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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Which filters would be useful for long exposure photography?

I'm a beginner hobbyist who wants to take long exposure shots of lightning, fireworks, the beach, etc., during both daytime and night time. I would also love to take shots like this. So basically ...
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How can I ensure that a lens is pointing absolutely vertically downwards?

My uncle makes models of all sorts of things. To help him, he uses his camera(s) as scanners by photographing his various bits, and then performing further CAD on the resultant images. These models ...
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Equivalent lens to periscope camera?

I am trying to figure out an equivalent telephoto lens to the newer periscope cameras that report focal lengths in 35 mm equivalents. There are some similar threads such as How do I convert lens focal ...
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Features a camera should have for a 10 year old

I'm looking for a starter camera for a 10-year-old that is interested in photography as a future career. I don't think she knows what kind of pictures she wants to take. She watches a YouTube channel ...
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What is the difference between the Sunpak DF4000U and the DF3600U?

I'm in the market to replace the two Sunpak DF3600U flash units I had to sell last year. I'm very familiar with that specific model, and during my search I came across the DF4000U. Seemingly, this ...
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I have a sigma auto F 70-300 lens. I want to use it on a new Canon77D camera but the mount on the camera and the lens are different can I use adapter [duplicate]

I have a Sigma lens auto focus 70-300 open 55mm mount. My camera is a 77D canon mount 67mm. Can I use an adapter? The mount size is not the same size. If so,what adapter do I need? The lens dose not ...
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Capturing License Plates From 50-100 ft (And Night)?

I'm attempting to build something with a Raspberry Pi that can hopefully capture moving vehicle's license plates 50-100 ft away (and at night). I understand very little about photography, but through ...
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using smartphone on copy stand

A bit of math: what should the DIY copy stand height, to focus the smartphone camera on the flat A5-size object, that the object is photographed at 1:1 magnification? Smartphone camera - in the ...
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Is there some way to get a *much* better battery for my old digicam?

I bought a Canon IXUS 255 HS eight years ago. The picture quality is quite sufficient for my needs, but the problem is that the battery lasts a ridiculously short time. Even if I charge it fully, I ...
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Can this kind of lighting take good photos of perfume products with some effects

I want to buy lighting to take pictures of perfume and glass products in general, But there is an effect that I like like the pictures below and I want to take something similar. I found this product ...
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Why are camcorders rarely used for static photography?

Camcorders all come with static image capture mode. Of course DSLR cameras come with video recording capabilities as well, but besides camcorders being larger in longitudinal length, is there any ...
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Sony A7III travel/wildlife combo: 70-200mm f/4 + 2x teleconverter, or sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3?

After taking my Sony A7III and Sony G 70-200 f/4 telephoto to a couple of hiking and camping trips, I'm looking forward to improve my equipment to get more into wildlife photography. So I need longer ...
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What could I use as a model light?

Hello I use various speedlights (8-9 nikon models, time ago I had the need for more flexibility)... These days I got back shooting in studio and while I do own various modifiers that would like a bit ...
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What features for starting astrophotography? [duplicate]

I'm looking to start astrophotography with my son. I've had some small success with getting bright stars on camera and planets in camera with my phone (sony Xperia 1 ii), but I want to make the jump ...
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Can I use my Yongnuo YN-E3-RT II speedlight Transmitter with a Godox AD200?

I'm looking to buy some speedlights/strobes but I really do not want to buy all new transmitters and receivers when I have the Yongnuo set. Will any strobes/speedlights from the Godox series be ...
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Buying First Camera - Need Advice [duplicate]

So, I am thinking of buying my first camera. I have searching on the internet and landed on a few models that seem convincing to me. The Fujifilm X-A7 and X-T200 are the one I am interested in buying. ...
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Are there any budget alternative for digital cameras that don't have an LCD/Display?

I've been testing out digital minimalism and part of me started to think about having a camera without constantly looking at the display. I have known about a bunch of the Leica digital cameras ...
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How do I pick a good camera as a surprise present?

