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Questions tagged [equipment-recommendation]

Equipment recommendation questions should be specific about budget and goals, yet general enough to be useful to as many readers as possible. Equipment recommendation answers should be worded to be as useful as possible to the broadest range of readers, and when possible account for future price drops (for bargain hunters looking for a cheap "older" camera) to improve the longevity of such topics.

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Good lens for D800E for outdoors and travel

I almost don't know anything about lenses and cameras and photography, I just have D800E camera and I want to buy a lens that I can shoot photos of my family in travel. I have "Nikon AF FX DC-NIKKOR ...
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Canon Digic 6 and Digic 7 [duplicate]

Canon 80 D with DIGIC 6 was released in Feb 2016. Canon 77D with DIGIC 7 was released in Feb 2017.Does that make the canon 77D better than canon 80 D eventhough 80D has better features and is more ...
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Choosing between 9-stop and 10-stop ND filter for flowing water long exposures

I'm planning to photograph flowing river water with long exposures for a blurry effect. I currently have a 4-stop ND filter which may be good for shooting wide open in sunlight, but is probably not ...
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How to get better pictures out of my Canon 400D? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 400D with the EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II kit lens and a Nikon D800 with an AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm 1:4 G ED. Today I took the same picture with both cameras and I like the Nikon's much ...
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Need camera suggestion for identifying text on engraved matte metal, to collect data for a machine vision application [closed]

The project objective is to read engraved text on matte metal surface. Like below: The target (targets) is moving on a conveyor belt and contains both text and numbers. We have a plan of trying ...
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High resolution photography with C API and optical zoom [closed]

I am currently looking for solutions to take high resolution photos of objects via a dedicated software. (The software will be developed by myself.) Therefore I am looking for ideas for cameras, where:...
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What features to consider when selecting a ring flash?

I have a Nikon d7200 camera and managed to get my hands on Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens. While trying to take some shots at 1:1, I found lighting a big issue if I am stopping my lens down. I was ...
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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM or Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS?

I need a recommendation. I want to buy a telephoto lens and I don't know a lot about photography. I am looking at these 2 options: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM: Fixed lens. Fast (f/2.8). Effective ...
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Cheapest way to mount umbrella softbox reflector for Speedlight?

I bought 20"*28" Umbrella Softbox Reflector for Speedlight (Model: 6Y19. Details & dimensions), assuming I can just mount it on my light stand. That was a mistake. I need this reflector softbox, ...
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Back/shoulder support while wearing camera bag

For the past 10 years I've been carrying my camera in shoulder bags and it had been like that in jungles, mountains or city trips. Now, as I'm reaching my 30s carrying the camera in that style is ...
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How to choose a 1 or 2 lens “starter kit”?

For someone that is starting one this world of photography, is it a 2 lens starter kit a good option? Having, since the beginning, a series of lens options, helps developing the sense of which lens to ...
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How to decide between 28/1.8 non-IS and 35/2 IS to complement 50/1.8 non-IS on Canon DSLR?

I have a Canon EOS 2000D DSLR (crop factor approximately 1.6). As the lenses, I have 18-55 mm IS zoom (f/3.5-5.6) and 50mm non-IS fixed focal length (f/1.8), and have ordered a 55-250 mm IS zoom which ...
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What should I look for in a film to take photos in India?

I have recently started taking photos on 35mm film (I Love it :D ) Later this year I am planning on a trip to India (4 weeks during the monsoon season!) What should I be considering when selecting ...
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Is the screw for attaching tripod heads to tripods standardized?

I was gifted a tripod creatively named: PT-TPM665-C I am quite happy with it but the head can be frustrating to work with. It feels more geared towards videography rather than photography and needs ...
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How to choose between Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

I'm looking for a macro lens for my Canon 80D. The two crop-specific offerings from Canon are the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM and EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM. They're both on the affordable end of the ...
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Want to upgrade Canon T6i and need guidance

I have a Canon T6i and mainly use a Sigma 18-250 lens. I photograph lots of stuff (landscapes, my kids, sports, architecture, wildlife, etc). I have a good wide angle lens for the landscapes. I want ...
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How do I choose a prime lens to get blurred backgrounds for full-body street photography shots?

