That probably leaves the bottom of the camera available. The idea is to record video during photo ...
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How can I get correct focus when taking a self portrait with a DSLR?

Recently I purchased a Canon Rebel T5. I'm a high school student so this was in my budget. I enjoy taking picture of myself and putting them on Instagram... taking photos for my friends' parties and ...
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How do I permanently set continuous mode on the Nikon D5100?

I'm traveling and I don't have access to my manual, so I'm sorry if it's in there. I flip between modes a lot and tend to use full auto (when family doesn't have patience for me to set something up). ...
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How can I get non-blurry gymnastics pictures with my entry-level DSLR?

I have a Nikon d3100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. My issues are the lighting and the shutter speed for fast moving objects. My aperture is set to f/3.5, shutter at 1/1000th of a second, and ISO ...
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Use of AF button and AF Mode in Canon DSLR?

In Canon 1300D DSLR with Telephoto Lens, I have the doubt on the use of, the AF switch on the lens and Auto Mode in the Camera Mode Dial. When to use either of this, or is the AF/MF switch something ...
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Why does my DSLR's viewfinder ignore the aperture ring on a legacy lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, and I am borrowing an old Nikkor 50mm SLR lens (http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_50mm_f1.8_1828564.html). I've had a lot of trouble with that lens, in that pictures that appear in-...
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How to get the film or reddish type of look?

I've been trying to achieve this affect, but it's way too difficult. The picture could be shot on using film, but I've seen the photographer (Marcus Hyde) use a DSLR. The look I am going for is the ...
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Sigma 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 DG Macro for Nikon work on a D3400

Will the Sigma 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 DG Macro for Nikon work on a D3400, and does the APO lens make much of a difference to the normal Sigma Lens.
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How can I make it easier to focus with my manual f/1.4 lens without making it worse for slower lenses?

I have a Canon 17-40mm f/4 and a Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens, and a Canon 6D. The problem is that when I'm trying to focus at f/1.4, the DOF in viewfinder is much wider than on the photo so it's much ...
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Why do some professional DSLRs have a lower dynamic range than the mid-range ones?

Specifically I'd be interested to know why the D4 has a 13.1 EV range and the D7000 has a 13.9 EV range?
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Why does DSLR technology seem so primitive?

I am curious to know why today's DSLRs (including the top of the line ones) have: A primitive interface Do not do wifi out of the box Do not have touch interface Do not have full fledged OS like ...
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Are there any really silent but good DSLR cameras?

When photographers take pictures at events, like at the latest British open golf tournament, you can hear a lot of loud shutter(?) noises? Is that really necessary for a digital camera? Especially ...
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My viewfinder is too small — what can I do about it?

I own a 450D, and I am very satisfied with the image quality, features, and so on. The only thing that disturbs me is the viewfinder. I can barely see the whole image when looking through it (black ...
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DSLRs with separate controls for aperture and shutter?

I just bought a Nikon D3200 DSLR and I'm going to return it. It's fine if you always want to use in fully automatic mode, but in Manual mode, it's much less convenient. You have to set the shutter ...
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Why is the number of shutter cycles so low?

I see that according to the Nikon's website, "the shutter of the D3S and D3X has been tested for 300,000 cycles". At the same time, some professional photographers can make much more than one ...