I’m totally a novice to Photography and related gadgets. But I want to gift a camera with a “viewfinder” lens to my wife. She already has a Canon dSLR camera. Is it typical to buy just an “electronic ...
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To what extent is interchangeable lenses a valuable consideration in practice when considering optical snoots?

I'm interested in being able to work with hard light modified by gobos, and am thus considering purchase of an optical snoot to use with Bowens-mount continuous lights. As of this writing, the options ...
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Where to find a database of all the camera models [closed]

I am looking for a list of all models of digital cameras that have been released on the market since around 2005. Ideally it would specify basic specs such as the sensor resolution and sensor type. ...
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Does the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L work on the Canon 250D (SL3) camera?

I'm learning the basics of photography and I am wondering if the "Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L" will fit my Canon 250D (SL3) camera? I searched online but was unable to find anything clear. My main ...
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Does it make sense for me, as a beginner, to buy a speedlight?

So far, I was using my Android phone to shoot pictures and some basic point and click cameras. I would say that I am a low intermediate camera user. I know the basics about focus, depth of field, ...
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How to capture fractures on metal frames? Camera setup with connection to pc to record pictures

I am looking for a simple setup of a decent inspection camera with an adjustable light. The light needs to come at an appropriate angle while the camera faces straight down on the metal frame. These ...
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Are there specific things I should look for when evaluating a used tilt-shift lens?

I'm considering a used tilt-shift lens and I want to make sure I give it a good looking over before I decide whether to buy it or not. I've never used a tilt-shift lens before, and I think it takes ...
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Looking for a remote that will reliably shoot as if the button is held down

I'm looking for a remote that can handle at least 30' of range and hold the shutter down long enough to do exposure bracketing. The latter part is what's really problematic--I have a remote that can ...
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Hardware / post for crisp sunrise

I have been trying to take photos of the sunrise. In my arsenal I have ND8-ND100 filters and each time I tried a different iteration. My thinking was that with an ND filter I would be able to get well ...
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Is a 35mm or 50mm lens better for landscape photography and portrait photography?

I have a Nikon d750 full frame and am wanting a new lens for low light landscape photography and low light portrait photography. I am considering either a 35mm or 50mm F1.8. Which would be a better ...
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Which external GPS logger for a Panasonic Lumix G9?

Which external GPS logger can I connect to the Panasonic Lumix G9 for real time geotagging without a smartphone? With external GPS logger, I mean devices like Qstarz GPS BT-Q1000XT TSI GL-770 ... ...
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What is needed in order to produce good quality photographic wallpaper for a smallish room?

I am not a regular photographer. I'm interested in the idea of having a photographic harbour scene as wallpaper on my study wall. It may or may not be required fill the whole wall: I've given ...
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Camera suggesion for rostrum with SDK (and wifi)

I currently take photos of paperwork using an SLR mounted to a rostrum stand. I have written my own software which uses the Canon SDK to take photos of the paperwork, recognizing QR codes on the ...
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How can I take pictures at preset times throughout a day?

I need to take a close up picture of an object at up to 8 different, pre-programmed times a day (i.e. 6:00am, 7:00am, 7:30am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm). I have looked at trail cameras ...
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alternative to Gitzo baseplate

I have a Gitzo systematic 3 series tripod. Im looking forward to get a second baseplate (they name it GS3321SP). I would like to know if other manufactures produce similar baseplates that are ...
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Is a Canon 18-200mm lens a good idea?

Currently I have a T7, and I don't like the non-versatility of the kit 18-55mm lens, i.e. I need more focal range. Is a Canon 18-200mm lens a good option for a replacement? I've seen a lot of reviews, ...
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In general, should I expect better image quality from a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens than from a 24-105mm f/4 lens?