I like to shoot street photography, say with the subject far enough away in the image that I can capture the full body, and still get focal blur in the background. My kit lens gives a decent effect of ...
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What rail can I use to build a tilt-shift medium format camera?

I am building a medium format camera that uses 120 film and contains several digital and video parts. Final image format is 6x45 cm. I would like to mount the lens on a rail that allows to tilt and ...
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What is the DSLR equivalent to an EOS film camera?

I currently have a Canon EOS 300 film camera and want to purchase a digital camera. What is the equivalent Canon DSLR?
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Is the Pentax 18-135 kit lens different from the “same” lens available separately?

Should I go with the Pentax k70 with 18-135 kit lens or get the body only and buy the Pentax 18-135 separately? Are the lenses the same or is the kit lens of lower quality?
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I was just approached to do nightclub photography, I've never done it before and I want to know what I need to pull it off

So I was taking photos downtown and an event manager for a local nightclub approached me. He wants me to shoot for his event at the local club on Friday. I said yes. But I know I need to modify my ...
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Lens for cosplay shooting at events on DX sensor

I know this question is searchable in Our Lord Google, but I find most answers over there assumes a FX sensor, and still I don't have things very clear. Well, I'm just a beginner photographer that I ...
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which is better for makeup videos and portrait; canon 50mm f/1.8 or a 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 , and why?

I make makeup videos for youtube and recently got the canon rebel T5i as well as the 50mm f/1.8 and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses. I am not sure which is better for taking photos and which is better for ...
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Will upgrading from T3i to T7i be a meaningful improvement for low light photography in the jungle of Costa Rica?

I recently got into photography (a few months), I feel I am progressing quickly and have a firm grasp on camera settings, though I am working on experience. I am getting close, but not quite able yet,...
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What should I consider when buying a camera and lens to take photos of surfaces for 3D textures?

I would really appreciate if you could help me find the best camera or camera's to take photos of textures. These will mainly include cabinets, countertops, tiles, backsplashes, hardwood flooring and ...
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How do different camera brands compare in build quality?

In the age of cheap plastics and planned obsolescence, I find it a bit scary to go out there and spend a few thousand bucks on a camera whilst not knowing how long it's gonna last me. I bet I'm the ...
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Have a canon T6 rebel? what extra equipment should i get if i want to get more professional photos? [closed]

could you please provide actual equipment for for example flash diffusrs, or sppedlights, etc, this would be to end up photographing kids, newborns, couples in a mini studio and also outside ...
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Low light photography using Nikon D90

I have a Nikon D90 with an 18-105mm lens (though I am unsure of the aperture range). I get excellent results in good light levels (despite the body being somewhat outdated), but struggle in low light ...
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Is it worth upgrading one stop for wildlife photography?

I have just purchased the following lens to accompany my Nikon D500: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR - £1,349 (see here) However, having purchased this lens a few hours ago, it has been pointed out ...
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Zoom or Prime Lens(es) for Wildlife Photography on Limited Budget (Nikon D500)

I am currently looking into purchasing some new lenses to accompany my shiny new Nikon D500 on a safari trip in a month. In the past, I have used a Sigma 150-500mm (purchased in 2009 - see here) with ...
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Should I continue to learn exposure on a film camera or switch to digital?

I have a Canon AE-1 but I’m new to photography. I mean it’s always interesting me but I never did anything until now when I found this camera in my grandma's attic. It works pretty well. I mean I ...
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When would lack of auto-exposure bracketing (AEB) be a deal-breaker for an entry-level DSLR? [closed]

I am a beginner to DSLR, and I am currently shooting with Nikon Coolpix. As an upgrade I am looking to buy D3400. I checked its specs and seems like AEB is missing. Is it really needed for a beginner ...
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How to take good pictures of wildlife at a distance?