I'm in the market for a full frame EF-mount standard zoom lens, so I've been doing a lot of research about different 24‑70mm f/2.8 and 24‑105mm f/4 options. I understand the tradeoffs in terms of ...
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What should I be careful about while buying used mirrorless camera and lenses?

I am interested in purchasing a new mirrorless camera. I am new to photography but am quite interested in pursuing it. I have used a super-zoom for a while on priority modes and occasionally on manual ...
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Extension to shift 1/4" mount forward?

I have a 3d printed attachment for my lenses which is heavy enough to make my small tripod not balance. I would like to shift the 1/4" threaded connection forward about 2 inches. Is there a ...
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Data transfer rates required to edit images on an ext HD?

I am in the process of sourcing an external HD for my Mac to store and edit images using Lightroom and Photoshop. I shoot with a Canon full-frame camera therefore, the raw image files are in the order ...
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What equipment do I need to take photomicrography pictures?

Just saw many amazing micro(macro?) pictures like this 9x magnification of nylon stockings on the Nikon Small World website. I wonder what equipment do I need (from scratch) in order to take those ...
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Can smartphones, like iPhone 12 Pro, replace entry-level DSLR cameras?

I am new to this photography. I was planning on buying an entry-level DSLR like Canon Rebel SL3 with a few lenses (18-55 mm, 70-300 mm, and 50 mm prime lens), but after the iPhone 12 pro release I ...
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Can "extensions" be put on a Canonet QL17?

I'm about to get into the world of film cameras and have decided on buying a Canon Canonet QL17. However, it has a fixed lens and a large part of my photography involves wide-angle and telephoto ...
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Is there such a thing as a flashbulb case or a convenient way to carry and organize flashbulbs?

Does anyone have any tips for transporting flashbulbs? I want to carry a small selection without having to smash multiple cardboard boxes into my small bag or losing track of which is which. Where ...
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What types of camera support exist to help a photographer with onset of Parkinson's disease?

I have onset of Parkinson’s, so I have bad hand tremors. Do any round the neck, eye level supports exist which can help me stop camera shakes? This would be for a bridge (superzoom) style camera with ...
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Telephoto lens for a cropped sensor

I have a nikon 3500 as my first camera, and I am starting to buy some lenses for basically travel and landscape photography. I bought so far a tokina 11-20 f2.8 DX to have a wide angle lenses, and now ...
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What materials absorb or block infrared wavelengths?

I'm not exactly doing pro photography here; please forgive me. My baby monitor is mounted in a corner. It shines bright IR at night, and the walls are highly reflective, and I can barely see into the ...
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Need advice on buying a landscape lens

My camera is Canon 6D Mk 2 (full frame). I already have Canon 24–70 mm f/4 and Tamron 70–210 mm f/4 lenses and I'm planning to get a landscape lens in the range of 10–24 mm. I want to shoot astro ...
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Will a bigger sensor and faster lens help me get sufficient light from my LED source?

I am currently using the Panasonic G7 and finding that the lighting is not sufficient despite using LED light. The setting is a corner apartment with a lot of sunlight in the backdrop. Debating to ...
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Is it worth to upgrade from Canon D600 to Nikon 610D in 2020? [closed]

I've been holding Canon D600 + Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8 lens (no additional gears at all (i.e. no external lighting etc...)) for 7 years. Here's what I've achieved with this combination: https://www.flickr....
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How important is the artificial light tint temperature (K)?

If you were given a choice and money wasn’t an issue, how likely would you buy one of those multi-tone flood lights for your photography/videography considering that you will be shooting RAW and with ...
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An older Canon AT-1, is there any special cleaning kits or products that are recommended?

I am looking to clean up the body, lenses and the inner part of the camera. Does it matter if the camera is older for which products I use to clean it?
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Recommended lens for landscape

I own a Sony a6500 camera and I bought one lens Sony 18-105mm f4. I plan a trip to Iceland and I would to make some good landscape photos. I saw the first season of "Photographing the World" where ...
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