I have been doing some research on what camera I should use for travel photography of animals at a distance, such as on safari. I am very limited on ability to use a 'hardcore' camera, but I have a ...
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Lens for Astrophotography/Landscape in a D5500 [closed]

I just got started in photography this year, and I am looking to buy my first lens. I am mostly focused in astrophotography (meaning pictures of the night sky, not through a telescope) and landscape ...
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What lenses for a current system can I use with a Nikon 1 series camera?

I have a V1 that I'll eventually be upgrading. In the meantime, I was hoping to purchase some lenses that I can use with an adapter for the V1, but then will be able to use with my future camera ...
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What Lens to Buy [duplicate]

I'm a veteran hobbyist photography with a so-so photography IQ in the moment, by no means a settings expert. I often shoot landscapes and wildlife, but also will be taking pictures for my university's ...
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Permanent, personal data storage solutions for high resolution photography [duplicate]

>3TB HDD with SATA and/or USB3.0 HDDs are so cheap these days. You can get 4-6TB drives from Western Digital and Seagate for under $150. Affordable and high-volume. Sounds appealing. You could set up ...
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Photography of Space ships [closed]

How do I photograph Extraterrestrial vehicles in the sky? Do I need infrared or some other type of lens? Is there a certain spectrum or wavelength that I need to use?
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(Used) DSLR for around $250 [closed]

As a student my budget is pretty limited, but I would like to get into photography as a hobby. I've used a Canon EOS1300d of a relative for some time and had great fun with it. I would not consider ...
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Is there any value in full 'beginner's kit bundles'?

If I were buying my first "serious" camera, is there any value in buying a "full beginner's kit" like the below or should I just buy the camera with the kit lens? The full kit costs about $100 (or 10%)...
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What is the difference between the Nikon 55-300 DX and 70-300 DX lenses?

I am a new photographer and investigating entry-level Nikon telephoto lenses for possible purchase. (I already have the 18-55 kit lens.) I am confused about their telephoto zoom offerings. If I want ...
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How to automate a camera to take two pictures every hour for 24 hours, with each picture spaced apart by 15 seconds?

I would like to automate a camera to do what asked in the title. The camera will be in a fixed location looking at a colony of water fleas. I know about time lapses to take a picture every hour, and ...
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Would upgrading to a full frame Camera be worthwhile with just one lens?

I'm in the Canon system. Would you buy an entry level full frame camera like 6D II having only one FF lens (50 1.8 prime)? I don't have money to buy both the body and the lens at the same time, but ...
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Canon Wireless Flash Options

I recently changed cameras from 7D to 5DM4 and the only real disappointment is the absence of wireless flash control. This was great on the 7D and allowed me to communicate with my 420EX Speedlite off-...
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Is there a specific term for a tripod on wheels with handbrake in handle?

A while back, I used a tripod which was on wheels, but had a handbrake built into the handle which made it quick and painless to unlock, move, relock the tripod into place. Additionally, for video ...
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Lighting Question- How do I achieve pictures such as these? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon d5500 and a 55-200mm lens. I'm hoping to get pictures like these for a project- my main hang up is lighting? What sort of equipment should I use and are there any specific angles? ...
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Does the camera matter?

A while ago I came across this post: https://kenrockwell.com/tech/notcamera.htm And also found this one: https://kenrockwell.com/tech/not-about-your-camera.htm My first reaction was "what a load of ...
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Automatic Picture at the Finish Line

I would like to take pictures of my cross country team as they cross the finish line (with the clock in the picture). I am thinking that I will need a laser beam to be broken as they cross the line ...
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What to consider for a second film camera? [closed]

I currently use a Pentax K1000 camera, which uses 35mm film. I really love this camera. I like that it's really "easy" to use, the light meter is good, and batteries are easy to find for it. I don't ...
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Are there alternate flash modules for the Lytro Illum 40 megaray camera?

I own the Lytro Illum 40 megaray light field optic camera and I wanted to add a flash module to it. I was wondering if you have any suggestions as to what are the possible alternate lash modules to ...